I am traveling to California for the holidays, and I am slowly learning Spanish. I'd like to use this trip to motivate my learning. [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel
on Dec 9, 2013 -
I was googling for a Spanish chef called Karlos Arguinaño and found what turned out to be his web site but Google Translate seems to have a wicked sense of humour as every mention of his name is translated as Gourmet Dessert
, this made reading the pages very confusing initially.
Google Translate seems to not convert the words in isolation or in reverse order but only when the name appears in full
. What is going on? Is this some lingustic subtlety or guerrilla branding?
posted by epo
on Nov 18, 2013 -
I would like some recommendations for contemporary Spanish language fiction. I would like recommendations for authors who might not be well known outside of the Spanish-speaking world and not as likely to be translated, who write literary fiction. I am already familiar with authors well known outside the Spanish-speaking world, such as Borges, Mario Vargas Llosa, Isabel Allende, Gabriel García Márquez. So I would like recommendations that expand my Spanish language reading horizon. For reference, English-language authors I enjoyed reading recently include Don DeLillo, Thomas Pynchon, and Margaret Atwood. (Portuguese language recommendations are also welcome, as I can read in both languages.)
posted by research monkey
on Nov 3, 2013 -
Are there any online communities conducted in Spanish or French that are kind of like Metafilter? [more inside]
posted by threeants
on Oct 28, 2013 -
I am re-re-re-embarking on my periodic quest to actually develop competent Spanish skills. (I'm Hispanic, it feels obligatory.) Something I've never had previously--books I actually wanted to read for fun that were not translated from English. So: Are there Spanish-language authors to look for who're writing science fiction and fantasy? Especially of the YA variety? [more inside]
posted by Sequence
on Oct 13, 2013 -
I'll be spending much of November in South America and would like a Spanish translation app on my iPhone. I'm overwhelmed by the choices, and would be grateful for recommendations. Free is best, but I'm willing to spend some money (up to $10 or so). I know un poco Spanish and will have a paper dictionary as well.
posted by Pineapplicious
on Oct 9, 2013 -
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 -
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 -
Hi! I'm a public-interest lawyer who would like to spend 1-2 months traveling and improving my Spanish-language skills, and I would love any suggestions or experiences you'd care to share. [more inside]
posted by granted
on Sep 3, 2013 -
I am teaching weekly hour-long classes (stories, songs, etc.) at a public school where about half of the primary classes are bilingual - which, in kindergarten and first grade, means those kids are pretty much all monolingual (in Spanish). This is fine for me, but not fine for the teachers who share my lesson plans. What can they do with their Spanish-speaking classes when they don't speak any Spanish? [more inside]
posted by goodbyewaffles
on Aug 31, 2013 -
I have made several cute things for my kid out of this fabric
. A Spanish-speaking friend recently had a baby, and I'd like to find a similar pattern (but in Spanish) to make them a gift. [more inside]
posted by Siobhan
on Aug 22, 2013 -
I have an antique label from a Spanish olive oil producer. The printer's name is at the bottom of the label in minuscule print. Even with a pretty good magnifying glass, the name is difficult to make out. It looks like "Huryabo" or "Hunyabo" or "Hursabo" or something like that. The name is followed by the place name "Jerez". I would like to know what the correct spelling of this printer's name is and when this print shop was in operation. Thanks. The label is probably from sometime between 1930 and the 1950s.
posted by kirsti
on Aug 10, 2013 -
He speaks English, my family speaks Spanish.. how can I help him learn to speak to my family? [more inside]
posted by xicana63
on Aug 6, 2013 -
I'm assuming Google+ would be a good resource, but are there any notable sites or service on the interwebs to converse with a native Spanish speaker?
posted by helios410
on Jul 28, 2013 -
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
and excessive concrete
). Muchas gracias!
posted by FiveSecondRule
on Jul 27, 2013 -
I'm attending San Diego Comic-Con this year, and it occurs to me that while San Diego is right next to Mexico, I know nothing about native comics in Spanish-speaking countries
. This prior AskMe
is more interested in learning Spanish, what I'm more interested in is works originating in Spanish rather than texts I'd be familiar with. I've read comics originating in Europe and in Japan, and it surprises me to think I can't think of any originating in Spanish. Older, new, comic books, comic strips, editorial cartoons, even webcomics would apply.
posted by artlung
on Jul 17, 2013 -
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 -
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 -
I need to learn Spanish for my international-relations job. I've procrastinated for a long time. I'd really like to get hooked on some Spanish-language television shows and watch some quality Spanish-language movies to help me along. Not interested in anything dubbed. Not interested in anything too soapy, but it doesn't have to be highbrow. English-language entertainment I've enjoyed include The Good Wife, Homeland, the Office, and Pride & Prejudice. Please don't feel limited by this because I'm sure there is much more I would enjoy if I watched more TV. Anything with a good story should do the trick.
I'd prefer Latin American Spanish, but mostly I'm just looking for anything that will suck me in.
posted by ihavepromisestokeep
on Jun 8, 2013 -
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 -
Looking for help prouncing the RR sound in words such as sonrisa, alrededor, las rosas [more inside]
posted by iamsuper
on May 3, 2013 -
What's a good resource for looking up the Latin roots of Spanish words? (There are a number of fantastic resources for finding the Latin roots of English words, but I'm having a harder time with Spanish words.) [more inside]
posted by jtothes
on Apr 30, 2013 -
A few months ago I found a certain online Spanish tutoring site I wanted to try out, but now I'm unable to locate it after much Googling. The site (which may have offered languages other than Spanish) had private tutors who conduct sessions via Skype. The main page showed photos and bios of the many available tutors, with star ratings and links to reviews written by students. As I recall, each tutor could set his/her own price. What site might this have been?
posted by iamisaid
on Apr 25, 2013 -
I'm an intermediate Spanish speaker, and I have an interview in a couple days to assess my Spanish level. How can I be as successful as possible, both as far as brushing up/practicing, as well as keeping my nerves under control? [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs
on Apr 25, 2013 -
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 -
One night in Atlantic City, me and three other drunk, high, exhausted bachelor party gamblers went to our hotel room and ended up watching a program that may have just been some sort of shared fever dream. It was also in Spanish. [more inside]
posted by Potloaf
on Apr 13, 2013 -
I am looking for Spanish language documentaries (with English subtitles) that I can watch online, through Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, etc. What are your favorites?
posted by ocherdraco
on Apr 3, 2013 -
Why does the U.S. media pronunce certain non-English names with a native accent, while other names are "Americanized" in their pronunciation? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels
on Mar 13, 2013 -
Hi Mefi! I'm a native Spanish speaker but, due to years of English-language immersion and doing my education solely in English, my Spanish is horrendous. I'm still very much fluent and can understand everything being said, but my grammar and more technical language have been completely demolished by English. I just got an internship where I'm going to have to speak with Spanish-only speakers and occasionally translate documents to Spanish, and I'm a little scared! Are there any good, quick grammar references or other resources for someone who just needs to brush up on things like correct prepositions and such, or similar resources for learning medical and technical vocabulary? Books especially welcome.
posted by Papagayo
on Mar 8, 2013 -
¡Hola! I want to improve my Spanish listening-comprehension abilities before I go off to Spain this summer for a month by listening to some eclectic, non-chart-driven, at-least-partially, ideally-completely Spanish-language radio online. Perhaps something like BBC's Radio 6
, Radio France's FIP
or KCRW's Eclectic 24
. [more inside]
posted by mdonley
on Mar 7, 2013 -
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 -
Are there any magazines from Mexico or South/Central American countries specializing in travel to the region, in Spanish, directed towards the Spanish speaking reader, that are available via subscription in the US? If so, which would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by pwb503
on Dec 18, 2012 -
How do I say "sewer" in Spanish? Not the pipe that waste water goes into, but a person who sews on a sewing machine? [more inside]
posted by buzzv
on Nov 28, 2012 -
Canarian Spanish slang filter: On a recent trip to rural Tenerife I found some graffiti on a water pumping station wall. It reads:
"Tierra Guanche - only local - no nos hacemos responsables de posibles tolmasos o vignazos"
'Tierra Guanche - only local" seems pretty clear; a (possibly non-literal) identification with the Guanche (pre-Castilian indigenous people of Tenerife) and a comment on tourism or immigration. My rudimentary Spanish says the rest runs "we take no responsibility for possible ..." but 'tolmasos' and 'vignazos' seem to be local slang. Does anyone know what they mean? There's a photo (not mine) here
posted by cromagnon
on Oct 15, 2012 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
I live in Austin, TX. My girlfriend is training to be a manager in a restaurant. She would like to improve her Spanish to be able to better communicate with the kitchen staff. (Her current level of Spanish is VERY basic: mostly common nouns, question words, and verbs like "is" and "has", etc.) Do you know of any websites or books that specifically cater towards learning "kitchen Spanish"? Do you know any phrases that would be helpful for her to learn? [more inside]
posted by 23skidoo
on Sep 29, 2012 -
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 -
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 -