Advice for learning Spanish successfully
1. Never get discouraged and always practice. Learning is a life-long task. Just like other areas of knowledge, learning Spanish is a task that doesn't end. Advancement is more rapid at the beginning, but once we learn a language, progress gets slower. It's more difficult and takes more time to move from the intermediate level to advanced than it took to get to intermediate. At CELA the passage from beginner to intermediate is 4 weeks (100 class hours).
2. Venezuelans, Mexicans, Spaniards, Argentines, etc. speak very rapidly.... We can only understand the words that we know, therefore, our understanding of the language improves as we learn more words and structures. You must take it calmly and try to understand key words and interpret the situation. Moreover, there are many non-verbal ways of communicating; smiling is one of them.
3. Learning vocabulary is also a task that we have to undertake in a programmed way. Choose the words that are important for your daily communication, classify the topics or situations or whatever works best for you. If you are in a Spanish-speaking country, or you watch Spanish-language television, or listen to Spanish-language radio, make notes on a small pad of what seems interesting to you and investigate it later. Try to indentify new words and use them later in another context. Draft short letters using the words you want to learn, with their meaning on the reverse side, so that you can take them with you.
4. Try to read a little in Spanish each day. You will find many newspapers and other publications on the internet.
5. If you already write in Spanish, find someone who can correct what you have written. Writing is a good way to practice our Spanish once we have enough time to think about what we are going to say and how we are going to say it.
6. If you have vacation time, combine it with a total immersion course. In our Spanish language school on Margarita Island, for example, you can combine Spanish language learning with a family stay, trips to the beach, and other activities such as kite surfing, wind surfing and water surfing.
7. Set goals, for example take a Spanish language exam such as the DIE International Diploma in Spanish that offers 10 levels and certifies your knowledge of Spanish.
8. In many countries it is possible to take leave from work for language learning such as at the Bildungsurlaub in Germany or the Licença Capacitação in Brazil
9. Form a group of friends who speak and are learning Spanish to practice.