¡No Manches! - Uses "learning Spanish" as a cover so he can watch telenovelas all day and not feel guilty

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NoManches
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Re: ¡No Manches! - Uses "learning Spanish" as a cover so he can watch telenovelas all day and not feel guilty

Postby NoManches » Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:02 pm

MattNeilsen wrote:I was just reading an old thread today about how to improve pronunciation. The method was described by a guy named Olle Kjellin - you can read the PDF here. Essentially, it's using Audacity to chop up a small set of sentences and then chorusing them to the point of obliteration :)

He makes an interesting point, however, that learners should be more focused on "prosody-acquisition" than "pronunciation-acquisition". To be honest, I don't know if it's relevant at your current level, but I figured I'd link it in case it's helpful.



This seems very useful, thanks!

I think it is relevant at my level because my pronunciation is good, but my accent needs work. When I speak relatively slowly people tell me I have a Mexican accent (with obvious signs that I'm not a native speaker). Even earlier on I've had people tell me that my accent and pronunciation was good enough that they couldn't tell what country I was from. When I speak really fast, my accent deteriorates (even though in my head I think I sound more fluent and think I have a better accent when I speak fast).

I'll give that a read and see if I can use his technique. Thanks again!
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Re: ¡No Manches! - DELE C1 (2019)

Postby inky » Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:15 pm

NoManches wrote:I came across a really cool blog post and discovered a bunch of new podcasts that I really like. Here is a link to the blog

https://www.secondhalftravels.com/best- ... -podcasts/

The ones I really liked from the list are:

El Gran Apagón
Neteando con Kate y Jessica


Thanks so much for sharing a link to my blog, No Manches! This forum looks like a great place for ideas. I enjoyed reading yours and others' podcast recommendations. I started listening to Bienvenido a la Vida Peligrosa yesterday and love it - I already added it to my podcast list! ¡Gracias por la recomendación! :)
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Re: ¡No Manches! - DELE C1 (2019)

Postby NoManches » Wed Dec 12, 2018 2:47 am

inky wrote:
NoManches wrote:I came across a really cool blog post and discovered a bunch of new podcasts that I really like. Here is a link to the blog

https://www.secondhalftravels.com/best- ... -podcasts/

The ones I really liked from the list are:

El Gran Apagón
Neteando con Kate y Jessica


Thanks so much for sharing a link to my blog, No Manches! This forum looks like a great place for ideas. I enjoyed reading yours and others' podcast recommendations. I started listening to Bienvenido a la Vida Peligrosa yesterday and love it - I already added it to my podcast list! ¡Gracias por la recomendación! :)



I'm glad you liked my recommendations! The list you had was amazing and opened me up to some shows I would never have come across. Thanks!!


On another note...I've been in a little bit of a Spanish slump lately. In the last 2 months, I have BARELY practiced my Spanish and lost almost all motivation to study. I slowly started to watch more shows in English and have been reading a lot in English. I've had a few opportunities to practice Spanish at work and didn't really make the most out of those opportunities. I think am finally coming out of this slump though. Typically I have a period each year where I just need to take a break from language study for whatever reason. Almost every time I return and find that after a few weeks my language skills are stronger than ever. I'm hoping to find some new podcasts to listen to in the next few days and jump back into things!
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Re: ¡No Manches! - DELE C1 (2019)

Postby inky » Wed Dec 12, 2018 4:22 pm

NoManches wrote:I'm glad you liked my recommendations! The list you had was amazing and opened me up to some shows I would never had come across. Thanks!!

On another note...I've been in a little bit of a Spanish slump lately. In the last 2 months, I have BARELY practiced my Spanish and lost almost all motivation to study. I slowly started to watch more shows in English and have been reading a lot in English. I've had a few opportunities to practice Spanish at work and didn't really make the most out of those opportunities. I think am finally coming out of this slump though. Typically I have a period each year where I just need to take a break from language study for whatever reason. Almost every time I return and find that after a few weeks my language skills are stronger than ever. I'm hoping to find some new podcasts to listen to in the next few days and jump back into things!

So glad my recommendations were helpful.

And glad to hear you are coming out of your slump. Try not to be too hard on yourself... reading your language log, it's really amazing everything you've been able to accomplish. When I was working fulltime, I barely had the energy to occasionally listen to a podcast or watch a TV show.

By the way... I have a possible proposal for you to occasionally write short podcast reviews for my blog! Tried to DM you, but couldn't since I'm a new user. Would be great if you wouldn't mind DMing or emailing me when you get a chance at ingrid at secondhalftravels dot com, and I can explain my idea a bit more... ¡Mil gracias y hasta pronto! :) Ingrid
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Re: ¡No Manches! - DELE C1 (2019)

Postby NoManches » Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:14 pm

inky wrote:By the way... I have a possible proposal for you to occasionally write short podcast reviews for my blog! Tried to DM you, but couldn't since I'm a new user. Would be great if you wouldn't mind DMing or emailing me when you get a chance at ingrid at secondhalftravels dot com, and I can explain my idea a bit more... ¡Mil gracias y hasta pronto! :) Ingrid


That sounds like a cool idea. Maybe it will force me to get back into my old podcast listening habits. I'll send you a message when I get some free time!
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Re: ¡No Manches! - Uses "learning Spanish" as a cover so he can watch telenovelas all day and not feel guilty

Postby NoManches » Fri Dec 21, 2018 3:24 am

I just started to read a new book titled "Los Crímenes Azules" by Enrique Laso. It's another detective book and in my opinion, very well written. I just did a Google search to see what other books the author has written, and was saddened to find out that Enrique Laso died back in August.

Here is the article I found:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.elespa ... 0.amp.html


According to some articles he was "el autor más vendido en formato digital" , at least at the time the article was written:


https://m.diariodejerez.es/ocio/Fallece ... 72784.html


My plan is to give the Raúl Garbantes books a break for some time and try to read more of Laso's books. Hopefully @James29 sees this, I'm sure this book is right up his alley. Ive only finished 25% of Los Crímenes Azules but can already say it's worth a read if you are an advanced or high intermediate Spanish learner.
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