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How Fast Can I Learn? I have 1 1/2 year to learn Spanish!

I am going to be an exchange student in Latin America (most likely Argentina) in 1 and 1/2 years. I don't know a lot of Spanish yet, and I desperately need tips on how to become fluent in a year. I know it will be a LOT of work to learn it so quickly, but I believe I can do it. This app is really helpful, and I already understand a lot... However, what I understand now may not exactly help me fully understand my classes in Latin America, and I need to be able to understand the classes! Does anyone have any resources or tips for me? I know I will be working on my Spanish the most over the Summer.... Please help! Voy a ser un estudiante de intercambio en América Latina (lo más probable Argentina) en 1 y 1/2 años. No sé mucho español, sin embargo, y necesito desesperadamente consejos sobre cómo adquirir fluidez en un año. Sé que va a ser un montón de trabajo para aprender tan pronto, pero creo que puedo hacerlo. Esta aplicación es muy útil, y yo ya entiendo mucho ... Sin embargo, lo que entiendo ahora no puede exactamente ayudarme a comprender plenamente mis clases en América Latina, y tengo que ser capaz de entender las clases! ¿Alguien tiene los recursos o consejos para mí? Sé que voy a trabajar en mi español más en el verano .... Por favor, ayuda! (I hope I didn't misspell anything >_< )

5 years ago

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DuoLingo is an excellent resource. Keep working with it. I find the following resources helpful as well:

SpanishDict - videos, flashcards, progressive lessons
LiveMocha - progressive lessons with written and verbal exercises that are reviewed by native speakers. The reviews are only as good as the reviewer, and some are great and others terrible.
Verbling - the ability to chat (video chat or audio only) with native Spanish speakers who are learning English. Also online classes via Google Hangout. Good for listening and speaking but not great for fundamentals (beginners)
News in Slow Spanish - a weekly podcast of news articles in slower, easier to understand, Spanish. You can listen on their website or you can subscribe to their podcast via iTunes and sync it to your iPod.
RTVE.es - news articles and videos, radio (channel 5 is all talk, SUPER for practicing listening skills), television programs (though many TV shows are not broadcast in the US - you'll get a message saying copyright law prohibits viewing in your area)
Anki - flashcard application with some amazing free Spanish decks. You can install Anki on your PC, mobile phone, iPad, laptop... and keep all of them synchronized so your progress is not lost between devices.
Kindle - Get the plain old Kindle Touch. It allows you to install a bilingual (Spanish to English) dictionary and then when you read Spanish novels or texts all you have to do is touch the word and you see it translated to English. Makes reading a lot faster and easier, and I find I pick up vocabulary and the "feel" of the language more quickly this way.

There are more but those are my personal favorites.

Buena suerte, y que te aproveches mucho de tus clases :)

5 years ago

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Thanks so much for the tips!!!!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RAMOSRAUL

Mi recomendación es que hagas viajes cortos allá. No estoy seguro en Argentina, pero posiblemente también, puedes ir de oyente a la universidad. Eso significa que no necesitas estar matriculado. Simplemente sentarte a escuchar.

Busca literatura en Español, especialmente si vas a estudiar allí. Si tu idioma nativo es Inglés, es muy probable que encuentres documentación traducida al Español. Eso te puede ayudar a aprender términos específicos.

Buena suerte

5 years ago

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¡Muchas gracias! Voy a tratar de utilizar sus consejos y práctica! :)

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/melanie86
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I have found these podcasts really helpful with understanding spoken spanish. The coffee break series takes you from beginner to intermediate over 80 episodes, then show time spanish is more upper intermediate (I understood bits, but it was still enjoyable). They currently run a programme called coffee break magazine which is intermediate (easier than show time). I have only used the free material so I cannot comment on the premium stuff, but the free podcasts were great. http://radiolingua.com/shows/spanish/coffee-break-spanish/

5 years ago

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Wow that's an amazing link! Thank you so much! <3

5 years ago