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by mjfleck2000
Tue Mar 21, 2017 2:28 am
Forum: Practical Questions and Advice
Topic: Spanish past particle construction
Replies: 6
Views: 225

Re: Spanish past particle construction

Not a native English speaker, but maybe I can help. Thank you for your reply. I was asking for a native English speaker only because I thought they might understand why this giving me a problem. I appreciate all assistance. I short: when you use "ser" the focus is on the action, while &qu...
by mjfleck2000
Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Practical Questions and Advice
Topic: Spanish past particle construction
Replies: 6
Views: 225

Spanish past particle construction

Hello fellow Spanish language learners.... I am having difficulty, at times, selecting the correct verb in the compound construction of ser + past participle and estar + past participle. The basic gramatical guide is that ser + pp indicates that an action was completed and estar + pp indicates the r...
by mjfleck2000
Wed Dec 21, 2016 5:21 am
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Who has an on-line L2 language partner?
Replies: 7
Views: 354

Re: Who has an on-line L2 language partner?

I am very fortunate in that I have 2 language partners. One is a 50 year old software engineer from Santiago Chile. The other partner is a 14 year old student from the Canary Islands. They both speak English at an somewhat advanced level (B2/C1). I met both partners using the website The Mixer (http...
by mjfleck2000
Tue Nov 08, 2016 5:55 pm
Forum: Practical Questions and Advice
Topic: Mandarin first book advice
Replies: 3
Views: 194

Re: Mandarin first book advice

snowflake wrote:Usually these are suggested for simplified characters;

http://mandarincompanion.com/products/
http://www.chinesebreeze.net/

The books are available through Amazon.


Thank you!
That was exactly what I was looking for.

Mike
by mjfleck2000
Tue Nov 08, 2016 2:14 pm
Forum: Practical Questions and Advice
Topic: Mandarin first book advice
Replies: 3
Views: 194

Mandarin first book advice

I would like some suggestions for graded readers for Mandarin. My granddaughter, age 13, started studying Mandarin in middle school last year. She is now in her second year of Mandarin. She is at a basic level(probably around A1) but is very enthusiastic... loves her teacher... loves her classmates....
by mjfleck2000
Sat Sep 10, 2016 2:49 pm
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Slowed-down speech - the root of listening comprehension failure?
Replies: 132
Views: 13132

Re: Slowed-down speech - the root of listening comprehension failure?

I think the problem is lack of progression. Almost all made-for-learners stuff is really slow, so you have to jump suddenly from that to real material. This is a problem that I had with my language study. Listening was by far my weakest ability. I could understand Spanish at the “learner” speech le...
by mjfleck2000
Thu Aug 04, 2016 10:44 pm
Forum: Practical Questions and Advice
Topic: Skype Classes
Replies: 16
Views: 986

Re: Skype Classes

I have taken Skype lessons for Spanish during the last four years using both teachers with a lesson plan and teachers without a lesson plan. The first year I had about one 45 minute lesson every one to two weeks using two different teachers. There was no lesson plan or course of study. The topic for...
by mjfleck2000
Thu Jun 30, 2016 10:53 pm
Forum: Practical Questions and Advice
Topic: Have you ever used those words?
Replies: 32
Views: 1386

Re: Have you ever used those words?

Following EmmaCO2's lead I've bolded the one's I've used. I know the definitions of all of them. most common ones, in my opinion, are Frivolous, Vortex, Ludicrous, Benign, Fastidious and Scrupulous. Is there any difference in meaning between fastidious and scrupulous? To me they're both fancy words...
by mjfleck2000
Tue Jan 19, 2016 7:32 pm
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Present Perfect in Latin American Spanish
Replies: 3
Views: 304

Re: Present Perfect in Latin American Spanish

Somewhere in my studies, I think I remember reading that Spanish speakers in Latin America generally don't use the Present Perfect tense. They use Preterite tense instead. Is this correct? If this is correct, can I assume that I would be understood while using Present Perfect even though it may sou...
by mjfleck2000
Sat Aug 29, 2015 1:22 pm
Forum: Language logs
Topic: The Real CZ's Korean, Japanese, Mandarin and French Log
Replies: 6
Views: 469

Re: The Real CZ's Korean, Japanese, and Mandarin Log

These days, I am more focused on making the languages an every day part of my routine instead of focused study. I simply read news articles in the languages (most of the time just a paragraph and then I move onto the next article) using a pop-up dictionary, preferring to just read a lot to acquire ...

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