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Regional variations?

I'll confess, I've kind of been "playing the field" when it comes to learning Spanish online. Duolingo is one of many online tools I'm using to try to wrap my mind around the language. This has many advantages, but one thing I'm wondering about is how confused this will make me when I'm using duolingo for Latin-American Spanish, BBC languages for European Spanish, and Memrise for Mexican Spanish and the differences are both noticeable and confusing.

My question is this: what are some of the dialectal differences? Major or minor, doesn't really matter. I live in Australia, so no proximity to any specific country, and I have no immediate plans to travel anywhere in the Spanish-speaking world. I'm just looking to get a feel for the language (Is there such a thing as Standard Spanish?).

Alternately, if anyone has stumbled across any good resources that identify some of the differences (youtube videos, etc), I'd love for you to share. :-)

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

There are differences in pronunciation, vocabulary, pronouns, and some verbs. If you use different resources the pronunciation distinction between Spain and Mexico will be very evident . Some issues (Argentine Spanish is different) you probably won't notice until you look for. As just about any English will cover nearly all of English, just about any Spanish will cover nearly all of Spanish. I don't fret about words like tyre, pram, and the like in English, just as you can figure out tire and baby buggy. ;) I have used a variety if resources for Spanish and and 99.9% of the confusion is simply with Spanish, not a particular dialect! ;)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Skutir

One of the big differences is pronouns. Spain uses vosotros and Latin America does not. Some vocab is different, e.g., Spain calls juice "zumo," and Latin Americans call it "jugo." But once you get past vosotros I don't think there are any major grammatical differences.

4 years ago

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Like repreng said, it's easy to recognize the differences after a while, but they won't present any problem. Spanish dialects are not as different from one another as British vs. Australian vs. American English. They may pronounce the "ll" a bit differently, or use different vocabulary for a few words, but you can easily understand them all. In fact, I recommend mixing up the learning sources, because your ear develops better.

Heck, even in England or the USA different regions have strong differences in dialect. And some people are simply easier to understand than others.

4 years ago

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Here's a 15 minute video of different Spanish dialects. You'll know when they move to a new country because the flag will change. There are several examples from each country. They are taken from radio and/or television broadcasts, and from people saying "hello my name is X, I am Y years old" and then what their occupation is.

4 years ago