Should I learn Spanish? of Spain or of Latin America?
I was planning to learn Spanish this winter, but then as I was researching about its usefulness, I found out many people suggest that Spanish of Spain is no good for Latin America thanks to dialects, and Latin America within itself is very full of variety. (I don't mind slangs and idioms)
this is so confusing. should I learn Spanish of Latin America since I am aiming for that continent or I would fine with that of Spain, what duolingo teaches- I guess, and since its resources are abundant?
and between Latin America ones, which dialect makes it easier to learn others around and has approval of everyone? (dk, sort of prestigious?)
I expect some clarifying, profound answers from natives and experts of this matter. I think this can help many who are learning Spanish, but not knowing what they are really learning at all too.
magnificent answer from Luis: 99% the same? incredible! thank you so much rocko for the link, much appreciated.
I'm a Spanish teacher in the United States. I studied in Spain, but all of the Spanish speakers that I regularly have contact with come from different countries in Latin America. Spain Spanish is perfectly useful. When the question, "What kind of Spanish are we learning?" comes up in class I stop and ask the kids, "How many of you call a carbonated beverage soda?" About half the hands go up. "How many of you call it pop?" The rest of the hands go up. We discuss how even within our classroom English varies but we all understand each other. Likewise, if you learn Spanish in Spain or Latin America, it might be challenging, but you can communicate with Spanish speakers anywhere.
thanks for sharing your experience, a solace it is. just as I thought, I see now that some people exaggerated it a bit on internet.
I think it's probably more like British English vs American English. They are pretty different, but it's very easy to understand each other.
Anyway, in case you don't know it's Latin American Spanish on Duolingo. And I'm much happier to have learned it this way because I don't think I'll ever go to Spain (have no interest in it, really) but I'm learning so I can engage with Spanish-speaking people in the US, the vast majority of whom are not from Spain.
same here, the very reason why I want to learn Spanish, although not in America myself. and for very opposite reason why I'm learning French, for its cultural magnificence.