So I want to help you, if you are a beginner you will hit the floor running, and if you have been studying Spanish for a while you will boost your confidence. Does it sound good? The challenge starts the 19th of March and to take part on it, you need to sign up, you can do so here –> https://blancadelatorre.kartra.com/page/itz80
I really hope you join me in this challenge, regardless of your level, it is going to be so much fun, but even if you decide to pass, you can still keep reading this blog and find out 3 tips to improve your Spanish pronunciation.
3 tips to improve your Spanish pronunciation
Pronunciation is important as you want people you talk to be able to understand you, there are few things more discouraging than spending hours studying a language and once you have the chance to communicate with someone in real life they are not able to understand what you are saying…Do not worry I am here to avoid that happening to you.
And also I have seen people with good accent, in other words good pronunciation being more confident and being able to communicate better than other people, even when they did not have the best grammar.
1-Listen, before you start speaking you need to get familiar with the way Spanish speak, if you are listening an audio, listen to it several times. Try to practice with slower audios as if the audio is too fast you won’t be able to hear the syllables properly.
2-Repeat, and I mean it! When you are listening something, don’t just repeat once and move on, repeat as many times as you need until you are comfortable with the words. I recommend a minimum of three times.
3-Record yourself speaking in Spanish if you could have a native speaking giving you feedback would be awesome, but it is not necessary, you can always listening to your audio and compare it with original one. Take note of the differences and work on improving your pronunciation to closely match the native recording.
An amazing way to practice all these three tips is listening to music! Pick a Spanish sound, make sure you got the lyrics for it and listening to it once and again, do not try to repeat the lyrics straight away, that will create confusion and disappointed and you won’t be familiarize with the lyrics yet. After a few times, you can start only focusing on the chorus, they are always easier as they repeat several times, then you will be ready to go, start reading/singing the lyrics at the same time, after a few times you could try and record yourself to see how you are doing, or where to improve.
I leave you some suggestions that are a good fit for practicing this exercise.
- Agua by Jarabe de palo , the link I leave is a phenomenal resource for Spanish learners https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=24&v=rAdAOm5YaJI
- Olvido by Amaral , the vocabulary in the lyrics is quite simple, you I specially recommend it if you are a beginner. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qU3uu0jW1-c
- Muelle de San Blas by Maná, the lyrics tell a story, so it is a great way to practice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTdSt35UVwk
- And finally if you want to challenge yourself try muñeca de trapo by La Oreja de Van Gogh https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kn4PCbFNU1c
So these are my 3 tips to improve your Spanish pronunciation, now it is your turn, come over to the comments and let me know:
-from 0 (being not confident at all) to 10 (very confident) where do you think you stand with your Spanish pronunciation?
-are you going to join me for the FREE 4 days Spanish pronunciation challenge? You can join here https://blancadelatorre.kartra.com/page/itz80 you totally should! It is going to be epic!
-have your pronunciation ever stopped you from speaking Spanish?
-have you ever practice your Spanish pronunciation with songs?
Looking forward to hearing from you
With love and lots of excitement waiting for the challenge!