So, how far along are you in your Spanish studies? Are you studying medical Spanish? If you would like, you may private IM me, and I will give you my email contact info. We could practice together.
I am right about advanced beginning level. I can't seem to progress to intermediate because--no tengo amigos nada que se hablan espanol (I have no friends who speak Spanish).
I am learning Spanish because in many parts of the US, there is a great need for health professionals who speak it, as well as in many Latin American countries.
I am learning spoken Chinese (not the characters--I will start on those later) with Pinyin (uses our alphabet, with special markings to indicate whether a vowel's pitch goes up, down, dips, stays a high pitch, or is neutral) because I love the Chinese people, language, and culture. And, I hope to someday visit the poor areas of China as a nurse when I hopefully one day become a traveling RN.
(Even Pinyin is hard enough. The word "ma" can mean "horse," "mother," "hemp," or "to scold" depending on what pitch you use to say it. There are SCORES of measure words--not as simple as Spanish's "el" and 'la." And, one uses a different type of measure word for each type of noun. For example, "zuo4" is used for artistic buildings, "jia1" is used for commercial buildings," and "ben3" is used for bound books. Don't worry if you get these confused. There are probably hundreds of other measure words out there. lol There are MANY words that sound so almost alike. But, in Mandarin, I don't think they conjugate their verbs. Therefore, they say, in Mandarin of course, "I see, he see, she see, we see, they see," etc. So, the verbs end up being relatively easy. SOMETHING about Mandarin must be easy! lol)
I will probably specialize in Oriental languages. Call me crazy. lol
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Good Luck with getting in, and welcome to the family.. I'm new too, but I look at this site as family because everyone is always so nice and helpful.
I have learned alot from the forum and I am sure you will too. I am also learnig a language, (Spanish)..
And is it ever difficult, but I enjoy every minute of it...
welcome to allnurses