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is it me or does anyone else find learning spanish difficuly?

i bought software, and been for classes and am really struggling... why are no many words similar grrrr

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Stick with it - it gets easier. We all get confused, and we all make mistakes but that is how you learn. Once you are in spain try to mingle with the locals and you will learn far more.

I am by no means fluent but I can get by now. Not from what I was taught in the UK, but from what I have picked up whilst here and from badgering my spanish friends and my fairly recently aquired god send - my spanish partner!

Even now, I make mistakes... i always banter with my OH in restaurants and pretend that the word for chicken confuses me just ask I am about to order (he alwyas insists I do the talking to brush up) and he always looks terrified when I order a chicken incase I fluff it up (if you don't know... Pollo is chicken... Polla is.. well nothing like a chicken!) I mix the two up purposely to wind him up.

What did I do yesterday...without thinikng.... went to a spanish cafe where I always eat 1/2 chicken and chips and without thinking, thanks to my pranking with the OH (this must be karma) , I ordered the wrong thing. hmmm polla con patatas...... thankfully the waiter saw the funny side and said..,,,

"senor... aqui... ahora... chico malo"

which I thought was rather funny!!!!

I guess those of you who speak spanish will get it - those of you who don't,, google it!

Stick with the spanish, fluff up all you like.. laugh at yourself... and keep practicing.

Try livemocha - it helped me!

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is it me or does anyone else find learning spanish difficuly?

i bought software, and been for classes and am really struggling... why are no many words similar grrrr

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Don´t give up! Everyones different and learns at a different ´speed so don´t be discouraged by anyone in the class who seems to be doing really well. You need to congratulate yourself on every little step you make with your Spanish. The most important thing is to practice conversation though that could be difficult if you´re still in the UK but you could try advertising. if you have Internet and can get Spanish radio stations listen to them to improve your listening skills, and try to get hold of tapes in Spanish (we listen to songs a lot in class - its quite useful) books in Spanish, newspapers in Spanish, anything in Spanish! It doesn´t matter if you don´t understand much to begin with, just read little bits and try to get the gist and underline words to look up later rather than at the time. I kept a diary in Spanish for a while too. Hope thats helpful. Good luck!!

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For some people learning a new language comes easier than others, that is not to say it is impossible just a little more hard work is needed.

I purchased a Rosetta Stone and to an extent it has helped me, but where I really became more comfortable with the language was by listening to Spanish radio stations. At first it just sounds like noise but with determination and a basic grasp of the language I started to understand what the DJ was saying, lyrics of the songs played etc...
I am far from understanding Spanish, but I am confident enough to attempt speaking it and understanding it. Also, never worry about making mistakes when you speak, if you sound strange speaking it to bad, it is the only way to learn.

Keep it up, before you know it you will be speaking like a native (or close to).

Oh and may I add, Rosetta Stone has a lovely audio package that I load on my iPod, so when I am jogging or at the gym it is playing, try and get hold of mp3's to listen to, while driving wherever


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is it me or does anyone else find learning spanish difficuly?

i bought software, and been for classes and am really struggling... why are no many words similar grrrr

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Have you tried talking to spaniards who want to learn English?

Recently on our chat group we had an English guy who was a beginner. He was at first very nervous. He tried chat (written) using google translate for every message he sent and received. Then a spanish guy pushed him and he spoke (sound and microphone). He was amazed and inspired. He is now one of our keenest participants chatting to all and sundry . And all that in 4 weeks.

One problem I also note is that some people who appear good at languages in the classroom turn out not to be so good face to face, and vice versa. As Steve says it is communicating that matters. Being able to conjugate 500 verbs in an academic environment is all well and good but not the be all and end all.

Above all enjoy the process of learning (and pm me if you want to try chat)

Good luck, you will get there if you want to

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is it me or does anyone else find learning spanish difficuly?

i bought software, and been for classes and am really struggling... why are no many words similar grrrr

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I do sympathise, I am lucky because I found it quite easy, but I am at a complete loss when looking at anything involving numbers or following written instructions for some device or other! We all have different aptitudes.

Personally I think classes are the best way to learn, supplemented by CDs or software. And you need to do AT LEAST HALF AN HOUR A DAY of practice, because repetition is what makes it stick. Repetition is what makes it stick. Did I mention that repetition is what makes it stick ...??? Even if you are really busy and it's the last thing you feel like doing, stick to it. It pays off in the end.

If you have a good teacher and a small group you are lucky. I did GSCE like this and it was fine, but when I started the advanced course the group was huge, about 18 people, and the teacher was rude and bossy. So I gave up after a month, despite having paid for 20 weeks, and just worked at home.

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Don't worry, you will get there in the end. I did, and I am not the brightest coin in the till. Try and make the learning enjoyable, that also makes it stick,

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Don't worry, you will get there in the end. I did, and I am not the brightest coin in the till. Try and make the learning enjoyable, that also makes it stick,

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Totally agree with Hepa. When speaking with Spaniards try, despite the temptation to speak Spanish. Where I live many speak english and many like to because it is practice for them too, my OH speaks fairly good english and often it is tempting just to slip into english, he is happy to do this because he wants to polish up his english but now we always talk 50/50 english and spanish. If we eat in an Spanish restaurant he makes me order, and if we eat in an english one i make him order. Works well!

When you get here, go to your local Ayuntamiento (town hall), certainly in my area they run heavily subsidised classes (sometimes free) to residents. Chit chat whenever you can. I used to practice phrases like "the weather is nice", and "are you busy" and try tomake conversation with cabbies etc.

It will come!

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It could be worse Northwestlad... I signed up here in Cairo for Spanish lessons.
The teacher spoke Spanish and Arabic.. No English.. lol now that is hard.




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It could be worse Northwestlad... I signed up here in Cairo for Spanish lessons.
The teacher spoke Spanish and Arabic.. No English.. lol now that is hard.
Now that is impressive!

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