¿Hablas Español?

Discussion in 'Latin America' started by AntWare, Mar 5, 2007.

  1. pilot

    pilot ...

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2002
    Oddometer:
    35,911
    Location:
    Right here


    In enjoyed that.

    I have that impediment. I can't roll an R to save my ass. So, I just stretch it out to make it seem like I roll it. I don't fool anyone, but they get the idea.
    #61
  2. Lone Rider

    Lone Rider Registered User

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2002
    Oddometer:
    25,130
    Location:
    out and about
    tu libro nuevo es proximo?
    #62
  3. Ready2Rip

    Ready2Rip The Bird is the Word

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2007
    Oddometer:
    22
    Location:
    Hermosa Beach
    Ant Ware,

    I'm working through Coffee Break Spanish now, and it's awesome! I was going to spread the word, but you beat me to it. :D

    I was originally looking to purchase the RosettaStone set, but I though I'd make sure I was motivated before plunking down 3 bills. If you have an iPod or iPhone (or iTunes), you can download the Coffee Break Spanish podcasts via iTunes. Makes it handy to have the lessons with you when you find a spare 15 minutes.

    Another cool tool is http://www.quizlet.com. If you join the group titled "Coffee Break Spanish Vocab" you'll find all of the terms discussed in each lesson, and it presents them to you in an electronic flashcard format. It tracks what you got wrong and keeps feeding those back to you. Very cool way to reinforce the lessons.

    Good luck!

    Ready2Rip
    #63
  4. hgulledge

    hgulledge Adventurer-of-sorts Supporter

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2002
    Oddometer:
    1,572
    Location:
    CenTex
    Hi Ant;

    I tried the link, but the accents were tough. I bought a set of 8 or 9 discs at Costco for about $20 and then ripped them to the iPod. I also made an MP3 disc for the car. Our library has a pretty big selection of lessons on CD, also. Spanish speaking girlfriends are the best, though.
    #64
  5. PhilSpace

    PhilSpace The Ex-Gov

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2002
    Oddometer:
    36,060
    Location:
    Springfield, VA
    I'm pulling the trigger on Rosetta Stone. Our lingual training dude says it rocks and I need to be able to communicate more better on proposals and invoicing for communications stuff from local telecommunications companies.

    I took three years of spanglish in high school, and it doesn't work and I have a mental block at conversational Spanish.

    We shall see.

    Maybe I could pay Leo, or lure him out here, get him drunk and keep him here until I get it right :dunno
    #65
  6. Pelon

    Pelon Dia Por Dia

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,061
    Location:
    San Diego, CA
    The ONLY way to improve your conversational Spanish is to speak it! Find someone who speaks Spanish, and speak only Spanish to him. Do not be ashamed of errors; ask for help when you need it. Watching telenovelas really does help. When you are thinking, try thinking in Spanish. This is hard to do at first, but it is a great way to increase your fluency while driving, playing golf, riding a bike, whatever. No matter what . . . enjoy it. Spanish is a rich language that is surprisingly uncomplicated. Pronunciation and spelling are as easy as a language can get, and the list of irregular verbs is relatively small. Once you obtain a relative proficiency, you will have the keys to some of the most vibrant and exciting cultures in the world.
    #66
  7. Uncle Pollo

    Uncle Pollo Bad Hombre

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2006
    Oddometer:
    56,408
    Location:
    Albuquerque, Neue Messico
    Well ... skype me one of these days for conversational spanish.
    #67
  8. makinwaves

    makinwaves Long timer

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2007
    Oddometer:
    1,896
    Location:
    Travelling in South America!
    +1!

    Expensive, but one of the best learning systems available. Reportedly the only system used to train foreign diplomats, CIA, etc.

    I bought the Spanish lessons (1 through 100) on EBay and also picked up the Mandarin set. Never thought they could make learning Chinese language easy but man does it work great!
    #68