Welcome to “Fluent Me”. You too can become fluent

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

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