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What are some good ways to learn languages at home with a toddler?

How can I help my toddler learn a new language? Is there something that we'd also enjoy and learn from, as a family? There was a previous post, without any leads, beyond Pocoyo. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 8, 2014 - 8 answers

Why won't Mexicans speak Spanish with me?

Almost every time I speak Spanish to a Mexican they answer right back in English. [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Jul 8, 2014 - 86 answers

"Learn English" videos for Spanish speakers who aren't literate?

Can anyone recommend a beginner level English language tutorial series for Spanish speakers who cannot read or write in either language?
posted by jayCampbell on Jun 12, 2014 - 5 answers

Advanced Spanish Preservation For Short Attention Spans

Hi, folks. Through work and study, I achieved fluency in Spanish. In my current job, I was hired to do bilingual work, but I have had very little opportunity to speak Spanish for about six months. I'm worried I may be forgetting Spanish, which is really very bad for me on many levels. Please help me find a few ways to keep in touch with the language. [more inside]
posted by Hennimore on Mar 24, 2014 - 10 answers

BookFilter: English fiction with lots of Spanish language elements

I'm looking for recommendations of English-language fiction that heavily features Spanish-language elements. I'm working on learning Spanish again (I had 3 years in high school, about 10 years ago) and thought it would be fun and useful to read novels that incorporate Spanish heavily, kind of an immersion strategy. [more inside]
posted by sprocket87 on Dec 30, 2013 - 11 answers

I am looking for ideas in teaching children spanish

I am new to teaching, and will be teaching spanish once a week for one hour to 8 or less children who are in reception and year 1 (4 to 6 years old). Do you have any ideas to what I can do? I have looked online and have some ideas but more are appreciated, I am quite nervous! [more inside]
posted by lovisa91 on Oct 3, 2013 - 8 answers

Tips/strategies/advice to improve my intermediate Spanish?

Do you have suggestions for the best ways to improve my intermediate-level Spanish, take advantage of immersion here in Argentina for the next few months, and ease up on anxiety/overthinking when speaking so I can be more fluid and fluent? My top priority for improvement is listening comprehension, followed by clarity, speed/fluidity, and confidence in speaking. [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs on Sep 10, 2013 - 7 answers

Architectural magazines in Spanish?

I'm (re-)learning Spanish and am finding the stories in my "First Spanish Reader" to be somewhat lacking in interest. Since I enjoy thumbing through architectural/interior design magazines, I thought a print subscription to one in Spanish would be a fun way to learn. I've encountered the Spanish version of Architectural Living ("Arquitectura Viva"), which seems alright. I'd like to know if there are other options. For reference, my preferred aesthetic is stark modern with aged materials (examples: wabi sabi, Scandinavian and excessive concrete). Muchas gracias!
posted by FiveSecondRule on Jul 27, 2013 - 4 answers

Is there a good replacement for BBC Mundo Radio?

I am looking for a good replacement for a dearly-departed Spanish language news podcast, BBC Mundo Radio. [more inside]
posted by jph on Jun 27, 2013 - 2 answers

How should I use my potential Rosetta Stone subscription?

I just got a new job where I will have access to Rosetta Stone for a single language. I don't need to learn any languages for work so please help me decide how I'd like to use it. [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Jun 24, 2013 - 11 answers

How can I relearn Spanish?

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 - 14 answers

Etymology of "I know, right?"

I have a theory about the origin of the expression “I know, right?” that’s been fairly popular among young and youngish Americans (and others, for all I know) for the past several years. I’m testing that theory with this question. I understand that Mexicans (and maybe other Latin Americans) have an equivalent expression, “Sí, ¿verdad?” - even with the same intonation as “I know, right?”. Well, one source has told me this, anyway. Can other people verify this? And if so, how common is/was the Spanish version of the expression, and roughly when (and where) did people start saying it?
posted by Mechitar on Apr 18, 2013 - 9 answers

Tips for learning advanced vocabulary and grammar in a foreign language?

What are your tips and techniques for learning advanced vocabulary and grammar in a foreign language? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Feb 26, 2013 - 15 answers

How best to improve my written and spoken Spanish skills in 6 months?

Ayudeme a decir a la gente que tienen alta presion arterial. [more inside]
posted by queens86 on Feb 6, 2013 - 21 answers

Hablo un poquito, pero solo apprendando.

Best structured cheap or free Spanish conversation classes in Toronto (better yet, at the University of Toronto)? [more inside]
posted by 256 on Oct 9, 2012 - 2 answers

Help me find the right "learn Spanish" app!

I spend a lot of time sitting around waiting, with my iPhone. I also spend a fair amount of time having very similar conversations, in my very poor conversational spanish, with native-speakers who (usually due to tragic life circumstances) lack education in their own language. What I don't do is expand my vocabulary or learn proper grammar. As a consequence, while I can usually understand the gist of what people say and make myself generally understood, I don't understand the details, can't express myself precisely, and I'm not getting any better at any of those tasks. [more inside]
posted by Nx on Oct 6, 2012 - 13 answers

Best Spanish language tv/radio/podcasts?

Recommend some good Spanish language media (TV series, online radio, podcasts etc) for my girlfriend to immerse herself in while she learns Spanish. [more inside]
posted by knapah on Oct 2, 2012 - 13 answers

Help me listen to miserable music in Spanish.

I'm trying to revive my rather rusty Spanish. One of the green's favourite tips for language learning seems to be to immerse yourself in TV programmes/films/music in the target language. So I want to start listening to Spanish-language music, and I need some recommendations. [more inside]
posted by badmoonrising on Sep 24, 2012 - 13 answers

Help a kid learn Spanish when you don't know yourself?

What is the best way to teach a child a foreign language that you yourself don't know very well, if immersion is not an option and you are limited to what you can do in your home? [more inside]
posted by Alexander Hatchell on Sep 5, 2012 - 18 answers

How best to learn spanish for an Argentine vacation?

How best to learn Spanish for a three week vacation in Argentina? [more inside]
posted by pombe on Jul 27, 2012 - 11 answers

Ayudame, hablo espanol como un mono!

What would be the best way for someone to develop / re-learn Spanish in four months or so of part-time study? [more inside]
posted by Lame_username on Jul 17, 2012 - 9 answers

Getting better at Spanish this summer

Best ways to enhance college Spanish in New York City this summer? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Jun 3, 2012 - 16 answers

Kindle/Nook and learning Spanish

Kindle (or Nook) and Spanish books+Dictionary [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on May 31, 2012 - 8 answers

Learn Spanish while working fulltime

Have you successfully learned Spanish while working and without travel? What was your process? [more inside]
posted by abdulf on May 1, 2012 - 10 answers

Foreign language films

My dad speaks fluent Spanish (and English). I am third-year student of Spanish. Mom and dad know some French. My younger brother (13 years old) only knows English. We all like good plots, good music, and good cinematography. Please suggest some non-English language movies, documentaries, TV series, etc. that we would all enjoy. Bonus points if it's available through Netflix streaming or DVD.
posted by gray17 on Apr 25, 2012 - 15 answers

¡Mi gramática en español es jodida! ¡Ayudame!

My Spanish grammar is all kinds of effed up. How do I correct this? [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Apr 4, 2012 - 8 answers

Do Latino immigrants to the U.S. use browsers configured to request Spanish?

Can I trust a web browser's language preference setting to determine whether to provide Spanish-language content to Latino immigrants to the U.S.? (NB: This isn't a technical question, it's a social question.) [more inside]
posted by waldo on Mar 31, 2012 - 10 answers

Can you recommend passages to memorize?

Can you recommend passages I can memorize in Spanish, French, Italian, German, or Russian? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Mar 15, 2012 - 12 answers

I want to communicate with everyone!

Best (and preferably cheapest!) way to learn a foreign language? [more inside]
posted by PeppahCat on Feb 14, 2012 - 32 answers

Quiero aprender español. Es LingQ.com un buen sitio web para eso?

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 - 8 answers

well these subtitles don't do a damn thing!

I kindly seek free online video content in Spanish with Spanish subtitles. [more inside]
posted by threeants on Jan 18, 2012 - 7 answers

How can I best use ebooks (and ebook readers) to learn German and Spanish?

How can I best use ebooks (and ebook readers) to learn German and Spanish? I live in Canada. [more inside]
posted by Monday, stony Monday on Oct 24, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me learn Spanish!

How can I most effectively learn a language (specifically Spanish) while in a college Spanish class? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l on Oct 5, 2011 - 20 answers

Existe esto?

Does this app exist? I want a utility for my Android that will provide on-the-fly translations for selected sections of a body of text I am reading, without requiring me to leave the text or manually type in the section I need translated. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Sep 21, 2011 - 5 answers

Can a gringo or a laowai make it as a translator?

I'm sorta multilingual, in Spanish and Mandarin. I don't have many other skills. How good would I need to get before I can make a living from this ability? What jobs could I get if I were to improve in one or both languages? [more inside]
posted by skewed on Jun 24, 2011 - 11 answers

Learning to use computers in Spanish.

Is there a good Spanish-language primer/course/guide for beginners wanting to learn Windows? [more inside]
posted by Evilspork on Apr 26, 2011 - 1 answer

quiero televisión provechosa

I want Spanish language TV shows/movies that I can find free online where the dialogue is relatively slow and I can have Spanish subtitles. [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Apr 2, 2011 - 15 answers

ideas sought for living and working in el mundo hispanohablante...soon!

American citizen wants to spend some months living in a Spanish-speaking country and at least break even. Halp! Details within. [more inside]
posted by threeants on Nov 30, 2010 - 13 answers

How do I find a personal Spanish tutor in Tegucigalpa?

Looking for a Spanish tutor to help me polish my skills while I'm in Tegucigalpa, Honduras for a month (Feb-Mar '11) - do you know such a person? Do you know a better way? [more inside]
posted by stuboo on Nov 10, 2010 - 3 answers

Los Animaniacs?

Help me refresh my Spanish at the same time that my 8 month old acquires it. Where can we watch Spanish-language cartoons online? [more inside]
posted by 256 on Nov 9, 2010 - 7 answers

Yo soy el gringo nuevo in ciudad de Chicago.

Online Spanish courses? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Aug 7, 2010 - 10 answers

Looking for a good, beginner Spanish class.

Beginner Spanish classes for adults in Los Angeles. [more inside]
posted by Kloryne on Jul 16, 2010 - 2 answers

Seriously: When do "lo" and "la" mean "him" and "her" instead of "it." HELP!

I've studied spanish off and on forever. Immersion-wise, otherwise. The one thing that kills me is object pronouns. Help me figure out when I should use "la/lo" and when I should use "le." (Specifically I have trouble with this when referring to another human being.) [more inside]
posted by kensington314 on Jun 16, 2010 - 7 answers

What is the best way to review conversational Spanish?

What is the best way to review conversational Spanish? A website, CD, book? Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by mortaddams on Jun 15, 2010 - 8 answers

learning Spanish fast

What is the fastest way to learn Spanish? [more inside]
posted by serazin on Jun 11, 2010 - 15 answers

How can I make the most of language immersion and the experience of spending a month in Guatemala?

What can I do (before, during and after I go) to make the most out of a month of language classes and immersion? And what else should I know about traveling alone for the first time and/or about Xela, Guatemala to help me enjoy my time there? [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs on May 21, 2010 - 14 answers

Comprehensive Spanish resource?

Comprehensive Spanish resource? [more inside]
posted by btkuhn on Apr 14, 2010 - 5 answers

Which version of Spanish are books translated to?

If I buy an English book that has been translated into Spanish, does it matter for which Spanish-speaking country it was translated? In other words, if my intention is to learn Castilian-Spanish, is it better to find book translated for Spain? If so, how do I find such books? How do you know what version of Spanish a book is based on? [more inside]
posted by verevi on Mar 26, 2010 - 13 answers

I need to know common Spanish phrases for informal conversation.

Can you tell me some common phrases in spanish that are used in everyday conversation? For example, the other day I asked a friend how to say "That works for me" in informal conversational spanish. He said that "sale," "orale," and "ya esta" are all roughly synonymous with the English phrase I used. One obvious point is that none of these is a direct translation. I'm looking for that sort of thing. [more inside]
posted by kensington314 on Feb 1, 2010 - 24 answers

Soy gringa... Or not.

Is it a bad thing to call oneself a "gringa" (if one is indeed a caucasian American female) when speaking with Latinos? (context inside) [more inside]
posted by amyms on Jan 20, 2010 - 27 answers

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