Best Place to Immerse?
I am currently taking Spanish courses. I took Spanish for 6 years in school over a decade ago so I know some but nowhere near conversationally fluent. What you you recommend as the best places online to practice conversing in a language? I find that I am very good at writing and translating but weak in conversation...this is a problem as my main goal is verbal communication!
Thanks in advance!
Try making friends on Lang-8 and interpals. Then get them on Skype and start conversin'! :D
Verbling offers video chat classes for a reasonable price ($3 per hour lesson, though you can get it cheaper if you buy a monthly subscription) that will give you conversation practice. You can also connect with other uses that are learning the opposite language than you (native Spanish, studying English) for free.
Try watching TV shows in Spanish. Scooby Doo, and other childrens cartoons are a good start. Just make sure they are dubbed and not subbed, otherwise it won't help. Also watch your local spanish TV station.
Verbling community (www.verbling.com/community) is great for conversation. Many friendly native Spanish speakers with lots of time to talk! The teachers/classes are good, but you have to have a very open schedule to get your money's worth. The community chat rooms are free and there always seems to be a Spanish room or two going.
..oh and when you brain is tired of speaking find some Spanish TV on a theme you like. I like History channel or Discovery channel En Espanol. Ustream and other sites have them.