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Spain Spanish or Latin American Spanish?

I just decided to major in Spanish and now I have to decide which I want to concentrate on, Spain or the Americas. How do I make this decision and can you guys tell me which you would choose and why. Do you have any special information about either that could point me in a certain direction? Thank you.

Also, I don't intend to actually go to any Spanish-speaking place.... I just need a degree in any major for the job I want, so I decided to just go with the easiest, quickest one that I am familiar with.

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

Where are you studying? Most universities I know (in the USA) do not make a student choose between the two. Are yo choosing between the language/dialect itself, or the literature you want to read, as English majors may choose British Lit versus American Lit?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fyeahjasontodd

I'm in the US, we have to choose areas for literature and culture, but not sure if the dialect it is taught in will change depending on the class. We can technically mix them, but I would rather do purely American or European classes, not both.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

If you have a prof from Spain or Colombia, he/she is not going to change the 'accent' they use in class. A Spanish major can select which literature they prefer, but you are going to have to get used to hearing profs from, probably a variety of places, unless you are in a very small school. The university near me has profs from Colombia, Peru, Mexico, Spain, and elsewhere. They do not change 'accent' from class to class. :) A Spanish major needs to be able to converse in "Spanish" -- not Peninsular or Latin American Spanish (and there are varieties of both of those).

3 years ago

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I'm trying to convey that I think that Spain lit. and culture teachers will be Spanish people and the Latin American lit, and culture will be taught by Latin American people.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GrandApple
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Spain if you plan on going to Europe, Latin American if you plan on going to Latin America.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fyeahjasontodd

Well duh lol. But the thing is, I am not planning on going anywhere that speaks Spanish, just taking the major because it only requires 8 classes for the entire program.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GrandApple
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Okay... Interesting reason to learn a language. Choose Latin-American Spanish then. But I've always wondered what Spanish Spanish sounds like.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fyeahjasontodd

Yeah, I think American Spanish might be better. The Spain Spanish is kind of flat-sounding with a lisp every time the "z" "ci", "ce", and "d" in the middle of a sound is present. It makes it sound less fluent and kind of interrupted. Here is an example of a song with it, it sounds kind of disrupted to me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ATUiq_WY8w notice how sings says "luz" like "luth"

and the same in Latin American Spanish: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOzqsbXjcE4 it sounds much more smooth and flowing.

3 years ago

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If you go for the Latin American version, you probably won't need to learn the Castillian second person plural pronoun vosotros. That is one less set of conjugations to learn.

Spain: Vosotros no sabéis lo que estáis haciendo.
Latin America: Ustedes no saben lo que están haciendo.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fyeahjasontodd

Well, I already know pretty much all of the grammar from both sides, and a good chunk of vocab (my word count is about 4500), so I mostly just need a concentration for the culture/literature part of the curriculum.

3 years ago