I will runaway to Barcelona someday!
One of the biggest reasons I am learning Spanish, is to get out of Canada and go live in Spain. Might sound stupid. But I am so obsessed with Spanish since I came back from Mexico last July. I feel like Spanish speakers are super nice and they behave so warm and friendly. Its been 93 days I am working on it and I can talk a bit. But when it gets to comprehension, I sound like a dumb :)) Any idea to another step of progress? ps. I listen to songs, I read lyrics, I do podcast, I found a couple of Spanish speaker friends, and I check articles on BBC Mundo.
Barcelona. Fabulous place, only been there briefly once, but was struck by how lovely, liberal and cosmopolitan it was. Truly one of the capital cities of Spain.
If you want to relocate to Barcelona, you might want to learn Catalan as well...!
If you want to come to Barcelona, you should have in consideration that many of people usually speak catalan. You might want to learn Catalan as well ;)
Barcelona is a very turistic city; But the Roman Barcelona is a very secret tip.
The official language of Barcelona, Catalonia is Catalan (Català)
Enjoy your visit
For Spanish you can try to read Wikipedia all times in two languages; three with Catalan. https://ca.wikipedia.org/
Hi, Estrellita! I think you are already in the right way. You can also watch some Spanish spoken movies (ex. Pedro Almodóvar' s movies and some Guillermo del Toro's oldest movies). Try to watch them without subs or at least with spanish subs. Also, you can try https://www.speaky.com/ in order to find native speakers to practise. I've been to Barcelona and yes, it's a nice place to visit. Good Luck!
Hi Little Star. I watch Spanish TV and listen to radio all over the world via the internet on my PC, but there are apps to do this for all the usual devices, try https://tunein.com. A radio station in Barcelona is https://tunein.com/podcasts/Spanish-Talk/Radio-Barcelona---Cadena-SER-p438336/
Another radio station in Barcelona is: http://programes.laxarxa.com/programacio - note the site and the broadcasts are in Catalan. Best try it out before you take the plunge ?
if you go to Barcelona, make sure to learn some Catalan first... it's the main language spoken there though everyone does know Castillian Spanish too.... mainly because Franco insisted on Castillian having precedence during his regime. The Catalans are fiercely proud of their own language and culture.
Well okay. I think that Canadian people are actually some of the nicest people, or at least my Canadian friend says. I don't know, I could be wrong. But if you were to go to Spain, why Spain? Why not go to somewhere like Colombia, or how about almost any Central American country? Just curious.
I have been all around South and Central America. I have to say, it is so pretty. My favorite South and Central American country to travel to is Panama. Going through the Canal is nice! :)
But I want to go to Spain, the flight is a pain though.
I can definitely agree that South/Central American countries have some cool architecture, but I think European countries have some of the best, especially Spain. Muy interesante.
Sounds like you are on the right path. Keep up the talking with spanish speakers as I think that is your best bet for comprehension. Also I watched a lot of "Extra en espanol" on Youtube which is a little bit slower and easier to understand. You'll get there if you keep up this type of studying. Good luck and enjoy Spain!!
Another advantage (for you) is that the “Extr@“ episodes have speakers who use the Spanish (rather than South American) accents since the story takes place in Spain.
Something I've found helpful is to incorporate written translation into my practice (both ways, from Spanish to English, and then from English back to Spanish).
To do this I will find materials that are already in both languages, start by reading the Spanish language version, then read the English language version. Then take the Spanish language version and without looking at the English try to translate it to English. Then take the English version and without looking at the Spanish version try to translate it back to Spanish. Finally, I compare my translation attempts with the corresponding Spanish and English translations to see how I did.
I got the idea from watching a YouTube video by Luca Lampariello.
I've found the practice to be a wonderful way to increase my comprehension. It also has the added benefit of pointing out weak spots (for example, grammar points I don't understand that well, etc.), which I can then focus on in my study time.
Take me with you! I don't know what it is about Spanish language but i love it!
girl... reading this warmed my heart. you're doing so so well so far! just like you, i hope i can become a resident in spain someday! please keep learning spanish and snatch your dream!!!!! <33 here's some lingots! x
You're making me want to go there, too, now. I wish to move to another country someday and apply my Spanish. Maybe I'll see you there in the future.
Well, that picture you just put in my mind sealed the deal. I'm going. See you there.
Estrellita, it just so happens that I'm also studying a language to get out of Canada, lol, but my destination is Italy. Ciao!
I want to go to Spain to! Mostly because it is one of the few spanish-speaking countries* I have not been to.
*Spanish as their official language
Have you tried this Mi Vida Loca an old BBC programme, agree about Spain it is gorgeous, I had an apartment there and have family there.
yeah there are a LOT of YouTube videos that are REALLY helpful. that's what I do
bien! sigue practicando. viajar es una forma efectivísima para mejorar tu idioma. cuando quieras charlamos un rato.
I wanted to go to Spain as well but then I started researching living costs and VISA application requierments and determined South America was a better option. I have lived in Santiago de Chile and Buenos Aires so far and loved them both. Buenos Aires is a very cosmopolitan city with people from all over the world. I actually dated a girl from Catalonia while living there.
that is what i was dreaming long ago, take me there with you plzz. :) besides, it took 93 days since you start and got level 25?
WOW,! just WOW. :)
want to watch a GREAT show on netflix. Velvet set in Spain has English subtitles. One of the best shows!
My dad is Canadian and i'm also trying to learn Spanish but am not even a quarter of a way there so i see where your coming from with that. I would love to go to Spain it is beautiful there for sure.
Your Spanish speaker friends will help more than Duolingo or BBC or quaquier otro camino. Also, if you go to Barcelona, you will speak Spanish (catalan) really quick because you have to.
you might try Tandem, which has native speakers available who want to practice their English and will let you practice your Spanish on them. There are LOADS of spanish speakers there. Just strike up a conversation. It's fun. Tandem also has fairly cheap tutors too, for like $25/hour.
Hope you get to Barcelona. I've been there and am desperate to go back soon.
I'm curious what part of Canada are you from. I came to Costa Rica from Alberta but didn't start duo until I got here. My progress is slow and steady and unlike you, I find my comprehension is better than my ability to talk. I don't try to do too much. Instead a little at a time and hopefully I absorb the lessons. Poco a poco.
Estrellita...u really have a serious interest in Spanish. Your introduction thru Mexico stimulated a dormant need....and , now u're satisfying it ! Congrats...doctor G.
12/8/2018...Estrellita : i live in South America , but i've been to Barcelona 3 times...love it (been to 120 countries) ! I'll pay your airfare to Barcelona , let's share an apartment and let's experience the SPANISH environment ! My Country does NOT speak Spanish , so i just started with Duolingo(Level 18) , as i,ve always had an interest in learning Spanish. Duolingo is FANTASTIC for me. I'm enjoying it ! So , a Barcelona experience would be novel ? Give me a shout....Doctor G.
hey, I don't know if you know, but I betcha a ton of people like me can find out where you live just by using your post, so I wouldn't say stuff like your a stalker.