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coldrainwater
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Re: Spanish Group

Postby coldrainwater » Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:26 pm

Spoonary wrote:@coldrainwater, that's an interesting idea, but I don't know whether it would work, as there is so much variety in the amount of pages each person would do. Also, it may cause some people (me included) to feel like they aren't pulling their weight, and that others are doing all the work. I dunno... :?

A side note: although I don't want to read Crónica de una muerte anunciada again this year, I definitely recommend it to those who haven't yet read it.

Right you are! I tend to thrive on short but intense challenges, but they are as apt to backfire as they are to succeed for many. I am not one to rush through life, least of all reading, but sometimes my enthusiasm gets the best of me. This is a group read, fun for sure, but not a competition. If I know anything about Borges, he can pack a lot of punch into the thinnest of bindings, and I aim to adjust my reading style accordingly. Getting to know an author is much akin to learning a little mini-language inside of itself. At least I felt that way with Umberto Eco. Thanks for the Gabo recommendation. I was thoroughly impressed by his Love in the Time of Cholera and will keep Crónica de una muerte anunciada high on my list.
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Re: Spanish Group

Postby Spoonary » Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:03 pm

Stelle wrote:So far, I think we’ve read four or five books together? Come agua para chocolate; el tiempo entre costuras; both of those terrible zombie books (I didn’t even bother picking up the third one in the trilogy); io non ho paura (the lone Italian book on my list).

Don't forget La casa de los espíritus! I didn't even read the second zombie book after seeing how unimpressed you were with it.

Glad to have you on board, Stelle. We'll have to read some more Italian together sometime :)

Also, I definitely need to read more García Márquez.
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Re: Spanish Group

Postby eido » Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:26 pm

For that person who asked about the official exams: I am considering taking one maybe next year. I could maybe take one this year but I work all year round and I haven't planned for it. My parents are the type too to discourage me from taking such exams in the first place, especially if I have to travel far to take them, such as I would have to with the SIELE. (How do you pronounce this, by the way? I say 'Sel-eh', just like I say 'Del-eh', but maybe it's pronounced 'See-lee'?) I told my dad these are the type of exams you'd want on your resume because they're recognized pretty much globally, not some certificate course like he was telling me to take. Those are available from community colleges but don't really guarantee you anything. I think he's just afraid of what he doesn't know. I think I would take the A2 DELE, but I just read the other day the lower level tests aren't that reliable. I don't know what level I am to be honest. I know I can't speak well, that's for sure. It's something to think about though. Maybe when I'm better at listening I can take a whack at speaking more, if I have money to pay somebody for practice on italki.
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Re: Spanish Group

Postby Spoonary » Thu Mar 01, 2018 6:53 pm

Hi all. I just wanted to let you know that I haven't forgotten about our read along (although I can't quite figure out how March came around so quickly). Should I create a new thread for the read-along or do you fancy discussing Borges here?
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Re: Spanish Group

Postby tastyonions » Thu Mar 01, 2018 7:10 pm

I think a dedicated thread would be better. I am ready for the read-along. :-)
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Re: Spanish Group

Postby Spoonary » Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:19 pm

I created a thread for the read-along. ¡Vamos allá!
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Re: Spanish Group

Postby NoManches » Tue Mar 13, 2018 6:18 pm

Spoonary wrote:I created a thread for the read-along. ¡Vamos allá!



Count me in! Just downloaded it on my Kindle
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Re: Spanish Group

Postby nellyjami » Thu Mar 15, 2018 12:53 am

Hola! Me llamo es Lilia. Estoy en español 4. Me gusta aprender sobre las ciudades en España. Barcelona es mi ciudad favorita. En Barcelona hay muchos lugares para visitar. La Sagrada Familia es una lugar muy bonita. :D
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Re: Spanish Group

Postby Jaleel10 » Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:34 am

Would appreciate any and all advice given.

I'm in rut with the garnering and memorization of new vocab. I basically have three options I want to follow.

- Put it off until I finish Assimil in about 3 months
- Start using Clozemaster
- Read articles (from Veinte mundos) or graded readers and put the unknowns into Anki (or a Gold list or Iversen list)

Because I'm studying Spanish as a hobby and don't really use the language actively, via speaking. So it's hard for me to pin down what to do next and how to approach it. I sometimes feel I'm in a hurry and want to do as much as possible. So any advice would be appreciated.
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Re: Spanish Group

Postby Whodathunkitz » Thu Mar 15, 2018 5:34 pm

Jaleel10 wrote:Would appreciate any and all advice given.

I'm in rut with the garnering and memorization of new vocab. I basically have three options I want to follow.

- Put it off until I finish Assimil in about 3 months
- Start using Clozemaster
- Read articles (from Veinte mundos) or graded readers and put the unknowns into Anki (or a Gold list or Iversen list)

Because I'm studying Spanish as a hobby and don't really use the language actively, via speaking. So it's hard for me to pin down what to do next and how to approach it. I sometimes feel I'm in a hurry and want to do as much as possible. So any advice would be appreciated.


Readlang. Music videos, short stories, long stories with translation when click on word.

Lyricstraining - listening practice.

Both something fun, dip in and out. Key words repeated loads. Few unusual words every now and then. Clicking puts the words into a list.

I find vocabulary easier than grammar, speaking etc. So might be different for you and others.
Also I'm a novice at language learning. Others will have better suggestions but I liked the ones above.
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