First time being exposed to Spanish since I started learning
The Pan Am & Parapan Am Games are taking place in Toronto. I was in a restaurant last night, and I saw a few people in the restaurant with "Republica Dominicana" written on the back of their uniforms.
They were ordering in English, but when they spoke to each other, (What do you want? The orange pop. Orange. What's on the menu?), it was in Spanish, and I understood everything!
I was a bit surprised, although it was just simple things being said, that I was able to understand so much. I've only been learning Spanish for almost two weeks, and only using Duolingo so far. I wouldn't have been able to say anything constructive in Spanish, but after I go through a phrasebook, I think that will be different.
Have you had chances to use your Spanish yet?
Yes, I find I have become quite the eavesdropper. I justify it as part of my learning. lol
If people want to speak loudly on their cell phones in public places, you have the right to eavesdrop.
Thank you. I guess it doesn`t justify me being an eavesdropper before I started studying Spanish, though.
Vivo en Nueva York, hay muchas oportunidades. I get the opportunity to eavesdrop and practice often. I need to practice ordering food. I can do it but I want to improve and just flow.
Occasionally I will tell English speakers . . . "Ayyyy, lo siento, no hablo español. No puedo ayudarte"
Yeah... I eavesdrop pretty much constantly. I felt kind of bad about it yesterday, since it was a couple in line for pizza, and one was in front of me, and the other on the street, and I was pretty obviously looking back and forth as they spoke around me. Probably with a weird expression which hopefully didn't come across as being offended that they were speaking Spanish.
...then a couple of French people walked into the place and I got to awkwardly eavesdrop all over again. Oh, Manhattan.
The NYC subway system offers a full (Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Korean, Turkish, etc.) immersive environment. I play a game in my head . . . guess what language they're speaking.
lol I do that too. I love how so many languages are spoken in NYC. Plus many language events to go to and practice.
I'm mostly surrounded by Arabic, Farsi, and Urdu speakers. If you look around, there are all kinds of languages.
Congrats! You can try listening to radio or music in Spanish if you don't hear it spoken around you much (I'm from Vancouver and we have the same problem out here!).
yes i love listening to the spanish radio! i feel so proud you myself for understanding some of what they say, especially when some else is there and i can show off :)
My son's flatmate is Spanish so I get to practice with them sometimes. She finds it much easier to talk to me in English though.
Learn a language is different. It depends of your original language and what do you want to learn. Congragulations! I am using Doulingo too, I wish learn English and I am allowing it.
Que guay! Es la verdad que si practicas con la gente, vas a aprender mucho. Yo participe en un intercambio a España y después, mi español es tan mejor. Volví a España para compartir con mi familia otra vez, y pase tiempo en la República Dominicana y México también. Utiliza tu español cada vez que es posible, y vas a aprender mucho amigo. Buena suerte!
I will definitely need to take advantage of opportunities to use Spanish. I will have to get back onto using lang-8 regularly again. Maybe after doing the reverse tree here, I will be more confident in creating Spanish sentences. For now, I can read and understand quite well (studying Portuguese has likely helped greatly), but I don't feel that I can say much without getting stuck.
Today is my very first day, I hope to play every day. Can't wait to learn this and others as well.