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[video] Interviews with two au-pairs in Spanish along Amsterdam canals: Learn a language abroad for free!

| 72 comments | Category: culture, learning languages, travel

Today I want to share two great video interviews in Spanish (subtitled) with you about an excellent means of learning a language for young ladies: working as an au pair.

While living in Amsterdam, I actually met quite a lot of au-pairs when I wasn’t hanging out with the Dutch. It turns out that city has a history of being more open to it, and since the Dutch generally speak English very well, quite a lot of those I met were actually in the Netherlands to dramatically improve their English, or even other languages.

I decided to interview two of these girls (aged 20 and 21) both in their native Spanish, to share their stories with you all!

Elizabeth from Gran Canaria (Canary Islands)

The first of these interviews was with Elizabeth from Gran Canaria.

I had lived in the Canary Islands myself, and these days it’s the accent in Spanish I tend to aim for when I speak it, as it is a nice balance between Peninsular and Latin American. (You’ll hear that it definitely sounds like European Spanish compared to the second interview, but there are no “th” sounds for ‘c’s and they use ustedes instead of vosotros among other things).

Frustrated with the lack of opportunities in Spain, she came to Amsterdam to try to intensively improve her English as an au-pair as a means to transition into other work once she has improved her English enough.

She tells us that the family actually pay for everything for her (flight, food, clothes etc.)! She also gives some useful encouragement for other young girls who may have the opportunity to travel, and confirms that she is applying the communicative approach to learning her language and speaking and using it despite initial lack of vocabulary.

I met her just after she had arrived, and I noticed that her English had improved dramatically in just five weeks!

To make the video even more interesting, I recorded it from a pedal boat while going through Amsterdam’s canals! (I found an elastic tripod that I could wrap through a hole to keep my new interview camera fixed) The first few minutes have some construction work and noisy boats around us and then it gets much nicer!

I was quite distracted in trying to avoid ducks and tourists in other boats, so I hope my questions were OK! Great as the idea was, I think in future I won’t be controlling some sort of vehicle while I do one of these interviews!

Enjoy!

Melisa from Colombia

Melisa is from Medellín, where I lived last year. She was actually there at the same time as me, but we only met in Europe for the first time.

She also has some interesting things to say about how easy and safe it was to travel as a young girl. Her au pair family actually paid for half of her flight from Colombia and helped her a lot with visa applications.

She also mentions that while here she has been actually learning Italian by doing a tandem exchange! Here is her video:

You can see that I tried to adjust my Spanish a little to hers, and used “vos” and the corresponding conjugations when I could remember it, since this is how she herself speaks.

More au pair info

These girls show that it’s certainly possible to live abroad, even if you have never travelled before in your life, are young, can’t afford to pay for flights, accommodation, etc. and don’t speak the language of the country (precisely the situation both of them were in on arrival).

You can also see that both of them are strong independent women who are really enjoying their first stay abroad – nothing bad is happening to them.

This article about au pairing on the Matador network has some more practical information for those interested.

If you have had a similar experience in the past, or have any advice for other ladies considering au pair work, or thoughts on these particular interviews, let us know in the comments!

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  • http://www.nomadicneill.com NomadicNeill

    In all my travels I meet far more young women in the age bracket 18 – 25 than guys. They are on the whole much braver than their male counterparts.

    Also here in London I meet many young women from non-English speaking countries that just pack their bags and come here without knowing anyone. 

    Their adventurous and go-getting spirit puts the men to shame!

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

      That’s an interesting observation! I always found it pretty balanced, with more guys than girls in some places. Depends on where you go I suppose! London does seem like it would be more of a destination for au-pairs because of how typical a place it would be to learn English.

      But when they do it, it certainly does put men to shame!

  • http://www.nomadicneill.com NomadicNeill

    In all my travels I meet far more young women in the age bracket 18 – 25 than guys. They are on the whole much braver than their male counterparts.

    Also here in London I meet many young women from non-English speaking countries that just pack their bags and come here without knowing anyone. 

    Their adventurous and go-getting spirit puts the men to shame!

  • WC

    I’ve seen you speak other languages before in videos, but the ease with which you handle Spanish in the videos is quite motivating for me.  (I even caught a little mistake that you quickly corrected, and it was very smooth!)

    Where would you say your Spanish is compared to other languages?

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

      Glad you liked it! Yes, sometimes it’s important to put yourself out there. In both of these videos I was quite distracted (1. avoiding ducks & 2. freezing my ass off with people walking by who could steal my camera), but people have to realise that not all languages are in perfect sound-proof environments. I hope any slip ups I make in normal noisy streets show people that it isn’t the end of the world ;)

  • WC

    I’ve seen you speak other languages before in videos, but the ease with which you handle Spanish in the videos is quite motivating for me.  (I even caught a little mistake that you quickly corrected, and it was very smooth!)

    Where would you say your Spanish is compared to other languages?

  • gosia

    I met you and Elisabeth at a CS meeting in Amsterdam. That’s a pity that she’s not speaking English during the interview! It would be more in according with the “communicative approach”. :) She’s a nice and brave girl and I find it interesting the idea of an interview on a boat. I like more the moments when you look at her and not at the camera ;)

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

      Yes, it would have been fun, but she preferred to not speak in English on camera, which was fair enough! You can just believe me when I say that her English was impressive ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kenneth-Garne-Larsen/1273776099 Kenneth Garne Larsen

    I got a hint for you guys travelling to northern Europe if you have a hard time to get to know people. I am from Denmark and currently living in Germany and I have yet to find a more reserved people than the danish. Most of this behavior is just a result of the culture and unless you are extraordinary at sounding interesting most people will find it odd if you contact them.   

    The “normal” way to get to know locals in such countries is to join a football club or a single club or whatever has your interest. The first friend is the hardest to find but afterwards he/she will normally introduce you to his/her friends and you will quickly get more.

    I know this is a odd way to do it but the upside is that you will find someone with the same interests as you.

  • Anonymous

    Benny, muchisimas gracias!  Me siento tan confiado con mi español hoy!  Vi a tus videos y estaba orgulloso que en verdad no tuve que leer los subtitulos y todavía entendí todo.  While I am still here in the states, more or less tied to my life here, I have confidence I can still acheive my goals with a little dedication and a lot of hard work.  You make it look so easy, which makes me a little jealous, but I’m always inspired by your success.  Thanks again for being a great inspiration to so many people.

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

      The subtitles should definitely be ignored by all Spanish learners ;) They are only there for people learning other languages! Glad you could follow along :D Some day you’ll be making it look easy too!!

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

      The subtitles should definitely be ignored by all Spanish learners ;) They are only there for people learning other languages! Glad you could follow along :D Some day you’ll be making it look easy too!!

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

      The subtitles should definitely be ignored by all Spanish learners ;) They are only there for people learning other languages! Glad you could follow along :D Some day you’ll be making it look easy too!!

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

      The subtitles should definitely be ignored by all Spanish learners ;) They are only there for people learning other languages! Glad you could follow along :D Some day you’ll be making it look easy too!!

  • Anonymous

    Benny, muchisimas gracias!  Me siento tan confiado con mi español hoy!  Vi a tus videos y estaba orgulloso que en verdad no tuve que leer los subtitulos y todavía entendí todo.  While I am still here in the states, more or less tied to my life here, I have confidence I can still acheive my goals with a little dedication and a lot of hard work.  You make it look so easy, which makes me a little jealous, but I’m always inspired by your success.  Thanks again for being a great inspiration to so many people.

  • Anonymous

    Benny, muchisimas gracias!  Me siento tan confiado con mi español hoy!  Vi a tus videos y estaba orgulloso que en verdad no tuve que leer los subtitulos y todavía entendí todo.  While I am still here in the states, more or less tied to my life here, I have confidence I can still acheive my goals with a little dedication and a lot of hard work.  You make it look so easy, which makes me a little jealous, but I’m always inspired by your success.  Thanks again for being a great inspiration to so many people.

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

    Yes, you can see ‘vos’ takes some getting used to – since I had mostly been speaking with Elizabeth in Spanish while in Amsterdam I got out of the flow and had to correct myself when speaking with Melisa ;)

    I’m not sure if there are male au-pairs. I’d suggest that you just look for any job opportunities you can. Au pairs are excellent for safe solutions for ladies, who have to be that little bit more careful in travelling alone. As you can see, it’s working out great for these two!

    But as a guy it’s a little easier for me to go to random people’s houses all over the city to give private English lessons for example, without doing much research about them and if they are safe as you would with au-pairing. Although teaching English wouldn’t be much of a solution in Amsterdam so you’d have to put your thinking cap on!

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

    Yes, you can see ‘vos’ takes some getting used to – since I had mostly been speaking with Elizabeth in Spanish while in Amsterdam I got out of the flow and had to correct myself when speaking with Melisa ;)

    I’m not sure if there are male au-pairs. I’d suggest that you just look for any job opportunities you can. Au pairs are excellent for safe solutions for ladies, who have to be that little bit more careful in travelling alone. As you can see, it’s working out great for these two!

    But as a guy it’s a little easier for me to go to random people’s houses all over the city to give private English lessons for example, without doing much research about them and if they are safe as you would with au-pairing. Although teaching English wouldn’t be much of a solution in Amsterdam so you’d have to put your thinking cap on!

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

    Yes, you can see ‘vos’ takes some getting used to – since I had mostly been speaking with Elizabeth in Spanish while in Amsterdam I got out of the flow and had to correct myself when speaking with Melisa ;)

    I’m not sure if there are male au-pairs. I’d suggest that you just look for any job opportunities you can. Au pairs are excellent for safe solutions for ladies, who have to be that little bit more careful in travelling alone. As you can see, it’s working out great for these two!

    But as a guy it’s a little easier for me to go to random people’s houses all over the city to give private English lessons for example, without doing much research about them and if they are safe as you would with au-pairing. Although teaching English wouldn’t be much of a solution in Amsterdam so you’d have to put your thinking cap on!

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

    Yes, you can see ‘vos’ takes some getting used to – since I had mostly been speaking with Elizabeth in Spanish while in Amsterdam I got out of the flow and had to correct myself when speaking with Melisa ;)

    I’m not sure if there are male au-pairs. I’d suggest that you just look for any job opportunities you can. Au pairs are excellent for safe solutions for ladies, who have to be that little bit more careful in travelling alone. As you can see, it’s working out great for these two!

    But as a guy it’s a little easier for me to go to random people’s houses all over the city to give private English lessons for example, without doing much research about them and if they are safe as you would with au-pairing. Although teaching English wouldn’t be much of a solution in Amsterdam so you’d have to put your thinking cap on!

  • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

    Very cool to hear an example of changing accents slightly, Benny. Plus it made me feel good about my maintenance strategies that I was able to keep up with the videos. Oh, and I just arrived in Amsterdam this morning ;)

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

      Sorry we couldn’t coordinate it! Enjoy the city!

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

      Sorry we couldn’t coordinate it! Enjoy the city!

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

      Sorry we couldn’t coordinate it! Enjoy the city!

  • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

    Very cool to hear an example of changing accents slightly, Benny. Plus it made me feel good about my maintenance strategies that I was able to keep up with the videos. Oh, and I just arrived in Amsterdam this morning ;)

  • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

    Very cool to hear an example of changing accents slightly, Benny. Plus it made me feel good about my maintenance strategies that I was able to keep up with the videos. Oh, and I just arrived in Amsterdam this morning ;)

  • Anonymous

    I’m actually planning on going to France as an au pair this fall. I guess the benefits aren’t quite as good in France, because you’re actually required to take French classes which you have to pay for, and the family won’t necessarily pay for your plane ticket and things like that. I’m doing it for the experience though, not the money (which isn’t that great, as your interviewees said).

    To the person who asked whether or not there are male au pairs, yes, there definitely are. It’s not as common obviously, but I’ve heard of guys being au pairs before.

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

      Good to know! Have a great time in the fall!

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

      Good to know! Have a great time in the fall!

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

      Good to know! Have a great time in the fall!

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

      Good to know! Have a great time in the fall!

  • Kristine

    I’m an 18 year-old girl from Norway, and in August I’m going to France to learn French as an au pair. I was a foreign exchange student in Germany two years ago, so being abroad isn’t all that new to me, but I’ve heard that the French are much more reserved than the Germans , especially in Paris, which is where I will be staying for 12 months. The year after that I’m going to study Chinese in London to learn a little bit Chinese and to improve my English,  so being abroad to learn new languages is something I really like, and that I look forward to doing in the future.
    And you, Benny, is a huge inspiration to me, and you make me so much more motivated to learn new languages!

  • Kristine

    I’m an 18 year-old girl from Norway, and in August I’m going to France to learn French as an au pair. I was a foreign exchange student in Germany two years ago, so being abroad isn’t all that new to me, but I’ve heard that the French are much more reserved than the Germans , especially in Paris, which is where I will be staying for 12 months. The year after that I’m going to study Chinese in London to learn a little bit Chinese and to improve my English,  so being abroad to learn new languages is something I really like, and that I look forward to doing in the future.
    And you, Benny, is a huge inspiration to me, and you make me so much more motivated to learn new languages!

  • Kristine

    I’m an 18 year-old girl from Norway, and in August I’m going to France to learn French as an au pair. I was a foreign exchange student in Germany two years ago, so being abroad isn’t all that new to me, but I’ve heard that the French are much more reserved than the Germans , especially in Paris, which is where I will be staying for 12 months. The year after that I’m going to study Chinese in London to learn a little bit Chinese and to improve my English,  so being abroad to learn new languages is something I really like, and that I look forward to doing in the future.
    And you, Benny, is a huge inspiration to me, and you make me so much more motivated to learn new languages!

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

      Have a great time abroad! Parisians are tricky, but if you work hard you’ll get on their good side ;)

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

      Have a great time abroad! Parisians are tricky, but if you work hard you’ll get on their good side ;)

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

      Have a great time abroad! Parisians are tricky, but if you work hard you’ll get on their good side ;)

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

      Have a great time abroad! Parisians are tricky, but if you work hard you’ll get on their good side ;)

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

      Have a great time abroad! Parisians are tricky, but if you work hard you’ll get on their good side ;)

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

      Have a great time abroad! Parisians are tricky, but if you work hard you’ll get on their good side ;)

  • Ricardo

    Tu español está bastante bien, pero hay un pequeño error: las conjugaciones verbales que usaste en el segundo video aplican únicamente en Argentina y en Uruguay. En los demás países latinoamericanos conjugamos los verbos normalmente, excepto la segunda persona del plural, que para nosotros es “ustedes”

    Saludos desde Venezuela ;)

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

      Ricardo, te equivocaste. Hay varios países donde se trata de “vos”. En Colombia muchos lo hacen en Cali y en Medellín y una amiga mía de Guatemala también lo hace. Melisa, la chica del video habla así, pero no creo que diga ni tu ni vos durante los 4 minutos porque soy yo el que pregunta.

      Algún día voy a visitar tu país! :)

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

      Ricardo, te equivocaste. Hay varios países donde se trata de “vos”. En Colombia muchos lo hacen en Cali y en Medellín y una amiga mía de Guatemala también lo hace. Melisa, la chica del video habla así, pero no creo que diga ni tu ni vos durante los 4 minutos porque soy yo el que pregunta.

      Algún día voy a visitar tu país! :)

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

      Ricardo, te equivocaste. Hay varios países donde se trata de “vos”. En Colombia muchos lo hacen en Cali y en Medellín y una amiga mía de Guatemala también lo hace. Melisa, la chica del video habla así, pero no creo que diga ni tu ni vos durante los 4 minutos porque soy yo el que pregunta.

      Algún día voy a visitar tu país! :)

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

      Ricardo, te equivocaste. Hay varios países donde se trata de “vos”. En Colombia muchos lo hacen en Cali y en Medellín y una amiga mía de Guatemala también lo hace. Melisa, la chica del video habla así, pero no creo que diga ni tu ni vos durante los 4 minutos porque soy yo el que pregunta.

      Algún día voy a visitar tu país! :)

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

      Ricardo, te equivocaste. Hay varios países donde se trata de “vos”. En Colombia muchos lo hacen en Cali y en Medellín y una amiga mía de Guatemala también lo hace. Melisa, la chica del video habla así, pero no creo que diga ni tu ni vos durante los 4 minutos porque soy yo el que pregunta.

      Algún día voy a visitar tu país! :)

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

      Ricardo, te equivocaste. Hay varios países donde se trata de “vos”. En Colombia muchos lo hacen en Cali y en Medellín y una amiga mía de Guatemala también lo hace. Melisa, la chica del video habla así, pero no creo que diga ni tu ni vos durante los 4 minutos porque soy yo el que pregunta.

      Algún día voy a visitar tu país! :)

  • Ricardo

    Tu español está bastante bien, pero hay un pequeño error: las conjugaciones verbales que usaste en el segundo video aplican únicamente en Argentina y en Uruguay. En los demás países latinoamericanos conjugamos los verbos normalmente, excepto la segunda persona del plural, que para nosotros es “ustedes”

    Saludos desde Venezuela ;)

  • Ricardo

    Tu español está bastante bien, pero hay un pequeño error: las conjugaciones verbales que usaste en el segundo video aplican únicamente en Argentina y en Uruguay. En los demás países latinoamericanos conjugamos los verbos normalmente, excepto la segunda persona del plural, que para nosotros es “ustedes”

    Saludos desde Venezuela ;)

  • Ricardo

    Tu español está bastante bien, pero hay un pequeño error: las conjugaciones verbales que usaste en el segundo video aplican únicamente en Argentina y en Uruguay. En los demás países latinoamericanos conjugamos los verbos normalmente, excepto la segunda persona del plural, que para nosotros es “ustedes”

    Saludos desde Venezuela ;)

  • Ricardo

    Tu español está bastante bien, pero hay un pequeño error: las conjugaciones verbales que usaste en el segundo video aplican únicamente en Argentina y en Uruguay. En los demás países latinoamericanos conjugamos los verbos normalmente, excepto la segunda persona del plural, que para nosotros es “ustedes”

    Saludos desde Venezuela ;)

  • Ricardo

    Tu español está bastante bien, pero hay un pequeño error: las conjugaciones verbales que usaste en el segundo video aplican únicamente en Argentina y en Uruguay. En los demás países latinoamericanos conjugamos los verbos normalmente, excepto la segunda persona del plural, que para nosotros es “ustedes”

    Saludos desde Venezuela ;)

  • Anonymous

    Me gustó la entrevista con Elizabeth. Fue tan chévere escuchar el accento de las Islas Canarias. Es muy parecido al accento caribeño. Vivo en una isla del Caribe (donde el inglés es oficial pero muchos hablan español) y, pues, soy un gringo que habla español. Tengo el accento caribeño. Eso no debería sorprenderme porque hubieron muchos inmigrantes de las Islas Canarias a Puerto Rico, a la República Dominicana y a Cuba. En Cuba casi siempre se quitan los esses. Decimos “la guagua” aqui en el Caribe en puesto del “autobus”, y “guagua” es una palabra canariana.

    Gracias por las entrevistas. Son muy bien hecho, Benny. ¡Buena suerte en tu próxima lugar con la missión que viene!

  • Anonymous

    Me gustó la entrevista con Elizabeth. Fue tan chévere escuchar el accento de las Islas Canarias. Es muy parecido al accento caribeño. Vivo en una isla del Caribe (donde el inglés es oficial pero muchos hablan español) y, pues, soy un gringo que habla español. Tengo el accento caribeño. Eso no debería sorprenderme porque hubieron muchos inmigrantes de las Islas Canarias a Puerto Rico, a la República Dominicana y a Cuba. En Cuba casi siempre se quitan los esses. Decimos “la guagua” aqui en el Caribe en puesto del “autobus”, y “guagua” es una palabra canariana.

    Gracias por las entrevistas. Son muy bien hecho, Benny. ¡Buena suerte en tu próxima lugar con la missión que viene!

  • Anonymous

    Me gustó la entrevista con Elizabeth. Fue tan chévere escuchar el accento de las Islas Canarias. Es muy parecido al accento caribeño. Vivo en una isla del Caribe (donde el inglés es oficial pero muchos hablan español) y, pues, soy un gringo que habla español. Tengo el accento caribeño. Eso no debería sorprenderme porque hubieron muchos inmigrantes de las Islas Canarias a Puerto Rico, a la República Dominicana y a Cuba. En Cuba casi siempre se quitan los esses. Decimos “la guagua” aqui en el Caribe en puesto del “autobus”, y “guagua” es una palabra canariana.

    Gracias por las entrevistas. Son muy bien hecho, Benny. ¡Buena suerte en tu próxima lugar con la missión que viene!

  • Juho Juvonen

    Good interview. It was nice to see how excited Elizabeth was about learning English. She has very good attitude.

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

      She’s great in person – very enthusiastic and full of energy! I was impressed by how quickly she was learning and by her determinism.

  • http://howlearnspanish.com/ Andrew

    That was fantastic, I loved it!  Those two girls were great and I really enjoyed the interviews, they were some wonderful listening practice (the Colombiana was definitely easier to understand even though the audio quality in that one wasn’t as good–mind you, I’m used to the Colombian accent, but I swear they’re the easiest to understand and speak the cleanest, most neutral Spanish you’ll ever hear).  I tweeted it to my followers and think I might follow up with a blog post on it.  Thanks for doing that!

    I just think it’s a shame that we make it so difficult for people to come here (U.S.), I wish it were easier, I love meeting people from other countries :(

    Cheers,
    Andrew

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

      Thanks for sharing it – glad you enjoyed it! In future I’ll try to use a clip-on mic when filming in a noisy environment. I don’t need it because I speak loud anyway, but Colombian Spanish is too soft and pleasant for a noisy intersection ;)

      Looking forward to your blog post about it!

  • http://howlearnspanish.com/ Andrew

    That was fantastic, I loved it!  Those two girls were great and I really enjoyed the interviews, they were some wonderful listening practice (the Colombiana was definitely easier to understand even though the audio quality in that one wasn’t as good–mind you, I’m used to the Colombian accent, but I swear they’re the easiest to understand and speak the cleanest, most neutral Spanish you’ll ever hear).  I tweeted it to my followers and think I might follow up with a blog post on it.  Thanks for doing that!

    I just think it’s a shame that we make it so difficult for people to come here (U.S.), I wish it were easier, I love meeting people from other countries :(

    Cheers,
    Andrew

  • Mike T

    Nice interviews and interesting information.  I am very impressed by how you can chat with them in Spanish; it would be my dream to travel and talk with someone in their language as well.  That all said, watching the video there is a definite difference in fluency between the girls and you.  For example in the first video around the time you’re talking about her buying some chocolates where she used english for the transaction — she is speaking is rapid and smooth spanish, you are speaking in small phrases glued together.  I wonder if it possible for a non-native to eventually achieve native-like fluency.

  • Gus

    Benny – who is filming you during all of these clips? What type of equipment do you use to film? Bravo!

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

      In both cases my camera is mounted on a tripod. On the boat I tied my elastic tripod to a hole used to secure ropes. Because the camera has a wide angle lens I could fit the two of us in! :)

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

    OK, good to know there are male ones too!

    It seems the agency these girls applied through makes it so the family foots the majority of the bill. A guy au-pair would likely have less options, but in many cases it isn’t THAT expensive to fly to the country, especially since you know food and accommodation is free.

  • http://twitter.com/dusser Rasmus Andersson

    How the hell do people learn to understand languages so fast? I’ve been living here in Spain for a couple on months (and I knew a bit of spanish before) and I still understand very little unless I tell people to speak very slowly (and even then it’s far from perfect). I can talk just fine about the very basic day-to-day stuff, but learning to understand is for some reason quite difficult for me despite trying a lot. It’s annoying as hell, as I usually has easy to learn stuff, and the spanish grammar etc I know perfectly well despite little studying as that kind of stuff just gets stuck in my head.

    Anyway, nice interviews and thanks!

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

      Rasmus, I’m sure you are trying “a lot”, but if you are speaking English with other foreigners you will definitely learn slowly. Everything changed for me when I started simply avoiding English while living in Spain. More about that here: http://www.fluentin3months.com/the-smartest-decision-you-will-ever-make-to-achieve-fluency/

      • http://twitter.com/dusser Rasmus Andersson

        Oh, but I don’t speak barely any english. Or Swedish (well – once, in the line in the supermarket…translating from Spanish). The only time I speak english is when my roommates needs to tell me something I need to understand, which is only a couple of times a month. Hopefully it will happen something soon. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1396975409 Mauricio Oiciruam

    hola q tal me llamo mauricio soy un argentino q viven en espana, por razones familiares tengo q aprender inlges en 2 o 3 meses , tu crees q es posible?  es que veo todo, y me frusto en el comienzo…. gracias y felicitaciones por todos tus losgros…

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

      Mauricio, write comments in English if you want to learn English ;) Normally I reply in Spanish, but that won’t help you. The only way to learn is to live your life 100% through English. You can definitely learn it in 2 or 3 months to a good conversational level, but only if you avoid Spanish!
      Best of luck!

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

    Sound on the second one was quite bad, but it was fine on the first. I use the internal mic, but in future I might hook a clip-on mic to the speaker.
    Glad you liked it!

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

    Gracias ;)