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Ultimate Guide: How to Understand Spoken Spanish

 

Being able to understand spoken Spanish is one of the biggest challenges students face when they’re getting started. In this article, we will go over a few important aspects to keep in mind in order to practice your listening skills with a focus on understanding spoken Spanish in real life.

This article will focus on understanding spoken Spanish, but in order to do so, you need to have a foundation of basic grammar and vocabulary that is beyond the scope of this article.

In other words, in order to understand spoken Spanish, you need to know the meaning of common words and how they are used to make sentences and express ideas. Understanding spoken Spanish is a skill that requires practice, but in order to practice understanding Spanish, you need to be familiar with the words that make up common sentences.

If you feel like you need to review common words and verbs, you can find a list of commonly used words here: Common Spanish Words

In this article, we will go over a few important aspects to keep in mind in order to practice your listening skills with a focus on understanding spoken Spanish in real life and letting go of limiting thoughts that may be holding you back.  We will also talk about some of the most important aspects of Spanish you should focus on while practicing your listening and comprehension skills, as well as a few tips you can use to find practice materials online.

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How to Pronounce Useful Phrases when Asking for Directions in Spanish (and giving directions in Spanish)

Walking around in a new city is one of the best ways to know more about the local culture and find interesting places to visit. But, what if you are in a Spanish speaking city? “No hay problema”, in this article we will learn words and phrases that will make the process of asking and giving directions in Spanish much easier and enjoyable.

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Spanish phrases you can use at Customs and Immigration in a Spanish speaking Country

Visiting a foreign country is an eye opening experience that invites us to learn about ourselves as we open our minds to a different world. However, there are times where having a little extra preparation can be very useful. For example, when you visit Customs and Immigrations in a Spanish speaking country.

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Listening: The Biography of Pedro Infante (Podcast) – Dual Spanish – SPJ 020

 

In this session, we will go over a Dual Spanish practice to help you understand more spoken Spanish as we review The Biography of Pedro Infante. You can listen here:

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Listening: Dialogue Between an IT Engineer and a Project Manager (Podcast) – Dual Spanish – SPJ 016

 

In this session, we will go over a Dual Spanish practice to help you understand more spoken Spanish as we review a Dialogue Between an IT Engineer and a Project Manager at work. You can listen here:

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Easy Ways to Talk about the Future in Spanish

It was almost lunch time, when Umir came to my desk and asked me this: “How do I say: “I am going to the bathroom?”

“Why do you want to know that?” I asked.

He replied: “Because I was on my way to the bathroom, I got curious and I started thinking: How would I say this in Spanish?”

He continued by saying: “I already know a little about the present tense. But, how do I talk about the future in Spanish?”

I explained that an easy way to say “I am going to the bathroom” in Spanish is: “Voy a ir al baño”, and then continued to share a few basic tools to talk about the future in Spanish during lunch.

Today, we will review a few of the tools I shared with him that day, as well as additional ones that have been very useful for my students over the years.

In this article, we will review a few conversational shortcuts that will be useful for beginners who want to talk about the future in Spanish without having to memorize lots of conjugations.

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