I’m Nacho and I’m obsessed with teaching people how to get out of Spanish Intermediate Purgatory.
That’s when you know your Spanish is pretty good, but you feel like you’ve stopped improving.
It’s when you understand everything that people say, but when you want to continue the conversation, your brain freezes up and you say nothing.
It’s when you’ve been studying Spanish for years, but whenever you try to speak to natives, they reply in English.
It’s kind of a bummer, but there’s a way out: deliberate practice. I go into a lot more depth here and here, but here’s the gist: you need to produce as much Spanish as you consume. When you’re reading, read out loud. When you’re listening, pause and repeat what you heard. When you come across a challenging sentence, look away and try to repeat it from memory.
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PS: In case you’re curious: I’ve lived most of my life in Spain. When I was 14 years old, my family moved to New Jersey and I spent three years in an American high school. That experience completely changed my perspective on the world and led to my fascination for languages. I have a PhD in Bioinformatics. I currently live in Boston with my former Italian language-exchange partner (now wife).