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Old December 01, 2015, 09:03 PM
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This my first post. I took three college semesters of Spanish quite some time ago and would like to re-learn the language. I was never fluent, just well versed in grammar and vocabulary. I can read the newspaper, El Pais, with lots of word look ups. I find it a chore because sentences go on for ever. I've had more luck with a Spanish Twtter feed as you can't say a lot in 140 characters. I also tried the app Duolingo, but I know most of the material and need to be spoon fed grammar. I do like it for French as I've never taken any classes.

Are there any learning aids for advance learners? My main goal is to be able to read Spanish. I have a few opportunities to speak it, but not enough to gain fluency. I think I just need to get my vocabulary back.

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It's been said a number of times that reading a novel in Spanish and transcribing it into English will help.
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Hi,

This my first post. I took three college semesters of Spanish quite some time ago and would like to re-learn the language. I was never fluent, just well versed in grammar and vocabulary. I can read the newspaper, El Pais, with lots of word look ups. I find it a chore because sentences go on for ever. I've had more luck with a Spanish Twtter feed as you can't say a lot in 140 characters. I also tried the app Duolingo, but I know most of the material and need to be spoon fed grammar. I do like it for French as I've never taken any classes.

Are there any learning aids for advance learners? My main goal is to be able to read Spanish. I have a few opportunities to speak it, but not enough to gain fluency. I think I just need to get my vocabulary back.
Welcome,

I think "re-learning" is actually (what linguists call) "retrieval."

Or perhaps "re-learning" is that you mean, "learning again."

I started studying after years of no-study and Krashen Free Voluntary Reading FVR helped me improve my reading comprehension.

You read in Spanish for pleasure about topics you like.

Krashen says not to look up new words, but actually write down 1 new work per day. I read newspapers (which you stated you do).

But, this is only for reading skill....I'm lacking in the others.
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