ship down; coast of 1987 (wordsbreakeasy) wrote in linguaphiles,
ship down; coast of 1987

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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