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September 17th, 2012, 01:42 PM
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Whos teaching Spanish? What's the best way to learn/teach it at home?
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September 17th, 2012, 03:55 PM
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Are you wanting elementary, high school, or self-teaching?
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September 17th, 2012, 06:02 PM
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This is our second year doing Spanish. The kids have someone who made them a custom cd set for it though. Someone who actually speaks Spanish. Despite their best efforts I think people that tend to write the curriculum for Spanish tend to follow rules not normally followed by actual speakers(aka proper versus slang-though not like the typical English slang). While I'd prefer my kids speak properly and not always use slang, when it comes to Spanish I'd like them to not only be able to understand, but also be understood. Proper Spanish is not what's most often spoken or even used worldwide, and is not often understood either. Unless of course you're in Spain. I have had that problem numerous times. In fact on my trip I had that problem a LOT being around people who primarily speak Spanish that just couldn't understand a lot of my Spanish because a lot of what I know is book taught.

I think the best way to learn Spanish(most languages) is to be taught by someone that actually speaks it, on a daily basis. Books, cds, online programs, etc... can only do so much. Spanish is a bit tricky though with so many dialects and different uses for various words and such. I just know for a fact that most book taught Spanish, isn't going to get you very far, only some of it will actually be helpful.
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September 17th, 2012, 08:32 PM
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Elementary. Yeah I want it to be "real" Spanish and not "proper" Spanish...
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September 17th, 2012, 08:43 PM
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In that case, do you have any Spanish-speaking friends? I'm surrounded by Spanish in the Austin area, but I don't know how many you'd have where you are. Not as much, I'm sure. I have a Mexican friend who teaches children privately.
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September 18th, 2012, 12:25 PM
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Not anyone I know very well :/ so Rosetta Stone's not all they claim it to be??
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September 18th, 2012, 03:17 PM
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Actually if you are going to use any program at all, that would be the one I'd recommend because it has audio. It does still teach a lot of "proper" Spanish, but it's probably the best option out there. It's definitely better than anything book taught you will find, regardless of what some might say. It's way better than ANY program I have ever seen geared towards kids too. Those are all bunk, if you ask me.

There are a lot of book recommendations too, especially for kids, but, imo, they're all crap. A book really can't teach you how to speak, despite what we might think. Being able to read and write Spanish does you no good, if you can't say it. I learned that the hard way, lol. I have the same problem with German, Dutch, Polish and Norwegian. I can read and write, but can't really speak them very well-if at all.


I haven't seen another program yet that is as good as RS in the audio department(except our discs which really don't count, it's not a program, lol). Mostly because, again, the dialects. Different letters, like v for instance which is actually pronounced as a b, is pronounced different in different programs. Some make it a hard b, some a soft, some I'm not sure what the heck they're saying, lol.
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September 23rd, 2012, 12:14 AM
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I have also heard that Rosetta Stone is good. I am no help though. I will not be teaching Spanish.
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