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  1. I have two daughters who were both born in Spain. We now live in Scotland. My husband is English. We are happy in general with how they are progressing with their two languages, but it is not straightforward. You have to keep them going with cartoons, books, music, etc in the weaker language (Spanish for us now) and regular time with the family in Spain. We have also been taking them to a Saturday Spanish school here in Edinburgh which is amazing. Lots and lots of Spanish children, good teachers and fun classes. The biggest thing is that they want to speak Spanish with the friends they make th
  2. I am wondering what everyone thinks about swearing in a second language. I think it is one of those areas of language reserved only for the most confident speakers who have managed to get a good grasp of their second language culture. It is interesting, maybe even "impressive", when someone gets it right and swears with a perfectly aimed and constructed truly native sounding expression. Or is it just offensive and to be avoided at all costs in one's own language or any other. My husband is doing quite well now at swearing in Spanish. Or maybe I should say he is doing badly as some of the stuff
  3. I prefer to keep things as natural and loose as at all possible. I think it is better not too think too much about the process, but to make sure we focus on enjoying it genuinely. It should become part of our lives. I find when I enjoy something I am doing in my second language I improve and remember things quickly and well and the whole process is sustainable. Simple as that. I am anti-study and pro pushing myself hard with things that can be tough at first like debating, talking in big noisy groups, watching movies or listening to music. I think the most important skill is definitely listen
  4. Making the second language part of your life and using it because you want to use it not because you feel you have to study. Find things that you can manage in your second language (even if only just) and genuinely enjoy doing and then do them regularly. Choose lots of different media and vary between speaking, reading, writing, listening. Oh, and don't make these kinds of mistakes!
  5. For me it was definitely better to learn a basic amount of grammar and vocabulary first and then move on to interacting with native speakers. Once I was clear with the fundamental tenses and conjugations I pretty much left grammar alone and just concentrated on my listening skills. Listening is the number one priority. If you can understand well you will attain a high level. I think it is vital to be brave and get stuck in to conversations with native speakers early (most of the time just listening), watching TV, reading, writing, etc. Just like kids do when they learn their mother tongue. Sky
  6. Hi, One of the keys to speaking any foreign language to a high level is building a big repertoire of vocabulary and being so familiar with it that it rolls of the tongue at any (correct) given moment. It takes a long time to build vocabulary and you have to have a lots of patience. But it is imperative that you plan your approach and are constant and consistent. Here are some great tips on how best to make vocabulary building a fun and painless part of your everyday routine: http://coursefinders.com/en/studentlibrary/1450/top-tips-on-how-to-remember-second-language-vocabulary Maybe you could
  7. Hola, For me the best way to study Spanish is definitely to draw from a wide range of resources as often as possible. And for this to happen the key is that you have to genuinely want to do it. It can´t feel like studying as you will get too bored and lose interest. Things I love are films, TV, music and radio, so those are my top resources. If you love reading, get hold of some Spanish books that really appeal to you. You have to try and make Spanish a true part of your everyday life and not look upon the process as "studying". Here is an article about learning Spanish using music that expa
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