https://www.duolingo.com/LadyBarkdog

My encounter with the latinos.

I am a full gringa in a high latino area of my town. Normally, my family and I kinda stay to ourselves with the occasional "Hola!" or "Buenos Días!"to the neighbors. My neighbors are nice, the majority of them speak broken english to us. We tolerate the loud mariachi music down the street on Cinco de Mayo and other spanish holidays. (As in every Friday/Saturday night.) I like to look out the window to watch the teenagers practice their dances for a upcoming quinceañera in a neighbor's drive way. I can walk down to the grocery store and try out the mexican candy and sugar skulls. The candy is more into dried fruit and spices than the chocolate and nuts that Americans are used to, but they do have few chocolate candy. Mui-bon is my favorite. The cashiers always speak english to me at the store when I buy things.

The main reason why I'm typing this is one particular encounter. I decided to be more involved with a recreation center again like I used to be when I was a kid. I signed up for a evening Zumba class. I went to the class and of course the people there are about 99% latino women. My self and a african lady made up the rest. It was a small group. The teacher spoke to me in english asking me if it was my first time here and I shook my head yes. The teacher smiled then went on with the class. She spoke in spanish the whole time and the only words I could understand over the music was chicas, bueno, bonita, & clase. It was very easy to follow her. I danced and exercised with the rest of the women. I followed them when they went to get weights and had a water break. At the end when the class was over, the women stood around for a moment and talked. I decided to stay, mainly because I wanted to listen and to see just how much spanish I know. I didn't say a word to them I just stood there and listen. If I concentrated, I could follow the gist of the conversation. I also paid attention to their hand motions as they talked and their facial expressions. They were talking about the teacher's schedule for the week. She teaches in two different places. A lady came to me and asked me in english if I could speak spanish and understood the conversation. I said I spoke a little and I told her the teacher is here on mondays and wednesdays and some place else on the other days. Also, the class is smaller during the winter months because not that many people come compared to the summer. The lady said I was correct and she clued me in on the details I was missing. Later I listen to the women talk about the work out we just had. It was more difficult to me because I'm not at the body parts lesson yet on my duolingo tree. I only know cabeza and corazón. But I took other context that was available to me. 1. We just took a hour long Zumba aerobics class. 2. The women where pointing to areas on their body. They were using their hands to fan themselves and pulling on their clothes like they were sticky and hot, shaking their heads in agreement and saying "Si, si." Moments later another lady came to me asked me in english if I understood the conversation. I said told her all that I somewhat understood and talked about how I could follow better when they were talking about days of the week and months and such. She told me I was right about how they were talking about what body part hurt now because of the workout and how much they were sweating. The teacher came to us and the lady spoke in spanish to the teacher of how well I followed the last two conversations. Then something hit me, even though the teacher spoke decent english to me, spanish was better for her because she talked faster and responded better than she did in english. The teacher asked me if I like the class and I told her "Me gusta." :-) The teacher liked that a lot.

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/wildfood
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That's pretty awesome to have so many potential teachers so close to you. Combine that with Duolingo and I don't doubt that you will be fluent record time.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/YESSIKA2014

Hablo español y entendí todo tu escrito. Espero que entiendas tú el mio. Sigue asistiendo a las clases de Zumba, escuchando y aprendiendo. Y sobre todo, relájate y disfruta las clases. Anota las palabras que no entiendas y busca el significado, así aprenderás más. No tengas miedo de hablar en español con ellas, pueden ayudarte bastante. Suerte.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Diggabyte
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he encontrao que cuando se habla con un nativo en español que (muchas veces) le gusta mucho. Se ríen cuando cometes un error, y te ayudará. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LadyBarkdog

Entendí algo de lo que has dicho. Luego usé el traductor de google para el resto. Ja, ja, ja, ja. Quiero seguir con la clase de Zumba . Por ahora quiero escuchar a las mujeres . Yo podría decir hola y adiós a ellos. Tal vez algún día podría incluso decir una frase completa para ellos.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/YESSIKA2014

no tengas miedo, pregúntales cómo se dicen algunas palabras, de seguro ellas tampoco hablan bien inglés. Pueden aprender todas. Suerte

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/romastutts
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Good for you for taking that step, not only for your personal fitness, but to engage with a cultural group that is not your own! Not many people would be that open minded. I play soccer with a lot of Latinos, and the opportunity to have conversations on a regular basis made all the difference in the world in my fluency. I studied Spanish in school but I never reached the conversational stage until I got over my fear of making mistakes. Now I teach Spanish in middle school.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/willielewis

truly an inspiration for me to continue. I have a few latino friends and it's frustrating when they try to interact with me in conversation...I can't wait to get further along so that I can surprise them with it...just happened to be "trolling" through when I encountered this site...Heaven sent, for sure..thx again for the encouragement!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dinaAustralia

Yo vivo en Australia y también me encontre con los estudiantes sudamericanos y centroamericanos en la ciudad de Melbourne. Nosotros hacemos intercambio de idiomas. También quisiera estar en contacto con los latinos en Los Estados Unidos. Gracias. Dina desde Australia. Hay 117.498 hispanohablantes en Australia.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/G0108

That's cool they can help you and you understood the conversations.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jsapp214

Yes that was great that they helped and encouraged you. I wish i had a more friendlier community of spanish speaking people around here. Great to hear someone does! Good luck!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ptoro
ptoro
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I went to the class and of course the people there are about 99% latino women.

Daaaaaang, where is this Zumba class and how do I sign up?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LadyBarkdog

Arlington Texas on the east side of town. They weren't exactly sexy mamacitas. I think they were just mamas. A couple of them looked like grandmamas.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Skyrim22
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Thanks for sharing your experience.It really helps to meet native speakers and people from a different cultural background. A few months ago I met two Americans in a restaurant in my city. Had a good conversation with them. I have also become friends with them on Facebook. I think you will learn Spanish quite fast!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SarahCanada

What a great thing, to be able to exercise (I love Zumba) and to work on your Spanish all at the same time! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheLdawg

¡Que bien! Buen trabajo. Keep stepping out of your comfort zone and eventually you start stepping in to your comfort zone... I should trademark that one.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlieKat

Wow that's a really cool experience, there are few Latinos in my community but you have inspired me to broaden my horizons and try to find something like this as well. Nothing better than real world experience, you're so lucky!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/skelkingur
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Very nice! Have a lingot for that :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LadyBarkdog

Awesome! Gracias!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/skelkingur
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De nada! I really like when people get out of their comfort zone and try to interact with new people. You did a great job opening up cultural barriers. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dan-NYC
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Nice going!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MirekChy
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Awesome! Have a lingot, for even more courage .

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LadyBarkdog

Gracias! I think because of this post I finally came up with enough lingots for the new Christmas lesson!! Feliz Navidad!!!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/duotuckertres

I know it sounds silly to say but I am very proud of you opening yourself up to a new experience.

Keep trying!!!! me gusta!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bhofer

Good for you...keep going. YOu'll get a good workout and begin to speak with with others. You're brave!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/breqwas
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I hope I do not offend anyone, that's just a question from a non-estadounidense person.

I know that nowdays in US it's absolutely not appropriate to refer to black people as '❤❤❤❤❤', both blacks and whites would object to that. But it seems that it's perfectly OK to refer to people from Central and South America as 'latino'. Is that so, or am I missing something? And if yes - well, why it is so?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/breqwas
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( Btw, how do spanish-speaking people in US refer to blacks, given that the spanish word for 'black' is '❤❤❤❤❤'? )

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dan-NYC
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Morenos es lo que yo oigo

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FaviMpx

That is correct. "❤❤❤❤❤" can be traslated as "black color" but for ppl is moreno. Off course ❤❤❤❤❤ also can be used for insult ppl, you know like the "n word" dont do that.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dinaAustralia

Me gustaría informarle hay una gran comunidad hispana en Australia. Hay muchos actividades culturales y sociales y también la emisora española. Hay 1174.98 hispanohablantes que viven en Australia. Los datos son: 23.000 chilenos, 18.000 salvadoreños, 5.000 mexicanos, 9.000 estudiantes colombianos.

We have a large hispanic community in Australia. Fui a la celebración de la independía de Chile y El Salvador y 30.000 asistieron al evento.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/YESSIKA2014

Wao tu español es super bueno. Te felicito. Imagino que la pasaste muy bien en dicha celebración. Siempre son muy alegres los latinos. Bueno, yo soy latina. Saludos.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LadyBarkdog

¿Dónde nació en Austraila ? ¿Tiene un acento australiano o más de un acento México / España ?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dinaAustralia

30.000 personas asistieron al evento. Había muchos puestos de comida, bebida, recuerdos, artesanía, pinturas y talleres de baile y música. Fui al taller de salsa, meringue, bachata, capoeira, cumbia y regaton .

3 years ago
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