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Jun 6, 2013, 10:07 AM

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Re: [tashby] Is it futile?

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Tashby... I also have been living in Mexico for 5 years and it sounds like your proficiency in the Spanish language is at exactly the same level as mine.

One on one I can do fine but I groups I am completely lost. Many of my Gringo friends think I am quite fluent with Spanish but I know that I am for from it. Quite often I find myself translating for friends. I can communicate quite well but I know that I am far from speaking Spanish correctly. For some reason I can speak it much better than I hear it. When I speak I can choose the words that I know so it works out pretty good but when Mexicans speak to me they use a lot of words that I do not know. The Spanish that I do know I can also spell quite well, better than many of the Mexicans I know so I am able to TEXT on the cell phone, that works well for me.

My biggest help was to have a Mexican girlfriend who did not speak English living with me for 1 1/2 years, I was forced to learn and use a lot of Spanish. Also you need to try and have fun with it, if you make mistakes and are corrected just laugh at it and learn from your errors, that will be the Spanish you remember the best. lol

I am still waiting for the day that I wake up and it all clicks in. I try to use my limited Spanish every day whenever possible, you have to use it or loose it !!!

Don't give up.

(This post was edited by CozICan on Jun 6, 2013, 10:10 AM)

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Post edited by CozICan (User) on Jun 6, 2013, 10:10 AM

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