To become fluent you must start with basic Spanish conversation.
That was my thinking before I step foot on this journey many moons ago.
Did you know that Spanish is spoken by more that 500 million people in the world?
When I first started learning Spanish back in 2014. I knew nothing in Spanish other than basic hola, adios, por favor, gracias. Not to mention, starting with basic Spanish conversation made me realise how bad my english was.
Starting a basic Spanish conversation
I’ve found that most great conversation usually begins with a question. If you are new to learning Spanish don’t worry. In this article I’m going to cover some of the ways you can start with the most simple Spanish conversation ever.
For me, deciding to learn Spanish planted seeds of interest of new and different cultures in my mind. Not just the idea of saying thank you in Spanish.
I started taking Trips of Growth which lead me to create my project – Layer Culture.
To start any conversation in any language, especially one that is not your own, you have to be interested. You’ll find thousands of useful Spanish phrases out there but if you’re not interested you simply won’t use them.
To be honest with myself now, I think I must have bought around 2 or 3 books. Books just filled with popular Spanish phrases and I never utilised them properly. Instead, I found myself hacking popular Spanish words and phrases to make my own sentences.
Then I came to the conclusion I was more interested in talking about the things I would normally talk about in English thus speaking and memorising those words everyday in Spanish.
Use everyday language
I decided I would use some of these everyday things “I say” for the basis of a basic Spanish conversation. The point being here, rather than searching for the most common Spanish phrases, I started to write down phrases that were common in my everyday conversation dialog.
So, instead of skimming thick exercise books and thinking to myself how do I say “I don’t know in Spanish” again, I add some of the own vocabulary into the mix.
From there on, I started build my own book of phrases which became the blueprint for my own conversational Spanish. As I got into building my own library I realised there were some other benefits to doing this.
Let’s take a look 5 benefits of Studying and practicing Spanish daily:
5 reasons to practice Spanish daily
- Increase problem-solving skills, improve your memory and mental sharpness.
- Learning new words in both languages
- Experience Multiculturalism
- Meeting new and interesting people
- Travel and Discover new realms
These are just some of the benefits I’ve received by learning how to have a conversation in Spanish. At the beginning I would never have thought that learning Spanish would lead to any of those points. But this is what happens when you start to ask more questions in Spanish.
Speaking with Natives and Locals
If you’re speaking with native speakers, which I highly recommend. Be aware of where they come from. As you probably know by now, I focus on Latin American Spanish or as some regions call it, Castellano, which can be classed as different from the Spanish spoken in Spain.
What I did eventually was pick a region in which I liked the Spanish. It could be for practical or personal reasons, you can choose. For example I recommend you follow the Spanish from one of the following countries if you’re a beginner.
But the reality is, you can pick up any Spanish you like. You can mix it – remix and say any words you like. The good news is most basic Spanish phrases are the same. You’ll find slight discrepancies but don’t let those put you off. This is the key to start to learn conversational Spanish.
Basic Spanish Conversation
The key thing for you to be able to start with basic Spanish sentences, vocabulary and phrases, is to get talking. There are tons of Spanish Conversation textbooks and even apps. I mention some of the one I use in my growth report however they don’t help conversation.
What you’ll also find is that a lot of the Spanish dialogue in those resources can be very formal or even unnatural. The last thing you want to do it’s turn up in plaza bolivar sounding like a walking text book. Nor will be able to count to 50 in Spanish help you.
Let’s be real… It will turn you into a target for street urchins to harass you for whatever ever peso they can get.
Now, let’s take a look at some of the basic phrases you might use in a Spanish conversation for beginners to get you thinking.
Spanish conversation starters
Here are some basic Spanish Conversation starters that I have used to date.
¿En qué trabajas? – What is your profession?
¿De dónde eres? – Where are you from?
¿Cómo te llamas? – What’s your name?
¿Qué habriás hecho? – What would you have done
Te avisaré – I will let you know
The most common Spanish phrases
Below are some every basic phrases in Spanish you can use. It will be very likely that you’l use these or be asked one of these questions at some point in Spanish conversation practice.
¿Qué tal? – How’s it going?
¿Has estado en Estados Unidos? – Have you been to United States?
¿Me haces un favor? – Will you do me a favour?
No te preocupes- Don’t worry
Mañana nos vemos – See you tomorrow
No hay problema – No problem!
Common Spanish phrases I have used
Here are some basic conversational Spanish phrases that I have used to date.
Me siento un poco cansado – Me siento un poco cansado
Fui a cenar – I went for dinner
Te enviaré una foto – I will send you a photo
Me levanté muy temprano – I woke up very early
Yo estaba ocupado haciendo otra cosas – I was busy doing other things
Me voy a bañar – I’m going to get a shower
5 ways to become fluent in Spanish
Never underestimate the power of common phrases in Spanish.
I have found a little can go along way. Times when I’ve thought about saying something more complex; I was missing that 1 simple common Spanish phrase that I learned right at the beginning of my journey.
Below I will list 5 ways to become fluent in Spanish.
- Build your own catalog of words, phrases and verbs
- Find future conversation partners
- Watch films (with subtitles)
- Listen to the Radio
- Test yourself daily, weekly, monthly, yearly
My Spanish Learning Journey
You can replicate these methods easily, but the critical factor to keep you improving is consistency. Being consistent you can achieve fluency with any one of the above methods.
In my article the best way to learn Spanish from home, I wrote 3 traits that you’ll need to succeed and become fluent in Spanish:
Without these three things, you’ll find it almost impossible to achieve fluency. If lacking consistency, you are likely to forget what you have learnt as it will have only had the chance to reach your short-term memory.
The idea with these techniques is to be always collecting new words and phrases. Think about the words you use daily in English which you don’t know in Spanish. These are words that you can re-use in your Spanish conversation.
If you’re not already. I invite you to consider the possibly of learning Spanish as a second or third language.
Having a native teacher to track my progress has definitely helped me retain the new vocabulary I learn helping me to become fluent in Spanish.
Learn Spanish For Free
As you may already know, I use Verbling as my main platform for learning Spanish. Especially when I’m not in Latin America.
Now I’m going to introduce you to my favourite teacher who you’re going to love. If you don’t already speak Spanish that’s perfect.
By the end of your first lesson I can guarantee you’ll be speaking Spanish!
If like me you already speak Spanish them this is the perfect opportunity to practice. I’m currently doing between 2-3 hours per week using Verbing.
How to get your free Lesson
Whether you’re serious about learning Spanish or just trying out the platform for fun, this is a great opportunity.
When I was backing South America and didn’t have much money. I found a way to get free online Spanish lessons by taking trials with many different teachers.
My intention wasn’t to get free lessons but to screen different teachers using the Verbling platform.
My plan was that once I’d found a teacher that I felt was a right match for me, I would then go on to paying for lessons. Which is how I found my current teacher.
But what I realised was that some of the teacher were offering free trial lessons to newcomers. I’d managed to go a few weeks getting free lesson to be able to talk to different teachers in the process.
If you are low are money or skeptical about using Verbling then this is a great way to trial it without investing any real cash.
I hope you learned something from this article and can feel confident in engaging in a basic Spanish conversation with the tips I have mentioned.
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