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Speaking Spanish Fluently


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After 5-6 years of studying Spanish I can finally say and prove that I am fluent.

I am that late because the first four years, I was never asked to speak Spanish seriously. I only spoke twice for some oral exams (I study Spanish Philology by the way).

But, this January I moved to Spain for five months. I had a bit of trouble speaking the very first days. I just never had no other option than speak the language or not speak at all. By the end of my stay I was fluent on a really high level.

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Eventually I want to get to the point that I can speak the language fluently but I'm long ways away. I also have to have perfect tough pronunciation. I find it really hard to roll my R's. Yet people say that I speak pretty well. But practice makes perfect so I keep going at it until I got it.

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Eventually I want to get to the point that I can speak the language fluently but I'm long ways away. I also have to have perfect tough pronunciation. I find it really hard to roll my R's. Yet people say that I speak pretty well. But practice makes perfect so I keep going at it until I got it.

I also have trouble rolling my Rs. I've got a fake rolled R that I can use; to me it sounds completely different, but it's apparently acceptable.  :wink:

As for my fluency level, it's nowhere near anything. I really need to be forced to use Spanish, but I'm not sure how to approach that right now. Alas, I can't afford something as fun as staying in Spain or Mexico for a few months.

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I would say I am fluent in spanish, but I still have to sometimes take the back door when talking because I don´t know the exact word I want to use, so I kinda talk around that missing word to get my point across.

I also still occassionally get blown away in some conversations when I miss a verb conjugation and totally misunderstand what the person was trying to say.  Usually happens when the skip pronouns and speed through the verb endings.

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Being able to speak spanish fluently is definitely on my bucket list. I certainly cannot speak it fluently right now, but I am working towards that goal. I think for anyone who really wants to gain fluency quickly, you will have to live in a Spanish speaking country, or be exposed to it daily.

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I am not fluent in Spanish yet, but it is definitely one of my goals for the next few years! It is true that visiting a Spanish-speaking country for a few months can improve fluency very much. Most of the replies here cite this! I would definitely like to visit one of these countries. If I have the vocabulary and grammar down, then I should be able to comprehend most of what others say and reply in Spanish. I believe that if I can surround myself with a constant Spanish-speaking environment, I can become fluent.

So if you really want to be fluent in Spanish, learn for a few years to be able to understand everything. Then make one of the Spanish-speaking countries a place to visit, and you will almost reach near-native fluency.

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I'm quite fluent since I'm a native speaker :P  But seriusly, I do know a few persons who are quite fluent in spanish, so fluent they almost sound like a native spanish speaker sometimes.  It's truly amazing, because managing to do that is not an easy job!  I know, because my language has some really tricky words :P

Actually I know a guy, he is american and married to a mexican lady.  He stutters a lot when he speaks in english, but it seems his problem isn't as severe when he speaks spanish!  His amazing!  His accent is good, not 100% good.... but for a foreigner I must say he is doing great! So I believe a good fluency in spanish is completely possible.

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  • 2 years later...

Nope.  At this point, I'm lucky if I'm conversational.  The good news is that I can pick words out of conversations.  The bad news is that with two jobs and a two-year-old, it harder and harder to find time to learn.  Any downtime that I have goes to learning, but sadly, I don't have that much downtime. 

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  • 4 months later...

I totally get you, in the last months I have been so busy and stressed I just couldn't practice Dutch as much as I wanted to, and I don't even have a kid! I don't even want to imagine what it will be like when I have one.  But this morning I woke up telling myself: You are moving to the Netherlands, you better start working on Dutch again!''.  Have you tried Memrise :)  You could practice with it at least 5 minutes at a time.  I  will try that. 

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  • 1 month later...

Despite of being a spanish native. When I was a teenager, I pretty much sucked so hard at speaking since I stuttered a lot and was unable to handle an eloquent talk, due mostly to my  shyness and because anxiety was like a prom date to me. I started to speak out my thoughts and read more out loud, and worked wonders to me. Right now I can handle conferences without any crippling trace of scenic fears.

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  • 6 months later...

Im on a 10 year plan to become fluent and reach a B2 level.  Like most here I dont live in a spanish speaking country but I do expose myself the the spanish language daily.  I have been studying 1 hr a day for about a year now and still cant pass the A1 spanish test :lol: I wont be discourage though 

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