We’ve put up two great new Spanish-learning videos this week at notesinspanish.com – do check them out on the Notes in Spanish Blog! Gracias! Bén
If you’ve read Errant in Iberia you’ll know that the whole intercambio (language exchange) process was fairly instrumental in the fact that I planned to only spend one month in Madrid… and have now been here nearly 12 years!
My intercambio lead me to a wife, and a life, in Spain, so you can imagine I am a fairly big fan of the whole idea! So I was really happy when I got an email from Foster Hodge, with an excellent account of his intercambio experiences. I’ve included the whole article here, it’s a great read:
Mi Primer Intercambio – by Foster Hodge
After spending more or less a month in Madrid, working on my Spanish, learning the ropes of the city, and falling in love with a new and exciting culture—I decided it was high time to take the next step. I had received quite a bit of encouragement from friends and professors of mine that I should get myself an intercambio, or a language exchange partner.
I decided to put my nerves aside and posted an anuncio in loquo.com, a wonderful website that offers a wide variety of things from renting and buying property, to citas de Internet and intercambios.
To my surprise, a couple days after posting my anuncio my inbox was flooded with responses from young Spaniards who were interested in meeting with me for a language exchange…
There have been many times over the last 12 years in Spain when, faced with a situation where I’ve felt waaaaaaay-in over my head as a non-native speaker, I’ve sat back, smiled (or winced!), and said to myself, “Oh well, at least it’s good for my Spanish!”
These situations include everything from the truly horrendous (speaking in Spanish to morticians after the death of a friend), to the exceedingly-important-not-to-get-it-wrong (negotiating the purchase of a flat, as related here), and the truly fantastic (getting through the technical Spanish of my wife’s pregnancy and the birth of our son!)
Whenever I felt in over my head, I just remembered the mantra: “At least it’s good for my Spanish!”
Over at our sister site Notes in Spanish, we are giving away lots of free videos and special reports this week that will, without any doubt, be very very good for your Spanish!
Marina and I have some very special free content coming up this week at notesinspanish.com – the first video is up now, on 3 of the biggest and best newspapers in Spain!
We’ve used great ideas from our Spanish podcast listeners to come up with an amazing free report that is going to help any Spanish learner leap ahead.
Get it here while it’s hot! Here’s the link:
Have a great weekend! Ben
I’m missing the writing and the comments so both will be back asap, with an explanation. For now, suffice is to say that the huge Spanish project we’ve been working on is finished, so I’m going to have more time from now on.
If you are an interested (and keen!) Spanish learner, you can check it out here:
We think it’s great 🙂
Recently we were discussing why Spanish needs two verbs for ‘to be’, Ser and Estar. OK, so there were valid arguments for that, but please, someone tell me why they need two prepositions, Por and Para, for ‘for’?!
Thoughts welcome below, and for keen Spanish learners, we’ve been dissecting Por y Para in our latest Notes in Spanish episodes:
Gracias por tu atención 🙂
Well, over at NotesinSpanish.com we try to make learning real Spanish as much fun as possible!
To make all our resources more accessible, we’ve just put together a new Intro section for those of you that are new to the site. Check it out here, and do please come back and let me know if these new intro pages were useful – I’d love some feedback!
What kind of a language has two verbs for ‘to be’?! Well, Spanish does, and over at our sister site notesinspanish.com, we have prepared the definitive podcast guide on how to dominate the use of both. For full details and immediate download, click here!
The latest Inspired Beginners podcasts are out at our sister site Notesinspanish.com. First up, cool conversation starters, coming soon, the definitive guide to Ser and Estar!
Find full details and start listening now over at Notes in Spanish!