Latin American authors such as Octavio Paz and Carlos Fuentes are well-known for their essays in Spanish. Read their essays to strengthen your own essay writing abilities. The components of a basic essay in Spanish is the same as English: an introduction, three body paragraphs and a conclusion. Write essays in Spanish to improve your Spanish language skills.
Write your essay
Organize your thoughts for the essay in an outline form. Choose an essay style if you have that option. A personal essay is easiest to write because it generally doesn't require any research.
Write a first draft of your essay. Be sure to have all the five paragraph components of a basic essay. Create a clear thesis statement for the last sentence of your introductory paragraph.
Print off the draft and read it out loud. The Spanish language by nature is more flowery and indirect than English. Sentences are generally longer; turn to a Spanish-English dictionary for better word choices.
Correct any spelling problems. Pay special attention to words with accents.
Check with a Spanish grammar book to resolve any sentence structure issues. The subjunctive form is generally the most difficult grammatical element for Spanish language learners.
Write your final draft. Have someone else proofread the work; a native Spanish speaker is ideal.
- Think in Spanish as you're writing your essay; while the process may be slower, it will be more organic.
- Listen to a Spanish-speaking radio station.
- Watch movies and television shows in Spanish.
- Practice speaking in Spanish as much as you can.
- The same rules apply for plagiarism with essays in Spanish; don't risk a failing grade or expulsion.
Items you will need
- Spanish-English dictionary
- Spanish grammar book
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