If you’re learning Spanish and it’s going…. ok? But you’re just not getting there the way you had hoped, take a deep breath and allow me to assure you that you are not alone and that you can do this.
These are some things that helped me along my journey towards Spanish proficiency. If I could do it, you can too!
1. Watch Youtube
There are lots of Spanish speaking Youtubers out there uploading videos all day long; take advantage of it! Watch the videos for context clues or just listen to the audio by itself for an increased challenge.
Here are some great channels to watch:
Sebastián Villalobos (Columbian)
Juanpa Zurita (Mexican)
Luisito Comunica (Mexican)
Amor Eterno (Married couple from Mexico Pao and Sergio)
Los Polinesios (Siblings from Mexico)
2. Read Books
Pick something that you would read in English, and read it in Spanish. It is important to pick something enjoyable to read so that you don’t become bored. Make sure you are having fun while you’re learning, it makes the journey a lot more enjoyable!
3. Practice Speaking
If you can go to a Spanish speaking country for a while, go for it! But if you can’t, don’t worry. There is more than one way to immerse yourself in a language.
Verbling is an online platform that connects you with native Spanish speakers (as well as most other common languages should you desire to expand your horizons in the future). Don’t hesitate to try out free trials if you want to!
Italki is another online platform that connects you with native speakers. The advantage of this platform is that you can use Skype (which seems to work better), but just know, it is a little bit more complicated to use.
Try them both and see what you think!
4. Make Spanish Speaking Friends
For full immersion, you’ll need to make friends that speak Spanish. You will find that Spanish speakers are some of the kindest people on the planet, so this will not be difficult no matter what your level of proficiency is.
Some great ways to make Spanish speaking friends include going to a Spanish speaking church, going to Mexican restaurants, and befriending your Italki tutors!
Making friends that speak your target language is such an amazing thing because it allows you to learn not just the language but the culture as well.
Remember, language learning is a marathon, not a sprint, so hang in there! Try these four tips and watch as your Spanish gets better every day.