Un recurso de espanol.
I finished my tree right around new years and spent about 2 weeks just trying to keep everything golden. After a while, I was getting pretty fast on the timed drills, and getting nearly everything in the lower half of the tree 20/20. I was reading a Blog by "Benny the Irish Polyglot" about the need to start speaking as early as possible, and decided to take his advice.
I signed up for the italki website, and found some teachers from South America. Since then, I have had at least an hour a day practicing with either a gentleman from Columbia (we speak no english whatsoever, as he doesn't know any), or a guy from Venezuela (working on his law degree). As they are charging $5/hr, both parties feel like they are getting their moneys worth. Turns out that the hourly minimum wage in venezuela is $0.16 an hour, and a family of five adults can eat well for $100/month.
Now that I know I have been able to bludgeon my way through multiple hours of conversation with somebody who doesn't know any English, I am less embarrased to just try to speak Spanish with the people I see everyday around me. Turns out that the two maintenance ladies at my work both want to "learn english," although they would definitely be 25's on this site.
If you want to speak spanish, you have to actually SPEAK spanish. If you are ready to make an idiot of yourself, which you will, do it on the internet with someone for $5\hour, who just happens to have a PHD...
Me gusta tu manera de pensar. (I like the way you think) and to be completly honest I used to have that feeling with my english because there was this little voice in my head saying , I'm doing it right? did my pronunciation was ok?, but then I realize that it really DOES NOT MATTER THAT MUCH, I HAD TO TRY!! and now, everytime that I do it I'm a happy man , I don't care what they think of my english, I'm sure as long as I try , I'll be better!!
¡Felicidades por animarte a hablar español y querer aprenderlo!
I agree with both of you completely, but so many people are afraid to sound bad.
I'm more afraid of being rude or being an imposition. I have many bilingual coworkers or even work friends, and could probably do some work-related discussions with them in Spanish. But I don't want to seem presumptive. Any query I can think of just boils down to "hey, I know you speak Spanish, can I practice speaking with you because you are fluent and are nice?"
Does anyone have any advice for broaching the topic with work friends? I assume friend-friends are going to be more receptive to your personal journeys than someone you just socialize with at work.