https://www.duolingo.com/profile/percyflage

Thanks for the accent

I just got back from my latest holiday in Mexico & was pleased to learn that my Spanish accent was commented-on as very good by a number of people. Thanks DL!

It was embarrassing though, since after the routine of greeting, many people launched into floods of Spanish....which I could not follow of course. I then had to explain that I do not actually speak fluent Spanish.

After working through quite a few of DL's Spanish levels I can read most everyday Spanish, with the occasional help of the spanishdict.com app on my ipod. Yay!

Thanks again DL. Now to work on French for a major trip in the fall of 2014....fun.

December 24, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kristinemc

Thanks for sharing this! Keep it up! Look forward to hearing about your next trip post-Duolingo French :)

December 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rspreng

My experiences in Mexico are similar. People hear me say a few words and think I am MUCH more capable than I actually am. And Mexicans sometimes tell me I speak Spanish with an Italian accent - perhaps due to a month in Argentina, perhaps because I am pretty much self taught.

December 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Comradesev

You should read the blog "Fluent in Three Months," it is owned by a polyglot by the name of Benny Lewis, he says, as well as many other polyglots, that to truly learn a language you must use it. Don't tell them you are't fluent, just speak it, it's the only way to get better; use your inferring skills and ask what something means in Spanish if you aren't sure.

December 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/856pm

Yep. I also have the feeling that your "Spanish accent" would not be viewed as such by a Spaniard. I read the story of one man who had lived in both New York and the American South. Southerners told him he had a heavy New York Accent, while New Yorkers told him he had a heavy Southern Accent!

December 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/percyflage

Yep2. I already have a "mid-Atlantic" English accent. My fellow Canadians make fun of my "Brit" accent. In the UK I sometimes get wound-up for being a "Yank". So "No hay de que" :). And... what's your accent?

December 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/856pm

There is no confusion to anybody as to where I'm from, as my specific accent is very recognizable. It's very American, but I don't want to be so specific as to where I'm from.

December 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/percyflage

New Joisey

December 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Paul.Morris

A native-speaker's ear is very keen to differences. My aunt has lived in Canada for over fifty years but native born Canadians still comment on her 'English' accent while, to my ear, she has no trace of British pronunciation having assimilated the local accent.

December 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/percyflage

Ah, but does she say "eh?", talk hockey and have a Timmy's card?

December 25, 2013
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