How can I learn Latin American Spanish (Mexican Spanish)?
As many have already mentioned, “Latin American Spanish” does not really exist, in and of itself.
Spanish spoken among all the Latin American countries does vary a bit from Spanish spoken in Spain.
Kind of like English spoken in America is a little different than English spoken in Great Britain or Australia.
Second, you mentioned “Mexican Spanish.
” Each country has their own set of slang words, dialects, and accents.
Mexico, itself, boasts several different accents and regional slang.
So, I would say that you probably just need to learn Spanish as Mexico does not represent all of “Latin America”, but is a part of it.
As for learning, there are several different strategies.
Take a class, learn on your own through self study, use a program, or visit a Spanish-speaking country (needs to be for a significant time, like 3 months or more).
The last one will produce the best results.
However, it would be a good idea to have the basics down.
So, maybe start with one of the multiple programs available or take a class.
If you happen to have Spanish-speaking friends, you might ask them if they would be willing to help you learn.
Also, try going to clubs where Spanish-speakers go.
Listen to Spanish music, such as Meringue, Salsa, Bachata, Reggaeton, etc.
Listen to Spanish radio stations.
That should help get your ear accustomed to listening to the language.
Language immersion is your best bet.
So, first of all: Hi there, neighbor.
Second of all: You might want to first just find one, and stick to it.
“Latin-American Spanish” as you write: that’s like saying you want to learn “North-American English.
” Every region has unique slang and accents, while sharing a common language.
Simultaneously, certain words in one region (Think “Grits”) will have different connotations in another region (South says Savory, North says Sweet.
Both think the other is going to hell for this.
So, pick a regional Spanish and learn it.
Choose from Duranguese, Puerto Rican, Guatemalan, Veracruzeno (This one sounds pretty, I’d choose that one even though my own Spanish is Duranguese), or Motherland Spanish from Spain (But this is from a whole other continent, with MANY differences from all of the North American Spanish iterations).
Duolingo has a lovely Spanish packet.
You can download it for free to your smartphone device, and play it for five or fifteen minutes a day, to slowly immerse yourself temporarily in the language on a day to day basis.
You can choose your own limits (if you’re a working adult like me, I recommend the ‘easy’ level, which only requires five minutes, or one mini-lesson a day), and as long as you stick to it daily for years on end (I’m going on four years with the French lesson, and have gained considerable fluency in the language to the point where I contribute on Quora in the French section), you’ll gain fluency in a type of Spanish.
I have surmised that Duolingo’s particular Spanish lesson is one of the various North American Regional Spanish language, but I haven’t been able to precisely determine exactly which one.
It doesn’t use pure Spanish from Spain, although it does utilize some of it.
I hope this helps!
Whoa! All of Latin America? Good luck with that! That’s going to be tough and take quite sometime.
If you live in the US and pick up a book, you’ll more than likely be learning a type of Mexican Spanish unless the book says its a specific country’s version of Spanish.
I lived in Guatemala for 2 years and noticed a number of accents and varying vocabulary even by regions and cities.
To answer your question, you can look at almost anyone’s answer about how to learn any language.
You just need to find some tool in the language you want to learn and practice the heck out of it with whatever material you can find.
Truth be told, you can do it yourself.
That’s if you:
Develop a strong life purpose for doing it.
Craft a realistic daily action routine.
Have the discipline to stick to it.
Use effective material that challenges you.
See, language learning is more of a mindset game more than anything.
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