Interested in becoming fluent in Spanish using Verbling?
First…Think about how you learned your native language!
Actually, you didn’t put that much thought into it!
In the early days, like me, you will have watched and listened to your parents.
Imitating their actions and following their commands etc…
From there you came to understand, and repeat words and sentences.
That is what I call pure hands-on learning.
Use the links below to jump to the parts more relevant to you.
- Why Verbling is a reliable tool for learning Spanish
- How Verbling works
- Booking your first lesson
- How I’m becoming fluent
Verbling is an online language learning platform. It pairs individuals (like me and you) with language teachers via video chat. Since I started learning Spanish back in 2014. I have tried and tested many learning methods. All the methods have served me in one way or another but not all have been effective. Below the most significant methods I’ve used so far:
- Going to a Spanish school in Guatemala
- Buying Exercise books
- Reading books, online news
- Texting friends
- Flash Cards
If you read my article the best way learn Spanish from home you’ll know how important I think it is to know your own learning style. Being a visual and physical learner myself – I’ve found realtime conversation the most valuable way to practice Spanish.
After playing with all the 5 above methods. All at different stage in my Spanish learning journey. I got to a certain point where I felt like I’d hit a brick wall.
This happens when you’re spending time each day studying, but not seeing immediate results. The feeling of stagnation can be enough to put you off learning. Especially so, when you don’t have a strategy for getting past stagnation. The main thing to remember is you’re not alone and you can access a teacher from anywhere.
Let me explain how…
Verbling as a reliable tool
It’s possible to learn Spanish from anywhere in the world. If you’re committed to it you’ll continue practicing. It’s that simple! I practice Spanish when in non-Spanish speaking countries. Why? Because, I understand how important consistency it. Hence why using Verbling has quickly become my favourite tool for maintaining fluency.
Not to mention, a fun and reliable method.
Verbling gives me complete engagement. Being face-to-face with a teacher is an invaluable experience for me. The only time I’ve received such rewarding Spanish lesson, was when I did lessons at school in Guatemala. They gave me the same one-on-one dynamic, just offline.
If you want to take your Spanish to the next level. You have to learn how to speak. What I have learned over the years is – to become fluent in Spanish you have to engage in real-time conversation. This is one of the most powerful words of advice I can offer you on learning Spanish. Besides setting realistic goals to work towards and being committed.
Real-time conversation using Verbling offers a dynamic that activates all your learning senses. One very powerful addition to the conversation window in Verbling is the chat box which is located at the side.
The chat window lets you to write things you don’t understand whilst in conversation. Allowing you to go back later and revise them. I’ve been actively doing this and I’ve already collected over 100 new words, just from the conversation with my teacher.
Who is Verbling for?
Are you familiar with the phrase “Use it or lose it”?
Becoming fluent in Spanish using Verbling is an on going process. If Spanish isn’t your native language – no matter how good (fluent) you are. If you’re not practicing. Everything you have learned is fading away little by little.
I encounter many people learning Spanish online. Mainly on sites like Twitter and Duolingo. I like to ask other Spanish learners questions like: When did you start learning Spanish? – What methods do you use? – How are you retaining what you learn?
After spending many hours practicing and testing different methods of learning. I now feel it’s my duty to see how others are learning. Just in case they know something I don’t. I’m always on the look out for new learning methods.
One mistake I see many people make, (me included) is feeling that they’re not ready for conversation. I made this mistake. Did I really need to travel 8,000 kilometres with my backpack to have a conversation in Spanish?
My no.1 problem in the beginning – I was in denial. I felt I didn’t know enough Spanish to be able to speak with anyone. Especially not natives. I was too worried about what others might think when they heard me speak.
How Verbling Works
Now, what you’re most likely asking yourself: Is Verbling right for me?
Let me explain how it works!
The great thing about Verbling is it allows you to learn Spanish online, whilst practicing your Spanish conversation in real-time. Both are equally as important for becoming fluent in Spanish
If you’ve used Skype or Google Hangouts. You’ll be familiar with the Verbling platform. Once you schedule your first lesson, you’ll need to “Join” the lesson to connect with the tutor.
Always be on time for your lesson. Your lesson starts on the exacts second that you schedule it. Depending on the teacher you choose, the structure of the lesson will vary. Make sure you have a stable internet connection to avoid any interruptions during your class.
Choosing at teacher
I have a favourite teacher on Verbling. Initially I spent some time reviewing the list of teachers. All the Latin America based teachers of course.
Choosing a teacher isn’t a science. However, choosing the right one could be the key to your success with Spanish. Many teachers offer a trial lesson, at a discounted price. You can use this ‘trial lesson’ to see if the teacher and their teaching style is the right fit for you.
My teacher, Hannscy, is from Venezuela. He is very accommodating. During our first lesson he had an understanding of my level of Spanish. Now he knows my level and what I need to work on. Remember, the great thing about Verbling is there are many teachers to choose from. All based in different countries throughout Latin America. I suggest you choose a teacher that can help you work towards any specific goals you want to achieve.
Even though I had already developed a level of confidence with my Spanish. The great thing about Hannscy is that he supports me in reaching my goals and respects the subjects I’d like to cover.
I was a little nervous at first, and that is normal. However, once Hannscy figured out my level of Spanish using his diagnostics test. He did an amazing job of seamlessly getting on with what he does best. Teaching Spanish.
How I search for teachers
When looking for a Spanish tutor. Maybe you require one that has a specific accent? Or, you have some special requirements you know that aid your Spanish learning.
If you want become fluent in Spanish using Verbling, looking at the options below will help you get the best out of the platform.
Here’s some factors you’ll want to consider when looking for a teacher on Verbling:
- Male of Female
- Teaching Qualification
The first time I used Verbling my Spanish was conversational. The great thing was my tutor Hannscy does not speak English. Either way, he’s skilled enough to adapt lessons for people of all levels.
Booking your first lesson
Booking your first lesson on Verbling is one of the best things you could ever do for your Spanish. I still remember how I felt after my first lesson with Hannscy. It was so rewarding. In case you are totally new to this kind of experience. I wanted to take this opportunity to show you the process of booking a lesson on Verbling.
This is how easy it is to book a lesson on Verbling
If you’ve not already signed up for Verbling I suggest you do so now.
(Remember, some teachers offer a 30 minute trial. Use the trial to help you choose a teacher that suits you)
The first thing to do is to schedule your lesson.
Once the lesson is scheduled. Just before your lesson is about to begin:
- Go to your Verbling Dashboard
- Click on the lesson that is about to begin
(As mentioned earlier, always make sure you’re on time for your lessons.)
Here you’ll see the option to join the class. That is how straightforward and simple it is to connect with your tutor. You are now on your way to becoming fluent in Spanish using Verbling.
How often I use Verbling
At the time of writing this article. I’m still on my mission to become fluent in Spanish using Verbling. I’m using the platform 2 times per week. Which at the moment is enough.
Depending on your current level, I suggest you do more. But, no less than 2 hours per week. Remember one of the traits I mention in Part 1 My growth Report? Well, consistency is a one of the vital traits for becoming and maintaining fluency.
If you don’t have the funds to use Verbling daily you can still start a conversation with various teachers on the platform. In fact that is what I did before I purchasing my first lesson. I
Planning lessons to suit your lifestyle
How to become fluent in Spanish using Verbling – Conclusion
Sign up for Verbling today. Find your perfect tutor and watch your Spanish improve 10 fold in a matter of hours. Remember guys, conversation is king. The faster you can move into conversation, the faster you’ll be on the road to fluency.
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