Learning Spanish?

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  1. Nov 8, 2019 at 10:03 PM #1

    M1k3

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    I've picked up quite a bit of Spanish over the years, but, I'm still not fluent. Outside of taking a Spanish class, what have you used to become fluent? Free options preferred, but, willing to hear other options. Thanks.
     
  2. Nov 8, 2019 at 10:37 PM #2
    Drops, but it places a heavy emphasis on building vocabulary through nouns, which means you won’t get much in the way of grammar, usage, and conjugations. You won’t be quizzed on speaking or pronunciation, either. And though you can purchase unlimited time for as little as $48 per year, five-minute blocks mean that you learn at a relatively slow pace. That’s great if that’s all the time you have to spare, anyway—not so great if you’re actively trying to cram before a trip.
     
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    I'm not on any deadline. Just want to learn to speak it fluently. I'll check out Drops.
     
  4. Nov 8, 2019 at 11:11 PM #4
    Free to use, but only does 5 minutes a day that way. Like I said less than $50 to get unlimited time if you end up liking it
     
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    Duolingo is nice, I'm using it for Japanese. The free version limits how much you can use it, so I just coughed up for a year of it.
     
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    I second Duolingo, but if you live somewhere where you can buy Spanish language newspapers and magazines it's worth getting some and trying to work out what they are saying. Also look for a guide that has common expressions- Just using a dictionary can get you in trouble. For example "tal vez" means maybe, but a dictionary word for word will tell you it means "such time". "De modo que" means "so that" but a word for work translation will get you "from mode that". Knowing the expressions will save you a lot of frustration. Google translate can be a big help too when you get stuck.
     
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    Thanks for the suggestions! I have some basics. I definitely have Spanish language papers and magazines available. I live in Los Angeles.
     
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    I would get a Latin girlfriend...bonus if her Mom makes good tamales...
     
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    I'm happily married...
     
  10. Nov 12, 2019 at 2:49 AM #10

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    Duolingo is pretty good. The problem isn’t the learning—that’s easy—it’s the retention, which takes practice and getting an ear for things. So, add some tv to duolingo. News is good practice and doesn’t have much slang. Reading news helps too.

    FWIW, I learned the most Spanish working in kitchens. Not kitchen Spanish either—the guys were Salvadoran and had crazy stories every week about fighting Guatamalans, so I needed decent Spanish to not miss out on details. Good guys. One guy gave me his belt buckle when I left that job—that was a big deal!
     
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    I work in a kitchen also. This is basically the reason I want to learn.
     
  12. Nov 12, 2019 at 5:30 AM #12

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    It’s been years since I worked in a kitchen. That was the height of my Spanish. Now it’s terrible. I should follow my own advice
     
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