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Best way to learn Spanish quickly...weeks in Spain?

Old Jul 11th 2013, 9:36 pm
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Originally Posted by Domino
that sounds excellent Lynn, especially as you say - neighbours and shops and bars conversations generally tend to be a bit limiting.

I know of someone with a language school in Madrid who last year started inter-cambio via skype with some trepidation but it has proven to be a success.
but again, as you say, there has to be the commitment, which many people start off with but lose the momentum either because they feel they aren't coping or they don't think it is going fast enough or in the right direction for them.

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Agreed though one advantage is that you can continue those 'easier' conversations even after a skinful

Or is it that alcohol is a great leveler and we think we can speak every language after a few

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Old Jul 11th 2013, 10:20 pm
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Originally Posted by vincentarmstead
It would be quite easy for u just surround yourself with spanish speaking people and learn something new everyday and don't forget to practice it yourself.
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Old Jul 11th 2013, 10:40 pm
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Agreed though one advantage is that you can continue those 'easier' conversations even after a skinful

Or is it that alcohol is a great leveler and we think we can speak every language after a few

Jon
We have a British neighbour who was convinced he didn't need lessons and would just be able to pick up Spanish by talking to people in the nearest local bar (which happens to be one of the roughest around, frequented by some "characters" to put it tactfully). He came to Malaga with us one day and attempted to practice some of what he'd learned, the faces of waiters when he asked for something in a slurred, Andalu growl were a picture of incomprehension.
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Old Jul 11th 2013, 10:52 pm
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I had a friend who believed in meeting the Spanish half way, so he would speak to them in English but with a heavy Spanish accent. The result was that nobody could understand him.
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Old Jul 13th 2013, 9:16 pm
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test if you are as good as you all claim to be

http://www.spanish-test.net/spanish-test.htm
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Originally Posted by jackytoo
test if you are as good as you all claim to be

http://www.spanish-test.net/spanish-test.htm
A1, 90% so not perfect, which is about what I expected!
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Of course the first page is the elementary A1 level - there are further tests at higher levels....

Congratulations! Your spanish is at level A1 !
You solved 29 questions.
Your percentage is 97 %.
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I think the best way to learn Spanish quickly is to find a Spanish girlfriend
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Originally Posted by steviedeluxe
Of course the first page is the elementary A1 level - there are further tests at higher levels....
80% and 73% respectively for the next two levels - oh dear, it's getting worse, I will quit whilst still apparently getting a pass mark!
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Originally Posted by alexnielson
I think the best way to learn Spanish quickly is to find a Spanish girlfriend
Alex is right, but failing this, is to make Spanish friends. How do you do this? Buy a shirt of one of the worst football teams in Spain and people will be asking you why you don't support Real, Atletico, or Barcelona. Believe me, if you make the effort you will soon be speaking good Spanish and you will have some unexpected conversations.
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