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Forum: Learning Spanish 25th January 2009, 11:49 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,804
Posted By DerekD
i find young children hard to understand for the...

i find young children hard to understand for the same reason i think - they kind of slur their words a bit.

it is intensely frustrating when you can understand some speakers 100% and others less...
Forum: Spanish Basics - Vocab and Grammar Q & A 10th August 2008, 11:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,839
Posted By DerekD
for me, this is the most difficult part of the...

for me, this is the most difficult part of the entire spanish language. im kind of hoping it just sinks in eventually. even just reading the posts above give me a headache! :confused:
Forum: Learning Spanish 2nd July 2008, 12:43 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 15,841
Posted By DerekD
thanks for the list Kev - that's really useful. ...

thanks for the list Kev - that's really useful.

this is the sort of stuff i find it takes years to learn, and why i still dont understand a lots of colloquial spanish
Forum: Learning Spanish 12th May 2008, 05:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,370
Posted By DerekD
hey, i know the feeling. been there done that and...

hey, i know the feeling. been there done that and got a thread to prove it!

http://www.notesfromspain.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3045

sometimes it helps to remember why you are learning...
Forum: En Español, ¿Hablamos? 3rd May 2008, 11:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,020
Posted By DerekD
Este Domingo es el ultimo dia de la segunda liga...

Este Domingo es el ultimo dia de la segunda liga (futbol ingles), y mi equipo esta peleando contra el decenso. Asi que, voy a celebrar o ahogar las penas (en alcohol) - depende del resultado. :eek:
Forum: Learning Spanish 12th April 2008, 08:41 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 19,382
Posted By DerekD
oh ive just looked at the dates on this! i...

oh ive just looked at the dates on this!
i think it would be a great idea to use this as a sticky - if we all posted uncommon phrases/words it would be a great learning resource - esp if we keep it...
Forum: Learning Spanish 12th April 2008, 08:38 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 19,382
Posted By DerekD
dar el pecho - to breast feed i didnt know...

dar el pecho - to breast feed

i didnt know how to say it & ended up saying something with the word 'teta'...which caused a chuckle at least :D

ps - great thread.
Forum: Learning Spanish 23rd March 2008, 11:27 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 110,384
Posted By DerekD
Another method (similar to talking to yourself in...

Another method (similar to talking to yourself in spanish) is to read a thread like this and try & convert it into spanish. I find it uses the same part of my brain as speaking does, and it...
Forum: Learning Spanish 19th January 2008, 12:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 40,749
Posted By DerekD
rrright. the go gos have become ga gas!!!! :D ...

rrright. the go gos have become ga gas!!!! :D
remind me of those two friends - hago & digo.

i never did quite figure out his nose rule. i could go on but maybe shouldnt ;D
Forum: Learning Spanish 12th January 2008, 12:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 40,749
Posted By DerekD
thanks Luis, thats very useful. hope things...

thanks Luis, thats very useful.
hope things work out at Espanol..
Forum: Learning Spanish 6th January 2008, 11:12 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 40,749
Posted By DerekD
thanks for all your replies guys. im still...

thanks for all your replies guys.

im still not 100% certain in the example i gave initially. i.e. if you want to say "i would have done s/thinig if/but....." - i think you can use either habria...
Forum: Learning Spanish 5th January 2008, 01:45 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 40,749
Posted By DerekD
Hubiera vs Habria as 'would have'

Can anyone tell me if there is a difference between habria & hubiera when you want to say "i would have".

For example, would you say

habria ido a espana si..... (i would have gone to spain...
Forum: Learning Spanish 4th November 2007, 11:37 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 109,760
Posted By DerekD
ive just started lsitening to a spanish audiobook...

ive just started lsitening to a spanish audiobook (bought on the US amazon site) - Angeles y Demonios by Dan Brown. I can really reccommend it.

Im not a great reader so its good from that point...
Forum: Spanish Basics - Vocab and Grammar Q & A 14th October 2007, 09:33 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 114,149
Posted By DerekD
Common Spanish Expressions

I thought it might be useful if we could list some common expressions that are heard all the time in spanish but which dont translate directly into english. I have such a mental block with these it...
Forum: Learning Spanish 5th August 2007, 04:24 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 18,624
Posted By DerekD
no es facil para comprender, pero me encanta los...

no es facil para comprender, pero me encanta los accentes (de argentina) del actores en esta pelicula - 9 Reinas. Es una peli estupenda.
Forum: Learning Spanish 10th July 2007, 10:45 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,447
Posted By DerekD
hey guys, thanks for the words of encouragement &...

hey guys, thanks for the words of encouragement & suggestions.
turns out i came down with cold/flu on sat, so maybe thats part of the reason i wasnt on top form.
i'll have to track down other...
Forum: Learning Spanish 7th July 2007, 06:48 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,447
Posted By DerekD
Feeling disheartened

I've recently started lessons with a personal tutor, as i havent had much practice speaking in spanish (since i've more or less taught myself over the last n years). The teacher is great, however...
Forum: Spanish culture, life, food, and news 17th March 2007, 10:17 AM
Replies: 1,054
Views: 196,228
Posted By DerekD
1 Real Madrid - Nástic X Athletic - Osasuna ...

1 Real Madrid - Nástic
X Athletic - Osasuna
XDeportivo- Getafe
1 Espanyol- Levante
X Mallorca - Betis
1 Valencia- Racing
1 Villarreal- Real Sociedad
X Zaragoza - Atlético
1 Sevilla - Celta
2...
Forum: Learning Spanish 15th March 2007, 08:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 6,970
Posted By DerekD
i started with Michel Thomas, and had exactly the...

i started with Michel Thomas, and had exactly the same problem. You will have to prepare yourself for some pain to get to "the next level" whatever that is!

The best advice i could give is...
Forum: Learning Spanish 11th March 2007, 12:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,754
Posted By DerekD
sorry, been ever so busy this last week. normal...

sorry, been ever so busy this last week.
normal service to be restored for next weekends matches!
Forum: Learning Spanish 11th March 2007, 12:07 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 23,516
Posted By DerekD
A mi, me cuesta mucho intentando comprender...

A mi, me cuesta mucho intentando comprender peliculas o programas de TV en espanol.
Es mucho mas facil escuchando la radio - creo que puedo entender 80% de programas por radio, pero a veces entiendo...
Forum: Learning Spanish 11th March 2007, 11:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,754
Posted By DerekD
ps - sorry, i think this should be in the 'en...

ps - sorry, i think this should be in the 'en espanol' section. how does one move/delete it?:eek:
Forum: Learning Spanish 11th March 2007, 11:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,754
Posted By DerekD
Ha Sido

Hola a todos.

Anoche (yo) estaba escuchando el futbol por radio y a varios puntos las analistas decian

Ha Sido.....espectacuar
Ha Sido.....comico
etc

Porque no se usan fue en este...
Forum: Spanish culture, life, food, and news 2nd March 2007, 06:50 PM
Replies: 1,054
Views: 196,228
Posted By DerekD
Any of you guys know what position a media-punta...

Any of you guys know what position a media-punta is?

mind if i join you?

1 Real Madrid - Getafe
1 Athletic - Gimnastic
1 Deportivo - Betis
1 Espanyol - Villarreal
X Mallorca - Levante
X...
Forum: Learning Spanish 3rd February 2007, 12:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 4,336
Posted By DerekD
Madre Mia!

A silly question but one thats been buging me.....

Would a male say 'Madre Mia!' or 'Madre Mio!'? Im sure ive heard Ben say the former in the podcats?

:D
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