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Some questions about teaching in Mexico
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BadBeagleBad



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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2017 5:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

lovelatinamerica wrote:
Hello, I am back. Thank you for all your insight and advice.

How has learning Spanish been for any of you teachers? I know in the classroom English is the main language obviously. Have you been able to practice a lot outside the classroom? I want to avoid hanging out with English speakers as much as possible and really try to immerse myself.


If you don't live around expats, you will be practicing all the time! Just live your day to day life, go to the store, the bank, etc. Ask people questions. Even ask what time it is and start a conversation. Or ask for directions. Become a regular at a few restaurants. Are you in Mexico now? If so, where. I didn't asnwer your other question (about practicing) because it doesn't apply to me, haha, I grew up speaking Spanish, so, yeah, have had a lot of practice.
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MotherF



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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2017 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a degree in Spanish. But I suggest my colleagues join a club or a class or some sort to use Spanish outside of work and make local friends. Otherwise you end up having the same conversations over and over again. I've known people who spoke excellent "market Spanish" but still had no command over grammatical forms used outside of shopping transactions. So take an art class, join Zumba, or a book club. Nearly every town has a "casa de cultura" and a sports center to look for these activities.
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lovelatinamerica



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PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2017 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BadBeagleBad wrote:
lovelatinamerica wrote:
Hello, I am back. Thank you for all your insight and advice.

How has learning Spanish been for any of you teachers? I know in the classroom English is the main language obviously. Have you been able to practice a lot outside the classroom? I want to avoid hanging out with English speakers as much as possible and really try to immerse myself.


If you don't live around expats, you will be practicing all the time! Just live your day to day life, go to the store, the bank, etc. Ask people questions. Even ask what time it is and start a conversation. Or ask for directions. Become a regular at a few restaurants. Are you in Mexico now? If so, where. I didn't asnwer your other question (about practicing) because it doesn't apply to me, haha, I grew up speaking Spanish, so, yeah, have had a lot of practice.


Thank you. I am actually not teaching in Mexico yet. I plan to be there teaching in January of next year hopefully.
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lovelatinamerica



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PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2017 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MotherF wrote:
I have a degree in Spanish. But I suggest my colleagues join a club or a class or some sort to use Spanish outside of work and make local friends. Otherwise you end up having the same conversations over and over again. I've known people who spoke excellent "market Spanish" but still had no command over grammatical forms used outside of shopping transactions. So take an art class, join Zumba, or a book club. Nearly every town has a "casa de cultura" and a sports center to look for these activities.


Thank you. That makes a lot of sense.
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