Learn How To Make Sentences in Spanish
Why Focus on Making Spanish Sentences? When you learn Spanish your goal is to be able to understand everything you hear in Spanish -- And also to be able to express any thought you have in the Spanish language. (You'll find that the latter is slightly more difficult.).
This lesson is about making sentences in Spanish. You can have a huge Spanish vocabulary of thousands of words but what good would it do you if can't form the sentence you need to express a thought?
Verbs, Verbs, Verbs
A major step toward making sentences in Spanish is being able to conjugate popular verbs. And it's doubly important Spanish because the verb usually implies the personal pronoun (who is doing the action). For example, I write = escribo.
So to get good at forming your own unique sentences, work on your verbs. Suppose I'm saying at this point, verbs are difficult, there are too many verbs to learn. Yes, there are entire books on verbs. Thick books. 501 Spanish verbs. A lot of trees. But listen to this major truth about verbs:
>To get by in Spanish, you don't need to know all the different tenses of each verb. In fact you can get by just knowing the most important verbs with the most important conjugations. Probably just 10% of all the verb conjugations you see in books and dictionaries will suffice to begin with. If you are thinking about how to say a sentence and the correct verb and tense comes to mind, you're more than halfway home at that point.
Spanish Word Order
Word order in Spanish sentences is slightly different from English and to be confident in the sentence you are about to say, you should understand word order. Remember that adjectives follow the nouns they describe.
Listen to this sentence: Me gusta escribir cartas largas. I like to write long letters.
Making Spanish Questions
When speaking, questions often use the same words as statements but use a rise in pitch towards the end of the sentence to show that it's a question.
Exercise in Making Spanish Sentences
This tip is worth its weight in gold. It may not be for everyone but those who can do this will master Spanish as a second language very quickly. Here it is: As you go through your day, try this exercise at Spanish sentence building. You can do this while you drive your car, while you wait in line at the store, or anytime you have some free time.
When we're driving or waiting in lines we always have thoughts come to mind. Things we have to do, opinions we have on what we see, etc. Now listen carefully, as these thoughts come into your mind, take a moment and practice putting those thoughts into Spanish. Ask yourself, how would I put this thought into Spanish if I wanted to express it to someone right now? Think of the words you would use and the way you would form the sentence to express your thought.
Then, when you're done and you have your next random thought while you wait in line or drive your car, put that thought into Spanish too. Maybe you'll only be able to say part of the sentence at first but keep at it. Do this Spanish sentence building exercise everyday while driving, jogging, waiting in lines, etc.
You'll find that as the weeks go by and you keep learning Spanish you'll be able to express more and more of the thoughts that you have. And think about it -- when you know Spanish inside and out, you will be able to put any thought you have into Spanish words. That is a great feeling!
Begin using this tip today! This method worked for me and it'll work for you too. Flex your Spanish muscles and make them strong. One of the best things about using this method to practice Spanish sentences is it doesn't take any extra time in your busy day to do. It just takes getting into the habit of using those spare moments that you have during the day.