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Since junior high, have you chosen Cervantes’ mother tongue as your second language? So you understand how to speak some Spanish, and use it from time to time, but have a hard time holding your own in a conversation? The good news is, you have a good foundation, but it unfortunately doesn’t make you bilingual!

Indeed, bilingual speakers can understand and communicate in two languages – in this case English and Spanish – verbally and on paper, as well as by active listening and reading. They are able to converse in private, an informal discussion between friends, as well as in more professional language at work. Their comprehension is expert level, almost like that of a native speaker.

If this is not yet the case, we recommend drawing on different tools to perfect your written and oral understanding of Spanish. To become bilingual, improve your fluency, and learn Spanish fast, you must deepen your knowledge – tenses, adjectives, grammar, conjugation, Spanish vocabulary, etc. – and immerse yourself in the Hispanic culture.

Whether you are taking Spanish classes for your personal use, for work or future vacation plans, patience, a positive attitude and efficient resources will facilitate your linguistic training!

From television, radio and books to conversations: don’t hesitate to vary the learning materials you use! Superprof, a global resource for learning, is happy to provide you with a range of options available to you for becoming bilingual in Spanish…

Whether you are taking free lessons, speak basic Spanish, have an intermediate level, or know just a few Spanish words, this article can help you learn Spanish with gusto… read on!

You’ll need a positive attitude to speak Spanish well

For personal or professional reasons, you’ve decided to become bilingual in Spanish. Remember that learning a different language is before all else a pleasurable activity.

Learning Spanish must remain a fun and positive endeavor, so you don’t get the impression that you are working too much as you study Spanish.

Keep a positive attitude to learning Stay positive and don’t give up on your Spanish courses!

For this, we recommend that you adopt some new habits:

Make your own Spanish guide

Don’t hesitate to create a notebook dedicated to Spanish, and enrich it with personal commentaries, write about your experience, life or travels, or summarize your day, noting words you’re having trouble with in Spanish class or new phrases you’ve learned… this notebook will be a sort of guide or personal journal that helps you work on your written Spanish and improve your vocabulary each day.

Think in Spanish

By now you’ve realized that the ideal way to progress quickly in Spanish is to speak Cervantes’ language every day, ideally with native Spanish speakers. But if no one is around whom you can speak with or you’re not at home to train yourself in front of the computer, nothing should stop you from thinking in Spanish!

Are you humming a song? Are you thinking out loud? So do it in Spanish! By practicing these exercises daily, you will adopt reflexes and habituate your brain to think and reason in Spanish. It’s a great way to become more conversational and improve your spoken Spanish.

Find the right tools to learn Spanish

There are many tools to available to learn speak Spanish well, including from flashcards to videos. Whether they are available online (via YouTube) or at your local library, videos will be very useful for progressing in Spanish and becoming bilingual, along with your determination, motivation and patience.

Find Spanish resources at the library

Once people graduate and leave the scholastic environment behind them, they tend to forget libraries!

Working in a library Discover Spanish literature! Source: visualhunt.com

But remember, you can get information from your library to see if there is a discussion club or learning programs in place to improve your Spanish.

Once there, you’re also in a good place to discover other scholastic resources: books and even podcasts to help you learn Spanish. Remember to always keep a “learner” attitude! This way you’ll be perfectly positioned to learn a new language.

Take private lessons to become bilingual

Taking private Spanish lessons will allow you to progress quickly while going at your own personal rhythm. At home or in another quiet place, you can take Spanish lessons adapted to your level and budget.

Whatever your expectations and objectives, you can decide to work on your pronunciation, study texts by Spanish authors or improve your conversation skills. Your Spanish teacher will personalize the lesson plan to suit your needs.

What’s more, if you wish, you can choose to work with a professor who is native to a Spanish speaking country such as Argentina, Spain, Peru or Colombia… Guaranteed progress at less cost!

Why not learn Spanish online with a Spanish course from Superprof? They are an international reference for language learning, in addition to a range of other subjects!

Take Spanish classes

Your Spanish level, even if it is very good, might not be good enough to consider yourself bilingual.

Taking classes is always a great method to improve, whether that means learning new Spanish verbs, or improving your Spanish conversation skills! To perfect your Spanish, classes can be efficient and even obligatory.

In night classes, in a specialized school, an association or on the net, you can choose among a large offer of Spanish courses (the large majority are paying but there are some free Spanish classes). But note that while free Spanish lessons sound like the perfect option, some things are too good to be true. You might want to spend something to learn how to speak Spanish…

Download Spanish apps on your phone

Remember that your Smartphone can be your friend when it comes to your Spanish training. Available for free or in paying versions, there are numerous apps for perfecting your Spanish language skills, such as Busuu, Duolingo, Babbel, Memrise or even Rosetta Stone.

They include many fun tools for reaching your objectives and progressing naturally – voice recognition for improving your accent, rewards as you attain the next level… Quizzes no longer have to be a drag. And they are always at your fingertips and can be used wherever you want, while riding the bus to work, or taking a bath…

Listen to the Spanish radio

Do you like to keep informed of international news, listen to music or follow debates to widen your general culture knowledge? Why not kill two birds with one stone and do it in Spanish (or any other new language)!

Spanish radio stations available online include Cadena100, Cope, and Radio nacional de Espana and provide news, interviews and free podcasts.

Radios Catch the best Hispanic waves! source: visualhunt.com

Listening to the radio in Spanish is a fun and educational habit you can take up for your linguistic training.

Perfect your Spanish with podcasts

Available on cell phones and MP3 players, podcasts will allow you to listen to shows and Spanish exchanges to help boost your training in the language.

News in Slow Spanish, Notes in Spanish, Coffee Break Spanish or even Ivoox are some great examples. Organized by themes (arts, games, health…), they are available for free online and will help you improve your Spanish every day.

Learn Spanish online with podcasts. You have so many resources to choose from! 

Immerse yourself in Spanish culture

Watch Spanish films and series in their original (non-dubbed) version

When you want to perfect your mastery of a foreign language, watching films in that language is an excellent means of linking learning with pleasure! Spanish learning does not have to be boring.

If your linguistic level allows it, avoid subtitles in English to improve your speaking and listening Spanish. This way, your ear will become increasingly habituated to Spanish and new expressions will come more naturally to you. The Spanish language sounds better in your favorite film!

Movie theater Movies with subtitles: a soft immersion. source: visualhunt.com

And if you don’t know many Spanish TV series, just do a Google search.

Find a Spanish penpal to write to

If there’s no one around you to chitchat with from time to time in Spanish, you can opt for exchanges with a penpal.

By mail or email, fun exchanges allow you to create links with a new person, discuss subjects of your choice in Spanish, learn new Spanish phrases and improve your writing and spelling. Websites including NekoPlaza will help you to meet penpals all over the world.

Learn Spanish on Skype

With Skype, no more excuses! From now on you’ll have access to conversations, messages and videos in Spanish from all over the world that are completely free! Also, the video is an excellent format to improve your Spanish, as it familiarizes you with the body language, facial expressions and Spanish accent of your discussion partner.

To get started and find opportunities, post messages on language exchange forums or ads in universities or libraries in your town noting your wish to have a discussion in Spanish via Skype…

We think a Spanish test can be more fun if taken with a friend on Skype!

Travel to a Hispanic country

Travel is the best way to immerse yourself completely in a culture in order to learn a foreign language. Numerous Spanish-speaking destinations are waiting for you throughout the world to learn to speak Spanish rapidly!

Discover Spanish as you travel.

Practicing Spanish in Spain or South America will help you improve your level considerably.

Converse with Spanish speakers, take part in local events, become a couchsurfer, share a drink or meal with locals, get lost in a city… whether you are traveling alone with your backpack, with an international scholastic program or with a work visa, you will be sure to create links with inhabitants, which is the best way to improve!

To sum up, numerous methods are available to help you become bilingual in Spanish but you may not like all of them… So it’s up to you to experiment throughout your training, to know which ones are working for you, and which ones you can say “adios” to!

As we’ve expressed in this article, becoming bilingual is no easy task. But by taking part in regular training using several resources, adopting daily habits and conversing with native Spanish speaking people, you will start to feel much more confident with your written or speaking language skills.

Remember that learning a foreign language must before all else be fun! Olé!


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