Okay so I'm trying to learn fluent Spanish, I know basic words and sentences. Where I live nobody speaks it so I couldn't have a regular conversation, do you have any advice on learning quickly and fluently? Any advice would be great
If you don’t have anybody to speak with you can download apps to meet people from all over the world. I have shared them in many posts already, like this one (recommendations on this post can help you too). Latin American people are usually very kind and friendly so don’t worry if you’re a beginner, I’m sure they will help you. :)
If you want to learn fast you have to immerse yourself in the Spanish world as much as you can.
Learn about your interests in Spanish. You will learn better if you do something that you like. Learn how to say in Spanish what you like to do or what you are interested about. Google it in Spanish, find videos in Spanish about it, read articles in Spanish about it, find Spanish speakers who also like that, etc.
Play video games in Spanish. You will learn a lot of vocabulary from video games and it will be easier to remember because you can see the things and interact with them. Even if it’s just Facebook games, most of them have settings to change the language.
These are my best recommendations of websites to learn natural Spanish:
Find a teacher on Italki to have classes on Skype.
To learn vocabulary easier and faster I recommend to use memorization techniques. For example mnemonics (here’s a good explanation), this is a technique where you turn a Spanish word into similar words in your native language and you make a story out of it, the funnier or weirdest the better. Daily Spanish word does this with all the words. You can take their ideas or make your own. It takes time at the beginning, but it’s very useful in the long term.
You can also use a memory palace. Here’s a good explanation about this. You can make it with anything you want, your house, your favorite shopping mall, your neighborhood or city, your car, even your body. The key is to insert the new information into familiar places.
I also recommend you this podcasts Sponge Mind. It has the same episode in English and Korean, but it’s about language learning in general.
That’s all for now, I think. I hope this was useful. :)