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Learning Spanish from the basics

I am a Mining Engineer based in Australia so I would like to learn Spanish for career opportunities in South America. I attempted to start learning Spanish about 18 months ago but due to work commitments, I didn't have enough time to dedicate to learning properly. Now that I have the time, I am keen to to restart learning Spanish but as I have forgotten everything, I will be starting over. I found during my first attempt, my reading and writing skills quickly surpassed my speaking skills so this time around, I would like to ensure my speaking skills keep up. What are the best neutral accents to learn Spanish from as I would like to ensure I develop an accent that is understandable in all circumstances?

I am interested in a language exchange once a fortnight with a native Spanish speaker from South America who is learning English. As I am learning from the basics onwards, I am after someone who is patient but strict to keep me on track and I have started my study using materials for DELE A1 level. Please message me if you are interested,

18 мая 2019 г., 10:59
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Hi Emma,

I'm a Spanish Mining Engineer. I do not live in South America, but many of my Spanish colleagues ended up working there as Spain mining industry is really depressed, so it is somewhat likely that you'll meet Spanish people over there.

Feel free to contact me with the "Send message" button on my profile.

About neutral accents, there is no such thing, and as a late second language learner your English accent will dominate unless you make a really strong effort and spend some 1000's hours on it.

All the best!
18 мая 2019 г.

Good luck Emma.  You will need to spend 1000-2000 hours to reach a functional level for work (not bilingual and not a tourist).

Old teaching methods focused on grammar and translation.  This was not effective for training people to function in the language.  Modern methods focus on reading, writing, listening, and speaking.  Due to tradition and cost, the listening and speaking are usually minimal at the beginning levels and adequate at the advanced levels.

You should consider an immersion program, particularly after you have a basic foundation.  In my opinion, six weeks in a university immersion program is worth more than a year of daily classes.  I had a very productive experience in French immersion in Canada and my stepdaughter had a similar experience in an immersion program in Spain.

Good luck.

18 мая 2019 г.

Hi Emma,

Congrats on your efforts to learn spanish, awesome language hahah I strongly recommend an app called Lingvist to increase your vocabulary in a fast way and Tandem to practice speaking with natives. About neutral accents I recommend colombian and peruvian.

Buena suerte con tu aprendizaje! 

18 мая 2019 г.
Hi Emma, I'm native speaker from Colombia.. I could help you with your Spanish and you can help me with English.. What do you think??
9 октября 2020 г.

Hi Emma! How are you?

I am a native Spanish speaker (from Argentina) and I´m looking for someone who speaks native English, mostly to improve my grammar, especially helping me to correct articles that I try to write in English.
In return, I can help you to improve your Spanish, even if you are in a basic level. I am not a teacher but i work as a freelance spanish writer, so i have a proper use of my language. 
I would like to arrange weekly meetings on Skype (as classes but not paying) in order to have a frequency that can help us both to improve the languages ​​we are learning.



23 мая 2019 г.
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