How to Write a Story in Spanish

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You don't need to be a native Spanish speaker or an expert in the Spanish language in order to write a story in Spanish. With a little help from the internet and a Spanish-English dictionary, you can weave a beautiful story in Spanish.

How to write a story in Spanish:

  1. Choose your story
  2. Write your story
  3. Use an online translator
  4. Double-check your work

Step 1: Choose your story

Decide what you want to write about.​ Pick a subject that you know well, as the best stories are those that come from experience. Even if the story is an assignment, try to draw on your own expertise to make it more interesting. You do not have to talk about personal events to make a story personal. If it is a subject you care about it will show in your writing.

Step 2: Write your story

Write your story as you would any other.​ Do not think about the story being translated into Spanish. Write it as you would any other story--read it over for accuracy and make sure it sounds right. Reading aloud is a good way to check that all of the sentences flow. Run it through a spelling correction option on your word processing program to verify there are no mistakes.

Step 3: Use an online translator

Run your story through an online translation program.​ Google Translate, SDL Free Translation, and SpanishDict.com are three that are free.

You simply enter your text, using the pull-down menu to indicate that you are translating from English to Spanish. Then, click the “Translate” button. Your entire article will transform to the new language.

Step 4: Double-check your work

Check your work.​ Run the article through at least two translation programs and compare the two stories in Spanish to check whether both programs provided the same translation.

If there are any discrepancies, use your Spanish-English dictionary to confirm. Try googling specific phrases that don't match up to see if there is a colloquial translation that's not showing up in the translators.

Note

If you know someone whose native language is Spanish, ask them to check your story for accuracy.

Warnings

  • Watch those accents. Deleting an accent or using the wrong one can completely change the meaning of a word.