First visit to my local library's Speak Spanish meeting
I screwed up my courage and went to the local library district's Speak Spanish meeting. This was the advanced group where the entirety of the discussion is in Spanish with a leader, but no teacher (the beginning groups are classes with a teacher). It was a lot of fun! If you have anything similar in your area I recommend going. There is nothing like actually listening and speaking to other people speaking the language.
Hey, good for you! I know what you mean about needing courage to go to a speaking group for the language you are learning. It can be scary to put yourself out there and feel like you do not want to mess up when you talk, etc. Congratulations and I am glad you had fun!
I used to go to a French speaking circle thing at my local library long ago, and I remember how nervous I was the first time I went. But yes, it was a blast and SO helpful to hear others speaking the language and being able to practice my own speaking skills.
Excellent, I am glad you went! I am trying very hard to learn German and I know if there was a local German club, I would be scared (at least for the first meeting) about going to it also. But it is worth it and nothing to be scared of, as I am sure you discovered! Muy bien and have some lingots for your bravery and your success at the meeting! :)
I wish our library had Speak Spanish, Speak French, etc. classes. I started on Duolingo 2 years ago with Spanish and French. I have to pay to attend a "speak Spanish" class 1x a week. Although it gives me some practice speaking, I would really like to have the opportunity to practice more, but really can't afford another class. But it is wonderful to try to speak the language, even though I usually butcher either my grammar or my pronunciation!
My area hasn't got a library group like that, but I work around various hispanics, so therefore, I speak quite a bit of spanish at work. That's where my practice, and MUCH of my learning comes in.
I'm the same way, it's such a great experience to learn! And I feel like it's a lot less pressured than a group if you ask me :P
Yeah, it is. I'm competitive with learning, so going in with a group of other learners is NOT the best idea for me, either. If I'm not feeling intimidated, then I'm being the intimidator. Hahaha!
Did you start learning Spanish here? And when did you start it? And could you really speak with the others?
I took two semesters of Spanish about 20 years ago. I started here about 50 days ago. And yes I could understand and talk with pthers.
Yes, I started to learn Spanish on Duolingo. My only other language training was many years ago when I was in school, so it was quite a challenge. Three months after starting on Duolingo, I enrolled in "Spanish over Coffee and four months after THAT, I was in Spain for a week. Funny story about that; I spent most of my time in Barcelona where taxi drivers, waiters and even a hotel clerk tried to teach me Catalan! Some people professed not to speak Spanish, but only a bit of English and Catalan! This was primarily in Barcelona, however. In other areas nearby my basic Spanish was somewhat understood and I could understand them, as long as they did, indeed, hablan muy lentemente!
I downloaded Duo Lingo because I wanted to learn Italian. Later, though, a Spanish person came to my school and we became best friends, so I ditched Italian and started to learn Spanish so I could speak with him.
I agree. It takes a lot of courage for me to go but once I'm there, I always get something out of it.