Welcome to my blog. I am at the intermedite level in Spanish and have made up my mind to become fluent in the language. I can’t travel abroad immediately, but I still want to attain a high level of fluency right here at home. Having met people who speak fluent Spanish without having gone abroad, I know that it can be done.
I have come across lots of tips for developing fluency. Here are a few:
- Believe in yourself. Tell yourself that you can do it.
- Every day, immerse yourself in the language ( at least for an hour).
- Spend lots of time listening to the language. If you understand the language, it will be a lot easier to speak it.
- Dramatically increse you vocab in order to understand what is being said.
- Set goals and measure your progress.
Language Learning Strategy
Based on language learning tips I have come across, I have put together my strategy for the final push towards fluency. I’ll use this blog to keep track of what I am doing and to report on my progress. Here is my initial plan:
1. Practice listening to the language 30-60 minutes each day. Here are some things I plan to do to improve my listening comprehension.
- Spend time listening to YouTube videos on topics of interest, e.g., politics, history, geography, documentarie, etc.
- Listen to Spanish Channels in my car.
- Download audio books and play them in my car while I drive.
- Locate a neighborhood Spanish church and start attending.
- Listen to Spanish videos with subtitles.
- Look at TV shows in Spanish.
- Copy newspaper articles and paste them into Google translator and then let the translator read them aloud.
2. Continue developing new vocabulary
- Read at least one newspaper article per day in Spanish
- Try to read at least one book per month.
- Use Duolingo, Memrise and other free resources on the internet to build vocab.
- Make notes when listening to videos, the radio, or TV.
- Talk to yourself in Spanish and make notes of words that you don’t know in English.
- Make notes of things around you that you don’t know how to say in Spanish. Look up the words later.
3. Continue developing speaking skills
- Read aloud
- Make friends with Spanish speakers
- Attend Spanish classes