Cultural exchange through a web-cam!
Hello everyone! My name is Thanos.
I'm totally fresh in Duolingo, as well as in Spanish!
My mother tongue is Greek. I always loved Spanish and the way it sounds to my ears. Just like when listening to Greek, foreigners hear Spanish as an exotic song, or something similar.
Some weeks ago, I was surfing on a video-chat room. Suddenly, I "met" a beautiful girl. I said "Hi". She moved her hand and said "Hola!". I asked her, "Do you speak English?". She replied "Espanol!"
I started using "Google Translator". We could communicate on a basic level. We exchanged numbers and added each other on Skype.
Hours and hours had passed, just by looking at each other. Communication was possible only through signals and a few words. Her eyes were full of enthusiasm and sadness at the same time. There was so much we wanted to talk about. I had a lot to tell her about Greece and Europe. She wanted to talk to me about Chile and Latin America! Unfortunately, we could only stare at each other. It is a very interesting feeling. From time to time she said to me "Come! Come!", I used to reply "You are too far away!" and she would say "Que? No Ingles!". It was a very funny habit!
Two weeks ago, a friend invited me to Duolingo. I started learning Spanish. Day by day, I was able to communicate just a little bit better. Today, although I am at level 6 and just learnt the basics, I can actually talk with her about numerous subjects! From our everyday life to Aliens and Science Fiction! I always ask her to speak in a slow manner, she always laughs at my false pronunciation of various words. It is so much fun and interesting to be able to actually contact distant people and cultures through the Internet and its tools. I'm grateful for this.
That's my "Spanish experience" people! I hope you use these great tools to put a smile on your faces!
Greetings from Greece!
Wow. That's awesome. I hope Greek course for English speakers comes to Duolingo soon.
That is awesome, i once started a video chat with someone from China with the goal of him teaching me Chinese and me teaching him English, it is very exciting. What video chat website did you "meet" this beautiful girl on?
I met her on the traditional Chatroulette! Many people still use it. I agree! It is very interesting to communicate with someone completely different, and try to get into his / her way of thinking! :)