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Unread 05-13-2008, 09:27 AM   #1
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Want to learn spanish...how should i do it?

Yeah i took those highschool classes for an easy grade, and i did not learn anything. Now i need to learn it and I cant think of a good way to do start learning. Anyone have any books they can recommend, or should I just go sign up for a summer class at the local comm college? I want to try Rosetta Stone, but damn! $400!? Is it worth it?

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Unread 05-13-2008, 09:32 AM   #2
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Move to SoCal. Out here you have to learn Spanish to survive. Street signs, billboards, you'll pick it up quicker than you think.
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Unread 05-13-2008, 09:33 AM   #3
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Go total immersion. Fly to Mexico city and throw away your passport. Then try to make your way back to the US. Other than that you could stay here and be adopted by some mexicans.
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Unread 05-13-2008, 10:19 AM   #4
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If you just want to learn the basics, there are great CD-ROMs out there.

If you want to get really into it, go with the community college.
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http://www.amazon.com/Puntos-partida.../dp/0072956445

This is what I used last semester. Rosetta stone was worthless compared to that class.
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Rosetta Stone. and if you're good with torrents it can be found quite easily...
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Unread 05-13-2008, 10:52 AM   #7
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Hire a private tutor off Craigslist. Worked well for us. We live in a college town and hired a student to help us learn it.
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Unread 05-13-2008, 10:53 AM   #8
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Move south of the equator for a while.

Worked for me
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come to sw florida, i will personally tutor you. after only 1 hour under my careful supervision you will be able to get drunk, insult someones family, hurl all sorts of inflamatory insults, and find a hospital in any spanish speaking nation.

all this for only a twelve pack of beer.
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Unread 05-13-2008, 12:32 PM   #11
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Move to SoCal. Out here you have to learn Spanish to survive. Street signs, billboards, you'll pick it up quicker than you think.
I have been to mexico about a dozen times in the past few years and when i am there, i start picking up on it pretty good...but as soon as i get back to the airport forget it. Its all lost.

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If you just want to learn the basics, there are great CD-ROMs out there.

If you want to get really into it, go with the community college.
What kind of CD's? Any suggestions?

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http://www.amazon.com/Puntos-partida.../dp/0072956445

This is what I used last semester. Rosetta stone was worthless compared to that class.
I will have to check with the local college and see what book they use, from the looks of that one it does not sounds like it would be a very good "self taught" book.

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Rosetta Stone. and if you're good with torrents it can be found quite easily...
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Hire a private tutor off Craigslist. Worked well for us. We live in a college town and hired a student to help us learn it.
We are pretty much the opposite of a college town, but i do like that idea.

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I have been to mexico about a dozen times in the past few years and when i am there, i start picking up on it pretty good...but as soon as i get back to the airport forget it. Its all lost.
there in lies the problem. once you learn it, you need to actually use it. it seems you learn it fairly easily and quickly but without repetition and application, youll never retain it.
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there in lies the problem. once you learn it, you need to actually use it. it seems you learn it fairly easily and quickly but without repetition and application, youll never retain it.
How does anyone retain something if they dont use it frequently?

The only reason i am doing this is because i want to add a language to my resume for a "just in case" kind of thing. I have been seeing a lot more employers listing jobs with descriptions that include, "Spanish/Japanese speaking preferred". How can i learn this, and hold onto it?
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How does anyone retain something if they dont use it frequently?

The only reason i am doing this is because i want to add a language to my resume for a "just in case" kind of thing. I have been seeing a lot more employers listing jobs with descriptions that include, "Spanish/Japanese speaking preferred". How can i learn this, and hold onto it?
honestly its really hard to. as easy as spanish is, the key to anything you want to learn and keep is to use it. will you get a raise for being bilingual? is it useful at your job? hell i took three semesters of calc and i know i have forgotten a lot due to not using it anymore.
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Unread 05-13-2008, 12:51 PM   #15
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No raise, just an added security if i need to use my resume to land a job. I dont use it except for trips to mexico, and even then i go to a place in the Yucatan and everyone down there speaks enough english that i can skate by with slaughtered spanish.
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