Any tips on learning Spanish? Using Rosetta Stone right now but was wondering if anyone had any other suggestions

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Fluent here. Honestly, skip all that. Hang out with your spanish-speaking friends and do not speak English. even if your Spanish is bad. Socialize with them, sing along the songs, have fun with it. Maybe take PTO and go for a month or two to a place that speaks a clear, more neutral-sounding Spanish like Colombia or Costa Rica, and some parts of Mexico. Don't do the Caribbean, Argentina, Spain, etc. as they have lots and lots of slang and enunciation is unique there. DM and I can give you tips, podcasts, music, etc.

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MC1- I speak but I’m rusty right now, and I think I should be getting some Latin American clients soon so I need to brush up. What are some good shows to watch?

monarca on netflix is a super good show i know a lot of english speakers who watch it and you can always put english subtitles just to get a hand of it. house of flowers is also good! you’ll be surprised how many words you find in common with english and how you’ll be able to recognize the “la” and “el” that go in front of words!  Duolingo also has spanish on there and starts from the basics!

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monarca is my favorite, la casa de flores just came out with season 3! super good lol

I’m 30 and started learning Spanish 3 years ago. I started with duolingo. Wasn’t super committed at first, but about a year in I decided to commit to using it daily. When I had the basics down, I took a couple of live classes online. Enjoyed Lingoda, and I think it’s great for people who are starting out. As I advanced, I looked for schools in Costa Rica or Colombia. You can find some private tutoring that’s about $13 an hour that’s fine over Skype, so you get the benefit of native speakers without some of the costs you’ll encounter in the U.S. Now I do a lot just to expose myself: podcasts, Spanish movies, talking to friends, “Easy Spanish” on YouTube is great! I read news articles online also, and follow Quora in Spanish just to read day-to-day conversations. I tried to immerse myself at first and it was more frustrating than helpful. Now it’s generally fun, because I can get enough of things to feel engaged. For a beginner student, for watching and listening, I think Easy Spanish (YouTube) is a great start! It transcribes the conversations into Spanish and translates into english just below that. Obviously that’s free. Lingoda will also let you try out speaking in a lower-pressure environment, and it’s pretty cheap. I also love the duolingo podcast. It does podcasts in half English / half Spanish, so you kind of get a break from trying to focus on listening, and you also can get caught back up with context if you happened to get lost. I have thousands of other things I listen to if you want more, lol. Those were definitely key starting items for me. Oh, now I’m conversational, meaning I can have hours-long conversations about most topics, and I don’t typically try to “translate” from English to Spanish in my mind while conversing. But I still make a lot of grammatical errors and sometimes struggle to express exactly what I want to say. Also groups of native Spanish speakers are still very difficult.

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I just got Babbel to learn French and like it so far, but I’m still very elementary. I learned German in college and the biggest thing was truly getting out in the world and talking. I also like to listen to podcasts in German- sometimes it’s the news and sometimes a random story.

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