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    Ok, I'm in my second year of university and have been learning Spanish for 9 years. In September, I will move to Spain for my year abroad and my boyfriend is coming with me.

    Now, I know people will speculate about this, but we have had a lot of time to think and weigh up the options and we feel it is going to work out. We have accommodation sorted and everything.

    Now that that is out of the way, my boyfriend wants to learn basic Spanish. To initially help him get by until he is used to the culture and language. So, I want to put together a little book with activities and vocab for him, perhaps thats cheesy but I want him to see how much I appreciate him giving up a year of his life to move miles away from home, just for me.

    Any advice on activities that will be useful? I am starting off with basic pronounciation, the double l, the pronounciation of accents etc. Then probably basic vocab, numbers, days, months, then moving on to basic phrases.. (como estas, donde vives, vivo..., me llamo es...) etc. Obviously this is just a starting point, I will work my way up from that - want to start as basic as possible.

    I am trying to dig out my old Listos book from back in year 8, but having no such luck!

    Basically just a quick post to see what your ideas are, and what you think the basics are!
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    (Original post by xirles1995)
    Ok, I'm in my second year of university and have been learning Spanish for 9 years. In September, I will move to Spain for my year abroad and my boyfriend is coming with me.

    Now, I know people will speculate about this, but we have had a lot of time to think and weigh up the options and we feel it is going to work out. We have accommodation sorted and everything.

    Now that that is out of the way, my boyfriend wants to learn basic Spanish. To initially help him get by until he is used to the culture and language. So, I want to put together a little book with activities and vocab for him, perhaps thats cheesy but I want him to see how much I appreciate him giving up a year of his life to move miles away from home, just for me.

    Any advice on activities that will be useful? I am starting off with basic pronounciation, the double l, the pronounciation of accents etc. Then probably basic vocab, numbers, days, months, then moving on to basic phrases.. (como estas, donde vives, vivo..., me llamo es...) etc. Obviously this is just a starting point, I will work my way up from that - want to start as basic as possible.

    I am trying to dig out my old Listos book from back in year 8, but having no such luck!

    Basically just a quick post to see what your ideas are, and what you think the basics are!
    I would suggest not being too soft. I am assuming he, too, is in university? I would imagine he is very capable and will make fairly quick process. To speed things up, you could get the I, you, he etc out of the way first of all so that he is working on the middle-difficulty stuff asap.

    I agree that pronunciation is very important if you're going to Spain. It would be very useful to him for you to work with him so you can help him along the way which should make it easier.

    Good luck with it, it sounds great !
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    Firstly, dont make him memories phrases. If you teach him the concepts of the language he can use this more to make his own sentences up. Memorising phrases to learn a language will take a long time.

    Also, speak to him in Spanish!!

    If you text him, text him in spanish with an english translation.

    Take it slow, pace yourself. You have a whole year.
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    You learn the language so that you can speak it. No progress will be made if you don't initiate a conversation in the language.
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    Hi,
    can't you maybe sign him up for a course? I know time and money may be an issue but just asking.
    I started learning Spanish 2 years ago, had 10 months of 20 x 45 min/week of Spanish classes. I know no one can invest so much time in learning a language but a few hours a week would cut it - if you're simply there and paying attention in the classes, the language will find a place in your head
    Actually considering you're there to help him and talk to him, you could sign him up for a course that would teach him grammar and rules (or just get him a book with the basics) and you could build up on that by talking to him in Spanish when you're together.
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    (Original post by Viridiana)
    Hi,
    can't you maybe sign him up for a course? I know time and money may be an issue but just asking.
    I started learning Spanish 2 years ago, had 10 months of 20 x 45 min/week of Spanish classes. I know no one can invest so much time in learning a language but a few hours a week would cut it - if you're simply there and paying attention in the classes, the language will find a place in your head
    Actually considering you're there to help him and talk to him, you could sign him up for a course that would teach him grammar and rules (or just get him a book with the basics) and you could build up on that by talking to him in Spanish when you're together.
    Unfortunately all Spanish part-time courses in our college started months ago, and we did not have the money then. Would have been a great idea though. Thanks for the suggestion though!!
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    (Original post by beyknowles)
    I would suggest not being too soft. I am assuming he, too, is in university? I would imagine he is very capable and will make fairly quick process. To speed things up, you could get the I, you, he etc out of the way first of all so that he is working on the middle-difficulty stuff asap.

    I agree that pronunciation is very important if you're going to Spain. It would be very useful to him for you to work with him so you can help him along the way which should make it easier.

    Good luck with it, it sounds great !
    Yeah I doubt he is going to have any problems picking it up, over the 3 years we have been together he has heard me saying little phrases when I'm revising and has picked it up! He knows a few things, he just wants to know more ha!

    Yeah, thanks! The basics are really essential, how it is formed etc, I think as soon as we move to Spain and he is around the language 24/7 he will pick it up quite quickly!

    Thank you, we're very excited.
 
 
 
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