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JasonWriter
6/25/2016 15:42 EST

Just curious to hear people's trials and tribulations in learning Espanol. I'm about 5 weeks out from arriving in Medellin, and I've been studying/online-practicing Spanish just about every day for the past 2 months. On my previous trips to Latin America, I brushed up on Spanish 2-4 weeks in advance, so I'm doing a little better this time, at least. In my limited experience with trying to learn a language, and then going to a country that speaks that language, one of the many frustrations can be when you *think* you're making progress, and *think* you finally-- victory!-- have one aspect of the language down pat, and then someone's like "Haha. What the hell are you saying?"

Andresen
7/5/2016 21:51 EST

BrandonBP. Re: ahorita. At least you can distinguish that from ahora. My gf uses ahora - which I always thought meant now - to mean later. Then why doesn't she just say "mas tarde"?

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fhammette
6/27/2016 14:34 EST

has dado el clavo! I think you have the language culture figured out. Your thoughts are mine exactly.

fhammette
6/27/2016 14:07 EST

LOL, also had the aƱos problem. I lived in Brazil for over 2 years, and in Portuguese anos without the tilde = years. So, when I moved to Nicaragua, I was asking cuantos anos tiene for some time. jjj. Now Im in medellin, and doing a bit better after many years studing Spanish. I have always gone out of my way to speak Spanish, and dont care if I get it wrong. I would rather practice and learn than be embarrassed, And most of the folks here appreciate that. Even if they get a few laughs at my expense, its ok.

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