Spanish accents – Part 1

The various accents of the Spanish language is one of my favorite subjects. And, it is also a controversial topic, everyone has a favorite accent. Sometimes the accent you find strange or ugly can be somebody’s favorite.

Let’s know in this post 5 very different Spanish accents that are easy to distinguish, even by those who speak Spanish as a second language.

bandeiras_da_espanha_1__95199_zoomThe Castilian

The typical accent of the city of Madrid is easy to recognize. The Madrileños are known for distinguished pronunciation of the syllables “ce” and “ci” as in words like cielo and celo. The “ce” and “ci” are formed as the “th” in English. Another tip to recognize Spanish speakers is the use of vosotros, only used on the Iberian Peninsula.

Listen here the word cielo, pronounced by Spanish, Chilean, Argentine and Mexican.

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Interview with Noel from smartlanguagelearner.com

noel-van-vlietNoel van Vliet is not a hiperpolyglot, he is a trilingual who gives great information on his blog http://www.smartlanguagelearner.com. Do you want to know how the experts do to learn a language and if a course is good? Well, you’ll find the information on his site.

  1. What languages do you speak and at what level?

I speak Dutch, English and Spanish fluently. But they’re never in a fixed state. If I slack off on speaking English, for example, that particular skill diminishes temporarily, even if my listening isn’t affected. It recovers quickly when I give it the necessary attention. I’ve even started to forget words of my native language Dutch. Not the simple words I used everyday, but those words that you only hear or read every once in a while. I speak something of several other languages as well but I can’t really hold conversations in those languages. And that’s what counts. Continue reading

Interview with Gustavo from the site clubdeidiomas.cl

gustavo olivaresToday’s guest is Gustavo Olivares from Chile. Coincidentally, we have all languages ​​ in common, but on different levels. He is the owner of the website www.clubdeidiomas.cl, where he gives advice on how to learn languages.

  1. What languages do you speak and at what level?

Native Spanish, English B2, French C1, German B1, Portuguese B2. All languages ​​are certified, except Portuguese.

  1. How do you choose the languages you learn?

I learned my first language at school. Before the Internet, I learned by the old methods, i.e., for 14 years of primary and secondary education I had at least 8 hours a week of English classes. I learned by osmosis without any special effort: I just sat and learned. It was a very inefficient learning.

I also learned a little French. At that time in Chile, French was taught, differently from today. Back in college, I decided to improve my French and I began German. I decided to learn more languages ​​for two reasons: to have a professional advantage and to meet exchange students who came to my school during college days.

  1. When did you begin learning each language?

I learned English at school. The French I started again at the university along with German. I finally began Portuguese last year.

  1. How often do you use each language?

I use a lot of English because I read a lot online. Portuguese I use daily now because I have a Brazilian girlfriend. The French and German I should use on purpose to not forget them.

  1. What materials and methods do you use?

My method is explained on my page. It is basically a combination of websites, starting with Anki to learn vocabulary, after that I begin to read to follow with Duolingo and to watch TV series. And to improve my grammar I start writing in lang-8.com.

  1. Share any thoughts/tips you’d like with the readers.

The most important thing is motivation. Enjoy the study. Do not think about studying for money, do it for yourself or to grow as a person. So they’ll gain a greater worldview. Seek someone to talk to and ask for help and visit pages from polyglots: we have already a proven method based on our own experience. Do not be discouraged: here tenacity is well rewarded.

Interview with Vladimir from Foreverastudent.com

Profile pic crop VladimirToday I’m starting a series of interviews with polyglots.

The first interviewed is Vladimir Skultety from Foreverastudent.com, he is an interpreter and translator of Mandarin Chinese, Slovak and English. In his blog he writes about language learning, especially Mandarin Chinese learning.

He also has a very cool YouTube channel, you can check it here.

  1. What languages do you speak and at what level?

English, Czech, Slovak – native level

Chinese, German, Italian, Russian, Hungarian – C1/C2 level

Spanish, French – B2 level

Polish, Serbian, Portuguese – B1 level

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15 days German progress video

It’s here!

My first video speaking German. The result: BAD!!

You can see I’m laughing, because I know it! Anyway, I promised, so here is the video.

I learned in the last 15 days, the basic structure of German, about 150 words, but I can only use 30% of it. Basically, I’m only using the FSI “German: a Programmed Introduction” and the Pimsleur courses. I’m studying about 2 hours a day only.

My goal for the next month is to speak something that makes sense, and not just throw phrases like I did it in this video.