desperate to learn Spanish - page 2

Hello. I took over four years worth of Spanish nearly twenty years ago :uhoh21: and I need to know it now more than ever. I can not give decent patient care if I can not communicate with my... Read More

  1. by   smk1
    Quote from alanpe
    To learn Spanish one need time and practice, it is not possible to learn a new language in 6-12 months; 12 months is enough to learn the basic concepts, neither is posible to learn spanish in 2 or three months coming to Spain.
    Patience, yes, patience is important.
    I was born in Spain, and i am 45 years old, even today to understand some words I need a dictionary, though i speak a perfect spanish I have sometime this problem, of course it happen very litle.

    Translation:

    "Para aprender Espanol se necesita tiempo y prctica, no es posible aprender una nueva lengua en 6-12 meses; 12 meses es suficiente para aprender los conceptos bsicos, tampoco es posible aprender Espanol en dos o tres meses viniendo a Espana.
    Paciencia, s paciencia es importante.
    Yo nac en Espana, y tengo 45 anos, incluso hoy para entender algunas palabras necesito un diccionario, aunque hablo un perfecto espanol, tengo algunas veces este problema, por supuesto esto ocurre muy poco."

    So I can help you, do not think that wasting money you will learn more quickly, take a look to spanish web sites, try some tv programms in spanish, and of course, if you like I will take you a hand.

    Do pracice with good people and good books:Melody: .

    alanpe.
    wow i am just excited because i read the spanish paragraph and understood it with no problem (second semester spanish student) YAY ME :hatparty: !
  2. by   alanpe
    Quote from SMK1
    wow i am just excited because i read the spanish paragraph and understood it with no problem (second semester spanish student) YAY ME :hatparty: !

    Fantastic; you are going very quickly; you have done very much progress!!!!.

    congratulations.
  3. by   alanpe
    Quote from timewood
    These are all great suggestions...wonderful things to keep in mind and some good recommendations. I have been looking into them throughout the day. I have satellite TV and we get some programming that is in Spanish.

    Isn't this an incredible profession? ...so many opportunities...

    Anything else that pops into your mind...send my way and best wishes to everyone. Thank you for your help.
    I am sure you will learn a very good and fluenty spanish.
  4. by   Gennaver
    Quote from NurseTab
    Another option is distance learning. I am looking into a Spanish emersion course to beef up my Nursing School application and came across this: http://www.onlinelearning.washington...1/default.html

    It is a video tape course where you watch a Spanish language soap opera called Destinos. A friend took a Spanish class several years ago with Destinos and LOVED IT! Destinos es muy bueno.

    It might not help with the medical part, but it should be FUNNY! :chuckle
    Claro, Destinos ES muy bueno pero, es mas adictivo! Poruue es una telanovelo tambien!

    Of course, Destinos is ver good but, its very addictive, because its a telanovela also.

    I did end up a little hooked to Univision here in Chicago after that for one telanovela, gulp, I mean two.

    Gennaver
    p.s. I think that whatever you can do to self immerse yourself to wake up your twenty year old Spanish ought to help...music, books, movies, conversations in a Supermercado, good luck
  5. by   azgal40
    Rio Salado, where I am taking my prereqs has an online Health Care Spanish class

    http://www.riosalado.edu/cgi-other/C...ISH&Term=20052
  6. by   smk1
    Quote from Gennaver
    Claro, Destinos ES muy bueno pero, es mas adictivo! Poruue es una telanovelo tambien!

    Of course, Destinos is ver good but, its very addictive, because its a telanovela also.

    I did end up a little hooked to Univision here in Chicago after that for one telanovela, gulp, I mean two.

    Gennaver
    p.s. I think that whatever you can do to self immerse yourself to wake up your twenty year old Spanish ought to help...music, books, movies, conversations in a Supermercado, good luck

    Que paso en el finale de destinos? Sabe usted? No mire.
  7. by   perfectbluebuildings
    Una cena con todos los caracteres de casi todos los episodios- por supuesto, Raquel y Arturo juntos :chuckle ... no se que occurio en todo por que lo miramos durante una clase mientras estabamos supuestos estar haciendo algo de tarea escrita, y el profesor estaba en el pasillo con otros estudiantes de otro nivel- cuando el regreso al salon de clase, tuvimos que parar el video!
    me gusta este oportunidad practicar mi poquito espanol, gracias...
  8. by   comport
    There is an excellent Spanish language school in central Mexico at teaches both individual and small groups. Theyt use a health care (nursing type) vocabulary in the training. You can attend anytime but in the summer like July they have a 4 week and 6 week intense session. There website is
    http://LagosLanguageSchool.tripod.com

    I took over four years worth of Spanish nearly twenty years ago :uhoh21: and I need to know it now more than ever. I can not give decent patient care if I can not communicate with my patients! (sorry, after another day of clinicals, I feel like I am not doing my job or my best for my pt). I can follow conversations that the interpreter is having with a pt...only the general gist though...
    Has anyone out there found a program or come up with a good way to get fluent in medical Spanish? I am a first year nursing student, totally overloaded but would really like to at least get started on this.

    Any advice or directions would be greatly appreciated. [/QUOTE]
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    most colleges/universities/schools offer conversational Spanish courses. I strongly recommend it. I am glad all the time I am fairly fluent myself.
  10. by   onesmallspark
    Quote from timewood
    Hello.

    I took over four years worth of Spanish nearly twenty years ago :uhoh21: and I need to know it now more than ever. I can not give decent patient care if I can not communicate with my patients! (sorry, after another day of clinicals, I feel like I am not doing my job or my best for my pt). I can follow conversations that the interpreter is having with a pt...only the general gist though...
    Has anyone out there found a program or come up with a good way to get fluent in medical Spanish? I am a first year nursing student, totally overloaded but would really like to at least get started on this.

    Any advice or directions would be greatly appreciated.
    I'm not sure where you're located, but in my area (DALLAS, TX) some churches offer Spanish classes. All the community colleges around here offer them as well.
  11. by   alanpe
    Quote from onesmallspark
    I'm not sure where you're located, but in my area (DALLAS, TX) some churches offer Spanish classes. All the community colleges around here offer them as well.


    I am sure this is the best way; try to read on the lips and practice in a good enviroment. It is good to ask to people that speak slow; just to say please slow " por favor despacio".
  12. by   TravelNurse4Life
    Quote from All_Smiles_RN
    Take some time off, fly to Spain, and enjoy yourself for a few months while learning the language. Wouldn't that be nice? Now back to reality, lol. Maybe take a conversational spanish class as an elective? Or maybe find someone who speaks Spanish and is willing to have weekly "sessions" with you to try and get you more familair with the language? The more you hear it and use it, the more you'll learn it. Good luck!
    ...Jennifer...
    Dido! I took on the Eco route and went down to Costa Rica, it was an amazing experience all around, def. learned a lot of Spanish while I was down there taking the Medical Spanish class for 3 weeks. I learned more in those three weeks than a semester or online courses.
    Let me know if you want my input on my experience.

    Good luck!

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