Should You Still Learn Spanish or Just Allow a Machine to Do It For You?

April 18, 2012

Another post that addresses the question, If computers can soon translate human speech from one language to another, should people continue to learn a foreign language? How many languages can you fluently speak? If you fluently speak only one language, have you ever wished you could speak at least two or maybe even more? What […]

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If computers can soon translate human speech from one language to another, should people continue to learn a foreign language?

April 15, 2012

So I queried a few other bloggers, asking “If computers can soon translate human speech from one language to another, should people continue to learn a foreign language?” Here is the first reply: As anyone who has ever attempted to learn a foreign language can tell you, there’s a difference between functionality and fluency in […]

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iPhone App to Learn Spanish Review: TripSpeak Spanish

February 11, 2012

So in my first of what I hope will be a series of reviews of iPhone Apps to Learn Spanish, I decided to review TripSpeak Spanish. Like a lot of iPhone applications, TripSpeak Spanish comes with a free version and a paid version. I have to like the free version enough to buy the paid […]

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Planning a Trip to Spain: The Cost of Eating Out

February 10, 2012

I realized when planning a visit to Spain, I was still missing one key piece of information. I could check on plane prices and hotel reservations, but what about once I got over to Spain. I had a co-worker who returned from a European vacation and told me that each meal for their family of […]

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iPhone Apps to Learn Spanish

February 8, 2012

I realized that every time I heard about a new iPhone application to help people learn Spanish that I winced. Why? Because all I could do was think that No-Work Spanish should jump in this huge market with exponential growth. There are plenty of people who will describe the iPhone application industry sprouting new millionaires […]

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Motivation to Learn Spanish – Where Would You Like to Visit?

January 18, 2012

As a follow-up to my post on planning a visit to Spain, I asked Laura ( what part of Spain she lived in and what local attraction or activity did she most enjoy showing visitors. Laura’s reply: The most famous attraction in Bilbao is undoubtedly the Guggenheim Museum and, in my humble opinion, it is […]

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La Madre del novio

December 15, 2011

It’s funny when I wrote The Case of the Missing Poodle, I set it starting in an airport and moving to a hotel, so there would be lots of travel vocabulary. As a writer I needed a reason that my main character was at the airport and the first thing that came to mind was […]

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A Debate About Learning Spanish

December 6, 2011

While I generally think that Lee Binz has good ideas, I have to disagree with several points in her recent post, “Foreign Language is like Weight Watchers”. To begin at the beginning, she says, “Learning a new language is work.” I disagree. I have learned a significant amount of Spanish through No-Work Spanish audiobooks, which […]

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Learning Spanish, Planning a Visit to Spain

December 1, 2011

I promised in my post about Speaking Spanish while traveling that I would tell you the source of my info. It is Laura, who writes The Spanish Blog and lives in Spain. So I asked Laura, if I were to visit Spain and had at most 1-2 weeks there, what should I see. Here is […]

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Practice Speaking Spanish while Traveling in Spain

November 19, 2011

I know I’m not alone when thinking that while it would be great to practice speaking Spanish in Spain, that I’m worried people will find my limited Spanish irritating. So I asked a Spanish native (I’ll tell you who later) about this issue and here is her reply: I know for sure that people in […]

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