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Old 09-03-2017, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I live in Las Vegas where most everyone speaks some Spanish. Probably just the same in SoCal. I would tell all those people you know who speak Spanish that I was trying to learn and offer to correct their English if they will help with your Spanish. That's what I used to do at work.
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Old 09-04-2017, 06:53 AM
 
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Still, I wonder why more of us aren't learning how to communicate with the many Spanish speaking people we encounter here daily.
Because they should be speaking English, which is even a criteria for naturalization.

If you're going to post hot button political comments, you should put this in the POLITICS or GREAT DEBATE forums.
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Old 09-04-2017, 07:48 AM
 
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Because they should be speaking English, which is even a criteria for naturalization.

If you're going to post hot button political comments, you should put this in the POLITICS or GREAT DEBATE forums.
Learning another language should never be a hot button political comment.
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Old 09-04-2017, 08:53 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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Because they should be speaking English, which is even a criteria for naturalization.

If you're going to post hot button political comments, you should put this in the POLITICS or GREAT DEBATE forums.
I agree they should learn to speak English because it's better in the long run for them. I know I've met a few construction type people and they speak to me in Spanish, hoping I understand something, but I don't. But I'm in SoCal and not everybody speaks Spanish here. I noticed that even children of Hispanic family corrected their younger siblings in English and made them speak English properly.

I'm only want to learn a bit of Spanish because of my traveling. In case, they yell fire, I know it's time to run.
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Old 09-04-2017, 11:07 AM
 
Location: equator
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It's tough to learn at this age (60's). Many expats here don't even try. Or one spouse will and the other won't. Our locals have their own accent so don't usually understand our "TV Spanish". So that makes it even harder.


I have a good online course with a humorous teacher: Warren Hardy. He's on You-Tube with some comedy routines. I tried Duo-Lingo, which is free, but after nine lessons they were still harping on "Hola" so....moving on!
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Old 09-04-2017, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Talmadge, San Diego, CA
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Try Duolingo, that's what I used when I lived in Mexico. It's starts out very basic, and you take it at your own pace.
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Old 09-05-2017, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Portugal
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Fortunately these days there are good ways to learn for free with Duolingo and Memrise. No more suffering overpriced products like Rosetta Stone and Pimsleur (which granted is solid) which were the main options 10-20 years ago.

I think the best way if you're serious about it, in order of expense/effort:

1. The aforementioned Duolingo and Memrise. If you finish Duolingo and do the entire Memrise official Spanish you'll know over 3,000 words.
2. Relatively inexpensive video based courses like FluentU and Yabla to get things in conversational context and practice.
3. Hire a tutor over Skype who lives in Central/South America. Will cost 1/4 as much as tutor in USA.
4. Immersion classes in Guatemala. Fairly standard Spanish, cheaper than most other countries, and good weather
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Old 09-05-2017, 06:37 PM
 
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Try something like duolingo first - free online instruction - and then gauge your interest for something that costs more $ and time.
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Old 09-06-2017, 02:56 PM
 
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My Spanish needs improvement so I also welcome others' ideas. Thanks for this thread.
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Old 09-06-2017, 03:35 PM
 
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Immersion classes are a great idea if you can swing it here or abroad. it's the best and quickest way to learn to understand and speak a language spontaneously.
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