Re: Spanish Group
Posted: Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:19 am
Thanks for all your input guys, I guess I'll just carry on as I am and see what comes of it
We talk languages
Spoonary wrote:In all the time I have been studying Spanish, I have, almost exclusively, focused on peninsular Spanish, having been taught this variety of the language throughout my formal education. I then started watching Spanish TV and listening to podcasts from Spain. Therefore, the Spanish I speak - my pronunciation and vocabulary choice - has always been essentially Spanish.
However, the more time I spend with my Argentinian tutor, watching/listening to media from Argentina and learning all manner of Argentine vocab and turns of phrase, the more chance this has of influencing the way I speak Spanish. I don't see any problem with this; in fact, I am having a great time enriching my vocabulary use and knowledge of Spanish as the widely-Spoken language it is. Plus, I don't think my 'language core' (to use Luca Lampariello's term) will be affected; I can't see myself switching to using seseo and voseo any time soon.
The problem arises when I start to think about aiming for some sort of 'near-native' level of Spanish proficiency. Can I really do that if half the words I use are Spanish and half of them Argentinian or from some other country? Does it really matter, given that I am not living in a country where Spanish is spoken natively and I am definitely still English, no matter how good my Spanish gets?
I dunno, what do you guys think? Has anyone had any experience diversifying or completely changing the Spanish (or any other language) accent/dialect they use?
I guess these are the things I think about when I can't sleep.
Meg wrote:Hi I just made an account. I'm in high school and planning on doing an exchange program in a year or two (in Spain) and am very excited. While I'm waiting to do that I want to improve my Spanish. I like watching shows or movies and have fallen in love with the music (would love suggestions. podcasts are cool too). Also take Spanish at my high school and use duolingo on a regular basis. What I'm struggling with is a way to practice what I've been learning. Specifically by talking in Spanish preferably with some one my age. If anyone has a resource for me to try out to meet teens (most online things I've found are 18 plus or filled with a lot of creepy people not interested in language learning) or are a teenager that would want to practice Spanish with me please reply! So glad to have found this forum.
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