Speaking Spanish

ORAL INTERACTION

Tips for effective learning

With oral interaction, we build on the ability to communicate with other people through conversation.

Techniques

- Do not be afraid to make a fool of yourself. Speak whenever the opportunity to do so arises, even if it’s only to yourself. Your goal is to understand others and to make yourself understood. You’re not trying to speak with the fluency or clarity of a newsreader. Do not try to have a perfect accent or to construct perfect sentences in the beginning.

- When you travel to a country to speak Spanish and the people try to talk to you in your own language, you should explain to them that you would prefer to talk in Spanish.

- Try to travel abroad. Generally, people like to see that you are trying to speak in their language and are very understanding, even if you do not speak the language fluently.

- It is always very useful to ask these questions in Spanish; you get an explanation from which you can deduce the meaning of the words, streamlining your learning process and giving your dictionary a break. It is very helpful to know phrases such as:

“What does...mean?”
“Is it right that...?”
“How do you say ...?”
“Sorry, what do you mean?”
“Could you repeat that again please?”
“Could you speak more slowly?”


- Try to remember sentences that are frequently used: to get to know someone, to do some shopping, to book or check in at a hotel, to rent a car, etc.

- Try to find out more about the culture of the country you wish to travel to or live in, this will help you to initiate and take part in interesting and diverse conversations. You can also compare aspects of the Spanish culture to your own culture. Remember, the more people you talk to, the more people talk to you. That is one of the best ways to practice.

Aids

- With Lengalia Voice Recoder you can record your voice and directly compare it with the one of a Spanish native speaker. Through this you can improve your speaking and pronunciation skills on your own to sound like a native speaker.

- Go to places where they dance the Merengue, Tango, Salsa, etc. to get to know some Latinos.

- Talk to yourself.