How to Write a Spanish Essay

Take the stress out of writing an essay in Spanish.

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.

1 Write your essay

2 Organize your thoughts

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.

3 Write a first draft

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.

4 Print off the draft

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.

5 Correct any spelling problems

Correct any spelling problems. Pay special attention to words with accents.

6 Check with a Spanish grammar book

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.

7 Write your final draft

Write your final draft. Have someone else proofread the work; a native Spanish speaker is ideal.

Born in New York City, Elizabeth Carrillo has worked as a bilingual freelance writer and translator since 2009. She contributes to various websites with articles on soccer and Mexico. Carrillo holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University.

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