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22 February 2010 @ 08:44 pm
Hey there!!  
Well hey there everyone.  My names Haley and I need to improve my Spanish, and my knowledge of Spanish culture. So here I am.  

The reason I need to improve so much is because my boyfriend is directly from Mexico, and his parents English is at best limited.  It makes it kinda hard to communicate sometimes.  I have even taught myself how to make some not so bad tamales. For a white girl ;D

I think I want to major in Spanish and get my TEFL certification.  I'm not positive but I think that's what I want to do.

I'm also looking for a safe, good immersion program in Mexico.  any suggestions?
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petrichor.: zq; brokenneoreulwonhae on February 23rd, 2010 05:15 am (UTC)
Welcome Haley! Nice to see you here. :)

You probably have Mexican/Spanish-speaking TV stations where you live, so I would suggest watching those. It's not the best way to "learn", per se, but it's a good way to keep the language fresh in your mind and you do start to notice patterns. And it's fun, because you can watch telenovelas and gameshows, which are interesting, to say the least. ;)

I'm in the same boat as you, as far as wanting to teach English as a foreign language. Right now I'm more interested in Korea, so I don't really know of any good immersion programs in Mexico, but I'm sure you could find some info by Googling or asking around in other communities.

Also, I'm sure you could learn a lot from your boyfriend, and I bet he would be really happy to help you learn his language. :)

Thanks for joining us! Feel free to come back if you have any questions or just want to talk!

Oh, also! Listening to music and watching movies is good too. Again, not a solid learning tool, but I think it helps to keep it fresh in your mind and more than just vocabulary and grammar. It makes it fun so you actually want to learn, because you know that there are real people and cultures out there living their lives in the language, singing in the language, etc.

Anyway, good luck! :D
tamale_machinetamale_machine on February 26th, 2010 03:47 am (UTC)
Thanks. We do have some TV stations that I can watch mostly Galavision and occasionally Univision. I have found a little kid show that I like, Los Pies Magicos de Franny. It's a kid show, but it helps me learn to understand listening just a little bit.

My boyfriend does try to help, but he learned English between the ages of 2-5 so he doesn't always understand my frustration and why it takes me longer to understand something. He's a great guy, but patients was not given to him.

Do you speak Korean?
petrichor.: dbsk; neoragoneoreulwonhae on February 26th, 2010 06:38 am (UTC)
Yeah, sometimes I challenge myself and watch Mexican channels to see how much I can understand. But Mexicans talk so fast! :p

I'm so jealous of people who were bilingual from birth or a really young age. It really does get harder to learn a language as you get older.

Unfortunately, no, I don't speak Korean. Yet! My life's a little too busy right now to really dive into learning it, but it's definitely on my to-do list. I know some words and phrases and I can recognize patterns and such, but of course that's nowhere near fluency. XD
tamale_machinetamale_machine on February 26th, 2010 04:09 pm (UTC)
It is hard to understand but it helps if I can find shows or movies that I know, and watch them in Spanish. The familiarity helps.

Honestly I get jealous too, but I try to not be. It get's kinda frustrating though XD

If you're from the US you may be able to get scholarships and opportunities through the governments "strategic languages" program.
this link tells a little about it
petrichor.neoreulwonhae on February 26th, 2010 09:01 pm (UTC)
Hmm, that's interesting...I'll have to look into it a little more. :)