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    Default Fluent In Spanish - How Fast?

    There are a few jobs in the USA that I am looking at. Being Bilingual is a big plus. I speak Spanish but there is much I do not know or understand. I have never put the effort into going to the next level. I believe I could get there with a little work. How can I achieve this in the fastest way possible? Does anyone have a class they would recommend or tutor or program? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snuffy View Post
    There are a few jobs in the USA that I am looking at. Being Bilingual is a big plus. I speak Spanish but there is much I do not know or understand. I have never put the effort into going to the next level. I believe I could get there with a little work. How can I achieve this in the fastest way possible? Does anyone have a class they would recommend or tutor or program? Thanks.
    Watch TV in Spanish and read the local newspapers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snuffy View Post
    There are a few jobs in the USA that I am looking at. Being Bilingual is a big plus. I speak Spanish but there is much I do not know or understand. I have never put the effort into going to the next level. I believe I could get there with a little work. How can I achieve this in the fastest way possible? Does anyone have a class they would recommend or tutor or program? Thanks.
    Seeing how you're probably going back to the States soon, take at least 4 classes(not concurrently) starting with basic Spanish 101. Yes you will be a little bored in the beginning but you need to learn to read, write and speak the basic and correct grammar from the getgo.

    Having a Dominican wife will give you a great advantage as you will be able to talk with her on a daily basis.

    And yes like Rocky says watch TV and listen to the radio in spanish - just try to avoid Don Francisco and Cristina!

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    I concur with Chip00....watching baseball isn't a bad way to go.

    And you can also watch NFL football on NBC in Spanish or on ESPN2 in Spanish.
    Also "real" football on FOX or ESPN... You get visual oral/aural stimuli that way.

    You can see what a "carrera" is or what "un pase por el medio" is....plus the commercials are in good Spanish with good diction--something many sportscasters do not necessarily have...

    the telenovelas are sometimes trite but they do speak understandable Spanish.

    A few hours a day dedicated to this might help...

    How about we plan on a SuperBowl cook out and I do the BBQ sauce??

    HB

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hillbilly View Post

    How about we plan on a SuperBowl cook out and I do the BBQ sauce??

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    WHEN and WHERE!

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    HB...I am game for this. Chip...day is SuperBowl day...whenever that is...toward end of month. HB....where? I can do it here but my place is not that large...but it will do the trick. Nevermind on that...had large tv stolen and new tv got hit by lightening storm. 2006 was the year that took tvs out of my home. I do have a small errrrr 13" tv. I would like to meet some other expats living in the area. We need a large TV.

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    Of course we need the grill or grills. I have a nice one. AZB has one. Anyone have a truck to haul a grill or TV. If someone wants to bring the large tv to my home we can do it here. Don't know if my cable will get the game...it should. What you think HB?

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    Hey, I agree with the Novelas as a good way to pick up phrases, for the most part the actors/actresses seem to speak slowly and clearly (exception being the more exciting parts...LOL) and they seem to use lots of phrases over and over again...I wouldn't be caught dead watching an American Soap Opera but the Novelas are very dramatic and only seem to last a few months...very dramatic acting and great scenery in them also...

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    and the girls are hot too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snuffy View Post
    and the girls are hot too.
    That's probably what ustilagor meant when he said:

    "great scenery in them also..."

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