It's difficult to get a job in my field without knowing Spanish, and the grad programs I'll be applying to next year strongly prefer bilingual English/Spanish applicants. I'm searching for a job and I'd like to become conversationally proficient as quickly as possible. What methods have worked for you? A community college class? A private class? A private tutor? A particularly awesome website? I was once fluent in both French (which I spent years studying in highschool and then got practice working for a French company, who also provided a private tutor) and Portuguese (learned via an intensive university class, but lost once the class ended and I didn't keep using it). I pick up languages fairly easily, but I need a lot of practice time and a little bit of structure. I'm confident in my ability to learn the specialized jargon of my field once I'm comfortable speaking the language on an everyday basis. I'm looking at an intensive Summer class at the local community college, but I'd like other options as well.
posted by rhiannonstone
on May 27, 2013 -
I studied Spanish in high school and college, and I even spent a semester abroad in Spain. At that point, I was very proficient at reading, writing, and speaking it. Sadly, in the 8 years since graduation, I feel as though I have forgotten everything.
I am looking to get into a field where knowing Spanish would be very helpful, and I am trying to figure out the best way to both relearn what I knew (and possible go beyond that).
Obviously for speaking, I will need to get out there and practice, but before that, should I just pick up my old textbooks and get going? Or, is there a better way?
posted by aka_anon
on May 15, 2013 -
How can I brush up my language skills, given I seem to have a difficulty with rote learning? [more inside]
posted by mippy
on Aug 3, 2012 -
For a project I'm doing, I'm looking for songs in Spanish that demonstrate voseo
(the use of the informal second-person singular pronoun vos
). This way of speaking isn't technically "standard" Spanish, so I don't exactly know how to search for songs that show this usage. [more inside]
posted by huxham
on Apr 15, 2012 -
Have you used LingQ.com to help you learn a language? What did you think of it? Do you have any other recommendations for paid language learning sites that cost no more than $15 per month? (I am learning Spanish.) [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco
on Feb 9, 2012 -
What is the most effective way to spruce up my spanish in terms of private tutoring, immersion courses, extended night courses, etc? [more inside]
posted by aussicht
on Feb 24, 2009 -
Can anybody recommend a school to study intensive, intermediate-level Spanish in Cuba for two weeks?
posted by penguin pie
on Dec 17, 2006 -
I'm at a stage where I need to memorize vocabulary in a foreign language, and I am looking for advice, tips & useful software. [more inside]
posted by anjamu
on Feb 24, 2006 -
How are Spanish and Portuguese different when it comes to grammar?
I speak Spanish fluently and now want to to take up Brazilian Portuguese. From hearing my Brazilian friends speak, and generally understanding them pretty well, I figured that Spanish and Portuguese grammar (syntax) must be very similar, the only differences between the languages being vocabulary and pronunciation. How right am I? If there are syntactic differences, what are they?
Would any speakers of these languages care to comment?
posted by pealco
on Mar 28, 2004 -