Speaking

Tips for effective learning

 

ORAL EXPRESSION

Techniques

- Concentrate on the vocabulary that is most relevant to you.

- Do not learn lists of words which have simply been translated without context. Especially in the beginning, it is important for the learning process that you establish a strong foundation in the language. It is better to create word lists in which words appear in context. Try to learn words in sentences or themes, etc.

- Write down the names of items in your house which you have not learned already. Mark the items with their Spanish names until you have managed to learn them.

- Try to practise the words, sentences and tenses you have recently learned.

- Learning vocabulary is a slow process. Reading is one of the best techniques to learn the vocabulary bit by bit.


Aids

- Take different classes on our platform to learn more vocabulary and expressions and to construct sentences. Gradually increase the level of difficulty. You will start to describe experiences in an increasingly detailed manner and express opinions about a wider variety of topics, etc.

- Use our vocabulary trainer regularly.

- Use our verb conjugator regularly.

ORAL INTERACTION

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 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?”

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.

- 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

- Use the Lengalia Language Exchange Service which is offered on our website to exchange ideas and talk to native speakers.

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

- Talk to yourself.