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Forum: General Chat November 08, 2015, 08:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,070
Posted By Mozzo
I'm still studying from stories I already know...

I'm still studying from stories I already know (such as from Hans Christian Anderson, Aesop's fables, some old folk tales like the Piper of Hamelin) and then I will reread them from a couple of...
Forum: General Chat October 30, 2015, 08:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,491
Posted By Mozzo
Sometimes what is written does not carry the...

Sometimes what is written does not carry the literal meaning. A simple example is the English expression "That's nice". It really means something closer to "I'm not interested and do not care".
Forum: Teaching and Learning Techniques September 09, 2015, 06:52 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,246
Posted By Mozzo
Really, Really, Easy Videos

Luli TV
https://www.youtube.com/user/lulispanish/videos

Spoken slowly, basic dialogue, short sentences, simple stories/plots.

Of course, this is meant for 2 to 3 year old children :) But that...
Forum: Teaching and Learning Techniques July 19, 2015, 08:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,697
Posted By Mozzo
There are public domain readings for familiar...

There are public domain readings for familiar tales like Aesop's fables, ancient Greek legends, Biblical passages, etc. By knowing the outline of the story at the outset, you can follow the gist of...
Forum: Teaching and Learning Techniques July 19, 2015, 07:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,275
Posted By Mozzo
Non-native speakers simply don't have the ear...

Non-native speakers simply don't have the ear training to recognize some sounds. Their minds adapted at a young age, to disregard what is irrelevant in the native language. So I do think subtitles...
Forum: Teaching and Learning Techniques June 07, 2015, 08:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,493
Posted By Mozzo
An MP3 player is an excellent investment in...

An MP3 player is an excellent investment in listening and speaking practice. You don't need the latest iPod - a generic Wal*Mart or e-Bay one for $9.99 with 4 gig of memory can hold immense amounts...
Forum: Teaching and Learning Techniques December 07, 2014, 08:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,502
Posted By Mozzo
I think there's a lot of good advice here and I...

I think there's a lot of good advice here and I won't contradict it - but I will say a few things in support of paper dictionaries. They're cheap (especially used), and I don't mind taping tabs on...
Forum: Teaching and Learning Techniques November 11, 2014, 03:52 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 994
Posted By Mozzo
SSL4YOU podcasts

Does anyone have copies of the podcasts from http://ssl4you.blogspot.com/ ?

These were free, but it looks like a few months ago the links stopped working to where all the podcasts were saved. I...
Forum: Teaching and Learning Techniques September 30, 2014, 03:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,990
Posted By Mozzo
Record some talk radio and edit the audio isolate...

Record some talk radio and edit the audio isolate only the numbers. There are a lot of them mentioned on the radio... prices, dates, addresses, phone numbers, sports statistics.
Forum: Teaching and Learning Techniques December 30, 2013, 09:44 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 12,711
Posted By Mozzo
Well I spent about a month, kicking off from...

Well I spent about a month, kicking off from vocabulary builders:
http://www.youtube.com/user/ebpaes/videos
http://www.youtube.com/user/MrLearnSpanish/videos...
Forum: Teaching and Learning Techniques December 30, 2013, 09:14 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 12,711
Posted By Mozzo
For the benefit of the original poster, I have...

For the benefit of the original poster, I have been listening to some Spanish each day for 3 months. Usually either in my car using CDs, or at home from websites.

I am just beginning to reach a...
Forum: Translations December 30, 2013, 07:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,925
Posted By Mozzo
I agree with Poli. In the English speaking world,...

I agree with Poli. In the English speaking world, "Thanks in advance" implies a sentiment similar to "I am relying on your help and expect to get it". Even between friends, it should be used...
Forum: Teaching and Learning Techniques December 29, 2013, 09:09 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 12,711
Posted By Mozzo
I only suggest vocabulary building for the early...

I only suggest vocabulary building for the early stages. Know the colors, the parts of the body, the days of the week and the months, etc. Get these common and basic things out of the way. Natural...
Forum: Teaching and Learning Techniques December 29, 2013, 08:13 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 12,711
Posted By Mozzo
123teachMe.com offers a nice set of simple audios...

123teachMe.com offers a nice set of simple audios that I have gained from.
https://www.youtube.com/user/MrLearnSpanish/videos

And there are many other free vocabulary builders if you search...
Forum: Teaching and Learning Techniques December 29, 2013, 10:41 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 12,711
Posted By Mozzo
I think the best listening material is "just a...

I think the best listening material is "just a little beyond your level". Understand 50% to 80% of it, and be able to identify the gaps and fill them in on successive listening (along with a...
Forum: Teaching and Learning Techniques December 28, 2013, 06:38 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 12,711
Posted By Mozzo
I would say true fluency is only possible by...

I would say true fluency is only possible by conversing in the language.

If you can't easily meet people to practice with, you can approximate that, by reading aloud as audio-books or podcasts...
Forum: Teaching and Learning Techniques December 27, 2013, 07:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,405
Posted By Mozzo
If you don't get any referrals, consider sticking...

If you don't get any referrals, consider sticking to widely read stories by famous authors. You can probably find paperback English versions inexpensively in a used bookstore or for pennies on...
Forum: General Chat December 25, 2013, 12:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,352
Posted By Mozzo
I also took 4 years of French in high school with...

I also took 4 years of French in high school with the same results. Could read reasonably well, write short paragraphs (with many mistakes). Did not properly learn all the verb tenses and could not...
Forum: Teaching and Learning Techniques December 23, 2013, 03:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,750
Posted By Mozzo
There probably is a point where someone becomes...

There probably is a point where someone becomes "too old" - if we include persons who are becoming doddery anyway and having trouble following instructions in the native language.

I'm in my mid...
Forum: Grammar December 23, 2013, 02:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,114
Posted By Mozzo
An adjective like "southern" which has...

An adjective like "southern" which has directional, locational meaning normally does come next to the noun as Rusty explained.

However... when you use "southern" to encompass a class of things,...
Forum: General Chat December 15, 2013, 04:48 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 15,692
Posted By Mozzo
I think classroom and textbook learning is a...

I think classroom and textbook learning is a somewhat artificial environment. Written alphabets only go back about 5000 years, but verbal language goes back perhaps 100 thousand or more. (And...
Forum: Grammar December 14, 2013, 09:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,338
Posted By Mozzo
First, a style comment : Beginning a question...

First, a style comment : Beginning a question with the words "how come" is little bit more acceptable in verbal conversation than when written. "Why" is better form.

Then it sounds more natural...
Forum: Culture December 14, 2013, 07:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,370
Posted By Mozzo
I can't speculate for Britain, but in the USA...

I can't speculate for Britain, but in the USA knowing Spanish is helpful as a "fallback" skill in the event your professional career ends and you need to take entry level employment to get by. Many...
Forum: Teaching and Learning Techniques December 07, 2013, 10:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,449
Posted By Mozzo
Music has a powerful augmentive effect on memory,...

Music has a powerful augmentive effect on memory, and it can be a good technique for vocabulary building.

I've been roaming the Disney Channel the last few days, (I still like to have closed...
Forum: Grammar November 14, 2013, 06:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,601
Posted By Mozzo
I slept on this and I think you are right. It is...

I slept on this and I think you are right. It is not truly a change in mood, but it is a slight alteration of word order. As any student of English knows, word order is very structured in the...
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