Monthly Archives: November 2020

Regarding immersion…

Hola! Yo tengo una pregunta 🙂

I have been studying Spanish using Duolingo for awhile now and want to move into immersion more to help solidify and expand my skills. Thing is, I'm a bit confused and want to ensure I'm going about this the correct way.

When immersing yourself in Spanish media, should I be looking up words and phrases I dont know or simply trying to absorb them without external aid? Which do you find to be more beneficial?

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Encountering my first problem in Spanish that natives can’t explain: ft. adjectives

How do I determine when to put the adjective first? Of course in school we are taught to put the noun first, but after encountering people on hellotalk and people speaking in spanish in native content, i see they put the adjective first sometimes. When I do one I am corrected to the other. What is the grammatical rule I can follow to know when it goes first and when it doesnt?

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How much immersion do you think I’ll need?

So i learned spanish with pimsleur levels 1-3, did some studying of my own, then spent 4 weeks at a language program in mexico called anders, learning from 9am to 10pm every week day including meals with teachers, and a break of 2 hours from 3pm to 5pm. When I left mexico 4 months ago, i was able to talk about nearly anything with my teachers, but definitely had difficulty talking to the locals cause if they threw out more than a couple words i didn’t know, i’d get lost, whereas my teachers knew which words i knew and how simply they needed to speak. I’m 22 years old, not college educated, and would like to learn and retain somewhere between a B2 and a C1 level, basically to where i can spontaneously have conversations without needing to ask for clarification when listening. I probably have a vocabulary of about 1000 words, (which is where i fall short), am/was able to do all verb conjugations, but takes a while to make sure i phrase certain things correctly (especially subjunctive). preterite vs imperfect comes pretty naturally to me. In the last 4 months i’ve lost the flow, and usually need to think about the grammar for anything beyond simple present, preterite, or present perfect. Being super short on vocabulary, how long do you think i would need to spend in a guatemala immersion school to get to maybe 8000-12,000 words as well as be spontaneous in my spanish and able to understand nearly anything someone from mexico or guatemala says? im a fast learner, thinking i want to do 3 months but maybe it won’t be enough, will it take 6 months or a year?

sorry if this is messy and unorganized, my writing skills are sub par

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The greatest modern music genres in Latin America

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If there is one thing that easily identifies any Spanish-speaking country is their popular music; more specifically, their modern music genres, which stands out as colorful, vibrant, and easy to dance to.

So inviting is Latin American music that some may assert people from this corner of the world are born having music on their feet and rhythm in their hearts.

Having its most remote origins in three distinct sources—the European, African, and Indigenous cultures—, the modern Spanish-speaking musical landscape offers a delicious mix of the old and new with catchy melodies and leisurely themes.

By old I am referring to the most common folk music, all developed before the end of the 19th century everywhere in Latin America: joropo in Venezuela, milonga in Argentina, cueca in Chile, cumbia in Colombia, mariachi in Mexico, merengue in the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean region, among many others.

On the other hand, the new represents the many influences and impulses from local artists that appeared in more recent times and helped popular music produced in Latin America to rise up on the international stage, starting in the 20th century.

What are the main features of Latin American popular music? From its beginnings, it was all about the way European songs were composed and the use of instruments evolving from Spanish and African traditions—like the Spanish guitar or the variety of African percussion, just to name a few. Today, the many genres of Latin American music take advantage of modern technology to add new sounds and increased production values, which allow it to find broader audiences locally and abroad.

It is worth noting how diverse and rich Latin American music can be, the same diversity and richness found throughout its colossal geography in many other fields, like food, literature, and the very people themselves as a product of a unique, long-standing mestizaje.

In that respect, I will be exploring further several of the most well-known modern Latin American music genres in a new series of blogs. You are gladly invited to read them in the coming weeks

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