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Got fluent in Spanish in 6 months!
July 13, 2011
04:16
Danny P
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So in february 2011 I decided to start studying Spanish in preparation for my trip to Spain, being that I'm in the USA there are tons of resources from learning Spanish. My goal was to get conversational by June 27th.

 

I started learning a bunch of phrases, and then broke them down and started saying little phrases, I started reading basic books, and then went on to verb conjugations and basic grammar. I watched Telenovelas for about an hour a night, and recorded videos of me rambling about random things in Spanish. (Needless to say, speaking spanish is about 1000x easier than understanding it :D) My goal of conversationality was surpassed about a month ago, and I reached about basic fluency.

On the hour ride to my hotel I had a spanish conversation with my taxi driver for an entire hour, and I realized I was pretty fluent. I socialized with Spaniards the whole two weeks, and received tons of praise regarding my Spanish. (The fact that spain spanish is very close to Italian helped me a bunch!)

I did it! I became fluent in 6 months while NOT living abroad! and it feels coolCool

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July 13, 2011
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That's amazing!! Excellent job Danny! :D

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July 13, 2011
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This is fantastic! And very inspiring too. :) Congratulations!

July 13, 2011
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Congrats!

That's really impressive. I feel so bad now 'cause I started learning in September 2010. :P

My grammar is good. And I can understand what I read (not all the words, but the overall meaning.) And I do watch TV in Spanish and have been able to follow the conversations. But when it comes to writing and speaking, I'm not so good.

 

....and recorded videos of me rambling about random things in Spanish. (Needless to say, speaking spanish is about 1000x easier than understanding it :D)

 

Can you describe the video thing a bit.. I too am planning to do the same and would like some tips from someone who got it right! Laugh

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July 13, 2011
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Felicitaciones!  Tal vez un día podamos hablar un poco.  Me gustaría encontrar personas que habla español, pero no son nativos!

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July 13, 2011
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Congratulations. Great accomplishment. 

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July 14, 2011
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rajith said:

Congrats!

That's really impressive. I feel so bad now 'cause I started learning in September 2010. :P

My grammar is good. And I can understand what I read (not all the words, but the overall meaning.) And I do watch TV in Spanish and have been able to follow the conversations. But when it comes to writing and speaking, I'm not so good.

 

....and recorded videos of me rambling about random things in Spanish. (Needless to say, speaking spanish is about 1000x easier than understanding it :D)

 

Can you describe the video thing a bit.. I too am planning to do the same and would like some tips from someone who got it right! Laugh

 

Basically I would just turn on photobooth and just talk about random stuff, generally I would just talk about things I did that day, while trying to make it seem natural, like just pretend I was telling a story to a friend or something, or every once in a while I would try to explain a concept, like the other day I tried to explain the US's trade deficit with china, even though I know absolutely no words related to anything even remotely to economics, and I find doing stuff like that really boosted my creativity. I also would try to work a lot on my accent, using tips from this guy... Luca Lampariello... (Needless to say my accent in spanish is still pretty weird, I wouldn't even say it's overwhelmingly anglophone, but It's clearly non native, considering I just blurt out words sometimes like I'm muttering :P

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July 18, 2011
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That's really great, thanks for the story! Did you find the grammar you learned was easy to integrate into conversations? How long did it take you for the grammar to become more fluid? I'm looking for some telenovellas, maybe you could suggest the ones you watched :) Thanks.

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July 20, 2011
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Basically I would just turn on photobooth and just talk about random stuff, generally I would just talk about things I did that day, while trying to make it seem natural, like just pretend I was telling a story to a friend or something, or every once in a while I would try to explain a concept, like the other day I tried to explain the US's trade deficit with china, even though I know absolutely no words related to anything even remotely to economics, and I find doing stuff like that really boosted my creativity. I also would try to work a lot on my accent, using tips from this guy… Luca Lampariello… (Needless to say my accent in spanish is still pretty weird, I wouldn't even say it's overwhelmingly anglophone, but It's clearly non native, considering I just blurt out words sometimes like I'm muttering :P

I love it!

 

I did basically the same thing when I started learning French. Back then (1980s) there wasn't any Internet and it was expensive and difficult to find a  native speaker to talk to, so i just had conversations with myself about things I had read, places I wanted to visit, or just explained how random things worked in French.

 

It sounds crazy, but anything you can do to creatively use a language, especially while speaking it, works wonders.

 

You improve your pronunciation, build your vocabulary…and never have to worry about your language partner walking out on you.

 

Having said that, I still prefer a real live person. But if there isn't a warm body that speaks your target language, I highly recommend your method.

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July 20, 2011
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Thanks for letting us know! That is wonderful and a great inspiration!

July 20, 2011
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Wow, very cool! Are you now studying Chinese? How are you doing that? The same way?

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July 21, 2011
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odonovanchris said:

That's really great, thanks for the story! Did you find the grammar you learned was easy to integrate into conversations? How long did it take you for the grammar to become more fluid? I'm looking for some telenovellas, maybe you could suggest the ones you watched :) Thanks.

 

Yeah! I would just pick random topics and spend like 3 days on them, like learn 30-40 words related to food, and talk about it in front of my computer! (for some reason when I record it, I don't ramble as much, maybe because I'm afraid of seeing myself mess up, so it added a bit more pressure for me)

The grammar was more annoying, that took a while, but I find you just have to integrate it into your vocabulary, and when you watch a lot of Telenovelas it gets easier, because you will have actually heard that tense hundreds of times, for instance, this tense...

 

Yo he dicho

El ha hecho

ellos han leido

(Sorry for the lack of accent marks)

I never opened a book on, I actually learned it totally passively, and I was amazed because I went to study it on studyspanish.com and I already knew it perfectly! and I knew the irregular past tenses as well! Same with the conditional tense! I had looked it up before and never really used it, and from hearing it so many times I can use the conditional tense with perfect accuracy, although sometimes my conjugations sound odd lol

 

Best Telenovela's are Reina Del Sur,

and also I used to watch a lot of Caso Cerrado, because they are actually real people speaking not actors with perfect standard mexican accents and hollywood like pronunciation! (Although La Reina Del Sur has a TON of accents in it throughout the show)

 

 

And to Anno,

yes I just started studying chinese about a month ago, although I took 2 weeks off while in Spain. I will be taking it in University next year, so over the summer I just got a tutor from Taiwan who is helping me get real good with the tones, and also with the weird phonemes and consonants that they have. And I am using Assimil to learn the basic of chinese sentence structure and things, as well as using ipod apps to just get some more vocabulary! I am very lazy in the initial stage of language learning, once I hit an intermediate level then I really get moving, but I hate the initial grind in the first few months!

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August 8, 2011
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Drp9341 said:

odonovanchris said:

That's really great, thanks for the story! Did you find the grammar you learned was easy to integrate into conversations? How long did it take you for the grammar to become more fluid? I'm looking for some telenovellas, maybe you could suggest the ones you watched :) Thanks.

 

Yeah! I would just pick random topics and spend like 3 days on them, like learn 30-40 words related to food, and talk about it in front of my computer! (for some reason when I record it, I don't ramble as much, maybe because I'm afraid of seeing myself mess up, so it added a bit more pressure for me)

The grammar was more annoying, that took a while, but I find you just have to integrate it into your vocabulary, and when you watch a lot of Telenovelas it gets easier, because you will have actually heard that tense hundreds of times, for instance, this tense...

 

Yo he dicho

El ha hecho

ellos han leido

(Sorry for the lack of accent marks)

I never opened a book on, I actually learned it totally passively, and I was amazed because I went to study it on studyspanish.com and I already knew it perfectly! and I knew the irregular past tenses as well! Same with the conditional tense! I had looked it up before and never really used it, and from hearing it so many times I can use the conditional tense with perfect accuracy, although sometimes my conjugations sound odd lol

 

Best Telenovela's are Reina Del Sur,

and also I used to watch a lot of Caso Cerrado, because they are actually real people speaking not actors with perfect standard mexican accents and hollywood like pronunciation! (Although La Reina Del Sur has a TON of accents in it throughout the show)

 

And to Anno,

yes I just started studying chinese about a month ago, although I took 2 weeks off while in Spain. I will be taking it in University next year, so over the summer I just got a tutor from Taiwan who is helping me get real good with the tones, and also with the weird phonemes and consonants that they have. And I am using Assimil to learn the basic of chinese sentence structure and things, as well as using ipod apps to just get some more vocabulary! I am very lazy in the initial stage of language learning, once I hit an intermediate level then I really get moving, but I hate the initial grind in the first few months!

Thanks for the info, i'll check out Reina Del Sur for sure!

Did you start from zero knowledge in Spanish? You learned really fast:)

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December 25, 2011
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Very inspirational!!! I am learning french right now and i am now starting to watch alot of French television even though I don't understand 100%.

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February 2, 2012
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That's awesome! I find that it is easier for me to read Spanish and I get about 80 percent of it, but when I try to speak, I am much slower and my tenses are wrong. I am reading articles in Spanish, listening to Spanish music and talking to myself a lot in the car! I cannot go abroad and haven't Spanish speaking friends, so it's tough, pero yo aprendo mucho mas vocabulario ahora. Still have trouble with accent marks and I am on an iPad so it's harder to include the when I actually do know where they go! I cannot stand the telenovelas, the ones I get here are so violent!

February 15, 2012
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Nice job. It's great that you took advantage of your resources at home and became fluent in Spanish! Your story is very inspiring to me, because it proves that it is possible to learn a language without being in the native country! 

 

Thanks for sharing :)

February 15, 2012
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Is this heartwarming or what?

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i am interested to learn . I have done MBA .. can you please suggest me how can i start and speak fluent in Spanish ..

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May 12, 2012
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You are an inspiration for me! I have had a lot of people telling me that it's impossible to become anywhere near fluent in less than 3 years but this forum proves them totally wrong!

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