So you’ve been buried in Spanish learning books for a while now and have been playing various learning games to improve your Spanish grammar and vocabulary. With all this information in mind, you are probably wondering why you are not fluent in Spanish yet. Of course, gaining knowledge about Spanish words and how to properly use them is very useful, but all of that won’t matter if you don’t actually practice the language. You need to properly apply whatever you’ve learned so far to get to the next level.
Yes, it can get frustrating when you are working so hard at something and seem to not get it right. But you know what, you have to remember that things take time. So long as you are making an effort and taking the time to reach your goal, then you will be able to reach it. It is all about being patient and knowing that in time and with practice, you will become fluent in the language.
Let’s take a look at what you need to focus on to transform your Spanish learning to fluency:
Change Your Mindset
All this time, you’ve been focused on memorization and retaining all the Spanish vocab and rules on grammar. If you feel that with all that studying you still are not achieving the level that you want, then you need to change your learning mindset. Rather than simply learning everything by the book, immerse yourself with Spanish speakers and just get a hang of how they speak the language naturally. This way, you can put all the pieces together from your learnings and from what you pick up from practicing with others in a casual setting that will help you reach your goal.
Focus on Phrases vs. Words
With a dictionary on hand and all those learning tools, you have most likely spent a lot of your time focusing on lots and lots of words. There is nothing wrong with that, but in order to speak the language, you need to say phrases by putting words together. So instead of focusing on learning word per word, try understanding phrases that will help you expand your Spanish fluency.
Study Spanish Speakers
You might also want to study Spanish Speakers, with their permission, of course. Watch how they speak, how they pronounce words, their tempo, and certain Spanish slangs that they use. By hanging out with Spanish speakers and studying how they talk, you will be able to grasp a number of things that will help you with your learning.
To be successful at this, you need to let go and relax. Don’t be too worried about reaching your goal. If you follow this guide and continue practicing with others, then you will be able to transform all the learnings you have accomplished in the past to actual fluency. And remember, do not be afraid to speak the language. Initially, you will encounter pronunciation issues but really that is all part of it. Take it easy and don’t be afraid to achieve your Spanish fluency goal.
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