So, you want to learn Spanish well enough to be able to hold your own in a conversation? This is a noble goal. One that is not attained by many who seek it out. Many high school learners never reach this state of being able to effortlessly communicate their thoughts in Spanish without having to say “um” and “uh” every few seconds.
Learning a new language is no easy task. It requires a monumental amount of work to truly polish your speaking skills. So, if you really want to learn conversational Spanish, be ready to go in for the long haul. That means dedicating time and effort to learning Spanish perhaps even every day.
Now, what is the best way to go about becoming conversational in Spanish? The best way is to actually practice conversation in Spanish. This may appear easier than it seems. Let’s look at this in a little more depth.
Want to learn conversational Spanish? Have a conversation!
You will want a conversation partner if you are going to want to practice Spanish. Now you don’t need to find anyone in your area to do this because we have the internet and you can be immediately connected with someone around the world if you want to be. That means you have access to native speakers in Spanish speaking countries at your finger tips.
Search for online exchanges to get a voice exchange going. One great place to start is SharedTalk. If you are not brave enough to start speaking in Spanish at first, you can always start by text chatting and then when you feel more comfortable, move on to speaking by voice.
You will probably find that some people are better language exchange partners for you than others. So prepare yourself for a time where you go through a number of people before you find some that are pleasant enough to speak to you and that you can have fun with. If you are not having fun and it feels like a chore, you will find that you will quickly stop trying to speak Spanish.
However, you will also want a wide array of partners in order to get used to different dialects and speech patterns. On the other hand, if you have a goal in mind of going to a particular country, you will want to find speakers that live in that country. So, figure out your goal and act accordingly.
Practice, practice, practice.
Once you have your conversation partners, be sure to have them correct you when you make errors so that you can start to sound more natural. Also focus on eliminating your need to think about the language before you say it. You want to come off sounding natural and fluent so this is what you should practice.
If you can have at least one Spanish conversation each and every day, you will find that your conversational Spanish will improve dramatically. There’s nothing better than actually doing what it is you want to get better at. Plus, you will find with the added benefit of practicing with real, live speakers, you will have a lot more fun than just using audio tapes or a textbook.
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