Listen every day and everywhere.
If you’re in a Spanish-speaking country or area, eavesdrop in coffee shops and on the streets. Listen to songs on YouTube that play the lyrics with the song. Repeat short segments until you understand them rather than long podcasts or movies. Listening with meaning and relevance is where language starts.
A wonderful fun way to make progress in Spanish comes from The Spanish Experiment which offers familiar children's stories in a way that follows the principles of learning.

The story is broken down into short segments and here's a process to help build your listening skills:
  • Listen to one Spanish segment at a time once or twice, following along with the words, just enjoying the story.
  • Note all the unfamiliar words but don't let them stop you.
  • Read the segment out loud.  
  • Review the vocabulary cards below then listen to the story again. If there are still words you don’t understand, make note of them for later. Try not to use the translation button unless you are completely stuck.
  • Read it out loud again and pay attention to your pronunciation. If you’re having trouble with a word, go to and practice it until it’s fluid.
This may seem like a slow process but it is building your listening, speaking and reading skills, creating new memory traces that will eventually turn into fluency.
Says Steve Kaufman

Pollito Tito
Two of my favorite stories to start with are:

Pollito Tito ... a contemporary version of "The Sky is Falling," with some really fun rhyming and vocabulary. Good for beginners to intermediates.

Caperucita Roja ... this no-nightmares version of Little Red Ridinghood is slightly more challenging than Pollito Tito but still fun with a great vocabulary to learn.



  1. Review 5/28/2020 Conversación con WhyNotSpanish? ... Necesito repetir con frecuencia hasta que pueda escucharlo claramente.

  2. Review 5/29/2020 Conversación WhyNotSpanish? Knoxville festival.