Kay From France, joined Mar 2002, 1884 posts, RR: 3 Posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 952 times:
due to work requirements and self development goals I am now taking a second-level course in.. Spanish. one of the most spoken languages, yet I don't speak it.
an incredibly effective method I found is this (that I recommend to any computer techie out there wanting to learn a language), I converted all the software I use, operating systems and the websites I visit to Spanish. It's terribly effective!!!
I installed WinXP Pro in Spanish at home, and guess what, before I even finish setting it up I was infected with the blaster worm. This warm takes hours of work to be removed, and I already feel more confident in the language after tyring to decypher the be-zillion messages I got from installing patches, service packs, antivirus software and tools in Spanish. I thought I wasn't going to gain much since I know all windows messages by heart, but this virus was a good help!
by the way, I still couldn't get rid of it.
As for the websites, well, my yahoo, sports and others are all converted to Spanish. Finally, all software I use, games and everything were either converted or re-donwloaded and re-installed in their Spanish version.
Zak From Greenland, joined Sep 2003, 1993 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 945 times:
one thing to keep in mind though:
you will learn the systematic aspects of language that way, but the only way to learn a language is in the country.
this applies to any language, and is quite a convenient excuse to go to some of the great places spain has to offer.
Alcregular From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 942 times:
Im currently learning Spanish at evening classes at my local college. It was supposed to be a 10 week course, but because most people want to continue, they have extended the course to 20 weeks, so we start back after Easter break. I can't wait to get back, Im really enjoying it. got a really good book as well from the local book shop, called Breakthrough spanish, you can buy it on Amazon, and there are a pack for casettes to go with the book as well it you want to. It's a very good buy. Good luck with learning!!
Tranceport From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 282 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 913 times:
I studied Spanish for over 10 years. Although I got the grammar and vocabulary down well, I found out you have to be immersed in a language to learn it. After all those years, I spent 30 days working in the Yucatan and learned more about Spanish in those thirty days than I did in years of studying.
LanPeru From Peru, joined Jun 2001, 645 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 898 times:
Tienen que ir a un pais en SudAmerica! All right, I am sure that some of you understood that...maybe I should offer "Online Courses" and charge you guys lol, well anyways good luck...it's nice to know more people are learning it.
CannibalZ3 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 392 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 870 times:
Si, tienen que is a un pais SudAmericano. Yo estaba casi seis meses en Bolivia y fue mejor que todos los clases de espanol. Para aprender una lengua, tienes que ir a un pais donde le hablan. Ok my Spanish is slipping some but the point is valid, I learned more in 6 months in-country than 8 years of classes.
Bullpitt From Spain, joined Mar 2004, 871 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 832 times:
One good way to get a feel for the language is to buy a DVD and watch the movies in Spanish, If you live in Europe you can buy them for Zone two and you'll find them both in the O.V and dubbed into Spanish. I do it the other way, I make my son listen to the movie in English and let him follow it with the subtitles in Spanish. Hope this idea helps you. And by all means try to come to Spain I'm sure you'll enjoy the experience. Un saludo a todos.
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