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Informal Spanish

Berend
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Duolingo, thank you!!! Living in Spain, you have helped me a lot! I find it now easy to read the papers and write (short) messages to friends.

Problems arise however when the language becomes more informal, watching the telly (especially comedy) or listening to conversations between Spanish friends. I wish there was some way that Duolingo could help me with that! I feel like am still missing some language essence in order to communicate fast enough and keep up.

Also, sometimes my friends tell me I sound South American with some of the phrases I use. I am happy with the street creds, but It would be nice to have more control over these differences.

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4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/FrankySka
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At the moment, you are right, Duolingo does not teach a lot of informal speech and conversation skills. The later might come at some point, the earlier is not feasible, I guess, because of so many regional differences (not only between South America and Spain, but I assume also within South America and Spain themselves).

I think the course started out being more biased to South American spanish, so yes, it may teach you a lot of those thing. However, Spanish Spanish should always be accepted (if it is not, hit the report button).

I think it is unlikely that separate South American and "Spanish Spanish" trees will be introduced soon (if at all) - probably the other languages will be taken care of first. The differences between SA and Spain are not big enough to make separate trees really necessary (from what I hear).

I think you are doing the right thing watching television shows and engaging in conversations as often as you can - this is how you REALLY learn the language. :-)

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

For help in listening to European Spanish watch the Spanish episodes of Extr@ on YouTube.

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Reply14 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Berend
Berend
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Haha, just watched 10 seconds, this seems like fun! Thanks buddy!

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Skutir

Berend, how frequently do people in Spain really use Vosotros/Vosotras? I didn't encounter these at all in the Duolingo tree which makes me think it skews Latin American, though I understand that Argentenia and other regions still use variations on Vos. I'm OK with a hybrid environment but it would be nice to have a module dedicated to learning these differences.

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Berend
Berend
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Yes people use vosotros here as opposed to vos: "Gracias a vosotros." But normally you just leave it out completely, especially when speaking directly to someone.

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Skutir

I don't just mean the specific words vos vs. vosotros, but the plural informal form. As I understand it much of Latin America has dropped the plural informal entirely.

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlejoPF
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Latin Americans don't use vosotros at all, they only use ustedes; there, doesn't exist that rule (vosotros=informal, ustedes=formal). As far as I know, Spaniards only use ustedes in very formal situations, and they prefer vosotros, it's more comfortable for them.

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Reply4 years ago