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daveyboy

hey ppl just joined this site, just like to say hello to everybody..so hello everybody... :D i bought the full version of rocket spanish yesterday, i had a good look at it.. everything works ok with it, but its latin american spanish.! there is a difference with the L.A [spanish] & the spanish[spain] language. the thing is i am hoping to move over to madrid in the future, my girlfriend lives there, what i dont want to be doing is learning the different type of spanish... any idea"s anyone....thanks. :?

Antonio

Hi daveyboy, Welcome to Rocket Spanish. Latin American Spanish and the original ( Spain ) Spanish is for 98% or more the same. The differences are mainly vocabulary ( and then only very little ) and certain ways of expressing yourself, which again can differ from one place to another within Spain itself. My advice: don't think about it and just learn..

daveyboy

hey thanks for the advice antonio. i know there is not much of a difference between them, just the odd words, when i have learned quite well the spanish i will just replace the L.A words ..lol.. with the spanish.[spain] ones.. with a bit of help from my girlfriend.. :D she is spanish herself and also speaks very good fluent english so that should be a big help to me on the learning process.....cheers... :D

nohablo

Hola daveyboy. I agree with what Antonio has said: what you learn from Rocket Spanish or any other program will enable you to be understood throughout the Spanish-speaking world. In most parts of Spain, they pronounce a soft "c" as if it were "th", so that Barcelona sounds like Barthelona and cinco becomes thinco. But for the most part, the pronunciation is very similar, as is vocabulary. If you want to hear the Spanish they speak in Spain, you may want to listen to the podcasts offered at Notes in Spanish: *__http://www.notesinspanish.com/__*. The podcasts are free, though the husband-and-wife team who provide them have also started to provide an optional worksheet for which they charge a very modest amount of money. You can see the details at the site. The Notes in Spanish site is part of a larger site you may be interested in if you're planning to go to Spain: Notes from Spain: *__http://www.notesfromspain.com/__* Another place to hear the Spanish from Spain is in the early episodes of Destinos: *__http://www.learner.org/resources/series75.html?pop=yes&vodid=276021&pid=366#__* In the early episodes of this marvellous free telenovella that was designed to teach people Spanish, the main character goes to Spain and speaks with people there. Though she speaks Mexican Spanish, all the people she converses with while she's in Spain speak Castillian Spanish. She then moves on to other locales (Argentina, Puerto Rico, Mexico), so you'll hear lots of different accents. I hope this helps.

daveyboy

hey thanks nohablo for your advice its a great help, and thanks for the links there very helpfull, there are a lot of things to take in with learning spanish..!! but i think if i take it one step at a time i will get there in the end, i try to do at least 30 minutes minimum everyday, i think it is better if i dont try too learn to much in one lesson, i think small sections of the lesson are more easly rememberd, what do you think?

Antonio

I think you will benifit the most if you can arrange to learn 3 times a day for 20 minutes. My students all do it, and they are progressing very nicely. 20 minutes in the morning ( Yes, they have to wake up earlier than they like it ) 20 minutes lunch time ( eat less or faster :shock: :shock: ) 20 minutes or more in the evening. Good luck with your studies

daveyboy

thanks antonio well if that way works even better then i will try it, i work three shifts at work, but i am sure i will fit the lessons in somewhere..lol.. what would you recomend? staying on just the one section for that day.? then moving on to the next section the day after or staying on the one section till you have it locked in your mind? i do one section till i know it off by heart, then move on too the next section, and so on, but i always go back to the first section and run through it to make sure i dont forget it.. have i answerd my question my self?...lol..

Antonio

Yes, you have answered your own question. Also, you don't have to know every section 100% before moving on, as long as you keep the discipline of regulary going back to previous sections every now and then. It depends actually on you. There is no "" one way "" of learning.

daveyboy

ok antonio thanks for your advice mate...

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