#1  
Old May 16, 2013, 11:33 AM
Liquinn3 Liquinn3 is offline
Emerald
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: England.
Posts: 524
Liquinn3 is on a distinguished road
Thinking on giving up Spanish

Well, as of tomorrow I'll never see a friend of mine (who has helped me with Spanish at college) since my computing course has finished after tomorrow. Hmmmm... she motivates me as well as I motivate myself, but yeah; should I give up Spanish? I won't really get the chance to speak it from tomorrow onwards to anyone...

Also I'm never going to be as good as Alfonso Merlos; should I just give it up?

I just feel like I'm pretty much nothing compared to a native and I never will be.

Also how will I know if my writing is correct say, next month?

What should I do?

Last edited by Liquinn3; May 16, 2013 at 11:40 AM.
   
Get rid of these ads by registering for a free Tomísimo account.
  #2  
Old May 16, 2013, 11:40 AM
Perikles's Avatar
Perikles Perikles is offline
Diamond
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Tenerife
Posts: 4,814
Native Language: Inglés
Perikles is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by Liquinn3 View Post
should I give up Spanish? I won't really get the chance to speak it from tomorrow onwards to anyone... ..

I just feel like I'm pretty much nothing compared to a native and I never will be.
Never ever say that. I spent 50 years of my life convinced I would never need to speak Spanish. Then things changed and I moved to Spain. I could not possibly have predicted that. How I regret that lost time.

I will never be anything like as good as native, but I'm very much better than most foreigners here. It's making the effort that counts.
  #3  
Old May 16, 2013, 11:42 AM
Liquinn3 Liquinn3 is offline
Emerald
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: England.
Posts: 524
Liquinn3 is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by Perikles View Post
Never ever say that. I spent 50 years of my life convinced I would never need to speak Spanish. Then things changed and I moved to Spain. I could not possibly have predicted that. How I regret that lost time.

I will never be anything like as good as native, but I'm very much better than most foreigners here. It's making the effort that counts.
Well, I'm not sure what to do... what if I meet a Spanish speaking girl in the future? Hmmmm.

I guess I've accepted I won't ever be as good as Alfonso Merlos.

Hmmmm... comparing myself isn't going to get me no where =/

Last edited by Liquinn3; May 16, 2013 at 11:47 AM.
  #4  
Old May 16, 2013, 01:08 PM
chileno's Avatar
chileno chileno is offline
Diamond
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Las Vegas, USA
Posts: 7,863
Native Language: Castellano
chileno is on a distinguished road
I don't know what's up with you, but I have offered to speak over Skype with you...it is just a matter of agreeing when etc...

Last edited by AngelicaDeAlquezar; May 16, 2013 at 03:32 PM. Reason: Removed personal information
  #5  
Old May 16, 2013, 01:55 PM
Premium's Avatar
Premium Premium is offline
Pearl
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Vienna, Austria
Posts: 451
Native Language: German, Serbian & Albanian
Premium is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by Perikles View Post
Never ever say that. I spent 50 years of my life convinced I would never need to speak Spanish. Then things changed and I moved to Spain. I could not possibly have predicted that. How I regret that lost time.

I will never be anything like as good as native, but I'm very much better than most foreigners here. It's making the effort that counts.
I totally agree with you. Perhaps you'll never know if you'd need it or not.
I have neither someone to talk to nor I want to move to a Spanish-speaking country in the near future, but I just love that language and this keeps me motivated.
__________________
I'd be very thankful, if you'd correct my mistakes in English/Spanish.
  #6  
Old May 31, 2013, 08:14 AM
ricardo1968 ricardo1968 is offline
Opal
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 26
Native Language: English
ricardo1968 is on a distinguished road
I am trying to learn spanish as an individual goal, it has been a goal for a long time, I've just now gotten around to it. For some reason language fascinates me. As I study Spanish I've learned that in general we take for granted how complex verbal communication really is.

I learn more about English by learning Spanish as well. In the past, I understood bad grammar simply by hearing it. I would say in my head "that doesn't sound right". But now I can read something and describe in technical grammar terms what the problem is. Just last night I explained to my daughter that asking "how come the sky is blue.....?" is not proper grammar and that it is more correct to start with "why is the sky blue.....?"
  #7  
Old May 31, 2013, 10:18 AM
poli's Avatar
poli poli is offline
rule 1: gravity
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: In and around New York
Posts: 7,475
Native Language: English
poli will become famous soon enoughpoli will become famous soon enough
How come is short for how does it come to be that. Because it has become so integral to English, I'm not sure if it's considered incorrect in precriptive grammar. It is certainly not very formal.
You are right. Studying Spanish will make you aware of what an intricate machine language is, and it is something that many of us take for granted.
__________________
Me ayuda si corrige mis errores. Gracias.

Last edited by poli; May 31, 2013 at 02:13 PM. Reason: typo
  #8  
Old May 31, 2013, 07:46 PM
JPablo's Avatar
JPablo JPablo is offline
Diamond
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Southern California
Posts: 5,579
Native Language: Spanish (Castilian, peninsular)
JPablo is on a distinguished road
There are only 500 million people speaking Spanish at this moment... the US is one of the places where it's growing faster...

I "never" studied English in a "formal" manner... yet, I am beginning to know that I don't know... much... of this amazing language...

"El saber no ocupa lugar" ("knowledge occupies no space" = you can never know [learn] too much...)

Beginning to know that one doesn't know it is not a lesson in humbleness but one in wisdom.

Empezar a saber que uno no sabe no es una lección de humildad, sino de sabiduría.

To learn or not to learn... that is the question!
__________________
Lo propio de la verdad es que se basta a sí misma, aquel que la posee no intenta convencer a nadie.
"An enemy is somebody who flatters you. A friend is somebody who criticizes the living daylights out of you."
  #9  
Old June 01, 2013, 01:59 AM
Perikles's Avatar
Perikles Perikles is offline
Diamond
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Tenerife
Posts: 4,814
Native Language: Inglés
Perikles is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by JPablo View Post
Beginning to know that one doesn't know it is not a lesson in humbleness but one in wisdom.
humility (or is there a difference?)
  #10  
Old June 01, 2013, 09:29 AM
chileno's Avatar
chileno chileno is offline
Diamond
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Las Vegas, USA
Posts: 7,863
Native Language: Castellano
chileno is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by Perikles View Post
humility (or is there a difference?)
Good question. Can you explain?
Closed Thread

Bookmark this thread at:

 

Link to this thread
URL: 
HTML Link: 
BB Code: 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Site Rules

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Giving yourself time to think.... (allora) conejodescarado Vocabulary 8 March 10, 2011 05:56 PM
Giving a temperature laepelba Grammar 12 December 12, 2010 06:50 AM
Giving Directions in Spanish wafflestomp Vocabulary 16 April 23, 2010 11:33 AM
Giving direction hongarman Translations 8 November 16, 2008 11:24 AM
Giving tequila soyricogringo Translations 9 October 12, 2008 10:51 PM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:13 AM.

Forum powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

X