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Spanish Immersion in an English Speaking Country (Australia)

rzuzek
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Hi there fellow Spanish learners,

I have been on Duolingo for roughly four months now learning Spanish. This app really helped me to learn the vocabulary and the grammatical fundamentals of the Spanish language and I find it great. I have just returned from a three month trip around South America and found that when I arrived I could barely communicate with people in Spanish but after being immersed for several months I now find it quite easy and comfortable and can hold a conversation in Spanish.

So now that I have returned to my English speaking country (Australia) I've realised that I have very few friends that understand Spanish and almost no way to be immersed in Spanish. I want to know if there are many others in the same situation as me - and if so, do you have any advice as to how maintain some level of immersion?

I was thinking of watching Spanish cartoons and I have also heard that game shows might be a good idea. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks for your help! :)

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/sebastosiano

Por que no leer diarios en español y ver noticieros ? Yo hago eso con mi alemán.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rzuzek
rzuzek
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Voy a ver si los tenemos, pero no estoy seguro

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sebastosiano

Si los tenemos ? Por internet !

www.tn.com.ar

www.lanacion.com.ar

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aiigsh
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3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rzuzek
rzuzek
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It looks great, do you have any recommendations for good TV shows?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aiigsh
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https://www.duolingo.com/comment/7250189

Or try Águila Roja or Isabel. Recent series on RTVE have subtitules in spanish. More locally SBS has In Her Skin - if you like crazy telenovelas. Noticias (news) on RTVE is very rapid-fire Spanish. Or there is usually a Spanish Movie on SBS on demand. SBS y RTVE tienen apps.

Soy también de Australia.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rzuzek
rzuzek
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I watched el ministerio del tiempo - loved it. But the other programs on RTVE don't look as interesting to me, have you seen any others? I'll also give SBS a shot. News shows might still be a bit quick for me and I much prefer to have subtitles so I can read along.

Somos Australianos :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eggplantbren

It's similar for me here in Auckland. An american friend who happens to speak Spanish knew I was learning it, and added me to a Facebook group that has weekly language exchange parties! If you're in one of the capital cities of Australia I'm sure you could find something similar around.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rzuzek
rzuzek
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Thank you, I will have a look on Facebook!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/skeltron3030
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simple. you just need to move to texas

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/blakemay

Luckily I live in Texas, so its pretty easy to find Spanish influence around. As for rzuzek, my advice would be to listen to Spanish music, radio, television, read books in Spanish(possibly a book you've already read for starters?) maybe join "HelloTalk" Its an app where you can chat with native speakers from all over and once you get to know them maybe you can think about Skype calls? :) Best of luck!-Blake

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rzuzek
rzuzek
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I live in Melbourne, Australia and there is very little Spanish influence here. I'll try those options as well as "HelloTalk", thanks for your help! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alejandromx95

Before I started with the portuguese in duolingo i played "triviador brasil" i learned a lot, after i found duolingo and when I started I knew something (I didn't start from 0) the game has a living room chat and there are some versions in different languages. There are a version in spanish is a good game and you can also learn some general knowledge of latin america. https://apps.facebook.com/triviador_mundo/?fb_source=bookmark&ref=bookmarks&count=0&fb_bmpos=_0 here is the link

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rzuzek
rzuzek
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That's actually really helpful, I'm playing right now, thank you!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alejandromx95

De nada, si quieres podemos jugar una partida amistosa algún día.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DeutscheMaus
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Hi Rzuzek! I was going to leave some tips on ways to find Spanish resources online to keep yourself exposed to Spanish, but I just saw that you already have lots of great advice from others on this post, so that is great!

I feel for you too...the main language I am working on is German and there is absolutely no one around me who speaks a single word of German (I am in the U.S.). So I have to practice speaking my German sentences out loud to myself, watch language learning videos on the internet and try following some German language films (Netflix has a foreign language section, nice!).

I do have a great site that you might enjoy for your Spanish immersion practice...have you heard of easy-language.org? I think it is easy-language.org or easy-languages.org, but anyway, this site has all kinds of languages to pick from with different videos of people on the street with a microphone talking to native speakers in different countries.

They usually just pick a topic or question and ask the same question to different people as they walk by. It gives you a great immersion feel of watching and listening to native speakers. There are also English subtitles. I love this website and I think it really helps for people who are not around native speakers in the language they are learning. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rzuzek
rzuzek
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That's actually really interesting, I have even been to some of these places before! What a fantastic idea, thank you!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DeutscheMaus
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De nada! :) Here are a few lingots for you and for Loboblancodav, if you can use them?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/loboblancodav

¡Hola! Bueno primero , depende mucho de lo que te guste, veo que ya te han dejado varios consejos buenos , pero me atrevo a preguntarte, qué tipo de programas te gustan para ver si así puedo darte algo exacto a tus gustos ( ya que así es mucho más fácil aprender). Y por supuesto si quieres practicar con un nativo, me encantaría poder platicar con alguien de otro país y conocer más su cultura. Solo dime si estás interesando y con mucho gusto buscamos una manera de llevarlo acabo.

¡Saludos!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rzuzek
rzuzek
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Hola! Me gusta un montón de programas de televisión , por ejemplo sobre todo comedias o ciencia ficción . Pero sobre todo quiero ver lo que ven los lugareños! Y quiero practicar contigo, estoy interesando quisaz buscamos una manera?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/loboblancodav

.Hay un programa que empecé a ver de origen español que se llama Aida y otro muy popular que se llama Física o química.

¡Claro! hay un montón de maneras, siendo las más populares Skype y facebook o si sabes o prefieres otra manera , dime y nos ponemos de acuerdo!

3 years ago