My level of Spanish is pretty good. I have been living in Spain for over 5 years now and I can hold a conversation about pretty much any topic. South American history, online marketing technology, the world economic situation. No problem. But there is one thing that I still freeze up over. Chit chat. Just hanging out with a bunch of people and talking about nothing. Running into a friend in the street and catching up quickly for 20 seconds. These situations leave me stumbling and tongue tied looking for the right words.
If I could crack this problem, I am confident that my level of Spanish would jump up another level.
So it’s time to do something about it. The core of the problem seems to be that my brain is not quick enough to come out with the appropriate Spanish conversational phrases. Everything is happening too quickly and I don’t have time to think ahead about genders, verb conjugations or, my personal weak point, the vosotros verb forms if I am in a group. What I need is a plan.
I am going to memorise a few key phrases until they pop out of my mouth without thinking. Phrases for running into a friend, a neighbour, meeting a group of people in a bar etc. I hope that you will help me out and leave some other Spanish conversation examples in the comments as well.
Meeting One Person (tú form)
- ¿Cómo andas?
- ¿Cuánto tiempo? ¿Qué tal todo?
- ¿Qué te cuentas?
One small positive step towards improving my Spanish. If you want to join in with another way of gently keeping the focus on your studies, then sign up below to receive my bi-weekly Spanish Challenge emails. The challenges are to help me and you make some good progress with learning Spanish. They are pretty simple, to give us teh best chance of actually doing them, but every small completed bit of practice is a victory when life is busy.