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Old Jul 9th 2013, 1:44 am
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Originally Posted by cricketman
Thats right. Imo Pedregalejo is nicer, but actually in October Malagueta will be busier, and you are very close to the centre

I did my intensive course in the centre of Malaga in Instituto Picaso, they were very good. Personally I wouldnt trust a language school called Malaga Beach

Btw, there are 10,000s of British and German people in that part of Spain who dont speak a word of Spanish, so nothing is guarenteed. I had (and still have) a simple rule, when on a Spanish street only Spanish is allowed!
why not? and instituto picasso i would trust just to learn painting

anyway im checking also that school, after your advice
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why not? and instituto picasso i would trust just to learn painting

anyway im checking also that school, after your advice
I'm not sure I'd trust a language school with a website written in such dreadful English.....
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Originally Posted by lynnxa
I'm not sure I'd trust a language school with a website written in such dreadful English.....
which one? anyway i want to learn Spanish, not English!
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Originally Posted by lynnxa
I'm not sure I'd trust a language school with a website written in such dreadful English.....
Lynnxa let us to know, which school has a "dreadful" English?

btw, why did you delete your personal message: "learning and translating spanish" after your post?
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Originally Posted by kileroman
Lynnxa let us to know, which school has a "dreadful" English?

btw, why did you delete your personal message: "learning and translating spanish" after your post?
what personal message

I refer to the school you keep mentioning

I would expect a good language school to have its website translated professionally - which that one doesn't appear to be
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Can we keep on topic please
Recommendations to the OP for fast Spanish language learning
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Originally Posted by Mitzyboy
Can we keep on topic please
Recommendations to the OP for fast Spanish language learning
I would as the others have said, for fast learning, recommend total immersion - living with a Spanish family & not speaking your native language at all - ideally with no exposure to it, either - backed up by 'formal' classes

at various times of year we have Spanish people - adults & children - come to stay with us.... they live with English-speaking families - tha adults often just come for occasional weekends, but the children come for 2-3 week camps

unless they try VERY hard to not speak English, they go home much more confident & comfortable with the language than when they arrived

my teenage daughters also volunteer at residential camps for teenagers who are learning English - they are all over Spain, & no Spanish is spoken at all while they are there

the company also does residential Spanish courses for adults http://www.diverbo.es/es/adultos/espanol/hablar-espanol
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Sounds excellent to me
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Sounds excellent to me
what's even more excellent, is that while my daughters are away volunteering (in 4* & 5* hotels, I might add) I get a couple of weeks to myself

immersion really does work - we have 2, 12 year old girls with us atm, one could speak more English than the other when they arrived - she, after 1.5 weeks, is chatting away almost like a native - the other has also improved tremendously & is more confident

earlier in the year we had an exchange student from Latvia with us for 3 months - she spoke not a word of Spanish when she arrived (we're an honorary Spanish family, because we are perfectly capable of speaking Spanish to each other all day) - she passed A1 level before she left, despite most of her classes at school being in Valenciano That was the same level as the other exchange students, who were staying with 'real' Spanish families

she could speak pretty good English when she arrived - but because we spent some time speaking English, as well as Spanish, with her - she would have passed for a native speaker by the time she left

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Sounds like the way to go kileroman ....... hope this helps
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I think if someone is really serious about wanting to learn in as short a time as possible, they have to treat it almost as a "job" to be done, forget any ideas about combining learning with a long holiday at the beach and going out socialising every night. If I'd needed to learn within a short timescale, I would have gone for the total immersion option even though on a personal level I don't think I'd have found it very comfortable.

The daughter of some Norwegian acquaintances of ours came over and lived in their holiday home for 2 months prior to starting to study at Granada University for a year as part of her degree, and worked in local bar (a Spanish owned one) some evenings. She took an intensive course at a local language school (25 hours of classes a week) and was able to take up her university place with no language difficulty at the end of it. She arranged to share accommodation with two Spanish students whilst at the university.
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Sounds like the way to go kileroman ....... hope this helps
I have no doubt, Miztzyboy. We have totally clear this is a corrupted forum with private interest. Im going to find real opinions outside.

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I have no doubt, Miztzyboy. We have totally clear this is a corrupted forum with private interest. Im going to find real opinions outside.

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Originally Posted by cricketman
Depends on the person. My wife learnt German in 1 month, on an intensive course in Vienna, but it was her 5th language, she has never spoken it again in the last 12 years so has forgotton most of it

2 months of internsive courses should be plenty for a moderately intelligent person to be conversant in the language, although perfection will take years and may never come!
With all due respect, you do not learn languages in 1 month, 2 months or even a year. Of course the question is like asking how long is a piece of string, but to be able to really feel comfortable in a Spanish speaking environment I'd say it takes a couple of years of full immersion for a very good linguist (maybe less for someone with native Portuguese for example). It's not just about understanding verb tenses, subjunctives, vocabulary, etc, you've also got to understand the culture and systems to understand what people are talking about, rather than just recognising the words they are saying.

I did a few intensive Spanish courses when I started out, and they were good for a few weeks, but really you need to learn the language through application rather than passively sitting in a classroom. For me the crunch came when I started working in a Spanish company, for a boss who didnt speak English. There was nowhere to hide and I went through 6 months of pain before feeling comfortably fluent in the language. I learnt more in those 6 months than in the previous 3 years of classes and intercambios, even though I was living in Spain at the time.
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