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Old 06-15-2009, 09:39 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by Laury View Post
Chile Chef - it sounds to me like you are way beyond beginner! You can't be that "limitado" if you can put together a sentence like that. Are you sure you shouldn't be in at least an intermediate class???
For me the hardest things to learn were the gender of nouns and the difference between ser and estar - the verbs for "to be".
The easiest parts were basic pronunciation and spelling. It's a much easier language to learn than English would be with all the different pronunciations for the same letters. Think how hard it would be to learn the difference between say, rough, trough dough and through!
By the way what is a "vato"????

And I must say Hola to my dear amiga MexicoKaren. I miss you!
Thanks for your reply Sinorita, the word Vato mean's Dude, And like I said in my previous sentence I have a very limitado knowlage of the Spanish movies and I've watched enough movies to formulate my setence above.

I went to the Mexican store we have here in our state and I've asked for everything I needed in spanish, and thank him for helping me in english, He spoke theentire time in spanish though. And after we talked for a few minutes he called me an Honeary Gringo "I know gringo mean white guy/girl"

Anyways here's my question How come I can comprihend Spanish, but I can't speak it yet? I understood what he was saying the whole time, Or what it because of the wrods he was speaking that I heard a lot in the movie lines?

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Old 06-15-2009, 10:22 AM   #12
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Yes, I believe it's much easier to pick up Spanish than English. My 15 month old grand daughter seems to utter more words in Spanish than English as she grows up in a bilingual environment although English is spoken more often around her. Also, at this stage I'm having a hard time teaching her Japanese, which I speak fluently. I often wish I knew Spanish than Japanese.

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Old 06-15-2009, 01:38 PM   #13
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I'm a firm believer in learning a second language, period. One friend has a daughter (1st or 2nd grade) who wants to learn French, and she wants her to learn Spanish, because she thinks it would be more practical. BUT the thing is that once you learn a second language, especially at a young age, any other language you try, especially in the same family (i.e., Latin based languages, eastern European based languages, Germanic languages, Asian .... well, I could go on and on) will be easier to learn. Spanish is one of the easier languages to learn; however the accent varies in the extremes. Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Mexicans, and Spaniards often have problems understanding each other, and there are another hundred countries who will tell you you're wrong. I, personally, come from a French Canadian family, and they supposedly can't understand Cajuns, and none claim to understand Parisians or Haitians. So the thing is to just jump in with both feet and ignore any criticism.
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Old 06-15-2009, 02:26 PM   #14
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For me, the hardest part of learning a language has always been the grammar. As for speaking it well, it's practice, practice, practice. I was terrible at French, had to repeat it in both high school and college, but I ended up spending so much time in the language lab that when I go to Quebec, people ask me if I'm from Paris because of my accent!

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