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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.
Vocabulary happens to be the single biggest motivation-killer when it comes to learning a foreign language. As we speak, countless Spanish learners around the world are throwing in the towel out of frustration brought about by an ocean of intimidating words alien to their English ears.
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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.
Learning a new language comes with a whole range of challenges but the one that trumps all others is that of processing native speech in that language. It's true that Spanish is one of the most phonetic languages in the history of languages which makes it incredibly easier to pronounce than, ...
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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.
Learning a new language comes with a whole range of challenges but the one that trumps all others is that of processing native speech in that language. It's true that Spanish is one of the most phonetic languages in the history of languages which makes it incredibly easier to pronounce than, ...
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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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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.
Colloquialism is what sets a natural, organically-developed language like Spanish apart from something like, say, Klingon. Colloquialism is what makes a language fun to learn and even more fun to use. Every language learner who has attempted to memorize a list of cuss-words in their target ...
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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.
Got a Mexican amigo? Sat through a Mexican move? No matter what your interaction with Mexico was, it's nearly impossible for you not to have run past these “-le” words. They are used like punctuation in Mexican street speech, and for a mighty good reason. These are not to be dismissed as slang ...
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Some call it life, others call it party, we call it MUMBAI! Long live Mumbai…you rock!

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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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