How To Improve Your Spanish Skills Quickly

By Joy Lo


Learning Spanish quickly doesn’t have to look like the classes you took in high school. Whether you’re new to the language or you want to work on your Spanish fluency, there’s a method for everyone.

Students in Costa Rica

Students learning Spanish on an immersion program in Costa Rica. Image courtesy of InterExchange

Don’t put yourself in a box; mix and match strategies from these three learning styles to create your path to conversational Spanish.

For The Visual Learner

You prefer to ‘see’ things as you learn, and have a strong pictorial memory.
  • Watch your favorite TV show or movie in Spanish or with Spanish subtitles. Knowing the plot will help you decipher the words!
  • Set your phone and social media settings to Spanish, so you take it in all day.
  • Put together or purchase flashcards with pictures. Post a few around the house near their corresponding items until you’ve learned them.
  • Read books in Spanish: children’s books, young adult novels, or your favorite series.

For The Traditional Learner

You prefer classic methods like memorization, lectures, and reading.
  • Join a class at your local community college.
  • Try an online lecture series.
  • Utilize a language learning app, so you can practice anytime, anywhere.
  • Create a self-study routine, complete with color-coded highlighters.
  • Pore over your old textbooks, flashcards, and notes.

For The Hands-On Learner

You prefer physical movement and social interaction.
  • Practice at Spanish-speaking places in your community, like a Hispanic grocery store or Latin restaurant.
  • Enlist a Spanish-speaking friend to text and talk to you in conversational Spanish.
  • Join a language exchange program, either in your area or online.
  • Adventure to a new country on a Spanish immersion program.
  • Sing the Spanish version of your favorite English song, or check out the Latin Billboard charts for extra cultural exchange.

¡Buena suerte!

Joy Lo Joy Lo

Joy is a huge advocate for cultural exchange. She's lived across the USA, then moved overseas to London and Sydney. She currently resides in Jakarta, Indonesia, giving her a unique perspective on working and thriving in a culture not her own. Joy graduated from the University of Sydney with a degree in Marketing and started her career in the au pair industry. She works on the blog and social media for the Au Pair USA program.

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