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Amit Schandillia
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A lazy linguist trying to share his incredible experiences learning Spanish...
A lazy linguist trying to share his incredible experiences learning Spanish...

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Let’s shelve Spanish for a minute and take English as an example. Do you really think you know every word in that big fat dictionary on your shelf? Unless you’re a Nobel Laureate in Literature, chances are you don’t have even half of them down which is fine because that doesn’t make you any less competent when it comes to holding complex conversations with absolute confidence in English. Your English vocabulary was even more limited when you were younger and yet your fluency was no different. That’s how it works with all languages. Yes there are figuratively an infinite number of words in the language with new ones being churned out every day, but not all words matter the same. So how many is good enough when it comes to Spanish? That’s what we will talk about over the next 10-odd minutes.

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Learn words like "bacano," "dizque," and "harto" that define Colombian Spanish and give it its distinct character. Although Colombia boasts of the most reputed of all Spanish dialects, it has its own vernacular idiosyncrasies that make it fun to learn. Slang and colloquialism always make learning a new language less intimidating and more inviting. See if this holds true in your case with Spanish.

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Let’s get one thing clear right off the bat – There’s no shortcut around this one. Yes there are tricks to learn the vocabulary and there are tricks to ace the grammar. But listening skills is another beast altogether. You can’t just go to bed having recited some secret chant and wake up the next morning fluent in Spanish. What works, though, is perseverance and determination. I can’t do it for you, nobody can. What I can do, and I will, is tell you what you can do to maximize your chances of success. And those are just two very simple things: Speak. And listen. A lot.

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No matter what the occasion, there’s always a “-le” word ready for you. Mexico wouldn’t sound the same without them. That being said, it must be noted that most of these words only enjoy currency in the deep boonies of Mexico and would sound quite funny elsewhere the exceptions, of course, being híjole, ándale, and órale.

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Let’s get one thing clear right off the bat – There’s no shortcut around this one. Yes there are tricks to learn the vocabulary and there are tricks to ace the grammar. But listening skills is another beast altogether. You can’t just go to bed having recited some secret chant and wake up the next morning fluent in Spanish. What works, though, is perseverance and determination. I can’t do it for you, nobody can. What I can do, and I will, is tell you what you can do to maximize your chances of success. And those are just two very simple things: Speak. And listen. A lot.

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No Spanish on TV where you live? Hate spending money on buying expensive DVD packs? Head over to DramaFever Latino for your daily dose of all the Spanish telenovelas you could ever hope to devour. Here's our take on what DramaFever has...

http://www.alwaysspanish.com/2013/07/learn-spanish-watching-telenovelas-at.html

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Join us as we review a brilliant new book by Lynn McBride (to be released as paperback this month) that discusses the benefits and techniques of language learning. A must have for all language learners weather it's Spanish or Swahili!

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