If you’re doing your due diligence in regard to your Spanish studies, it won’t take you too long to reach an intermediate level of Spanish. And when you do, one of the things you should do is transition from using English to learn Spanish and start learning Spanish in Spanish. Let me give you a few reasons why it’s important to make that transition.
1. Doing so will give you a better understanding of how the language works
You’ll learn Spanish naturally, the same way native speakers do, instead of being taught how to convert English to Spanish. You’ll learn all the nuances of the Spanish language.
2. You’ll learn how to sound like a native speaker
I’m talking about way more than your accent. Spanish speakers inherently form Spanish sentences differently then we do. When we start learning, we take our English brain and try to create Spanish from our English way of thinking.
What you say may be grammatically correct and perfectly understandable, but you’ll forever sound just a little “off” unless you start thinking in Spanish and learning how to construct sentences the same way they do. And that means you need to learn Spanish in Spanish.
3. It’s going to take your Spanish to the next level
The sheer act of being able to learn Spanish in Spanish alone is going to help you improve tremendously. In fact, it’s going to take you from an intermediate level to advanced.
Now just to be clear, when I say “learn Spanish in Spanish”, I’m not just talking about being able to understand what the teacher, podcast or video says, I’m also talking about being able to ask questions and interact in Spanish as well. In other words, a 100% full blown conversation in Spanish, with little or no reliance on English.
Once you can do that, in my eyes your transition isn’t from intermediate to advanced, it’s from intermediate to a full-fledged Spanish speaker.
With all of that said, I’ve picked 3 YouTube channels that will help you start down the path of learning Spanish in Spanish. Being able to fully leverage these resources is going to help get you going the right direction on the final leg of your journey to Spanish fluency.
These are in no particular order. If you want to visit any of these channels, just click on the corresponding image.
Let’s get started.
I just came across this site not too long ago and it quickly became one of my favorites. María hails from Colombia and has excellent lessons on a variety of topics in Spanish, including grammar and colloquial Spanish, not to mention some very useful lessons on doing day to day things like grocery shopping and catching the bus.
I look forward to each and every video she releases, it’s great stuff. She teaches with a good mix of English and Spanish instruction and ends each video with a review and short quiz of the material to reinforce your understanding.
Here’s a look at some of her videos.
You should also check out the WhyNotSpanish website.
Andrea has a wonderful channel where she teaches a variety of topics using a mixture of Spanish and English. She really does a great job of explaining things, it’s very clear she’s got a lot of experience teaching Spanish.
She makes learning Spanish both fun and challenging. Here’s a peek of some the videos she has to offer.
She covers grammar, slang and colloquial Spanish, so you’ll learn it all. Andrea is from Colombia and has a very clear accent so you won’t have much trouble understanding her.
Be sure to check out the website as well, there’s even more great content.
3. Espanol Con María
This YouTube channel is where the rubber meets the road. If you’re ready for the challenge of learning Spanish completely, 100% in Spanish, then this is definitely a YouTube channel worthy of your time.
María is also from Colombia, has a very clear and easy to understand accent and covers a variety of topics in her YouTube channel. The videos are all very high quality and the material is presented in an organized and well thought out manner that makes learning fun and easy.
Here a quick look at the videos she has available.
And even though her YouTube is totally awesome, don’t forget to visit her web site. She has a lot great exercises to help you improve your Spanish.
Wrapping things up
And that’s it. There are numerous other YouTube channels out there, but these are my favorites and they have enough content to keep you busy for quite a while.
If you’re able to use these 3 sites to help you improve your Spanish, you’re well on your way to Spanish fluency.
¡Ojála que les sirva!