So how does someone get better at speaking in Spanish? One way is to make your own dictionary. Are you reading something that you don’t understand? Write it down and look it up. Hear something that you didn’t quite catch. Stop the audio (if you can) and replay it again and again. Yes, you could just search online or use a regular dictionary, but the time you take to learn something will help you to remember even more.
Other way is to practice conjugation and memorize it. Conjugation is when you change a verb to suit the subject, like “I walk,” “you walk” or “she walks.” Conjugations can more evident in Spanish than in English. In Spanish, the same example would be “camino,” “caminas,” or “camina.” As the endings are so unique, you don’t even need to add the subject.
If you have the money, try to travel to the country to speak the language. Spanish has so many countries to choose from. Total immersion is the best way to hear how native speakers speak, to themselves and to others. If you can’t afford to travel to the country, try to find spaces where your language is spoken. In Canada, there are so many spaces where you can find people of different backgrounds. You could go to a Spanish/Latino club, attend a Spanish/Latino school, or even eat at to a Spanish/Latino restaurant. At first, try to listen and take things in like a baby. Get used to the sound, the pace and the musicality of the language. Once you’ve learned a few sentences, you can start trying to speak. Don’t be afraid of messing up, looking silly or not knowing the right words. It’s all part of the learning process!