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16 Easy Ways To Practice Spanish Daily

Tom Malone/Adventure Tribune
If you already know the basics of Spanish, but need more practice, you need to do just that - practice. Here are 16 easy ways to practice Spanish each day.


Maybe you studied Spanish for four years in high school and can barely recall the basics of Spanish grammar, but you want to get better. Or, perhaps you just returned from some significant time abroad in a Spanish-speaking country and don't want to lose what you learned.

Regardless of your motivations and situations for improving your Spanish skills, it's imperative that you practice in order to maintain that skill. Fluency in a foreign language comes in four parts: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. You should practice in all areas to maintain a sufficient fluency. But, how?

Here are 16 ways in which you can sharpen your understanding of the Spanish language with minimal disruption to your daily routine.


Reading

1. Read Spanish Newspapers
Articles from Spanish newspapers, like El Pais, are available online just like any English newspaper. Read one article per day in the same way you would read an article from your favorite English newspaper as a means to improve your language skills and understanding of current events.

2. Read Your Favorite Book In Spanish
Odds are that one of your favorite books has been translated into Spanish. Check it out from the library, or buy it from Amazon. If you're not too confident in your ability to read an entire book in Spanish, try a translated version of your favorite children's book, like Henry Huggins.

3. Change Your Phone's Language To Spanish
You probably use your phone obsessively each day, so why not use that obsession as a means to practice Spanish? Change your phone and app settings to Spanish so you can practice your vocabulary each time you check your social media pages.

4. Use Spanish Recipes
People find and download recipes for new dishes all the time. Why not find recipes written in Spanish as a way to practice reading? Find recipes in Spanish that also have some flare to add some cuisine culture to your language learning.


Writing

5. Keep A Spanish Journal
If you already keep a daily journal, add a short section written in Spanish. If you're not in the habit of keeping a daily journal, now could be the time to start - and write your entries in Spanish. The entries don't need to be long, but enough to keep your skills fresh.

6. Write To A Spanish-Speaking Pen Pal
Find a Spanish-speaking pen pal and write to them via email, Facebook Messenger, or old fashioned snail mail. If you just returned from some time abroad, perhaps someone you met would be willing to be your pen pal.

7. Write Daily Notes I Spanish
If you already keep a to-do list, or if you always write sticky notes to yourself, try writing these notes in Spanish as a way to keep your written skills sharp. Eventually, you'll  need to use words that you don't know, which will force you to improve your vocabulary through quick research.

8. Write A Spanish Blog Post
The internet is full of Spanish blogs. Write a blog post and submit it to a blog; or, start your own blog and publish every post in Spanish. Who cares if it's perfect - it's about you learning a new language.


Listening

9. Spanish Podcasts
Podcasts are all the rage these days, especially for commuters. Find an interesting podcast in Spanish and plug that in as your drive to work. Not only will you practice hearing the language, but you'll learn some cool information from the podcast itself.

10. Spanish Radio
Almost every city has at least one AM radio station that broadcasts news and talk radio in Spanish. Find that station and listen to it for ten minutes on your daily commute. It's free, it's convenient, and it's a great way to hear the language.

11. Audio Book In Spanish
Apps like Audible allow commuters to download audiobooks and listen to them anywhere. Why not download an audiobook in Spanish? Start with a story you're already familiar with, and then branch out to new stories as a way to train your brain each day.

12. Watch Spanish T.V. And Movies
Plenty of organizations broadcast television in Spanish: Univision, Telemundo, Netflix, etc. Find a nightly news program that you enjoy on one of these channels and listen to it each day. Or, find a soccer game with a Spanish broadcast. If you're feeling up to a challenge, watch a Spanish film that you've never seen.


Speaking

13. Spanish-Speaking Partner
In your own city, find a person who speaks Spanish and set up weekly get-togethers with them where you speak Spanish for a half hour. Sit down, get coffee, and just talk. If the person is trying to learn English, you can trade: 30 minutes of Spanish, 30 minutes of English.

14. Talk To Yourself
This may sound crazy, but talking to yourself can be the best way to practice speaking Spanish without the fear of saying the wrong word. When you're driving, talk to yourself and describe the scenery. When you're at home, speak to your dog in Spanish about the events of your day. Either way, you'll practice speaking another language in the lowest-pressure scenario possible.

15. Narrate Your Cooking In Spanish
While you make dinner, narrate your cooking process to yourself, your dog, your significant other, or your kids. By explaining the steps of cooking while you cook, you'll practice fluency, and you'll gradually pick up speed as your speaking confidence grows.

16. Call Spanish-Speaking Customer Service Lines
If you're frequently on the phone with cable, cell phone, and appliance customer service representatives, try the Spanish-speaking option. Your customer service necessity doesn't even need to be that important, but calling to practice will help your speaking and listening fluency.


Hopefully one (or all) of these ways to practice Spanish resonated with you, and hopefully you found away in which you can continue to utilize your Spanish-speaking skills through daily practice so you can be sharp for the next time your really need to use your second language abilities.

Know of another way that helps you practice Spanish? Let The Adventure Tribune know by sending your suggestions to our Submissions department - email submissions@adventuretribune.com.

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Tom Malone is the Editor-In-Chief of The Adventure Tribune and author of adventure novels, like Across Americana. He is based in Denver, Colorado, where he adventures through the Rocky Mountains while not traveling abroad.
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