¿Metafilter en español?
October 2, 2015 8:21 AM   Subscribe

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 to Society & Culture (13 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
I'll be watching closely; I'd love to find something similar. In the meantime, I don't know if you saw that there have been versions of this question before: previously and previouslier. (I seem to recall there have been others, too, but I'm not finding them at the moment.)
posted by veggieboy at 9:03 AM on October 2, 2015 [1 favorite]

I feel like there must surely be a subreddit for this, no? I can't vouch for the quality of discussion or the relative horribility of people who might be there, but it seems like a good place to start.
posted by poffin boffin at 9:12 AM on October 2, 2015

Probably not quite what you're looking for (I found it on reddit), but there's Menéame. I went through DMOZ to see if there was anything else in the same category, but unfortunately couldn't find anything else.
posted by retypepassword at 9:35 AM on October 2, 2015 [1 favorite]

Menéame has the sort of racist, misogynist people who give reddit a bad name, though. Any thread about women will have some reference to "T_D_S P_T_S" ("All of them whores") or "melafo" ("I'd fuck that"). And don't even think about reading the comments of anything about feminism.
posted by sukeban at 10:32 AM on October 2, 2015 [1 favorite]

The adage about not reading the comments is ^2 with a special spoonful of cringe for Spanish language sites, in my experience.
posted by signal at 12:43 PM on October 2, 2015

sukeban: "Menéame has the sort of racist, misogynist people who give reddit a bad name, "

Plus 'menéame' translates as 'jerk me off'.
posted by signal at 1:20 PM on October 2, 2015

I wonder if Twitter might not be a good place to carve out a spot for learning en español, perhaps making use of lists (either creating one's own or subscribing to others).
posted by Celsius1414 at 1:37 PM on October 2, 2015

'Menéame' literally means "stir me" or "shake me." In the absence of an innuendo context I wouldn't assume it means "jerk me off". I'd associate it more with dancing, in fact.

(I'm from Mexico, and these things are ridiculously country-specific, so for some other countries it may carry the masturbatory connotation by default, of course...)
posted by pantufla_milagrosa at 1:54 PM on October 2, 2015 [1 favorite]

Plus 'menéame' translates as 'jerk me off'.

More like "shake me/it up" as a first meaning. But that too.
posted by sukeban at 2:01 PM on October 2, 2015

It's the internet, that's enough innuendo context.

And in Spain I think that has taken over as a primary meaning.

I begun using the internet back before there was any content in Spanish. Because of that I'm probably biased towards using English speaking sites, but I don't know of anything like Metafilter in Spanish.

The closest I can think of is taringa.net, but it's really nothing like it.
posted by Promethea at 7:14 AM on October 3, 2015

Twitter is probably your best bet, maybe tumblr if you want younger and more social justice oriented voices.
posted by cobain_angel at 11:34 AM on October 5, 2015

Promethea: "The closest I can think of is taringa.net, but it's really nothing like it.

It's really not.
The truth is, there's nothing like Metafilter in English or Spanish. Don't know about other languages.
posted by signal at 1:57 PM on October 5, 2015

I follow r/learnspanish, which isn't as horrible as you might think. There are a lot of people on there in your (our) position--many years of Spanish, long ago, and looking to refresh. I don't recall seeing a question like yours, specifically about websites. There was a discussion of podcasts recently, though, which introduced me to several new ones.
posted by Jane Austen at 7:16 PM on October 5, 2015

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