Alejandra, my Peruvian friend who occasionally helps me with the translation and editing of articles in Spanish, lives in the beautiful city of Arequipa, Peru. I had gone there in 2011 and had spent three wonderful days. When I thought about studying Spanish somewhere in Latin America, Arequipa was natural choice.
In 2014, I decided that my goal would be to succeed in the DELE (Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language) exam. The diploma is issued by the Instituto Cervantes on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain and attest your level of Spanish. They follow the guidelines established by the Common European Framework for Languages.
Despite having studied Spanish when I was younger and having no problem to communicate with Spanish speakers, I did not speak Spanish regularly for years (as I explained in this post). To improve my Spanish and prepare myself for the test, I decided to return to Arequipa.
Arequipa is one of the most beautiful and safest cities of Peru. That alone, would be enough to choose Arequipa to study Spanish. In addition, having one of my best friends living there, the choice was obvious.
However, another reason to choose Arequipa is that the Spanish spoken there is clear, without strong accent and grammatically correct. Many proud Arequipeños, including the writer Mario Vargas Llosa, say that Arequipa has the best Spanish in Peru and Latin America. If this is true, it is debatable. Nevertheless, the fact that Arequipeños speak a beautiful Spanish, this is undeniable. Continue reading
As I said in my last progress video in German I didn’t achieve my goal in Germany, which was to reach the B2 level in German. I consider that my level is higher than a B1, but I’m still a little far from being a solid B2.
But what is the difference?
Here is my progress video on my last day in Germany. I woke up at 6 am and the first thing I did was recording the video.
Can you tell the difference between my video before traveling and this one? What should I’ve done to be able to achieve the level B2 in German?
Leave your comments below.
Finally, a video with my progress in the German language.
As I said in the last post, I did some small changes in the website and I also have good news! Check my progress in the video and discover my good news.
Here is the video of my progress in the German language after 90 days. Without edition.
This is my 30 days German progress video.
Before recording the video I did a quick script that I didn’t memorize. There is, of course, a lot of pronunciation and grammar mistakes, but I think my German improved.
What do you German speakers think?
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.
I’m back and with some news!!!!!!
I have a new logo, with a clean look and I also changed a bit the website, hope is lighter now.
And I have a new project that I divulge in the video below.
This is my first video, so obviously I was a nervous, but I made it.
The video was no script, I don’t read anything and I didn’t edit, I don’t even know how to do it.
Hope you’ll like, I know the quality is not the best, I still have a long way to learn how to do very cool videos.