Me Voy! Using Spanish in the real world.
I've been on a Duolingo binge for the past month in order to learn enough Spanish to visit Mexico for Mexican Independence Day.
While I'm sad to lose my 20 day duolingo streak; I'm excited to practice my Spanish out in the real world!
So thank you Duolingo staff and community for your endless help and passion for language learning.
Wish me luck!
A BIG tip if you´re a native English speaker: English doesn´t care about the vocals, it´s all about the consonants. Spanish is the exact opposite: it doesn´t care about the consonants, it´s all about the vocals.
We native Spanish speakers mess up everything constantly because we just don´t feel like taking the effort to talk properly every time we open our mouths. That means it doesn´t really matter if your grammar is faulty because we´re used to lousy grammar - it´s very easy to pass information as long as you know a few words related to the topic you´re interested in.
The key is the pronunciation. Speak slowly, try to mark properly the strong syllables and, the most important tip, say clearly every vocal. Many foreigners try to talk with good grammar but using the vocals as if it was English, and the result is that nobody knows if they said "a" or "e" or "o". It´s much harder to understand.
I took your advice!
The Bufa was beautiful! Although I really wish I would have taken it up and ziplined down instead of taxi-ing up and skyrailing down... But now I know for next time...
The old mine was really amazing too, I went to the club there to watch the Mayweather v. Alvarez match :)
Thanks Everyone for your love and support! Mexico is GREAT! Even though the weather is pretty bad right now (cold and rainy). I went to an old silver mine, visited a bunch of beautiful churches, and celebrated Mexican independence day.
And my Spanish is coming in pretty handy! I even went on two bus tours (it's been raining a lot and walking around isn't really fun) and I understood (almost) everything the tour guide was saying!
PS: Does anyone know how to send the duolingo team a postcard? I'm assuming they have an actual office but I can't seem to find the address anyhere...