>Parents can speak English fluently with an American accent and Spanish fluently with a Cuban accent.
>As I was growing up my family kept telling me how important it was to learn Spanish while my brain was still young and malleable
>Never bothered because I was an edgy shit
>Now I'm in college trying to learn Spanish to help with getting jobs
>Have a huge gringo accent
>constantly fuck up tenses and gendering words
>mispronounce things all the time and can't roll my r's in the middle of a sentence
/int/ please tell me it gets better. Anyone else having similar problems learning a language.
Just practise your Spanish, m8. These things take time. Try and watch Spanish TV, read books, etc, if you can find stuff you like. The number one task in learning a language is building in practice every day. I'm learning Mandarin, and it's honestly not as difficult as everyone makes it out to be -- but it definitely takes time.
holy fucking shit dude chill <3
also i feel really fucking sorry for you bro, :c
>Be shitskin kid straight form the streets of Kabul. >Know 4 languages spoken and written before I got here
>Master English and French in 1.75-2.25 years. speak near accentless in 4.
Gonna work for either CSIS or any international organizations/intelligence agencies.
I know how you feel anon.
I'm 20 and I'm stumbling through the Rosetta Stone
But at least I won't have my parents' goofy Argentine/Chilean accents
I had to look up the definition of "puta" on google.
I'm just doing it for basic vocab right now. I'll probably move onto a book when I can string some simple sentences together
What resources are you using?
I haven't been using resources people told me it would be better to learn from native speakers so I mainly just visit my parents and grandparents as often as I can and when I can't I talk on the phone.
Real speech is often messy and too quick to follow. Also as an American you'll probably be speaking to Mexicans which is the most disgusting dialect you could pick up.
Castro spoke to be heard and enunciated very well. He also has a huge vocabulary so you can learn how not to sound like a caveman speaking 3 word sentences.
You don't have to like him or his ideas, but he is just a really based orator.
Right now I'm watching an Italian movie and it's frustrating how they speak so fast and it's very hard to understand them. I can read it very easily though
The same thing happens with English, it's like my brain has trouble interpreting syllables
>tfw learning Swedish
>apparently I sound like a Finn when I speak
>tfw can't pronounce stuff like "hur mår du" for some reason
When I was in high school my French teacher would always say the defining characteristic of Germanic languages was that they have no rhythm or flow and they sound very choppy as a non native speaker do you think this is true?
what resources do you plan of using to improve your Spanish?
I didn't think so either. She kept going about liaison and shit like that and how languages like English form sentences without paying attention to how it sounds when paired with the words ahead of it
Don't learn spanish from your cuban grandpas.
Cuban spanish is shit. Tbqf.
Learn neutral spanish from shows and other sources. Your grandpas can only get you so far. You have to immerse yourself in the language. Talking to abuela once a month isn't going to do anything.
Come on OP, gendering words in Spanish is pretty easy. With very very few exceptions, when it ends with an A, its feminine. Again, with few exceptions, when it ends with literally anything but an A, its masculine. most masculine words end with the letter O, but yeah, as long as it is not an A, it will usually be masculine, with A usually being feminine. As for learning languages being hard, it does not have to be. I speak Dutch as well, and took some spanish in school. Let me tell you, learning a language on your own is so much better than doing it in school. Schools do not teach languages correctly. I learned dutch on my own time, and I had a lot of fun with it because I wasn't being tested constantly and being punished for not doing my daily work on it. I just practiced with people, read dutch comics (comics are helpful, as the sentences are short and let you learn word order and expand your vocabulary. childrens books will help too). I also practiced almost every day - key being almost. don't practice on a certain day if you don't feel up to it. it just makes it feel like a job as a opposed to a fun experience. I recommend a website called duolingo. its free, and it really helps a lot. you can also practice speaking on duolingo, but you can disable that and just practice your reading and writing if you want. as for rolling r's, its really not that important. they will be able to tell if your a native english speaker, but still understand you just fine. can't you still understand an english speaker if they have an accent? its just like that - its not too important, but do practice it. i would recommend dropping out of your spanish class and doing it on your own time. and yes, it is easier for children to learn things, but you can still easily learn as an adult - adults who decide to be monolingual because they "are too old to learn" are just ignorant and lazy.
Kek. Similar issue to you, although not quite as bad. I'm a native speaker, it sounds good coming out of my mouth, except for my R's, but I know nothing about grammar and I can't read or write it all. Like you, I never bothered learning when I was a kid. I also didn't bother learning it in High School. I took German instead. Now I'm taking French in college, much to the disappointment of my mother. I've pretty much resigned myself to the fact that I'll never learn proper Spanish. Anyway, right now, I'm having a lot of trouble with French pronunciation. There's so many crazy rules and new sounds
BLAME YOUR PARENTS. ONE OF THEM SHOULD HAVE SPOKEN IT TO YOU. I GREW UP BILINGUAL BECAUSE MY MOTHER SPOKE ENGLISH TO ME SINCE SHE'S A NATIVE SPEAKER FROM NEW ZEALAND.
Icelandic has a rhythm to it too, she's just retarded and knows nothing about other languages.
1000 years ago is not really "viking", but that was during the old english period. old norse did have a pretty big influence on old english, if you want to hear literal viking listen to some icelandic or elfdalian or some shit lol
I do like how the north germanic languages are all so, well not really similar, but you can really see the relation between them. German and dutch has this too, but english is like this fucking soft-ass black sheep child language with 30% latin 30% french vocab lol. in terms of vocab tho, the rest is very germanic. old english is really cool, it shows how germanic english really is and how it used to sound so germanic. germanic languages are the best lol.
If your still there there is in the sidebar of that subreddit a Skype group you can join. We have some people with similar cases as you. Don't stress bro, we can help you out. Join the reddit Spanish group we got like 90 niggas
My family on dads side speak french. Sometimes i feel like i understand and try and join in... durrr qui est le homme...sorry who was that guy...
>family looks at me fucked up.
>WALL OF HUEHUEHUE.jpeg
>tfw I've never been capable of rolling R in my entire life
"RDRDRDRDRDR RRRR[MACHINE GUN SOUNDS] RRRRRRR"
OP, si todavía estás aquí, puedes practicar conmigo a cualquier vez.
Normalmente estoy en los hilos latinos, o hilos españoles.
Empecé a estudiar español hace 14 meses y todavía puede decir todo esto sin una diccionario. Supongo que esto es bastante bueno por un hombre que nunca ha estudiado ni escuchado a español en su vida normal.
Oh no, you immigrated to a country and properly integrated. What a horrible mistake you have made.
If he had learned spanish as well as his standard routine life, does that mean he hasn't integrated?
How does this compare to the Americans who have been there for 9 generations, but learned spanish in school.
They now have very similar lives, the only difference is the Anglo knows spanish, and that's okay, because it's just a language.
But the Cuban didn't learn it, and that's okay, because that means he has integrated.
>thinks I'm a new worlder
You what ? How dumb are you?
>speak Swedish, sound like a Finn
>speak English, sound like a Finn
>speak German, sound like a Finn
>mongrelize Estonian, definitely sound like a Finn
I know your feels.