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Just finished my spanish tree! Now the real thing begins: learning spanish "for real" ...

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Hello duolinguists :)

I just wanted to share with the community my joy of completing the spanish tree, yay! I'm a native speaker in french and the languages are quite close, which helped me somehow, I guess.

However, I have no doubts about the fact that's just a beginning, and that I now need to dive into the "real spoken" spanish by reading, listening, watching movies and stuff.

Would you great spanish speaking duolinguists have hints about easy movies to see (except from Almodovar, which I already know ;)), easy books to read (wanted to start with a novel from Carlos Fuentes, but I'm not sure it's the easiest book), and cool spanish songs to listen to ?

Thanks for any advice/cool cultural reference to check/etc you can provide :D

Hasta luego!

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/in2spanish

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4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/iron_bun
iron_bun
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I sorted through my DVD collection and put coloured stickers on the spines of the ones that had the language options I was looking for. I don't have to buy anything new, I can see them at a glance, and I've already seen the movie in my native language so I can pick up the story again if I miss a bit.

Plus I only have the DVDs of things I really like, so I'd be happy to watch them two or three times.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
Lrtward
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Ohmigosh the sticker idea is brilliant! SO easy and SO obvious now that you mention it. You could even use red for Spanish and green for French if you're studying more than one language. LINGOTS!!! You deserve them!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JGarrick62

That's completely brilliant. Have a lingot.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MardukSky
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Great Job and congratulations! I have the opposite case of you, I am a native spanish speaker learning french (and also solving some doubts for spanish learners here in duo), so I feel really identificated about the similarities between Spanish and French. As others users said, Harry Potter is a great start about books, it has a wide and practical language, and despite being edited in Spain, its translation is very neutral and do not have as many regionalisms as you may think.

A thing I've been doing recently, is to look for videos of well know and beloved movies, starting with disney. In my case, I look for the french version of songs and scenes with subtitles in english and french. By doing this I compare it to my spanish version, see how much the french differs from it, and learn new verbs or nouns time (with english subtitles) at the same I am listening the pronuntiation (and at least to me, the rythm and the variations of the singing voice, makes it for me easier to understand not sung french). And I am sure you can do the same because there are a lot of videos with english/spanish subtitles.

Among cultural references, some famous vloggers can help you to learn a more of the coloquial spanish, like Werevertomorrow (mex), Mox with Wadafaq Show (peru? i think) or German of HolaSoyGerman (Argentina? Chile? I really don't know) they may not make you laugh, even sometimes we don't laugh also, but it is great to learn a lot of regionalisms and to listen the variety of accents.

I hope all this helps you for a start, you can also contact me if you have a doubt in spanish and I hope you can help me ocassionally in french :) Have a good day.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Samsta
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HolaSoyGerman is from Chile. Great recommendations, by the way.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/in2spanish

You may be interested in these YOUTUBE video learning series:

Extra en Español Ep 01 La llegada de Sam http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dfb9-ZTCA-E

Using Por and Para in Spanish http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f14Nef5zOEY

Reviewing these will lead you to other Spanish content.

Good luck!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sweeby
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Here's some recommendations, not sure about how 'easy' they are though.

Directors - Alejandro González Iñárritu - one of my favourite directors, has since broken into Hollywood Alfonso Cuaron Lucrecia Martel

Artists - Chinoy Lucrecia Dalt Camila Moreno Manuel Garcia Fernando Milagros

most of these, apart from Lucrecia Dalt who is kind of electro, are pretty folky, if you like that sort of stuff.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SamohtSMA
SamohtSMA
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I've found using popular books for teen and young adults works well, especially if I am familiar with the story in English. The Harry Potter series in Spanish is a great start. The same types of films works well also. I switch the language to Spanish and if I have to, also switch on the Spanish subtitles.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GregHullender
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Fuentes is hard. Very hard. I like police novels. The first Spanish novel I ever read was "Ojos de agua," and I liked it a lot.

http://www.amazon.com/Ojos-agua-Nuevos-Tiempos-Spanish-ebook/dp/B0062LQQEU/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=

I read it on a Kindle, and I used a bilingual dictionary on the Kindle to make it much easier to look words up. I really recomend this method; it helped me a lot.

Also, it helps to buy a Spanish Reference Grammar. Duolingo doesn't teach you a lot of the rules for the language. I use "A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish: Fifth Edition" (Butt and Benjamin, 2011) but you might be able to find one written in French.

Good luck!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AureliaUK
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I bought this recently from Amazon UK:

http://www.amazon.com/primeros-inspector-Mascarell-octubre-Spanish-ebook/dp/B00BJ8KT1M/ref=sr_1_4?s=digital-textie=UTF8qid=1399623217sr=1-4keywords=jordi+sierra+i+fabra

I'm three chapters into the first of the novels, and it's getting easier. The novels are set from the late stages of the Spanish civil war through to the late 1940s.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SuperSwipe
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I recommend you expand your vocabulary now. Maybe use memrise to bring it to 3000-4000 words. Of course, as you do this, you should be practicing the language as much as possible by talking to people!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Robin_H

I would recommend LHDP (Los Hombres De Paco) it's a TV series in Spanish! In my opinion is soooo good!! Is funny and the characters are electric.. Just give a shot ;)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lillepet

the best spanish lessons if you live in the awahtukee area is from johanna and she works at desert garden montessori and she does free private lessons

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nikolo66

Felicidades. Yo soy de Chile. Si te quedaron dudas acerca del idioma podemos hablar un día. Yo estoy aprendiendo inglés en Duolingo. Saludos y éxito para ti.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Saballama

I haven't finished my tree yet, but I've heard the book "La Guerra Sucia" is a good one, because it is both easy and interesting.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jdmrk
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Felicitaciones! You can watch english movies but translated to spanish... or watch a movie in english and then watch the same movie in spanish, that will help you pretty much. Buena suerte!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/goldfishgringo

Congratulations. Here are a couple of lingots.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JGarrick62

Congratulations on completing the tree. I've also just finished mine and agree - the learning has just begun.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ZiaFria14

Sugiero estas bandas/ artistas: Shakira (su música de los años noventa, las canciones tienen más emoción) Jesse y Joy, Maná, Aventura, Belanova, Anita Tijoux, Nelly Furtado (tiene un álbum en Español) y Árbol ¡y muchos más!

4 years ago