https://www.duolingo.com/m.tastic

Why did you choose Spanish? ¿Por qué elegiste español?

m.tastic
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Why Spanish? Was it for family, because of school/work, a desire to go to a Spanish-speaking place, or attraction to the language itself?

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Qadain
Qadain
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After watching Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, I thought it might be nice in case I ever need to flee the country and go to Bolivia and rob banks. Hopefully Duolingo will have sentences in Spanish corresponding to "This is a robbery," "Put your hands up," and "Move against the wall."

Just kidding. Just general self-improvement. It's hard to imagine a completely awesome well-rounded person that doesn't speak several languages.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DavidSinghiser
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In high school I wanted to take German, but we lived in Texas and my mother said Spanish would be more useful. Luckily I wanted to learn Spanish too, but German was my first choice. I took four years of high school Spanish, then two years at the university. I went to Mexico and could barely rent a hotel room or get a bus ticket. I could talk about literature, art, politics, history, and culture but getting a hotel room was traumatic. After my month trip in Mexico, I went back to the US, never used it again, moved to Hawai'i, and became a history teacher. Ten years after the trip, while I was teaching, the Spanish teacher quit. I was the only one on staff that had any background in Spanish and I became a Spanish teacher. I was about two chapters ahead of the kids. Then I went to Thailand and taught English at a university, and the Spanish teacher quit, and so I taught again. I realized I liked teaching Spanish more than English, so I studied more in Mexico and Spain, but then I never taught again. Now I live in Paraguay. Two languages changed my life, Spanish and Vietnamese, but never in ways I expected.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kandersson79

Amazing story!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth261736

For all the reasons you mentioned, and more. Hablaba español cuando estaba una pequeña niña. I learned to speak it in a rudimentary fashion between the ages of 3 and 8. Later, I took a beginning Spanish class in 7th grade, and then another beginning Spanish class in my early 20s circa 1980 something. My mother lived in Mexico for a while. Spanish speakers are fairly common in California, so it's nice to be able to talk with them. My main motivations to improve my Spanish at this point. 1) I'm tired of sounding like a little kid. My pronunciation is quite good due to learning it young, but my vocabulary is limited, and my grasp of the past tenses is tenuous. 2) I'm interested in doing volunteer work in which knowing Spanish fluently would be useful. 3)I'd like to be able to read books in Spanish. I could pronounce all the words as a little kid for as long as I can remember, but often didn't know what they meant. 4) I like to travel, and although I can usually get around reasonably well in Spanish-speaking countries, I'd like to be able to converse easily. 5) It's a nice-sounding language to my ear. 6)Pablo Neruda

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vcel10
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Go Pablo!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kelvin5473
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Small correction its "hablaba espanol cuando era una pequena nina". But dont worry I know the "to be" can be confusing :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_Natz_
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Seconded on the Pablo Neruda. AWESOME.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SamuelBish
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For work, and possibly to travel. I also got tired of being the stereotypical American who speaks only English.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gman31

I chose it because I live in California where native Spanish-speakers are crawling everywhere, and also because it is the second most spoken language in the world, less than Mandarin and more than English.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth261736

Are they all very small children? Crawling hardly sounds dignified for an adult.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gman31

It's a figure of speech.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MissThorson

I chose it for my family and because it's one of the most spoken languages in America. It's a little bit of a toughie for me but I'll get through it. :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GregTrotter

All the cool kids were doing it...

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnnaEmmans

I chose Spanish because there is a lot of it in the US and it will be best if I want to get a good job I think. It will also be fun to speak it with my family.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BrookeLorren
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It's the second most spoken language here in the US. I was living in Los Angeles when I first started learning it. I started relearning Spanish when I was going to go on a cruise that was going to stop in Mexico.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nino_dominicano

¡FAMILIA!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GoodApples

Work. I work on a farm, and many of our seasonal workers primarily speak Spanish. I'm at the point now of knowing a bit more Spanish than most of them know in English, but can't have full conversations yet. Working on it!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/annp322

I always lived in parts of the US where Spanish was commonly spoken, and was always able to hack my way through things, both in the US and Mexico, using bad spanish. Then I moved to the great white north. Two years later I took a vacation in Mexico, and had forgotten most of what I knew. That was embarrassing. I'll never be fluent, but the next time I travel south, I won't be as lost.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/deucebaby

Family/friends/community. I'm half Dominican (US born) and speak little Spanish, though I understand well. I'm catching up with others in my family and my friends who are fluent. It's also important for me to advocate for those in my community who can't communicate well with others because their English isn't too hot-so I want to serve them too.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MechanE
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Vivo en California. Hay tanta genta en este estado que habla español, es muy útil en este país. Tambien, hay mucha gente en el mundo que habla español. Creo que es un idioma maravilloso.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Alnine

I chose Spanish because I am half Mexican; my mother is a first-generation American. However, she was teased and bullied for speaking Spanish growing up, and her parents encouraged her and her siblings to Americanize. She never taught me or my siblings out of fear that we would face the same xenophobia that she did. However, my experience instead became people teasing me for being darker skinned (my mother is mestizo and my maternal grandmother is from a seemingly indigenous background) , yet I didn't have the benefit of being totally comfortable in our city's hispanic community because I could not speak Spanish, and thus I was often, sometimes jokingly, sometimes seriously, that I was not a "real" Mexican because I could not speak Spanish.

It's something I really hated growing up but I had no real way to learn - my mother was never interested in teaching me seriously, and I felt so self conscious every time I tried to speak with her or anyone else, because I was told that I "sound like a white girl". I took Elementary Spanish in College but never pursued it after completing the course. Two years later, I'm back at it.

What really got me going is that my mother's mother, my grandmother, has come back to the state we live in, with me not having seen her since I was much younger. She's grown old and is suffering from dementia; and in the first nursing home we placed her in, she was in tears because no one spoke Spanish (she doesn't speak English.)

It just broke my heart, and I resolved to try learning again. I've been practicing when I can and trying to make conversation with her, and now that she's in another nursing home with Spanish speakers, I try and listen and engage them in conversation. It's so different trying to talk to her because she laughs and gets so delighted when I do try and talk to her. It's a far cry from those who would pick on me for trying, even though I must sound silly making such obvious statements about things sometimes.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lonesomedreams

I have always wanted to learn Spanish then found out that my college offers Spanish courses and I took two consecutively for two semesters, Span 1 and Span 2. I'm from Asia and our teacher was a native Mexican. I aced both his classes. Would have liked to continue and enroll more but they only offer the foreign courses for Seniors and I have graduated last March.

So here I am on Duolingo! Hoping to expand my knowledge and proficiency with the Spanish language and maybe converse with others if given the chance.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BrentPope1

Vengo de Miami, FL, un lugar llenado de gente quien habla español. Pero nunca aprendi como hablar. Cuando empezó este año, decidí que aprender. Es todo.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sean_Toomey

It is school I have to learn or I get an F and also its always good to learn a new language!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wedartama

No sé, sólo obtuve un 'milagro' de Dios cuando tomé un baño para aprender el español. De repente encontré una aplicación, let's say "mejores ventas aplicaciones del año"(fue el fin del año 2013), se llamó "Duolingo".

Empecé a aprender el español todo el día y me gustó mucho! Nadie en mi escuela(o quizás en mi región) habla español, so whenever I got angry with someone, I talk to him/her/them in Spanish. Such a wow!

Espero que alguien corrija mi gramática del inglés y español!

Gracias! Thank you! Terima kasih! Matur sembah nuwun!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/andyjanca
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I live in Arizona, there's a high Spanish speaking population that I'd like to communicate with.

3 years ago
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