Spanish is hard

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Re: Spanish is hard

Post by Gloria » Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:35 am

nikotromus wrote:
Fri Nov 03, 2017 3:39 pm
The best idea I have come up with is to put an add out to rent out a room at my place to a native Chilean rent free with the condition that he/she talk only in Spanish and try their best to make me understand what they are saying.

Any other ideas on how I can pick up Spanish quicker?
Maybe everyone here thinks that "free renting" a room to a native Chilean is the thing to do to learn "Chilean" quicker.....how wrong they all are!! First, once he or she gets comfortable....they'll never leave....and I mean never unless you get in your hand a legal paper that says so and you don't want to get involved with the Chilean legal system. Secondly....the free loading will be phenomenal!...and friends unknown to you will be dropping by. If you don't want to see your tv and other possessions walking out of the door, you'll need to lock them up. And if you are still not convinced....there is a great possibility that one day when you come back to your place after an evening of fun, your keys are not working in the door and someone else has taken over your apartment with all the contents in it!....Then you'll be wondering if it was such a good idea to learn "quicker Spanish" after all.
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Re: Spanish is hard

Post by nikotromus » Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:34 am

I don't doubt it.

This whole stealing culture is hard to get used to. Not that we've experienced any of it first hand yet but we've now talked to plenty of real life people who have been effected by it. It's all so foreign.

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Re: Spanish is hard

Post by Gloria » Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:14 am

WELCOME TO CHILE....land of Alibaba and more than 40 thieves!
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Re: Spanish is hard

Post by fraggle092 » Sat Nov 04, 2017 12:17 pm

First comes Transmission. That's learning words and grammar.
Then Reception, developing an "ear" to make sense of the gabble.

Finally comes Decryption and Interpretation.
To do that you have to learn to think and behave like a Latino, and that takes a long time. Even after you have become reasonably fluent, the expression of unfiltered gringo thoughts and emotions can provoke unintended reactions.
nikotromus wrote:
Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:34 am
This whole stealing culture is hard to get used to. Not that we've experienced any of it first hand yet but we've now talked to plenty of real life people who have been effected by it. It's all so foreign.
Yes, don't let the signs fool you. Its alien thinking here, as in all Latino countries.

What Gloria said in her last posts is spot-on btw, aproveche, Don Otto.....

Looking on the positive side, if you can survive successfully here, the lessons learned can be usefully applied anywhere in the world, since that's the way its headed.
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Re: Spanish is hard

Post by Rhodolite » Sat Nov 04, 2017 12:21 pm

The national sport of Chile is not soccer. It is theft.

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Re: Spanish is hard

Post by Gloria » Sat Nov 04, 2017 1:02 pm

Rhodolite wrote:
Sat Nov 04, 2017 12:21 pm
The national sport of Chile is not soccer. It is theft.
Unfortunately so true! And I may add.....at all levels... that's what bothers me. Last year I went to see the family in US. My itinerary was Valdivia-Santiago-Miami-Philadelphia. In my way to Miami, I sat next to a Chilean couple going to that city. When we got there, I wish them well and out of the corner of my eye I saw the woman frantically shoving a Lanchile little pillow in her hand baggage....she thought I didn't see her....and shook my head! Instantly grabbed my belongings very close to my bosom... :lol: :lol:
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Re: Spanish is hard

Post by Mainecoons » Sat Nov 04, 2017 3:37 pm

If it is any consolation Spanish ranks second after Japanese in the rapidity of speaking by the natives. If you think you have a problem, try having a serious hearing/cognitive disability. I'm in the same place, I can speak Spanish decently, conjugate the verbs 6 different ways and read it quite well. But I can't hear it worth a damn. Have tried everything but my old brain just can't handle it.

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Re: Spanish is hard

Post by David_Bro » Sat Nov 04, 2017 4:38 pm

Who ever it is with the free rent idea-----why would you need that, you have all Chile outside your door?=====go to church, a pub, take out items to get repaired----talk to people!!!!----join a club go to the park just get out and you will learn it all

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Re: Spanish is hard

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Re: Spanish is hard

Post by eeuunikkeiexpat » Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:58 pm

For those who don't know, David_Bro is a very long termer though currently not resident at present (lived/witnessed Allende-Pino and aftermath) and his wisdom and advice should be respected. He predates PX here on the forum and was in fact essentially a "founder" under a different avatar.
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Re: Spanish is hard

Post by tiagoabner » Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:28 pm

In case you don't know where to find a Spanish-practice group, there's a website named MeetUp where you can arrange that. There are dozens of Spanish exchange groups and you can easily find one that suits your agenda.
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Re: Spanish is hard

Post by Gloria » Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:02 pm

eeuunikkeiexpat wrote:
Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:58 pm
For those who don't know, David_Bro is a very long termer though currently not resident at present (lived/witnessed Allende-Pino and aftermath) and his wisdom and advice should be respected. He predates PX here on the forum and was in fact essentially a "founder" under a different avatar.
Basta! you are giving him way too much importance. He left a loooong time ago. That he "lived/witnessed Allende-Pino and aftermath"? so what....is it suppose to give him special credentials? You introduce him to newbies like he's someone that can walk on water. :roll: UUUFFFF!!
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