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  1. Maybe start with a language-learning app/program/website and once you have the basics down go ahead and try to start learning the more intricate details along with reading some fairly simple books to get a hang of the language. This is what we do in school, we'll learn something new and try to apply it in a story or something similar.
  2. Sometimes I'll write informally so as to give my sentences a sort of different structure/meaning. It's a bit hard to explain, but in doing it I've started to do it regularly and I think that's a really bad language habit. I would recommend always sticking to proper English rather than text language!
  3. I don't think this'd be very effective considering I have trouble listening to regular Spanish conversation and following along sometimes! Maybe if the song were to be specifically written to teach the language it would be of some help. Otherwise, probably not. :\
  4. Me gusta ver películas cómicos. Películas con Michael Cera especialmente
  5. Would it be considered incorrect to use a squinting modifier, or is it just not encouraged?
  6. I haven't really stumbled upon any sorts of tricks to remember this, except you can substitute in "they are" to see if you should use "they're" or not. Otherwise you just sort of have to remember-There is for a place, and their is for the possession of a group. If anyone has a shortcut for remembering this, please share!
  7. In stories, most of the text is in past tense because it's sort of a recount of what happened by the narrator. The reason you'd see present tense if it was in dialogue, what the characters say, since the story is happening in their present. It's sort of confusing if you haven't grown up with it, but the main rule is to stick with past tense in your actual writing, and use present tense when having your characters speak (unless they're recalling something, etc).
  8. When I was starting out it was really hard for me to understand native speakers because Spanish is basically spoken as one long word with little pauses sometimes (or that's what I've heard). So you just sort of have to do a lot of listening along with seeing what they're saying to get a since of the language's flow and sound. It's a lot different than reading!
  9. I'm going to travel to some nice Spanish-speaking countries! Also I'm going to chat up Spanish speakers on the web just since I've never really been able to all that well and I think it'd be cool to be able to just have a casual conversation in Spanish with a native speaker
  10. I think it's interesting that if you call someone "boy" in a certain manner, it's like an insult. ("You don't know what you're talking about, boy.") This not be the case with all dialects of English, though. I'm not sure :wacky:
  11. Yeah this would definitely make travel, etc. easier, but a lot of people feel as though their language is part of their culture. Also certain areas would be bound to create their own dialect of it anyway (sort of how like Northern/Southern US English, not to mention England's) so it probably wouldn't be practical
  12. I really like the word abysmal, and really any word with a 'y' in the middle. I'm not sure why, I just sort of find it aesthetically pleasing. (I also like the word aesthetic)
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