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Fluent after...???

I am 14 and i am currently doing my spanish tree and i am not to far in but am going to be traveling to Spain for foreign exchange next summer and was wondering once i finish my tree and visit the country and try to speak the most and immerse myself, do you think i will be fluent? ty

(sorry for grammar >.<)

3 years ago

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The thing is, fluent has a very fluid definition so it really depends on what you consider it to mean. Finishing your lessons here will give you a pretty solid start and total immersion is certainly the best way to get comfortable with a language but you might be better off aiming for a definable goal, like reading a book, holding a conversation, completing a class that's taught in Spanish, those things mean more than the word fluent. Good luck with your studies and enjoy your trip. :)

3 years ago

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I have finished my tree and I used to work with many native Spanish speakers. I would say I am conversational and then some but fluent is pretty high up there.

Being conversational similar to being able to communicate at the level of a 10 year old is functional and you will be able to get by and enjoy it. Being fluent, able to translate as a job, takes years of persistent work.

3 years ago

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I think it depends on you. Enjoy your trip!

3 years ago

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I first went on exchange when I was 15 and remember turning up and being able to say 'me llamo lisa' then they would say something back incredibly fast and I wouldn't have a clue what was going on. Expect to not understand a lot of what is going on for a lot of the time. Fluency is dependent on the topic like I can talk about some subjects really well and not others. I have been studying spanish on and off since i was about 13 (I'm not 28) and still don't consider myself to being fluent (but I'm getting close!) Don't let that put you off, Duolingo is a great base but you should also watch some movies and use other resources especially to listen to different accents etc. I made this list https://www.duolingo.com/comment/7870931 and I recommend watching the 3 beginners type movies. Have a great time in Spain, I loved my first exchange and just try and talk to people, don't try and talk quietly because you think you might say something wrong, you will say things with poor grammar but people will help you so much and be so open just speak loud and poorly and you can usually get your point across (otherwise there is always a bit of google translate). Good luck!!

3 years ago