Using TikTok to practice Spanish

With a couple of tips, you can use the app for both entertainment and for education. However, it’s important to note that TikTok is like any other social media — you have to take the information with a grain of salt. TikTok can be a fun tool, but it’s no replacement for education by a certified teacher. 

 

There are many users who upload educational videos, ranging from 15 seconds up to one minute. @kallyeskally, @spanishteachermaria and @palomazaaaa are examples of users who upload videos targeted at Spanish learners. 

 

In addition to the educational content, on the app, TikTok gives you the chance to connect with Spanish speakers outside of the classroom setting. The language used on the app is faster, accented and more colloquial than the Spanish you might be used to hearing in the classroom. 

 

If you want to see Mexican teens play pranks on each other, watch children dress up like their fathers, or learn from a woman in Spain doing cooking demonstrations, all of that can be found on the app.

 

TikTok uses a very smart algorithm to track what you watch, like and share. On the “For You Page,” you can endlessly scroll through videos catered to your interests. It’s a little bit dystopian, but it’s also pretty fun. 

 

As you follow Spanish-speaking users, like their videos and share their content, more and more of those videos will appear on your For You Page. You can also find Spanish content by searching hashtags like #spanish, #español, #spanishlessons or anything else you can think of. There are millions of videos for you to explore!


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