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An English example for Spanish speakers of what fast Spanish sounds like to English speakers

[deactivated user]

    Listening to spoken English it is very easy to see how English spoken at regular speed must seam very fast to non English speakers. I have very few problems understanding Spanish spoken at normal speed, but sometimes this is the English equivalent for Spanish speakers of what fast Spanish sounds like to English speakers:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2egGfd5j_k

    Please bilingual people. Tell me it gets easier?

    May 23, 2018

    10 Comments


    [deactivated user]

      Hey if they can't keep up with Harry Shotta then I don't even know if we can be friends!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvaArkII2RQ https://lyricstranslate.com/en/harry-shotta-animal-lyrics.html

      Haha! Now of course it gets easier. I found that while attaining fluency, more and more became automatic. Like how many times do you have to say "Como estas" .... "Estoy bien" "Y tu" before you don't think what they mean and just say them thoughtlessly? Then your introductions become automatic. "De donde eres?" "Soy de los estados unidos" "Y tu?" and so on. I now understand the majority of spoken Spanish inherently and only get tripped up on the occasional unfamiliar word or phrase. And to speak fluently I find I don't think in English... or Spanish... just a weird exchange of feeling. Good luck!


      [deactivated user]

        Gracias

        And for the record the guy I met from southern parts unknown, spoke fluent English twice that fast at least. I timed how long it took him to say what I heard and it was less than a second. Takes me almost 3 seconds to say what he did at normal speed in my own dialect.


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

        Well of course it gets easier as you get better at understanding stuff. But obviously there are people who speak faster. But shouldn't you have known that?


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

        Struggling with understanding spoken language is a normal part of learning and the only way through is through. I recommend listening to The Complete Language Transfer podcast for Spanish. Each podcast is 10-15 minutes and it really helps you rewire your mind for listening to key points in a conversation. After that comprehension gets much easier.


        [deactivated user]

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

          It does get easier, but you need to practice listening a lot. And be aware some dialects are faster than others (namely the Caribbean dialects, which even other native Spanish speakers comment on how hard the speed is to keep up with).


          [deactivated user]

            Thanks DragonPolygot, it finally makes sense now.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIaUfBjHjpI

            That is comedy, but being from the mid west, I did have to ask a guy from the deep south to repeat himself like 3 times to understand what he was saying. Finally, Fast Spanish makes sense. But wait, does that mean we sound slow motion to them? I'll have to ask someone from the deep south.


            [deactivated user]

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

              Carribean stuff can be a challenge I agree. I think Chileans are hard to understand personally. Most everywhere else I am pretty good, unless its very, very rural or like complete jerga and nothing else.


              [deactivated user]

                Yeah, I didn't mean lack of perceiving spaces between words; I meant pace of speech and just assumed that a large proportion of Spanish was spoken that fast. Never thought of different dialects of English I have trouble understanding myself. I can honestly understand heavy Scottish and Irish dialects easier than American deep south. I know some Americans have a hard time understanding, British English.

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