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Tips on overcoming a language-learning plateau?

How do I overcome a stubborn plateau when it comes to learning a language? [more inside]
posted by iamsuper on Nov 22, 2016 - 15 answers

Long-Distance Psychiatry/Therapy

Is there such a thing as a psychiatrist/therapist who could diagnose and treat (and maybe prescribe) via Skype or another remote mechanism? [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser on Nov 4, 2016 - 7 answers

Looking for baby books (board books) in Spanish

I'm looking for baby books in Spanish that meet the following criteria: 1. Board book 2. Written in Spanish (i.e. not a translation). 3. In Spanish, only (not bilingual) 4. Not somehow about the fact that they are in Spanish. [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... on Oct 28, 2016 - 7 answers

How can I listen to more Cuban Spanish content?

I would like to relatively quickly train my ear to understand spoken Spanish better, especially Cuban Spanish. I'm a little past the "News in Slow Spanish" phase of language learning. Are there any podcasts, audiobooks, radio shows, movies produced by Cubans or Cuban emigres that I can listen to? Ideally, with subtitles or a written transcription that I can follow along with? [more inside]
posted by EmilyFlew on Oct 24, 2016 - 4 answers

¡Emergencia Educativa!

Good news: we found a house we love and we close in two weeks. Even better, the school is the one that hosts our second grader's Cub Scout Pack. He knows many of the kids there and is excited to attend. Problem: it's a dual language school and there is a Spanish proficiency test required to attend, and if he doesn't pass, he'll have to attend a different school, further away, where he knows no one. HALP. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 17, 2016 - 18 answers

Examples of successful, multi-lingual magazines and newspapers?

Are there any proven publications (specifically magazines and newspapers) that are bi-lingual (primarily in the USA/Canada and Europe) and are the non-English parts necessarily a translation of the English parts? [more inside]
posted by omar.a on Oct 10, 2016 - 13 answers

How do you learn a foreign language for free, without native speakers?

I have intermittently tried to learn Spanish for years, and now I am taking it more seriously again. My question now is, how can I advance myself to the next level, without any consistent access to native speakers? Ideally I would like to do this for free, but low cost is also okay. [more inside]
posted by mortaddams on Sep 25, 2016 - 20 answers

ISO of more Spanish language TV series like Narcos

I loved Narcos. What other Spanish language TV series, including telenovelas, do you recommend and which are available on streaming? I prefer dramas and thrillers. I have Amazon Prime and Netflix, but I'm willing to pay for additional content. I do not speak any Spanish, so subtitles are a must. [more inside]
posted by invisible ink on Sep 13, 2016 - 9 answers

Exercise book for beginning Spanish?

I'm a beginning Spanish learner. I do one in-person class (1.5 hours) and one conversation hour (1.0 hour) per week. I tend to be a book / pen and paper learner. I would like to add an exercise / homework book, ideally something I can fill out while on public transit, to practice conjugations and the like. Suggestions? I will also ask my Spanish teacher.
posted by ClaudiaCenter on Sep 11, 2016 - 4 answers

Aquí no hay quien viva

I want to watch the tv series Aquí no hay quien viva in the U.S. with English subtitles. [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri on Aug 17, 2016 - 4 answers

¡Ayuda! ¿Quienes son ustedes?

Helping a younger toddler transition from an infant daycare to a different, toddler daycare? Difficulty level: Spanish immersion! [more inside]
posted by castlebravo on Aug 16, 2016 - 4 answers

Any recommended Spanish(Latin) museums/exhibits/activities in DC?

I am in a Spanish "immersion" course in DC for the next 8 months (native English speaker) and looking to take advantage of the opportunities in DC., and can take "field trips" during the day to help with learning the language Latin culture. I'm looking at what the Smithsonian and Spanish Embassy is offering, but seeing if anyone has any insight into what my googel-ing won't offer. Thanks!
posted by aggienfo on Aug 16, 2016 - 5 answers

Learning Spanish via Internet

I've been learning Spanish for 4 or 5 years now. I've read a lot and now I need to start conversing. [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri on Jul 23, 2016 - 3 answers

How to say "Earth's Building Blocks" in Spanish?

I'm helping to build an exhibit about common rock-forming minerals. The entire exhibit has been translated into Spanish by a professional translator, but one phrase was missed (wasn't sent). Can you give me a translation for the phrase "Earth's Building Blocks"? [more inside]
posted by Secretariat on Jul 19, 2016 - 9 answers

From A to B to Xe(la)

I am departing this Friday (three days!) for a three week trip to Guatemala, the first two weeks of which will be spent at Escuela Montana. Hooray! Then my dad got involved. Uh-oh! Many, many cautionary e-mails later, I am considering hiding under the bed for three weeks and just telling people I went to Guatemala. Esperanzame, Mefites! [more inside]
posted by theweasel on Jun 28, 2016 - 11 answers

How commonplace is this Spanish pejorative term?

My wife and I are really, really hoping to name our (possible girl) baby "Zora"--as in Zora Neale Hurston. However, we recently learned that "zorra" is a slang term in Spanish roughly equivalent to b**** or c***. We live in an area with a sizable Spanish-speaking population. So, two questions: (1) Are we interpreting the term correctly? (2) How widespread is its use?
posted by anonymous on Mar 27, 2016 - 16 answers

Can anyone help me translate a warning sign into Spanish?

I have some flowers I would like to keep the gardeners from cutting, and so far telling them in person hasn't worked consistently, either because of language or turnover. I'd like to put up some signs near them in English and Spanish to make it clearer. So can anyone translate: "These [I plan to insert a picture or two] are flowers, please do not cut them back or spray weedkiller on them." If someone wants to be fancy and give translations of "heritage four o'clocks' and 'heartleaf ice plant' that I can put in for 'flowers', that would be keen, but flowers is fine. [more inside]
posted by tavella on Mar 19, 2016 - 10 answers

Interpreting (translation) in the UK

I've been a freelance Spanish interpreter & translator for a few years now in the U.S., and I've managed to create a sort-of stable lifestyle out of it, alongside another part-time job. I will be moving to the U.K. in a few months with my partner, however, and I need to start looking into the prospects across the pond. [more inside]
posted by parkbench on Feb 13, 2016 - 6 answers

What is the best way of getting a 1 minute voicemail translated?

Recently I got a peculiar voicemail that was entirely in Spanish or Italian, about a minute long. The woman sounds very serious, and I'm intensely curious about what it says. Once I've converted it to MP3, what's the best way of getting it translated?
posted by daysocks on Jan 27, 2016 - 7 answers

"Lucky" in Spanish as an animal's name

I'm writing a short story in which one of the characters has a cat named Lucky. For contextual reasons, it would make sense if the cat was named Lucky in Spanish. I know the Spanish word for "lucky" is "afortunada", but would this make sense as a pet's name? Do people in Spanish-speaking countries name their animals Lucky, and if so, would those animals be named Afortunada or another word?
posted by pxe2000 on Jan 14, 2016 - 18 answers

Leaning a new language with a poor memory.

It's my 50th year and I still don't know another language. I am determined to learn Spanish and I've started with Duolingo, but it doesn't seem to "stick. I've repeated the basic lessons a few times, but keep getting some words wrong. I've just done these questions, what is wrong with me?! Are they any good tips or methods on how to remember what I've just done ?
posted by Webbster on Jan 10, 2016 - 21 answers

"Got up too quickly" for different cultures

Yesterday I stood up too quickly, got a bit lightheaded and had to sit down again. My Mexican hosts were concerned and I tried to explain. At this point that I realized that "got up too quickly" is really not that descriptive and in fact borders on idiom. So now I'm curious what the Mexican Spanish idiom would be for that particular event (technically orthostatic hypotension). And while I'm at it I'm kind of curious about other cultures as well. Please help me sate my cultural curiosity.
posted by Tell Me No Lies on Dec 30, 2015 - 7 answers

Mayan Murder Mystery... or something like that

Is there historical fiction set in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica? If so, where do I find it? [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix on Dec 27, 2015 - 8 answers

Best means to learn a second language (Spanish)?

Has anyone used online tutors or services that they had positive experience with? I tried to use Rosetta Stone but didn't find it helpful because I think I may need more personal teachings. I have found some online "tutors" but am skeptical of their services. I know VERY BASIC spanish, and am looking to learn more and be able to converse and understand better... My child's father is Spanish and it is important for me to learn to communicate with his family and with our daughter together. I live in the DC area if anyone knows of local resources. My preference would be online or something I can do in home at first since we have a new baby, there isn't much time to get out during the week with working full time.
posted by MamaBee223 on Dec 9, 2015 - 19 answers

Other languages' terms for transgender?

What are some terms for transgender in other languages, especially Spanish? What words do they use to identify themselves? [more inside]
posted by the bird at the bottom of the tree on Nov 13, 2015 - 11 answers

How do you say, "That is a s**tload of bats!" in colloquial Spanish?

How would a Mexican-American, raised in Texas in the 1990s say the sentence, "That is a s**tload of bats!" [more inside]
posted by vraxoin on Oct 26, 2015 - 5 answers

Help me find that song

I'm trying to locate a Latin/Spanish song from a few years back with almost nothing to go on. Here's what I remember... [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Oct 19, 2015 - 3 answers

¿Metafilter en español?

I am trying to learn Spanish. I took 4 years of it in high school, many years ago, and I'd like to continue learning about it. What I'd like to see is a website that's like metafilter, but it links to spanish-language websites, and has cool smart people comment on them in spanish. Is that a thing?
posted by Galaxor Nebulon on Oct 2, 2015 - 13 answers

Spanish Language Latin American Cookbooks

My all-time favorite food is Mexican/Latin american food. I'm a pretty accomplished cook and I am semi-fluent in Spanish, as such, I am looking for your best, traditional Spanish Language latin american cookbooks/recipe websites. [more inside]
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith on Sep 19, 2015 - 8 answers

Why use a sentence instead of "anónimamente"?

On New York City building sites, why does the Spanish signage say "No tiene que dar su nombre" instead of using the Spanish adverb for "anonymously"? [more inside]
posted by brainwane on Sep 17, 2015 - 22 answers

Any recommendations for (or against) Spanish classes in NYC?

Language learning questions here tend to get a lot of "watch Univision, listen to podcasts, converse with native speakers" types of answers, which are great. I will probably utilize some of those things, but I'd really like to take a class because I would benefit from the externally imposed structure. [more inside]
posted by Mavri on Sep 2, 2015 - 7 answers

Spanish kids' shows for 6-year-old, first-year student?

Our daughter just finished her first year of Spanish in a full-immersion kindergarten. We're looking for good all-Spanish TV shows we can show her (and my wife, who wants to learn) over the summer so she doesn't forget it all. [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Jul 6, 2015 - 12 answers

What are these figurines???

I think they're Spanish, but I really have no idea. I'm looking to buy some online. Any information would be helpful. Thanks.
posted by hellbient on Jul 1, 2015 - 5 answers

Help me find the title or author of my favorite lost half-read book!

I was so enthralled with it that I mentioned how wonderful it was to a visiting friend. He asked to borrow it, and then disappeared with it into the wild east of Estonia or maybe Moscow and I've never heard from him again. He also owes me two dollars. [more inside]
posted by cytherea on Jun 30, 2015 - 2 answers

Spanish language school for a duo of new travelers

A friend and I are hoping to find a Spanish language school where we can go for 1-3 weeks, late May-June, somewhere in Latin America. We've been considering going to Guatemala, but hear very mixed things about safety from various anecdotal sources. We're both relatively inexperienced female international travelers and don't really know how to assess what's actually safe for us. Questions: 1) Should we go to Guatemala for this ? 2) If not, where should we go? If so, where should we go? I know there have been questions on this, but it seems things may have changed in recent years. [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs on Apr 25, 2015 - 8 answers

Need help purchasing opera tickets for a performance at the Teatro Colon

Me and my husband are going to Argentina for a vacation in June. We really wanted to see an opera at the Teatro Colon on June 16 called Quartett, but we're having a hard time figuring out how to purchase tickets. [more inside]
posted by firemonkey on Mar 21, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me set a realistic language learning goal

I work with many (Latin American) Spanish speaking families. I would like to be able to communicate with them, even a little. Help me figure out a realistic plan to acquire more language skills this summer. [more inside]
posted by raspberrE on Feb 12, 2015 - 21 answers

Synthpop en Español

I just discovered the wonderful Los Prisioneros. Please recommend similar Spanish-language music with 80's vibes for this Yazoo fan.
posted by gorbweaver on Feb 8, 2015 - 8 answers

Offline resources for new language learner

I'm learning Spanish. I'd like to take tablet or paper-based resources with me on an upcoming trip to keep the momentum going, but won't have internet access during that time. What should I take? [more inside]
posted by _Mona_ on Feb 2, 2015 - 10 answers

What's the best golden-age Spanish and bilingual hip-hop?

I'm learning Spanish. I like rap music. And so, for practice, I'd like to listen to some golden-age (or golden-age-sounding--sample-based beats, no crossover, that true-school kind of thing) Spanish and bilingual English-Spanish hip-hop. I already know about 'La Raza' and Cypress Hill--what else is out there?
posted by box on Jan 23, 2015 - 18 answers

Most efficient way to translate audio to subtitles

I've volunteered to translate a few talks, from English to Spanish, so the translation can be included in video as subtitles. I was just given the audio to work with. I've only ever done text-to-text translation before, so I have no idea how to start on working with audio-to-subtitles. Please help. [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade on Jan 23, 2015 - 4 answers

Help me learn Spanish in Barcelona!

I do not speak Spanish. I have the opportunity to go with my family to Barcelona for about 8 weeks, and plan to learn as much Spanish as possible. How? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Jan 12, 2015 - 7 answers

What Spanish-language song did I hear yesterday at Don Pablo's?

Try to identify the Spanish-language song I heard yesterday at Don Pablo's, a Tex-Mex chain restaurant. I'll list everything I remember about it. [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt on Jan 5, 2015 - 6 answers

Spanish language disputes (with no hyphen!)

In English, you don't need to be a specialist to argue about Oxford commas, split infinitives, "verbed nouns", etc. ¿What are some examples of similar disputes with respect to the Spanish language?—grammar, vocabulary, or style. [more inside]
posted by sylvanshine on Dec 18, 2014 - 5 answers

Help me contact my brother in Cuba

My brother is missing/not in contact/has gone to Cuba and we can't reach him. This is not a 'he ran off' situation; he is supposed to be in Cuba for work. He is the operations manager of a jazz band who are playing a music festival there. He flew from Mexico into Havana last night -- we think. The last we heard from him was in Mexico. He is traveling on a US passport but not entering from the US. He has done this before. He has a large group of people with him. [more inside]
posted by restless_nomad on Dec 13, 2014 - 4 answers

I want to improve my Spanish while living in Brooklyn. Any suggestions?

I will be in Brooklyn and Manhattan for about 6 months and would like to improve my conversational Spanish skills. Are there any good classes or groups for this that are informal and fun? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on Dec 9, 2014 - 4 answers

Identify this Mexican folk song, performed by a mariachi band! (Spanish)

Here is the song Starting at one minute, ending at the two minute mark. My Spanish is terrible, especially with the elongated words. Can anyone identify this song?
posted by flying_trapeze on Dec 6, 2014 - 4 answers

Song Lyrics Translation

I'm working on a song where I'd like the chorus and the end of each verse to be in Spanish - can you translate the lines in italics? [more inside]
posted by InfidelZombie on Dec 4, 2014 - 4 answers

Tips and tricks supplemental to Duolingo to improve Spanish?

Spanish newbie filter. I'm teaching myself Spanish with the help of Duolingo and am having trouble with a few particular problem areas. Specifically, I would like some sort of handy way to recall present tense conjugations of the three types of verb. Something similar to differentiate the questions would be good as well. Also, if you use the app or found any handy methods while learning Spanish that aided recall, I would love to hear them. I'm enjoying this a lot and plan to stick with it. [more inside]
posted by Ephelump Jockey on Nov 29, 2014 - 18 answers

Learning Spanish for couples?

I would like to learn Spanish with my husband, but we are looking for activities, or games, or just exercises that would be best for couple's learning. We have limited time available after work. [more inside]
posted by polywomp on Nov 3, 2014 - 3 answers

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