https://www.duolingo.com/Bugsy55

Visited South America

Just got back from a 12 day motorcycle trip around Columbia. I'm on level 15. I was able to ask very simple directions, order food, get a hotel room, and carry on some extremely simple conversations.
The problem is that I've memorized lots of sentences (so I can get the grammar right), and when I start talking in Spanish, they assume I'm fluent and come back at me in Spanish at full speed. Which at that point, I'm completely lost. When I ask them in Spanish to please talk to me very slowly because I'm only learning, they slow down from about 1,000 syllables per second to about 900 syllables per second. Leaving in a couple weeks for another motorcycle trip around Argentina. Will keep trying................

11 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Bugsy55

It also helped enormously communicating with the army and police who waved me over multiple times to check my documents. As soon as I gave my speech in Spanish: "I speak only a little Spanish, but I love your beautiful country, and I'm retired from the armed forces and thank you for your service.....", it was smiles and handshakes all around and I was quickly on my way.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EL5tEL
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Nice!!

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/larsth
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There is nothing like to - at least try - speak the local language.

One will be more welcomed, when one show that, especially if it is totally unexpected that one would do that.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fullycrazyllama

That's really cool! I have a friend who speaks Spanish, she tries to help me learn it, but when she talks she goes, like you said, at like 1,0000 syllables a second, I have in the past, said "can you please slow down? i cant understand a word your saying" her response was "If I go too slow, I can't understand what I'm saying" if that makes sense to anyone here, please explain lol

P.S. i did not mean to kinda make it all about me, sorry, just trying to sympathize :)

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bugsy55

Spanish speakers IMHO just don't have the ability to talk slowly, no matter how many times you ask. It's just the way it is.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/larsth
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quote: "Spanish speakers IMHO just don't have the ability to talk slowly"

Nah, I think they just have to actively speak slowly.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GregoryGei3

Only when they speak english it seems. lol

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tita.popi
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Well it depends of their country.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bugsy55

I read somewhere that Spanish and Japanese speakers have the quickest cadence out there.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tita.popi
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quickest cadence...what does it means?

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bugsy55

Basically, it means the speed at which someone is speaking. For example, 5 syllables per second.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tita.popi
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i am a native spanish speaker and i think i can speak spanish slowly if i want

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Camilla-danesa
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great to hear! I am so happy for you, what a delicious adventure! You must have the mind of an adventurer and the heart of a language learner!

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jazon992972

muy bien por ti, sigue practicando.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bugsy55

Muchas Gracias mi amigo!

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Thomas.Heiss
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Columbia or Colombia?

I have made this error ONE time in a text chat confusing the names....no, I do not have my head on anymore ;)

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bugsy55

Oops, Colombia. Gracias por tu corrección.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bugsy55

Just the fact that I was trying opened up a lot of doors. I spent three hours in a hotel bar trading Spanish/English lessons with an engineer from Spain who is trying to learn English. The bar tenders, or Mom and Pop hotel owners when not busy, really enjoyed helping me. So the downside is that I've returned home for a few weeks and I've got 26 lessons downgraded from Gold that I have to strengthen! LOL.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RandallBur4

I am impressed. I'm at level 15 in spanish and I do not think I'd be able to do what you report having done.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Morgan656048

That sounds amazing! Do you think you needed to get all the way to 15? I'm going on a trip soon and don't know how much I need to know. If you can tell me, thanks for your help!

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bugsy55

Yes, I think so. But I've also been watching a PBS series called "Destinos", and a TV show from Spain called "Extra", both of which are made for people learning Spanish. Some other youtube stuff also. I keep spanishdict.com open next to Duo all the time for the verb conjugations.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EL5tEL
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Thanks for sharing! I think it is great and it is brave to speak another language knowing that you might not understand everything. Great job!! What fun to meet others peeps using Duolingo.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bugsy55

Muchas Gracias. Estoy tratando pero es muy difícil para me!

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fillmoe
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Bugsy55, You're amazing! I listen to YouTube broadcasts in Spanish and turn the speed down to 75%. My favorites are the reports from Deutschwelle (dw.de) in Spanish.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RandallBur4

The other trick I've been trying: I watch star trek an star trek the next generation in spanish with spanish subtitles. Part of what helps there: I've seen all those before so I know some of what is happening already.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/J-Jansen
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Great story, man! I'm a native Spanish speaker and I've been practicing English for a year and a half now. There's a group on Telegram where we're just allowed to send voice messages, so we practice our speaking and listening. There's a language of the day that switches between English and Spanish. You must be a native speaker of either language to join. So if any of you want to join us, send a message to this guy asking to join the audios only group. https://t.me/attanatta

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bugsy55

Puede tambien tratar la aplicacion HelloTalk. Esta muy bueno.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bugsy55

I would recommend to everyone the phone app called HelloTalk. You can text, send recording clips, or have actual phone conversations with people of other languages that are trying to learn English. I actually met someone for dinner in the Colombian city of Bucaramanga that I had been conversing with for the last six months.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Boston_C

Making friends via Pen-pal or similar methods is great. I've done the same for Arabic and then traveled to Egypt twice last year.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Anno-Domini
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Wow! That's awesome. I'm sure you have learned a lot of new words and met new people during your trip. I hope to hear from you about your next trip aroung Argentina. Good luck!

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tankenbahwl

That's commitment!

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GregoryGei3

Hey Bugsy! I am looking to go to Colombia so I am working on my spanish and not even where you are at yet. I have a long way to go before I can feel comfortable with it.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/letsgo12

estoy celosa! quiero visitar Columbia, tanto. que chevere, estoy feliz q puedes hablar con la gente local ^^

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bugsy55

Gracias. Ahora he aprendido dos palabras nuevas: Chévere y celosa. :-)!

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DaTitanfall_Boss

nice!

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98
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Columbia=river
Colombia=country

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https://www.duolingo.com/Thomas.Heiss
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Aren't there are also cities in the US called "Columbia"??

Anyways...my chat person from Colombia (country) was pretty mad with me when I confused the names and typings ;)

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GregoryGei3

I just got laughed at until I corrected it buy a few native Colombians online.

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Not only river. It is also known as Washington, DC (District of Columbia). And there are some Columbia cities in the US.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HooGivesAHoot

This is awesome! Thank you for sharing!

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Stringer16

I find that, they don't half talk fast when they think you know the language well,,, fellow motorcyclist me, I plan to ride round Spain next year on my 1250 bandit,

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bugsy55

Which means now you have to learn the Vosotros. LOL! Nice bike.

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