How can you get better at speaking Spanish? Speak more and more. Speak all the time. This is an idea that I stress all the time. You simply cannot get better without practice. Here in Spanish in Canada, we encourage our students to speak from the first class. We work with you at whatever level you are at. It can be daunting, but it puts you in the right position to absorb everything. You get to hear Spanish, practice what you hear and connect with people just like you.
Maybe you are an intermediate or advanced learner, and you need better tips on how to improve your Spanish. Listen to music. It doesn’t matter what you like – rock, hip hop, dance, techno – as long as the music has words in it. Music will help you learn the language and pronunciation, while helping words to stick in your head. Keep listening to the songs over and over. You can look up each song on the internet and translate it word for word. Many of us can remember every song lyric, but forget the words in a textbook. Both can help you learn Spanish: they are just different ways to learn.
Another way to learn is watching movies or television. You can start with children’s movies (or TV shows) and move to something more complicated. You can even watch shows you’ve already seen in English, with Spanish subtitles or dubbed audio. Here’s a hint: start by watching a show in English (or your native language). Then watch the show with subtitles. Next, start watching the show in Spanish. You’ll be surprised by the results.
Tacica Bryan, MPC is a communications professional, voice talent and social media enthusiast. She is passionate about helping companies to build their voice and improve their brand. In her spare time, she does voiceover and audio production, builds her communication skills, learns new languages, and enjoys a good game of Connect Four. Her educational background includes an Honours BA in Communication Studies from York University and a Master’s Degree in Professional Communication (MPC) from Ryerson University.