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Old 09-03-2017, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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I would like to improve on the three years of Spanish classes in highschool and college taken many decades ago. I'm living in SoCal recently and have Mexicans working here daily. There are several schools nearby and dozens of ESL classes available but not a single SSL class! No one I spoke with at two schools had even heard of such a thing.

Why not? Do they exist somewhere? Am I left to buy a commercial product?
Come spend a couple of weeks in South Florida. I think 80% of our population's first language is Spanish.

Seriously, we have entire cities where no one speaks English including government offices. Billboards, everything is in Spanish.

Or buy Rosetta Stone.

I recently saw a free online class.
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Old 09-03-2017, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Orlando
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Or try one of these.

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Old 09-03-2017, 02:35 PM
 
Location: L.A./Pismo Beach
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I took four years of Spanish in HS and another four in college. Used it extensively in my work. Now that I'm retired, I take non-credit Spanish language courses at my local community college to keep in practice.
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Old 09-03-2017, 03:13 PM
 
Location: middle tennessee
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I would like to improve on the three years of Spanish classes in highschool and college taken many decades ago. I'm living in SoCal recently and have Mexicans working here daily. There are several schools nearby and dozens of ESL classes available but not a single SSL class! No one I spoke with at two schools had even heard of such a thing.

Why not? Do they exist somewhere? Am I left to buy a commercial product?


I grew up in the west and took two years of Spanish in high school. I think your idea is a great one. I don't think it will fly in our current social/political climate.


We had a beginning Spanish class at our Senior Center. I think it could have been great since I was the only student if my (very nice) first grade school teacher could have loosened up a little.
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Old 09-03-2017, 03:18 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Take a look at Memrise.com
I am using it to learn PortuguÍs for an upcoming vacation to Portugal.
I have 170+ hours "invested".
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Old 09-03-2017, 03:35 PM
 
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Why not? Do they exist somewhere? Am I left to buy a commercial product?
Go to Udemy.com and search for Spanish classes. Use the price filter for "free classes" and you will find 10 beginner intro Spanish courses for free.
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Old 09-03-2017, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Tucson Arizona
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I used to work for someone who sometimes hired Spanish-speaking workers. I had to use all my high-school Spanish and a lot of hand-waving to communicate. Fortunately, many of them were trying to learn/improve English, so they liked practicing on me. I was a little confused when one asked me, "How is your baby?" (I don't have kids.) But it led to a good--if limited--discussion of what to call a child.

Maybe you could go to your local Home Depot and hire a guy to help you with your Spanish!
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Old 09-03-2017, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Florida
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In the 70s and 80s I traveled on my job. I went to Miami every other week and concluded that some Spanish would be useful. I bought some Berlitz tapes and played them when driving on the road or with a Walkman player if I was flying.
I didn't become fluent, but I would not go naked or hungry and could buy a tank of gas. Subsequently we took trips tp Spain, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and more times than I can count to Mexico.
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Old 09-03-2017, 09:39 PM
 
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Try watching telenovelas on Telemundo on the television or online. Also try Duolingo.
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Old 09-03-2017, 10:04 PM
 
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You can volunteer at the ESL school. There, you may meet people who speak Spanish. Order food in Spanish from a latino employee at Mc Donald's. Better yet, go to a Mexican Restaurant and order food completely in Spanish. I like to go to the Latino grocery stores and speak Spanish there.
You may also take classes at the local college. Spanish classes.
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