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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

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

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

What's the best way to learn a language quickly?

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 - 22 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 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

Spanish reading for the beginner?

Recommendations for beginning Spanish reading? [more inside]
posted by empath on Aug 15, 2012 - 16 answers

Declension mode

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 - 21 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

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

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

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

Yo quiero entender mas.

Where and how to learn Spanish in Atlanta at a relatively low cost? [more inside]
posted by fignewton on Aug 17, 2011 - 6 answers

Where can I find a great one week intensive Spanish class in London or Spain?

Where can I find a great one week intensive Spanish class in London or Spain? [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel on Jul 4, 2011 - 1 answer

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

Yo soy el gringo nuevo in ciudad de Chicago.

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

Online TV for a Deaf Person from Spain (or me)

Where can I find TV and Movies from Spain with Spanish subtitles? I'd like to be aware of current pop-culture in Spain as well improve my Spanish-language skills. I've found quite a few interesting programs on the various Spanish TV channel websites; however, none of them have subtitles. Ideally, I'd like to find some interesting and relatively current TV shows from Spain with subtitles in Spanish. [more inside]
posted by verevi on Aug 1, 2010 - 4 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

Tools to learn Spanish

What tools can I use to help my family (adults and children) learn to speak Spanish? I am interested in CDs, software, music, TV shows,kid-friendly immersion programs, and anything else. [more inside]
posted by Nickel on Nov 21, 2009 - 5 answers

Ayudame, MeFi, por favor!

Relocating to South America: haven't touched Spanish in 20 years, how do I freshen my lingual skills up? [more inside]
posted by devilish on Oct 12, 2009 - 7 answers

Help me find some good contemporary Spanish music to learn by?

Modern Spanish-language music to help a complete newbie? ... but I have some specific preferences based on what I like in French! [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel on Sep 17, 2009 - 8 answers

Advice for Learning Spanish

Ive been learning spanish for about 8 months now and i'm really frustrated. Of course, 8 months is little time in terms of picking up a whole new language but i'm finding that going from English to Spanish seems to be a big step up in terms of complexity but what I think is most frustrating is that even if you knew all of the equivalent words, as in.. memorized the dictionary, simply translating whats in your head from english to spanish almost NEVER works. [more inside]
posted by postergeist on Jun 6, 2009 - 24 answers

Sesame Street-ish show in Spanish?

What Spanish language kids' show (in the USA) would be good to watch for someone trying to pick up Spanish? [more inside]
posted by Flunkie on May 26, 2008 - 9 answers

Looking for advice about Spanish immersion programs (and more) while in Oaxaca, Mexico

Traveling to Oaxaca with a friend for a 2-4 week Spanish immersion program this June/July. We are looking for some advice about Spanish language programs, homestays/lodging, and transportation. We are having a very difficult time finding a good learning program—there are so many to choose from and we don't quite know what to look for and how to determine which ones are good. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on May 19, 2008 - 7 answers

How to speak when I already know the language.

How do I learn to speak a language I already (sort of) know? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 30, 2008 - 17 answers

foreign language "bibles"

Foreign language "bibles" (superlative, comprehensive language resources) for language-learning lovers? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Apr 3, 2008 - 10 answers

Expensive, superlative foreign language instruction?

Pay lots of money, follow instructions for a couple hundred hours, know a new language? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Feb 11, 2008 - 13 answers

What's the best learn spanish cd?

What is the best audio resources for learning spanish? I commute about 1.5hrs/day and would like to get some more spanish learning time in. Can someone recommend a good cd set? I have 3yrs spanish in high school, use it at work, but am a little rusty (I used to be conversational).
posted by aussicht on Jul 18, 2007 - 8 answers

Help me find the spanish equivalent of the BBC podcasts

Please help me find downloadable spanish language radio in the style of BBC Radio 4. I'm learning spanish and, while I'm doing my best in talking to native speakers, watching local TV and listening to local radio (I'm in Buenos Aires :), I can't find anything that is similar to the non-news, non-sport, non-call-in talk radio that I like on Radio 4, Plays, books of the week and so on (that I can listen to over and over while I'm on the bus, rewind etc). I haven't found too many podcasts that do it for me either but then, I'm not the hive mind. Any suggestions?
posted by itsjustanalias on Oct 7, 2006 - 3 answers

Learning Spanish online

How and where to learn Spanish online [more inside]
posted by ollsen on Jul 29, 2006 - 8 answers

simple spanish language media to increase understanding

I want to practice my spanish. Is there spanish language media that can hold my interest; available solely through the internet? [more inside]
posted by andendau on Jul 17, 2006 - 7 answers

Good, simple blogs in Spanish?

Know of any good blogs in Spanish, written in a pretty simple style? [more inside]
posted by kiwitobes on Jul 12, 2006 - 3 answers

Best way to learn Spanish

I minored in Spanish in college about 10 years ago, but remember very little of it. Just went to Tijuana to and had the opportunity to be immersed in the language and culture for 5 days. A lot of it came back and I was able to communicate .. now I have a huge desire to be bilingual. I'm back in Tennessee now ( where I live ) and won't be able to go back to Mexico for awhile. Whats the best way to learn to speak fluent Spanish in Tennessee? More classes? Books? Tapes ? I don't have any Spanish-speaking friends.. any ideas ? Is it even possible ?
posted by jason9009 on Mar 2, 2005 - 13 answers

How are Spanish and Portuguese different when it comes to grammar?

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 - 6 answers

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