How to get the most out of online Spanish courses
Since the beginning of the pandemic and lockdowns, there has been a boom in opportunities for online learning. Unfortunately, most online Spanish courses don’t take you much beyond level B1. If you have reached that level, you probably still find it difficult to participate in real conversations with native speakers.You’re not alone! Many high intermediate-advanced learners express this frustration.
If you are serious about improving your Spanish, our online Spanish courses aim to help you fill that gap in your knowledge and skills. We focus on colloquial language spoken at native-speaker speed. But when you are studying online, there is sometimes a tendency to be a passive consumer of the lesson, listening or watching the audio or video, or reading a text, only once, rushing through the exercises, and then considering that lesson “done”, possibly within an hour or so. This won’t work. You have to put in the effort if you really want to move ahead.
Ideally, we recommend that you complete one lesson a week, repeating each component of the lesson until you understand everything, can distinguish every single word in the audio or video, score 100% in all the activities, and can read aloud, chiming in with the actors or presenters, keeping up with their speed and copying their intonation.
In the pronunciation lessons, repeat the lesson, especially the interactive component, until your pronunciation sounds more like that of the virtual teacher. In fact, the only way to improve pronunciation is to listen and repeat many times, not only for an hour or two one day but also during the days and weeks that follow, until you can automatically coordinate the position and movement of your tongue, and your lips, your teeth as well as the flow of air through your mouth. In order to produce more authentic Spanish sounds.