How Can I Improve My Spanish Speaking Skills in 30 Days?

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      Have you, too, noticed that many people seek to improve their Spanish speaking skills as fast as possible but fail? It is a common problem, but we are here to explain why it happens. In short, that’s because they lack a well-thought-out plan! We will provide an all-embracing 30-days plan for those who don’t know how to organize their learning so as to achieve their goals. If you want to know how to speak Spanish fluently, read on. Here, you will find:

      • why we struggle to improve our language speaking skills;
      • techniques to speed up your learning;
      • what the best resources for online Spanish learning are.
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      The language barrier

      The language barrier is a figurative phrase used to express a problem in communication between people who do not speak a common language.

      Why conversational Spanish can be hard to master

      Sometimes even people that have excellent grammar knowledge face a language barrier and find that they can’t speak Spanish fluently. Three common reasons for this are as follows:

      • There is a huge amount to learn in Spanish and a lot of it comes from intuition and cannot be learned from grammar books.
      • Studying from official books can be unrewarding and sometimes impede learning if it becomes boring.
      • Learners don’t use Spanish often enough, as they lack opportunities to practice Spanish speaking.

      The inevitable truth is that you can learn to speak Spanish only if you speak Spanish as much as possible. Here is a nice video to begin with:

      Managing your time while learning Spanish

      Many courses promise that you’ll learn Spanish in 30 days. Yet most people fail to achieve this goal, and this is through no fault of their own. To learn Spanish conversation is no easy feat. Three reasons why you can’t do it this fast are:

      So, if you’re wondering how to learn conversational Spanish and are serious about it, be prepared to dedicate some serious time to it in the long run.

      The importance of time management when learning Spanish

      Time management is extremely important when learning Spanish, or any new language. When you lead a busy life, it is hard to prioritize improving new skills and not make excuses to avoid practicing because you have other responsibilities.

      It is, therefore, crucial to find ways to automatize language learning and make it a habit. You can teach yourself a language while commuting or doing chores. Practice speaking Spanish while doing mundane tasks by describing them to yourself in the language.

      The importance of everyday practice for improving your skills in 30 days

      The only answer to “how to talk Spanish in 30 days” is: practice makes perfect. If you want to see a considerable difference in your skills in the short amount of 30 days, you will have to deliberately practice each day. This involves monitoring your performance and continually looking for new ways to improve.

      Studies have shown that shorter amounts of daily practice are more beneficial to language learning than rarer, more extended sessions.

      Tips for finding time for practice

      • Limit interruptions by silencing your phone and focusing on your tasks at hand.
      • Use alerts on your phone to remind you to practice.
      • Identify the triggers that make you procrastinate and eliminate them.
      • Plan what you’re going to be studying that day in advance and be prepared.
      • Multitask whenever you can, e.g. listen to Spanish podcasts while tidying the house.
      Spanish textbook

      Topics to master

      A good method for improving your Spanish in 30 days is to choose 5 topics to master and dedicate 6 days to each topic. Here are some examples of important topics to master depending on your level:

      Beginners

      • Country of origin
      • Weather
      • Food
      • Personal interests
      • Family

      Intermediate learners

      • Daily news
      • Past vacations
      • Popular TV programs
      • Future life plans
      • Work routine

      Advanced learners

      • Politics
      • The dangers of social media
      • Past professional or personal successes
      • Education in the country of origin
      • Environmental protection

      The plan

      Topic 1

      Day 1

      1. Make up a vocabulary list suitable for the topic chosen.

      How to make up a vocabulary list

      To make up a vocabulary list, look for words related to a specific theme. Write out the words and their definitions or accompany them with a photo. You can also write sentences using each word.

      Where to find good ready-made vocab lists

      Some online resources that offer useful, ready-made vocab lists for conversational Spanish for beginners are:

      2. Learn it.

      You should learn the words from your mother language to Spanish. Do this by writing out the words in 2 columns, cover the Spanish column with your hand, look at the column written in your language, and try to remember the Spanish equivalents of these words. Repeat each Spanish word orally several times until you remember it. Learning the words in this ‘direction’ is more difficult and thus more effective.

      If you want more great tips on how to learn new words fast, check out our article devoted to this topic.

      3. Practice oral translation

      Translate several short and simple sentences orally from your native language into Spanish. Keep in mind that translating into Spanish is more difficult and thus more effective than translating from Spanish.

      Man practicing Spanish conversation in headphones

      Day 2

      1. Repeat the words learned.

      2. Read, translate, and learn short texts on the topic by heart.

      The advantage of reading is you get to hear the word, while translation helps you remember its meaning, and memorizing really solidifies the learning process since it helps to retain information.

      3. Practice oral translation

      Translate several sentences orally from your native language into Spanish.

      Days 3, 4, 5, 6

      1. Repeat the words learned.

      2. Practice oral translation

      Translate as many sentences as possible orally from your native language into Spanish. Producing your own oral speech is the best way to learn conversational Spanish. Verbal repetition is a technique that really allows you to break the language barrier for the following reasons:

      • Even short repetitive exposure to new words increases memory retention.
      • Verbalization of new words has been found to accelerate language acquisition.
      • Frequent exposure to spoken words enables vocabulary development.

      3. Practice with a native

      Practice this topic with a native Spanish speaker. Here are some examples of online native Spanish tutors that you could be having Spanish conversation practice with on Eurekly:

      • Natalia, from Argentina, is a Spanish and French teacher with over eleven years’ experience. She is very enthusiastic about new e-learning methods and helping you to learn Spanish conversation online.
      • Alejandra, from Colombia, is a professional teacher of Spanish as a Foreign Language who has specialized in Linguistics and Literature.
      • Victor, from Mexico, teaches Spanish as a second language and his lessons focus on Spanish speaking practice, as well as reading, writing, and active listening based on his students’ needs.
      • Alexis, from Paraguay, is a private teacher of Spanish who understands communication barriers very well, as he is currently studying Russian as a foreign language himself. He is excited to help you out with your Spanish conversations practice.

      If you have questions about how you should practice with a Spanish native speaker and what to discuss with them, check out our article that will give you inspiration for creative tasks that help break the language barrier.

      Topics 2-5

      Day 1

      1. Repeat all the vocabulary learned for the previous topic(s).
      2. Make up a vocabulary list suitable for Topic 2 (3, 4, 5) and learn it.
      3. Translate several short and simple sentences orally from your native language into Spanish.

      Day 2

      1. Repeat all the vocabulary learned for the previous topic(s).
      2. Repeat the words learned for the current topic.
      3. Read, translate, and learn texts on the current topic by heart.
      4. Translate several sentences orally from your native language into Spanish.

      Days 3, 4, 5, 6

      1. Repeat all the vocabulary learned for the previous topic(s).
      2. Repeat the words learned for the current topic.
      3. Translate as many sentences as possible orally from your native language into Spanish.
      4. Practice the current topic with a native Spanish speaker.

      Tracking your progress

      Some reasons why tracking your progress is so important are the following:

      • It increases your motivation and gives you a sense of accomplishment.
      • It makes it more likely to reach and surpass your goal.
      • It allows for easier modifications and shows when and where changes in your learning process need to be made.

      Apps for tracking your Spanish progress

      Some great apps that will help you track your progress and serve as a useful tool for Spanish conversation for beginners include:

      • Busuu, an app that uses flashcards to teach you vocabulary by topic and level and allows you to check your progress.
      • Study Blue, an app that allows you to create your own flashcards and offers study sessions that help you track your progress.
      • Quizlet, an app that has many quizzes to test your skills and which lets you share your progress with others.

      Alternative methods for tracking your progress in Spanish

      3 other methods you can use to track your progress in Spanish, or any other language, are:

      • keeping threads on Twitter, thus making your goals public to keep yourself accountable;
      • logging notes digitally on Notion, which allows you to create journal entries to track your progress;
      • keeping a physical language journal, noting down milestones like having a basic Spanish conversation or finishing a chapter in a book.
      Woman writing something in a notepad

      FAQ

      How to speak Spanish fast?

      To speak Spanish fast, immerse yourself in it, make learning fun, and take online Spanish conversation classes.

      How to speak Spanish fluently?

      If you are interested in learning to speak Spanish fluently, try practicing by reading aloud often, talking to a native buddy regularly and shadowing a teacher, if possible.

      How to learn conversational Spanish?

      To practice Spanish conversation, stick to one Spanish dialect to avoid confusion, listen to songs, and watch Spanish TV shows.

      How to speak with a Spanish accent?

      The answer to how to speak Spanish with a Spanish accent is simple: listen to native speakers a lot. Opt for audios and videos shot by the residents of the Spanish-speaking region you are interested in (e.g. Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, etc.). Additionally, record yourself speaking, play it back to yourself and ask native speakers for feedback.

      How to talk dirty in Spanish?

      Something you won’t learn in conversational Spanish classes but that people wonder about and Google a lot anyway is Spanish dirty talk. We don’t recommend you to use obscene language when speaking Spanish, yet knowing these words and their meanings may be important – just in case.

      Why do minions speak Spanish?

      It is a common misconception that Minions, i.e., the tiny, yellow, bespectacled creatures that first appeared in the Despicable Me movie series, speak Spanish. However, Minionese, the language of the Minions, is not a real-world language. It is a mash-up of different languages created by the films’ directors. Minionese is actually a combination of Spanish, French, English, Hindi and Korean mixed up to sound like gibberish.

      Follow the plan and you’ll succeed!

      Many websites promise to teach you Spanish in 30 days, but this isn’t possible. While you can learn the basics of Spanish in a month, if you want to learn to speak Spanish fluently, you will have to dedicate more time to the language. The good news is that there are techniques that you can use to speed up your learning.

      Use our tips, pick topics to practice according to your skill level, follow the plan outlined above, and you’ll surprise yourself and everyone with the results! Remember that you can use our simple plan when learning any foreign language – not just Spanish. For an extra boost in your Spanish learning and to achieve your goals faster, try learning online with one of Eurekly’s expert tutors.