Old June 09, 2017, 01:08 PM
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Hola de Mexico

I have a passport from the United States, but I am a permanent resident of Mexico (visa status). I have been a serious student of Spanish since about 2011. It is a high priority for me, so I study every day. More importantly, I speak and communicate in writing much more in Spanish than English each day. I live with a Columbian woman who speaks no English.

My Spanish is far from fluent, but I can communicate using proper Spanish grammar. My comprehension is my weakness. For example, I have a hard time understanding television with my old ears, and I am just now beginning to understand much of what I hear on the radio (because it's very repetitive, and the persons broadcasting generally have exceptionally clear voices).

For those just starting in Spanish, i want to say that learning a second language is one of the most rewarding things that I've done. Language is the only door to a culture. Without it, you will never understand what a people thinks, which is the essence of its culture.
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Old June 09, 2017, 01:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Fede View Post
I live with a Columbian Colombian woman who speaks no English.

Colombia = the country in South America

Columbia = many place names in the USA and elsewhere, as well as a name for the female personification of the USA and/or of the Americas in general.
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Old June 09, 2017, 02:34 PM
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Welcome Fede! You are right, learning a language can really open up the doors to understanding.
If you find something wrong with my Spanish, please correct it!
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Old June 09, 2017, 11:48 PM
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¡Hola Fede!

Bienvenido a los foros.

¡Que disfrutes mejorando tu español y preguntando cualquier duda que tengas y quieras aclarar!

¡Saludos cordiales!
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