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David Keeney
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Sparing web developers from server programming, one app at a time
Sparing web developers from server programming, one app at a time

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My thoughts on learning Spanish (or any second language), and sharing a useful web application.

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About Spanish, About Me
Learning a little Spanish is easy. Most Americans, ordinary gringo Americans, accomplish it.

Learning a lot of Spanish, accomplishing fluency, is hard. Very hard. It requires help, and most of us cannot get that help.

There is a huge gulf between the studying flashcards and composing sentences level, and the hearing, understanding and interacting level. For most people who achieve fluency, the bridge across the gulf is a loved one, someone who cares enough to suffer the struggle, and baby-talk with the learner seemingly forever.

There are lots of fluent Spanish speakers around (speaking of the USA), and it should not be so difficult to find speaking partners; it would not seem to be difficult. However, it takes effort for a fluent speaker to baby talk, and most people in our lives just won’t bother. So they might try to talk with the learner, but can’t resist using the fullness of their daily vocabulary, and the learner is soon lost.

I, myself, have been in the gulf for years, having vocabulary to put sentences together to read newspaper headlines and recognize snippets of conversation, but being quickly lost in any conversation.

As a software developer, I thought I could help, and wrote a learning app for intermediate Spanish learners. It is a web application best used from a mouse-equipped computer. It functions as a forum, where intermediate learners can dialog with each other, but a forum with a difference.

Mil Palabras requires that writers use only common words. Posts should be readable by our intermediate learner audience because they avoid obscure words. We avoid the phenomenon of fluent speakers going over our heads by limiting their (and our) available vocabulary. It is a forum we can read and learn from.

The editor does provide some substantial assistance guiding users on what words are available, and how to spell them, and it provides automatic accenting.

So if you have some Spanish ability, join me, please, in conversation on Mil Palabras, and help me learn this beautiful language.

http://milpalabras.rdbhost.com


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Will be speaking here, 8 Oct, Saturday evening.

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If you are interested in Web Development, and you are in El Paso, TX or nearby, join the El Paso Web Developers Meetup group.

http://www.meetup.com/El-Paso-Web-Development-Meetup/

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Chinese Garden in Vancouver BC.
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Olympic National Park Hoh River trail.
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Stream in Olympic National Park
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Grand Coulee Dam
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