We quite often post job adverts which require various levels of Spanish, and the comment I see most commonly is “If only I could speak better Spanish." And I know from talking to British and Irish friends living here, that many are frustrated at not being able to speak the language better.
Unfortunately, the way we traditionally learn a language as a grown up is to learn the mechanics of it – how to conjugate a verb, how tense works and so on. But think about how children learn their language for a moment – they don’t know or care about how it works, their only interest is in getting the message across. And once they can do that, they learn the correct way of speaking by being gently corrected by the people around them.
In other words, they learn by listening, copying, getting it wrong and then being corrected!
Apply the same to learning Spanish as an adult, and you could be onto a winner. The key is in exposing yourself to as much Spanish as you can, then “having a go." And just like when you were a child, people you speak Spanish to will gently correct you.
If someone walked up to you and said “Where will be shop close for purchasing food?" You would know exactly what they wanted, even though almost everything about that sentence is wrong. In the same way, when you speak like that in Spanish, people WILL understand what you are saying! All you have to do is spend as much time a possible listening to Spanish being spoken, then start to try to speak it. Just like you did when you were a child learning English.
Here are some tips that will help: read more »
Read a Spanish newspaper at least once a week