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Finding (and Keeping) Awesome Spanish Exchange Partners

Finding (and Keeping) Awesome Spanish Exchange Partners

Having frequent conversations with native Spanish speakers is a great strategy for getting out of Intermediate Purgatory, but finding the right people to connect with can be a real challenge.

Here is an email from Sean sharing his experience with apps like HelloTalk:

I struggle finding language partners that have similar goals, time tables and styles as mine. It seems like I meet tons of people for one or two conversations, and then… Poof! It’s on to the next person.
—Sean

So true!

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The Secret to Fluency: Talking to Yourself in Spanish

The Secret to Fluency: Talking to Yourself in Spanish

One of the most common problems when you’re stuck in Spanish Intermediate Purgatory is not being able to have fluid conversations. The reason might be a lack of vocabulary, pronunciation mistakes or shaky grammar. But one thing is sure to have a huge positive effect in your confidence: thinking in Spanish.

The more time you spend thinking in Spanish, the more natural it will feel to speak it. This might seem obvious, but when everyone around you is speaking English, it can be quite a challenge to stay in Spanish mode (even if it’s only inside your head).

In this video, I talk about a couple of techniques that can help you think in Spanish as you go about your day. They’re not hard to implement, but they require multiple tries. You just have to be willing to get back on the bike after you fall.

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The Fastest Way to Increase Your Spanish Vocabulary

The Fastest Way to Increase Your Spanish Vocabulary

Some Spanish words are super easy to remember, but others are just the opposite: no matter how many times you read or hear them, they never seem to stick. What can you do about it?

New words are typically hard to remember because your brain is really good at ignoring unfamiliar and irrelevant things. And let’s face it, reading a word like “alcantarilla” can initially look like a random combination of letters with no relevance to your life.

But if you’re crossing a street in Valencia and your shoe happens to get stuck on a manhole cover the moment the traffic light turns green, assuming you survive the incoming traffic, you’re going to have a hard time ever forgetting the word “alcantarilla”.

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A Spanish Daily Routine for People Who Struggle with Daily Routines

A Spanish Daily Routine for People Who Struggle with Daily Routines

To take your spanish to the next level, you’re going to need to implement a consistent daily routine.

That sounds like a great idea, but we’ve all tried it and it’s not easy. We’re usually confronted by two important obstacles: finding the time to practice Spanish and staying consistent.

It’s easy to feel motivated one day and study a bunch of Spanish, but how can you ensure that you give a similar amount of effort the next day?

I recommend following a simple process:

  1. Plan what you want, then
  2. Do what you can, and then
  3. Track what you did.
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Stop Translating in Your Head When You Speak Spanish

Stop Translating in Your Head When You Speak Spanish

When you’re consuming Spanish in print or audio form, it’s easy to fall into Spectator Mode and spend hours listening or reading without actually producing any Spanish. The best way to avoid this trap is to read or repeat aloud what you consume.

I’ve created a video to help you go through this process sentence by sentence. Check it out!

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The Quickest Way to Stop Confusing the Preterite and the Imperfect

The Quickest Way to Stop Confusing the Preterite and the Imperfect

When you’re consuming Spanish in print or audio form, it’s easy to fall into Spectator Mode and spend hours listening or reading without actually producing any Spanish. The best way to avoid this trap is to read or repeat aloud what you consume.

I’ve created a video to help you go through this process sentence by sentence. Check it out!

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Should I learn Spanish from Spain or from Latin America?

Should I learn Spanish from Spain or from Latin America?

When you’re consuming Spanish in print or audio form, it’s easy to fall into Spectator Mode and spend hours listening or reading without actually producing any Spanish. The best way to avoid this trap is to read or repeat aloud what you consume.

I’ve created a video to help you go through this process sentence by sentence. Check it out!

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Who is the Inventor of Nachos? – Spanish Listening Challenge

Who is the Inventor of Nachos? – Spanish Listening Challenge

When you’re consuming Spanish in print or audio form, it’s easy to fall into Spectator Mode and spend hours listening or reading without actually producing any Spanish. The best way to avoid this trap is to read or repeat aloud what you consume.

I’ve created a video to help you go through this process sentence by sentence. Check it out!

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