Any bilinguals that learned their second language in their mid 20s? I took Spanish in HS and really need to learn. What are the best resources ? Duolingo ? Rosetta Stone?

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You are in your 20s. Find a girlfriend/boyfriend who’s native language is that

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Watch the show La Casa de Papel

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News. Download the local news and listen and write down and practice and repeat again and again

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Take all these suggestions with a grain of salt. Spanish is easy to get to an intermediate level, but VERY challenging to become fluent in your mid 20s to the point where you‘d truly be considered “bilingual.” I have dated Spanish speakers, done Rosetta Stone, Duolingo, Spanish Netflix, etc. for years now and I am still far from fluent. I think the best thing would be to go live in a Spanish-speaking country for at least 6+ months.

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Rosetta Stone is very good if you do it, but pricey. Try getting it from the library. Yes, dating or online chats with native speakers or other people learning the language. Also, I second TV. I started watching movies I had already seen in English, old episodes of The Simpsons and kids' TV shows, then dramas and Caso Cerrado (like Judge Judy but in Spanish) before moving on to everything I actually wanted to watch. Listen to music, but I don't generally enjoy the stuff on the radio. Find your genre--there are so many options. I like Alejandro Sanz, for example, who is rarely on the Spanish radio stations where I live.

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Learned in high school and then got tutored by a native speaker for the last two years of my mid 20s. It was expensive but worth it. Now I have enough foundation to watch or read content and analyze the conjugations/vocab use critically. By no means am I fluent though... takes a lot more work than that. If you ever want to practice chatting dm me!!

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If you want to practice let me know. I am a native spanish speaker from Colombia

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A tutor or do an immersion program for a week or two on top of a class. I’m sure there’s some sort of intermediate class that’s online and free right now. The best way to learn this late is to completely immerse yourself. It may be a nice break when things open up.

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Learn from a native speak by talking to that person regularly. Do not use Rosetta's Stone!!

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Or Duolingo, or anything similar

Listen to music and watch TV in that language. Duolingo helps in a very basic sense.

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I have been trying unsuccessfully on and off for a few years. Made progress at times but never stuck. About a month ago I started on a site called baselang and it’s been a game changer. $150 per month and unlimited lessons with teachers and a strong curriculum. I’ve learned that having that 1:1 speaking time is critical and have made way more progress in a month conversationally than in my other attempts. Def worth it

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Learned in high school, and went to multiple Latin american countries. I would say once you get to a certain level, start reading the news in spanish, then move onto short books. Then turn off spanish subtitles to Narcos if you can...really anyway you can simulate immersion without traveling will be good. Other than that, I listen to a ton of Don Omar, Juan Magan, and Karol G

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Highly recommend immersion where you can. I learned Spanish after moving to another country as a teen. It was hard but music was a huge help. I’d spend time reading and translating lyrics, singing along to it (shout out to shakira for a lot of my Spanish studies in the early days) Watch tv in English with Spanish subtitles and read along. Of course general practice works too. Duolingo is good but not great. I hate making mistakes so speaking was hard at first but you gotta do it. It always easier to understand than speak but with time you’re confidence will build.

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I found a tutor on Fiverr for $10/hr. If you can fit it in your budget, it’s really worth it.

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Watch a soap opera.

If you are into public speaking and want to practice your spanish, you could find a bilingual Toastmasters club. We are now doing virtual sessions due to Covid 19, I’m in Denver, our club meets the second and fourth Monday of the month, let me know if you want to attend to one of our sessions

Tv. Just watch tv in that language.

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