I find personally that I can read and write Spanish a little better than I can listen and speak it. For me, it’s all about having the time to actually think about what you are seeing or hearing. Of course I have my regular conversations that I’m very comfortable with… but I do struggle quite a bit outside of the norm. Of course this always presents an opportunity to learn something new… so here are a couple of phrases for if you are in a similar situation
Would you write that down please – ¿Puede usted escribirlo, por favor? (This one is useful for if you really can’t get the phrasing… and find it easier to read)
How is that pronounced? – ¿Como la pronuncia? (This one is great if you see a sign or poster that you would like to be able to say correctly – great for menus too!)
Good luck! And don’t forget to let us know how you get on!