Why Is It Important To Improve Conversation Skills?
Conversation is essential in order to learn another language. If you do not know how to express yourself, you might feel uncomfortable when you try to speak to others. This is especially true when you want to start a conversation with strangers.
Many people get really nervous when it is time to speak in a foreign language. They might feel anxious and under pressure, because they are trying to think about the next question or topic to talk about.
It is true, not everyone has the gift of the gab. But guess what? We can work on it!
Remember that it is completely fine to make mistakes when you start the process of speaking a new language. Do not be afraid, and learn to embrace your mistakes. Essentially, they are a reminder that you are trying, and will help you to get better each day.
Do not think about being accurate at the beginning, you will master the language by speaking it.
Have You Ever Thought That You Would Be Fluent If Only You Had The Time?
Keep in mind that a magician who creates and innovates new tricks does so, not because he woke up one day with all the skills and abilities to create magic. No, he practiced for a long time before creating the perfect magic illusion.
Let’s think about a classical dancer; she had to fall many times and practiced for hours on end to master the techniques.
It is the same situation with learning a language. In order to communicate, you need to practice and speak it every day.
Just imagine that you practice 30 minutes per day with a native speaker. In the beginning, you will start a light conversation with basic Spanish knowledge. After a period of time, you will recognize that you have learned a lot of vocabulary, idioms, lost the fear of talking, and most importantly; are familiarized with everyday Spanish.
If you find a buddy partner to talk with every day this will certainly help you learn. But it is even more beneficial to find someone who can guide you during the process, and correct your mistakes by giving feedback and practicing with you. This way, you will realize that having a native Spanish conversation daily is the only thing you need to become fluent.
Of course, you can improve Spanish by watching movies, series on Netflix, tutorials, practicing online grammar exercises; but all these activities will not give what you really need, that is to speak and create a Spanish conversation without any difficulty!
Several Ways To Establish A Spanish Conversation
After finding your buddy partner, keep in mind that people love to talk about themselves. So you can ask them about their family and hobbies, what do they do, what is their favorite kind of music, artist or food, or what are their goals and desires.
Remember that if you find a native Spanish speaker you will also learn about their culture. This makes things interesting because you will not only learn a language but also a new culture.
You will also make a new friend, and why not! It means you will know someone that you can visit in another country someday.
Things to keep in mind when you start a Spanish conversation
When starting a conversation in Spanish, it is important to break the ice (romper el hielo)! The easiest way is to start by saying:
- Hola – Hi/Hello
- ¿Cómo estás? How are you?
- ¿Cómo te llamas? Hello, what is your name?
- ¿Como vas? How is it going?
- ¿Que tal? How is it going?
- ¿Cómo va todo? How is everything?
As you can see, there are many ways to start a conversation, and it is good to know those expressions.
There are also a few uncommon ones like Hola, qué más? – Hi, what else? Well, that would be the literal translation. In actual fact though, this is an idiom used in a number of Spanish speaking countries including Ecuador, Perú and Colombia. It really means – Hey, what’s up?
In addition, when you do not understand something you can use the following phrases:
- Disculpa, puedes repetir eso? Sorry, Can you repeat that?
- Qué significa “______”? What does “______” mean?
- Repite eso otra vez, por favor. Repeat that once again, please.
Be careful of where you use certain expressions though. This is because there are some that sound a little bit stronger in Spanish, like stupid – estúpido/a. Instead of this, you can say silly – tonto/a.
If you want to say stupid things you can say tonterías.
And if somebody calls by your name it’s not too polite to answer “que – what”. Instead, you should say “dime” or “mande”. (The second one is a phrase used in Mexico, Perú and Ecuador).
The last most important thing: Practice, practice, practice!