April 26th, 2007

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german help ^^;

Hi everyone :) This Friday I'm going to Germany for a week through a sort of group exchange to do a show/play over there. But, um, I don't know any German at all. Even though we're going to be speaking a crazy mixture of catalan, spanish, english and german, the main language we'll be using between the two groups of us is english... However, even so, knowing a small bit of german will be necessary (obviously).

So I was wondering if anyone could let me know about any German slang, or words that you'd consider really important for someone to know on this type of trip... I don't really mean like "where is the bathroom?" (although undoubtedly that would be useful, and if you do feel like telling me, i'd appreciate it too, haha), which I could look up, but maybe something that is less easy to find on the internet but just as important... :)

For example, everyone keeps telling me how important the word (which I've ironically forgotten) that means "non carbonated water" is (because apparently in restaurants when you ask for water they assume you mean that you want it with bubbles... ?)

(cross-posting, sorry if you see this twice ^^;)

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Hello, all.

I am looking to buy an electronic translator as a gift. Can anyone recommend a good one? I want something that the person can speak English to and it will translate it to Spanish, and vice versa. Cost is not the main factor as I really want a good translator and it seems the most expensive ones are not necessarily the best. I'm thinking of the Ectaco Partner ES800.

Thanks for your help.

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I've always wanted to be fluent in Spanish. My dad is Dominican, but he's always very busy, and was when I was little so I didn't grow up just knowing the language. I know things here and there from him, but I wasn't brought up bilingual or anything close to it. I took Spanish in all four years of high school, and loved it very much, but am not taking anything in college. I go to a community college and taking their "Conversational Spanish" and "Elementary Spanish" would just be a waste of time according to my Spanish teacher in high school.

I want to be fluent in this language, I love it so much. It would really help my nursing career, and I would love to be able to talk to my Dominican family. I've tried to keep penpals, but it's so hard to find someone who is really committed to learning English like I am to learning Spanish, so they always fall apart. I don't really have the money or time to study abroad, I'm really focused on getting my nursing degrees as soon as possible. More than anything, I want to raise my kids in two languages.

Is there anything you guys can suggest? What is a realistic goal for becoming fluent, time-wise? How did some of you become fluent? Did any of you teach yourselves out of a textbook or use programs?

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For speakers of languages that have a vocative case or something similar, is it common when speaking another language amongst groups of people from the same culture to make use of the vocative?

An example to explain what I mean, I babysit for these Korean kids, Ji-Eun and Da-Un, and even when they are speaking English with each other, to they call each other 'Ji-Euna' and 'Da-Una,' despite speaking otherwise perfectly standard English for the region, so I was just wondering whether or not this is isolated or a general thing.

French Pen-pal.

Hi. *waves* I'm not sure if this is allowed (if not, feel free to delete it, and I apologize profusely), but I have a request. I am, over a period of time, attempting to learn about 20 or more languages. I've not counted in a while, so it probably exceeds that. Anyway, one of the things that I've noticed is that learning a language is much easier when there is context into which one can place what they've learned. So far, other than English, French is the language I know the most of.

I was hoping that someone who speaks fluent French would be kind enough to be my online penpal so that I would have a chance to practice actually using French. (all I can offer in exchange for French help is English help, sorry) Anyway, it would be very nice if someone would either agree to do so, or point me in a direction to find someone to practice with. Thank you. :-)
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AP Spanish Literature

I'm planning on doing Independent Studies for Spanish Lit next year. I'm currently enrolled in Spanish Language; I have a high A in the class and put little to no effort into maintaining it. Spanish is one of my passions, and, although I don't plan on majoring or minoring in it, I'm definitely planning on still pursuing it and using it in the future.

Anyway. At my school, AP Spanish Language is labeled as Spanish IV AP. After Spanish IV AP is Spanish V AP, obviously, which I have to take because I'm doing Higher Level Spanish for IB. However, Spanish V AP is basically a repeat of Spanish IV AP--you're in the same classes doing the same exact things. So I decided that I'm going to independently study for the exam.

With that said, how were your experiences in your classrooms for AP Spanish Lit? What did you have to do (essay tests every week? etc.)? What textbooks did you use? (I'm currently looking into Abriendo puertas tomas 1 y 2 and Momentos cumbres de las literaturas hispánicas: Introducción al análisis literario, the latter which my Spanish teacher already has available.) What was the structure of your class, and what did you learn each semester? How did you do on the AP exam? If you took Spanish Language, how did you do on that exam? What do you wish you'd done in your class that would've made the outcome of your exams better? (Did that make sense?)

Thanks in advance! I've never done any independent studies before, so this'll be a bit of a challenge for me.

- hl

X-posted to apcentral, learn_languages, aprende_espanol, and linguaphiles.