Learning how to speak Spanish fast is everyone’s dream. I know I for sure didn’t want to struggle through getting to that point. I just wanted it to happen fast. Turns out, it’s not that easy! Well…it’s not easy if you don’t know how to approach it. The truth is, you can learn anything fairly quickly if you can pickup on the structure. Learning how to speak Spanish fast can really be attributed to a few habitual factors in the very beginning stages. In this article, I’m going to take you on a journey through how I was able to speak Spanish fairly quickly from the start.
Now, before we get started, let’s quickly establish what actually defines “speaking Spanish”. If you think you’re going to be speaking like a soccer announcer within your first week, you probably have had a few too many cervezas before landing on this blog OR you’re a prodigy/unicorn and learning things for you is easier than washing your hands. If you’re the first one, I would say pass me one. If you’re the second, you don’t even need to read this – just go to the advanced areas of Spanish Pod 101 and you’ll be fine. For everyone else, I honestly think that if you devote an hour a day for about 2 weeks, you can actually communicate and identify in real life situations – understanding and comprehending things fairly quickly. However, you need to do 1-2 hours a day and be 100% into it for that to happen. In other words, if you want to speak Spanish fast, you need to turn off your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TV, etc. You gotta get focused and block everything else in your mind out.
Here are my 3 top habits for how to speak Spanish fast:
1. Don’t think so much. Our primary issue as adult learners is we assess and judge every dang thing that comes across our path. When I see something new in Spanish I always find myself asking the following things:
- What the heck is that?
- Why is one thing 3 words long? That’s dumb
- Wait, so there are 4 words to mean the same thing? That’s dumb
- Why is the word feminine but the prefix is masculine? What the heck!
- Why is everything in this language backwards compared to English? Throw me a bone already
The thing with Spanish is that it’s going to look silly. You’re going to look at the Spanish language and wonder who was on crack when they created the structure. The reality is, folks who do not speak English and only speak Spanish probably look at English and think the same thing. Was someone high when they made this language? This structure is ridiculous. My suggestion to you is to not think about the fact that its SO different in structure. Just read it, admit that you don’t understand it, accept it, and repeat. Then move on. The most important thing here is that when you have finished your lesson and you’re out and about in your daily routine, that you apply what you have learned. Find the situations where you can talk to yourself (out loud or in your head) and apply that sentence or phrase or word that you learned from earlier in the day or the day before….and so on. Its kinda like that old saying, “If you don’t use it you’ll lose it.” Actually, I think that refers to something else but whatever you feel me.
2. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Judging yourself will get you nowhere in life yo. It just makes learning things that much harder. Look. You’re going to sound goofy. You’re going to make mistakes. You’re going to try and speak Spanish to someone and they’re going to look at you like you’ve had a stroke. Its okay, just laugh through it, smile, and make your statement sound like a question and more than likely the person who you’re trying to communicate with with pick up on the fact that you’re struggling and they’ll correct you and/or finish your statement for you. I know Spanish well and I still go through these phases. Learning how to speak Spanish is not about being perfect, it’s about trying and not giving up. You’re going learn a lot, plateau, get frustrated, learn a lot, plateau, get frustrated, and the cycle just keeps going until you’re numb to it. If you’re too hard on yourself you’re going to end up quitting before you ever get started. Just forgive yourself, be king, laugh, and keep going. Learning how to speak Spanish is mind blowing and fun. Its not supposed to be a job. You don’t work for the CIA and this is part of your training (well maybe but I doubt it). Think of this as your entrance into cultures, into countries, into experiences. All things you won’t fully understand until you’re speaking in Spanish.
3. Be consistent. Consistency is the one thing that kills us as humans from ever achieving our full potential in really anything we do. How many times a have you started something and quit? I know I have done that hundreds of times. Sometimes I’ve even started and quite multiple things in the same day lol. One of the main issues with learning how to speak Spanish fast is that you’re going to plateau in your Spanish learning. For some folks this comes within a few days. For some it could be months. But inevitably, it happens to everyone. You’ll take a few days off, which become weeks, which become months. Then you’re sitting there one day, 2 years later, going man I should pick this back up.
Don’t fall into this trap. You’re better than that.
If you need a day off, take one! But beat yourself into submission in making yourself return to learning – even if its boring and slow. Your brain will push through it and you’ll learn how to speak Spanish much faster. There are lots of ways to learn Spanish that are fun, which I will talk about in another post, and those ways will help you during your language learning plateaus.