How to Expand Your Spanish Vocabulary

What’s the hardest part of learning Spanish? The grammar? Verb tenses? For me, it was actually building up a decent-sized vocabulary. All the grammar in the world won’t help you if you don’t know enough Spanish words to hold a conversation. Follow these tips to quickly expand your Spanish vocabulary.

Get Flash Cards – Flash cards are the best invention since sliced bed. The most effective way to use them is put 10 cards or so in your pocket and drill them throughout the day whenever you have a few moments to spare be it in the elevator, on your lunch break, or even in the restroom. You should be able to learn at least 5-10 words per day from just a few minutes of study. Before boronia know it, you’ll have added hundreds of words to your vocabulary.
Read Spanish Newspapers – Free Spanish news sources online make excellent vocabulary-builders. Since the news is generally written at a level easily digestible by the masses, most Spanish students with a basic grounding in the language should be able to read the news with the help of a dictionary. First, find your news source of choice. Next, read today’s front-page stories. Every time you see a word you don’t know, write it down on a sheet of paper and look up its definition in the dictionary. Make a note of its basic definition, in your own words, on the piece of paper. By the time you finish today’s top stories, you should have a list of vocabulary words to study. Make a point of going over this list once or twice before bed so that next time you see that particular word, you won’t need a dictionary at all.

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