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It's funny how easily students are able to translate a phrase from Spanish to English or English to Spanish. However, they can't seem to correctly pronounce a word and "roll" their r's when they say a verb such as correr. The BEST way to learn to speak the language is...to speak it! The more you practice speaking in that language, the better you will become. My Spanish teacher used to even take students to Spanish-speaking countries because the fastest way to learn a new language is to use it every single day.
Contributed by Sarah Potter
Actually, many different countries use different words for 'you' and 'you all.' The most common is the use of 'tú' for informal and 'usted' for formal, using 'ustedes' for any kind of 'you all.' There are countries that only use 'usted' and 'ustedes' because they have completely dropped the 'tú' form, and still more than use 'vos' for informal 'you.' Spain is an interesting exception because they have an informal form of 'you all,' which is 'vosotros.' It also comes with its own conjugation. In some parts of Spain, a different form of past tense subjunctive is used than the rest of the Spanish-speaking world, for example saying 'fuese' instead of 'fuera.' Different words are also used in various Spanish-speaking for seemingly everyday objects. For example, 'melocotón' in Spain means 'peach,' but in Mexico, you would say 'durazno.'
Contributed by Jackie Fleming
THE BEST LANGUAGE IN THE WORLD. I have been learning the Spanish language for over 5 years now. I absolutely love everything about it. Although it is a difficult language to learn, I find it interesting that the grammar and pronunciation is different from Korean and English.
Contributed by Jennifer Lee