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Old April 12, 2016, 03:21 PM
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Wink What has been the most frustrating thing for you?

I mean, in the process of learning Spanish...?

For me, it's definitely listening to people and being able to understand them. Even after spending several hours of work with books and guides and even listening to audio examples, a fluent speaker comes along and totally blows me out of the water....

Yourselves? I guess I'm venting for the most part. Thank you for indulging me!
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Old April 12, 2016, 05:46 PM
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We're on the same boat. Intellectual studies have sometimes that result. It's like learning to ride a bicycle and reading a book to reinforce it: you'll fall less times, but not at the very beginning.

A trick I learnt -but it may backfire- is watching films with subtitles (in my case, in English both movies and their subtitles) and alter the synchronization to show the subtitles one second in advance -so you are prepared for what you're gonna hear- and as your hearing comprehension improves you may end up setting the subtitles one or two seconds behind so you can catch up anything you have lost.

It doesn't work for everyone, but it's worth a try (almost all I know of English comes from that, participating in forums and consulting dictionaries).
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Old April 12, 2016, 09:37 PM
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I used to think phone conversations were daunting, but not so much now. Listening to other people's conversations that do not include me is challenging to me. I'm not a good eavesdropper.
Me ayuda si corrige mis errores. Gracias.
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Old May 17, 2016, 10:16 PM
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El más cosa dificil es escuchar a gente hablar Español. Puedo leo Español bastante bien.
The most difficult thing is listening to people speak Spanish. I can read Spanish pretty well.
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Old May 18, 2016, 08:12 PM
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Welcome, scribbler. What tripped me up - and often still does - is the placement of direct and indirect objects where they don't go in English, for example Se lo doy: "To him it I give" instead of "I give it to him."

Just a matter of practice I reckon.

Good Luck, and welcome to the forums!

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Old June 12, 2016, 05:40 PM
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I totally agree. I speak Spanish all the time with my relatives and this still frustrates me to no end! It gets so confusing. I would say that it's the only thing I really get confused with in Spanish.
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Old June 16, 2016, 03:36 PM
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The grammar is definitely very different but that wasn't the hardest part for me. Things like "¿Qué me ibas a decir?", simple questions or phrases, were so hard to understand because they use different words to say something in Spanish. Not like in German or English.
I'd be very thankful, if you'd correct my mistakes in English/Spanish.
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Old June 23, 2016, 01:39 PM
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Para mi? Loneliness and Just How Far I Have to Go

I do love the language. I consider it my most prized goal right now, to learn Spanish. But I am out of college and so doing it on my own. I'm looking to take a class at the university I teach at, but only if it is almost free. I am only an adjunct professor.
I guess I need to see if my library might have a free class or get my courage up to join the Meetup Group that is in my area. I can be a type of personal who gets really overwhelmed with "finishing" something, so this is teaching me a great deal of patience and the method of "baby steps." My Ph.D./dissertation should have taught me that, but I guess I need a lot of practice.
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Old June 25, 2016, 09:28 PM
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Welcome greengoddess, and you're on the right track being here in the Forums; just stay with Tomisimo & you'll learn more than you can ever put into practice. I sure have!
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Old August 20, 2016, 09:15 AM
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Mas frustrante?
Conjugaciones de los tiempos. Muy deficil memorizar todos.

Aparte de eso, espanol es relativamente un lengua fácil.
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