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#1

Hola! Pregunta. Cuantos habla espanol? I am trying very hard to learn spanish. I am practicing everyday using a spanish workbook, but as I have found no one to converse with it is very difficult, especially getting the pronunciation correctly. Does anyone know of any audio spanish language instruction tapes that would be helpful?
I have looked into taking courses at the local college but they are very expensive and the times are not good for me.
Gracias amigos-Mommacat (El Gato)


#2

Start for free - online.

If you have speakers it’s audible too!


#3

Hola Gregg. Mucho gracias! Bueno idea! Dios le bendiga! Es muy fantastico y facil. Muchos cervazas para tu cuando nosotros junta! Comprendo? Yo esperanza!
LOL-MADRE GATO!?


#4

I bought a cd for my computer called"quick conversation Spanish" it says the word then has a place for you to repeat it back to a recorder and play back how you sound saying the same word. The only thing it will not really help with is sentence structure. it is to contain 2,200 sapanish words.


#5

Margie, Thanks to you as well. I never thought of a program for the computer, bueno idea. It is wonderful if one can hear the pronunciation. I hope to be fairly fluent by the time we return to the DR. in Jan.2006, and am hoping to have a "study buddy" who will accompany us.


#6

mommacat,have you tried a continuing education course at any local high schools.they are usually evening courses over a 7-8 week period for 2-3 hours per week and are about $90 CDN.where do you live?


#7

Canajungirl
I have looked into it. One of the courses offered at the college (Malaspina University-College) is about $300.00 for 2x a week for 7 weeks-runs 9-12:00 AM. The other one is 8 sessions for $138.00 during the evening. As I work retail hours (weekends/nights) it makes it difficult. I don’t want to take any cut in hours or I won’t be able to afford the DR. Then I would probably be cussing myself out in Spanish!!
BTW_Malaspina is located in beautiful Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island. Today was the 1st time it rained/sprinkled in ages-of course it is my day off!


#8

I’ve found the software is helpful for building vocabulary and preparing for certain predictable situations (restaurant, hotel check-in etc) but less so for general grammar.

I’m taking the evening courses and wish I’d have started years earlier. It’s slow going at first but now finishing level 3 there’s some progress. And, they’ve been a lot of fun, not work-like.

It’s come in handy, though other times it’s like I know just enough to sound good asking a question, the answer to which then comes too fast and complicated for me to understand. :wink:


#9

FL-Good for you! It makes travelling easier and a lot more fun when one has some basics in the country’s language. I have tried to converse with the locals in the DR and have found that they are quite responsive to my feeble attempts. Often they reverse the questions/answers so they may learn the english equivalent. We have shared many laughs doing this. I have a girlfriend who is also learning some spanish, as we do not live close to each other we occasionally e-mail each other with a few one liners in spanish and try to translate them. We will be getting together in April and see how far (if at all) we’ve progressed. Making a test for each other-the high scorer wins a case of cerveza. Too bad we can not get Brugal here!
Thanks for your tips! Adios amigo!