Do you want to learn how to speak Spanish? Great choice! Spanish is one of the easiest foreign languages for English speakers to learn. With simple pronunciation, grammar and spelling, it’s possible for anyone to speak Spanish fluently.
Whether you want to tell the time in Spanish or debate politics at the dinner table, we want to help you achieve your goals – so we’ve quizzed our experts for their top tips to speak Spanish fluently and confidently.
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7 tips on speaking Spanish fluently and confidently
1. Read aloud
Spanish pronunciation is easy as each letter of the alphabet can only be pronounced one way. Our top tip is to grab a book, magazine or news story and try reading it aloud. You’ll gain confidence speaking Spanish while expanding your vocabulary.
2. Practise, practise, practise
The best way to learn conversational Spanish is by simply speaking. Constantly look for opportunities to test out your speaking skills. Spanish classes, for example, are a great way to practise speaking Spanish in a fun and safe environment.
3. Buddy up
We are more likely to achieve a goal when we share it, so encourage a friend or family member to learn Spanish with you. Switch your text messages, meals and movie nights to Spanish and have fun learning together.
4. Build your own phrasebook
When you’re learning, there are a few common questions you’ll be asked regularly: Where are you from? What is your name? What do you do for work? How long have you been learning Spanish? Memorising these answers will give you a big confidence boost and keep the conversation going.
5. Stick to one Spanish variety
Twenty-two countries over four continents list Spanish as an official language. With slight differences, for instance, between the Spanish spoken in Latin America and the Spanish spoken in Spain, it can be overwhelming for Spanish learners. To avoid confusion, we recommend focusing on learning one.
6. Sing along
Singing is an extremely powerful aid for language learners. Whether you’re into rock, pop or jazz, find some Spanish songs you love and sing your heart out. If you’re not familiar with Spanish artists, we’ve put together a handy playlist of Spanish songs for learners.
7. Exercise your brain
Not only can exercise boost your brain function and memory, it’s the perfect time to fit Spanish into your routine. Listen to a Spanish podcast on a walk, or play Spanish music at the gym and reap the benefits of both.