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Re: Rincon de Guayabitos, Nayarit, México by Ken Dunn on 25 April 2013 12:36pm
 
Lovely holiday/travel recollections, LT. I laughed at the half price liver transplant. I got the gist of the Spanish you didn't translate and when I was trying to get the gist of a later difficult bit I discovered you had put the translation for this on the next line!
 
Re: Rincon de Guayabitos, Nayarit, México by Lounge Trekker on 25 April 2013 4:08pm
 
Thanks for your comments. Ken.

Aprendiendo el español por trés años, en invierno, no en verano, y es mejor ahora que algo tiempo en la año pasada.

I've been learning Spanish for three years, in winter, not in summer, and it is better now than anytime in the past year.

If you want to learn to speak and understand spoken Spanish, you will be embarking on a rewarding and challenging venture. I suggest Madrigal's Magic Key to Spanish. When I have a chance,

ISBN 0-385-41095-6

This book works with a few generalizations to allow the learner's brain to use concepts, therefore enabling the mind to access important grammatical conventions immediately. Generalizations work well with Spanish because there are fewer exceptions to spelling and grammatical 'rules' than English. There is no 'magic' involved...you need to do the exersises, sometimes a few times. Do them all and try to accellerate your Spanish thinking. Once you written the responses in exersise form, you can review them, speeding your responses. There is the 'magic'!

Rosetta Stone is pretty basic and relies more on memory than concepts. What it does offer are visuals to go along with the phrases it helps you memorize. Don't pay full price for it.

Barron's Mastering Spanish is the first course I did, and it presents another technique for teaching/learning Spanish. Again, success depends on effort...do the exersises and follow the suggestions on responding to spoken dialogue on the audio. An excellent learning tool is their building your ability to say phrases starting from the end of the Spanish phrase and adding phrases from the end of the phrase toward the beginning.

ISBN 0-8120-2229-7

I'll put this in the 'What's everyone reading...' thread, too.
 
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