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RE: Learning Spanish...
(05-17-2018 01:43 AM)Prince X Wrote:  Great post. I am learning Spanish right now. With Baselang, do the tutors use the total immersion style of teaching where they do everything in Spanish or do they teach in English and use the traditional approach used in schools to teach languages?

With Baselang you decide how you want to get taught, so i would not call it a tradional approach.

If you want an immersive experience then tell your teacher to only speak spanish, they will then do so. however, this is not a good idea when learning tough grammar ;-)

In my case, when I got to a certain level i started having many conversation classes. These conversations could be "real" or with a predetermined topic (of you choice of course). Sometimes I would read and translate articles with the teacher.

Baselang want's you to learn to actually speak the language ASAP. Therefore, the focus is to learn the most necessary/useful and important vocab, verbs etc. first.
An example of this:
They won't teach you the "future simple" tense until late (level 6-7 or something like that). Instead you'll be taught the "informal future" tense, which is very useful (especially when speaking) and way easier to learn.
There are 9 levels, when you have completed the curriculum of a level you'll get a test to insure that you actually have learned whatever you were taught.

If you decide to get it this following advice is of utmos importance:
Start out by trying a lot of different teachers like 8-12 (if you've got a lot of time, you could do this within like two days since classes are unlimited). You'll experience that some are way better than others (because of teaching skills and chemistry). Double down on the good ones. IMO when you're booking classes, it's preferable to book at least one hour with these good ones. (with conversation classes 30 min can be adequate)

P.S. The most popular teachers (usually the best ones) are booked pretty quickly. Therefore: be ready to book classes shortly after they're up. (If i remember correctly, you can book up to 4 days in advance)

Send me a PM for further information.
05-17-2018 01:00 PM
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RE: Learning Spanish...
I also recommend Pimsleur.

Also, this...
https://www.learner.org/series/destinos/watch/

It's a 52 episodes series of 1/2 hour shows called Destinos: An Introduction to Spanish.

It will really help your listening and eventually your speaking.

Most Movie and TV dialogue will be hard to understand.
The dialogue is Destinos is at an intermediate level of Spanish.

Listening to music, translating, using smart phones apps, etc. are better than nothing...but in order to understand and speak Spanish, you need to listen to real world Spanish and speak it...not read it.

Pimsleur and Destinos will help you do just that.

It's easy for Spanish learners to get caught up in reading and writing and think that they are making progress in Spanish. I know a guy who took 4 years high school and 4 years university Spanish classes and can't hold a conversation.
05-17-2018 01:17 PM
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RE: Learning Spanish...
I followed Plexiglass' suggestion and found some popular Latin Music on YouTube. They list the lyrics in Spanish and English. Just from listening to the videos for one week, I have started to recognize and remember Spanish words that I had difficulty remembering before. If works because these songs are repetitive and you go over words over and over until it becomes second nature.

1. I play the video and follow along and try to learn the lyrics in Spanish(without translating).

2. Once I get a few phrases down I then learn the English meaning of the lyrics.

3. I downloaded these songs so I can play and sing along while I'm driving in my car.

If I can learn a song a week, I think that will get me on my way to understanding more Spanish.





https://youtu.be/9IlmleEiE1M

https://youtu.be/t9_RroQyNIg

https://youtu.be/gP3QAXTX07E

https://youtu.be/XskgaKwPtfk
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05-17-2018 02:01 PM
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RE: Learning Spanish...
I might me moving to Miami and if I'm there I think I might as well learn some spanish. Since Miami has such a big spanish speaking population is it a decent place to learn spanish as opposed to somewhere like mexico or cuba?
05-17-2018 02:08 PM
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Don't learn Spanish from Cubans (or Puerto Ricans, or Venezuelans).
05-18-2018 01:40 AM
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(05-18-2018 01:40 AM)Super_Fire Wrote:  Don't learn Spanish from Cubans (or Puerto Ricans, or Venezuelans).

Why not?
05-18-2018 05:28 AM
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RE: Learning Spanish...
I decided to master Spanish as a longterm goal, currently I like to get to know the vocabulary through songs and lyrics.
I like listening to Nicky Jam and Enrique.







05-18-2018 08:17 AM
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