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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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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.
http://www.amerispan.com/rec-proof/us_govt_encouraging_strategic_languages.asp
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. :)