How to Practice Spanish

Language tandems

Anyone who has tried to learn Spanish knows how important it is to practice. But, many people haven’t yet found what activities work for them. If you want to know how to practice Spanish, we give you 5 proven ways to use Spanish regularly. Only by making Spanish a part of your daily routine, will you be able to retain the vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation lessons.

Join international chat rooms.

Invest a half an hour a day in native Spanish-speaking language exchange partners! Find a chat room of people interested in learning other languages and propose to teach them your language while they teach you Spanish. These partners may easily become pen pals via email, which is also a great way a practice a more formal use of the Spanish language. A language exchange partner will also be available to practice speaking by using voice chat, an option available in many chat rooms.

Language tandems.

Similar to the suggestion above but in person. There are many people around the world who love to participate in language tandems. These events are usually organized in cafes where anyone can join and find native tandem partners to practice their language of interest with. An easy way to find out if there are language tandems events planned for your city is to look for them on Facebook!

Grammar exercises.

Learn Spanish as if you were going through all the school grades again! If you’re just starting out, go into a bookshop and buy a book of grammar exercises that you feel comfortable enough to complete. If it’s good enough for secondary school students, it’s good enough for someone learning part-time! These books are usually inexpensive and the best part is that they have the answers to the exercises in the final pages.

Talk with tourists.

Who hasn’t been out in the street going about their day and stumbled upon nice people that seemed to be speaking Spanish? Tourists are usually interested in mingling with natives, so why not approach them in their language and ask them “necesitan ayuda?” (need help?). After you’re greeted with admiration and a smile, the likely answer is “¡Sí! ¿Adónde recomendas que comamos? (“Yes! Where do you recommend we eat?”).

Read in Spanish.

Our final suggestion is another one that’s easy to accomplish. Go into a local library and rent a book in Spanish to read while commuting, for example. If you don’t think your level of Spanish is high enough yet, why not pick up the Spanish version of a book you already know well? This way, a lot of the passages will be already familiar to you, and all you have to do is assign your memory to the words.

Luckily, Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world, so it’s easy to find learning materials, tandem partners, pen pals and even tourists!

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