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P​re-Conversation:
    • What will your topic of conversation be? 

My topic will be whether the criminal activities that are portrayed to be a major part of the Spanish community are truly as bad as they seem. 

      • What are 5 questions related to your conversation goal that you can think of ahead of time to ask your partner?  (This will be useful to have on hand if you get nervous and

      •  What country are you from?
      • Are there a lot of criminal problems there?
      • Are the problems isolated to one area?
      • Are the problems as bad as they are portrayed?
      • Do you feel your country is safe?

      • How do you anticipate your partner will respond to your questions? 

      • I anticipate them being open to speaking about their country.
    • What are you looking forward to about this conversation?

    • I'm really looking forward to learning about many countries.
    • What are you nervous about?

    • I'm nervous that they will feel offended by my topic.  

      • Who did I speak with and why did I choose that person?

      • For my first post I spoke to Natale Sanchez because she was from Puerto Rico and is a native Spanish speaker.
      • What did you learn about them? What did you learn from them?

      • I learned that there is a wall in the city between the drug area and the normal area.
      • How did this interaction help you move towards achieving your personal goal?

      • the interview helped me learn about one of the countries.
      • What specifically did you do well according to your goals/expectations?

      • I talked about how the drugs are seen comparison to how they are.
      • What specifically do you need to improve on? (Quote specific things you said or did and what you would have done or said if you could do it again I need to work on keeping conversation.   to Find Conversation Partners:


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​ My Attempt to Converse Without Word Reference


How can I maintain a conversation and communicate my ideas without having to use Word Reference to look up words to use?


Pre:

¿Qué tal?

¿Donde vive?

¿Como está el tiempo?

¿Como está la comida?

 

I'm nervous to just simply not use word reference. I rely on it so much because there are so many words I just don't know. This is going to be very difficult for me. 



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Frazer-Ireland pero vive en Londres 

Javier- Spain


I had a good time with who I talked with. Frazer was really cool because he lived in London and I had just visited. If I messed up a bit he didn't mind since he spoke English. Javier was cool because he would correct me nicely, whereas I've had some people correct me sort of meanly. I learned that they both loved paella, which funnily enough I first tried in London. 

This helped me a lot. It was sort of nice not having to rely on the dictionary. It was difficult but it forced me to only rely on the knowledge I have. My grammar of course still needs improvement and just generally expanding my vocab but doing this I'm already learning words. 

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Danny Wirt

Ruben R. ​



Who did I speak to and why did I choose that person? 

I spoke to Ruben R. He lives in Spain and I talked to him through sharetalk. I found it to be an easy way to communicate, and he is 17 so he is my age which made it easier to talk to him. 

What did you learn about them? What did you learn from them? 

I learned that Ruben is trying to learn english because he finds that learning other languages are useful. I also found out that he likes Real Madrid and his favorite player is Benzema. He also found it to be weird that I take a class for spanish. 

How did this interaction help you move towards achieving your personal goal?
I feel as though this interaction with Ruben was helpful in a sense that we are both trying to learn different languages, and we shared a common interest, soccer. 

What specifically did you do well according to your goals/expectations?  

I guess what I did well was being able to interact with him without using much english. I used a little english since he is obviously trying to learn as well, but for the most part i used spanish. 


What specifically do you need to improve on? (Quote specific things you said or did and what you would have done or said if you could do it again) 

There was one instance where i had said something that could have been said a different way, and he explained to me that it is different, which was nice because it was like he is aiding me in my process of learning a new language. 


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Proyecto de Conversacion

​Javier Marquez 43- Bogota spain
  • Who did I speak with and why did I choose that person?


    I spoke with Javier Marquez from Bogota Spain. I chose to speak with him because he seemed pretty good at English and Spanish so he could help me with both. 
  • What did you learn about them? What did you learn from them?


    I learned that he is from Spain and he likes an artist named Pablo. Their music is pretty col and I enjoyed the interaction. 
  • How did this interaction help you move towards achieving your personal goal?


    I became more confident and he helped improve my grammar.
  • What specifically did you do well according to your goals/expectations?


    I improved in learning the culture and grammar. 
  • What specifically do you need to improve on? (Quote specific things you said or did and what you would have done or said if you could do it again)rc


    My grammar could be a little better. When I asked about music he said it was "es" instead of "son" 
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GOOOOOOOOAL

To be honest, I didn't chat with anyone in live mocha or any other sites with chatting things. I did this because I know that if use the chatting method, I will be tempted to copy paste it in google translate. So I decided to speak to a person. Just like the Verizon telemarketer. It was really funny and lets say a bit awkward but he helped me a lot and he was really patient with me. 

​I didn't chat with anyone but I talked to my boyfriend who can speak fluently in Spanish and English. It was hilarious at first because we dont know what to talk about in Spanish. But then when we started to speak, it went on and on and on. It was actually nice because I know that if I chat with people and I don't know what they are talking about, I have the tendency to go to Google Translate to figure it out. But when we were talking, I dont have my computer with me and I cant translate it. So I have lets say a good practice with him because I actually learn more than just reading it. It was a nice practice to me because he also helped me with some vocabularies and helped me structure the sentence properly. It was also not awkward because I already know him and we don have to break the ice or some sort of thing. However, it was really hard and awkward when I started to talk to his mom. His mom cannot speak in English and only speak fluent and old Spanish. I'm still like a toddler when I speak Spanish and she speak really fast and use vocabularies that I dont even know of. It was hard but we kind of manage to communicate. I was really nice :)

About the skills that I want to improve on, I guess I'm almost there. I'm not a master already but I noticed that little by little, I'm getting there. The skills that I need to improve on is not an over night kind of development. I still need a lot of practice. I still stutter and have some hard time trying to find the right word but I noticed that I dont use english words as much as I used to. So kudos for that! 


Who did I speak with and why did I chose that person?

- I spoke with my boyfriend because it was easier for me than talking to a random stranger and being all awkward. 

What did you learn about them? What did you learn from them?

- We pretty much talked about the weather and food. He likes rainy weather because it makes him sleepy. I also learned how to structure my sentences the right way. 

How did this interaction help you move towards achieving your personal goal?
- This helped me a lot because the conversation was not awkward and it was easy to talk about. The vocabularies that I needed to the conversation is already well known, so yea. It was pretty nice. 

What specifically did you do well according to your goals/expectations?
- The not stuttering and spacing out. I actually did well on that. I use my hands to express what I want to say too much though but I think that's fine.
















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Blog Post

  • Who did I speak with and why did I choose that person?


    I spoke with Belén Belli, because she is around my age (19) and I thought it would make a good conversation

  • What did you learn about them? What did you learn from them?


    I learned about her taste in music and different ways of phrasing what I wanted to say ( correctly).
  • How did this interaction help you move towards achieving your personal goal?


    It worked out pretty well, my goal was to keep a conversation going and it was pretty nice.
  • What specifically did you do well according to your goals/expectations?


    Ask questions and make comments to keep up the conversation, always have something to talk about.
  • What specifically do you need to improve on? (Quote specific things you said or did and what you would have done or said if you could do it again)rc


    Phrasing basically, and using the wrong words, as you can see in the chat.
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Proyecto de Conversación

​Carlos N. from Spain 

Who did I speak to and why did I choose that person? 

I spoke to Carlos N. who lives in Spain from ShareTalk because I was just looking to speak to someone my age and he happened to be the only person online in my age group. 

What did you learn about them? What did you learn from them? 

I learned that Carlos was a typical Philly kind of kid. He went to school and would just hang out with friends, but he's more studious that a majority of the city. 

How did this interaction help you move towards achieving your personal goal?

I don't think it really seemed helpful because I can't carry out conversations fluidly with strangers. In a way, I asked so many questions, it seemed like I was an online surveyor telemarketer person. 

What specifically did you do well according to your goals/expectations? 

I guess the thing I did well was ask a lot of questions, I just couldn't make small talk out of it. 

What specifically do you need to improve on? (Quote specific things you said or did and what you would have done or said if you could do it again) 

The one thing I need to work on it making it flow well like an actual conversation rather than just saying "De donde eres?" then waiting for their response only to reply with another question. 


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Proyecto de Conversation (First Week)

First Week: 4/20/12

Iraidia 

Philadelphia, US

 

 

 

Who you spoke with and why you chose that partner

I spoke with Iraidia because I wanted to talk to someone I was comfortable with to start this project off.

 

 

What did you learn about them? What did you learn from them?

I did not learn much about her, but she tried to teach me some common words like cuál is what, and maybe is quizá.

 

How did this interaction help you move towards achieving your personal goals?

This interaction helped make me a tiny bit more relaxed with the language and also taught me some new words.

 

 

What specifically did you do well according to your goals/expectations? What specifically to you need to improve on? (Quote specific things you said or did and what you would have done or said if you could do it again)

 

One of my goals was confidence and working with a friend who was good at Spanish helped. I still have a lot of work to do and Iraidia was teasing me kindly about my use of the Spanish language since it is still quite choppy. I need to talk to more people outside of school because I will be speaking to people I can learn more about.



 

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Proyecto de Coversacion 1

  • Who did I speak with and why did I choose that person?

    I spoke with girl from Barcelona, Spain. I chose to speak with her at random. She was the first name to appear on the list when I logged onto SharedTalk.
  • What did you learn about them? What did you learn from them?

    In this conversation I learned that she enjoys the same type of music as me and she also likes to vist the tourist locations in Barcelona.

  • How did this interaction help you move towards achieving your personal goal?

    My goal was to improve my ability to respond quickly and maintain the flow of conversation. Talking with Kathlyn, I found it easy to keep up with what she was saying. She spoke in a way that felt normal for me.
  • What specifically did you do well according to your goals/expectations?

    I did well with being able to reply without hesitation and finding things to talk about . 
  • What specifically do you need to improve on? (Quote specific things you said or did and what you would have done or said if you could do it again)


    I think I need to work on not relying so much on WordRefrence. I used it a lot and it slowed the conversation at times.
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CSheridan; El Proyecto de Conversación

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Cyndi Lynn Sheridan
El 23 de Abril
D - Español 3

Antes de Conversación:

What will your topic of conversation be?
My topic will most likely be about animals and their habitats.

What are you looking forward to about this conversation?
I am really looking forward to enhancing my spanish speaking abilities, and understanding what the culture is like in different countries.

What are your nervous about?

I am really nervous that my grammar and spelling will be inaccurate.

Después de Conversación:

Who did you speak with and why did you choose them?
I honestly spoke with a random native speaker on the internet.

What did you learn about them?
I learned that the two people I talked with both liked animals and both of their favorite ones were dogs.

How did this interaction help you move towards achieving your goal?
This interaction increased my confidence with speaking spanish.

What did you do well according to your goals?
One thing that I did well according to my goals was keeping a conversation going.

What specifically do you need to improve on?
I specifically need to improve on my conjugating.
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Grammar

I've assigned myself to multiple people that matched the description of the people that I wanted to socialize with and could help me out properly on the website Conversation Exchange.  Luckily I chose people who get on the site regularly and responded back to me quickly but many of them required for me to have skype which doesn't work well on my computer. So I had to ask to either do email or ichat. Not many of them were able to get back to me except for 2. Edward, and Kleber. For both people, they help me out with my Spanish and I help them improve their English. So it's kind of like a win-win situation.

For the conversations that I had with both of them were mainly introductory things and helping out with little things. Below is the first screenshot I took of Edward and I's first conversation. The second is a screenshot of the email Kleber and I are sending each other.


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Proyecto de Conversación - Jessica Hinton

​Partner: Alex. Bogota, Columbia (LiveMocha)
  • Who did I speak with and why did I choose that person?

    I spoke with someone on LiveMocha. His name is Alex. I didn't really have anyone else to speak to. The person I wanted to speak with, wasn't available, so I spoke with him.
  • What did you learn about them? What did you learn from them?

    We spoke about music for most of the conversation. So, I learned about his music preference. 

  • How did this interaction help you move towards achieving your personal goal?

    Well, because I didn't know him, I was a little nervous. So, there were times during the conversation where I was making dumb mistakes. But, it helped me to realize, that I should be confident about using spanish. 
  • What specifically did you do well according to your goals/expectations?

    I was able to hold a conversation. We spoke spanish for the entire conversation, unless I needed clarification. 
  • What specifically do you need to improve on? (Quote specific things you said or did and what you would have done or said if you could do it again)

    Like I stated above, I was making dumb mistakes. Like using "mucha" instead of "mucho" during one part in the conversation. So, I should be aware of the words I'm using, and where I use them. 

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Espanol blog de Tenzin Ngawang1

  • Who did I speak with and why did I choose that person?

    - I spoke with my friend, Andora Myftaraj because she is a native spanish speaker and she is from Albania. I chose her for this assignment because we never talked in spanish before even when she speaks fluent spanish! 

  • What did you learn about them? What did you learn from them?

    - I didn't learn anything about her per se because we did most of the things together this weekend. What I learned from her was that when you're talking in spanish, you really have to try and that avoiding google translators really helps and enables you to realize how much you really know. 

  • How did this interaction help you move towards achieving your personal goal?

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    My personal goal was to keep a conversation going. I think I tried my best to keep that conversation because I asked as many questions as I could think of during that time. My other personal goal was to have a better pronunciation but that didn't happen because my conversation was on iChat. However, that's definitely going to be my next personal goal. 

  • What specifically did you do well according to your goals/expectations?

    - I think I did well at asking questions like I said earlier and I believe I tried my best at using the right 'ser' form at points, like we've learned in earlier quarter. I also think I did well at understanding and writing even without using translator or wordreference. 

  • What specifically do you need to improve on? (Quote specific things you said or did and what you would have done or said if you could do it again)

    - I realized after that when asking question, I forgot to put the upside down question in the front, like we usually do in class. After the talk, my friend and I started talking in english; reflecting on my way of speaking spanish and she said that some of the things I said were a little awkward but overall was good. 



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Msanders blog

Goal: My first goal is to talk about the weather with someone who is from a different country.
  • Who did I speak with and why did I choose that person?
    -I spoke to Cecilia from Mexico because she was the first person to respond to my chat.
  • What did you learn about them? What did you learn from them?
    I learned alt about her and what Mexico is like. I also learned some more basic qualitys as well as a website to help with spanish.
  • How did this interaction help you move towards achieving your personal goal?
    It helped me be more confident as well as learn some basic conversation starters.I also learned what mistakes I made and what I need to work on.
  • What specifically did you do well according to your goals/expectations?
    I did well with basic conversations and talking about Philadelphia as well as limiting my amount of using the word SI.
  • What specifically do you need to improve on? (Quote specific things you said or did and what you would have done or said if you could do it again)
    Try to limit my amount of english. Be more constant with my languages.
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Mi Primero Conversación

​Goal of this conversation: Practice getting to know someone using spanish.

Questions to ask:

¿Cómo se llamas completo?

¿Cuántos años tienes?

¿De dónde eres?

¿De dónde está tu madre?

¿De dónde está tu padre?

¿Qué te gusta hacer?

¿Qué comida te gusta?


La Conversation Uno- Con Brianna Perrin (Transcript)

Yo- Hola Chica!¿Como estas?

Ella- Hola! Estoy bueno, ¿y tu?

Yo- Yo también.Tengo muchas preguntas personales para tu. ¿Esta bien?

Ella- Si,esta bien.

Yo-Primero, cómo se llamas completo?

Ella-Brianna Beverly Perrin

Yo-Esta bien. ¿Cuántos años tienes?

Ella-Yo tengo diecisiete años.

Yo-Bueno. ¿De dónde eres?

Ella- Yo soy de Puerto Rico, pero yo nací en Nueva Jersey y vivo en Filadelfia.

Yo-Esta bien. Yo nunca sé.¿De dónde está tu madre?

Ella-Sí. Mi madre es de origen hispano, mientras que mi padre es afroamericano.

Yo-Esta bien,esta bien. ¿Qué te gusta hacer?

Ella-Me gusta hacer muchas cosas. Depende del día y mi estado de ánimo. Pero me gusta mucho cantar, bailar, leer, escribir y dar largos paseos por el parque.

Yo-si, me gusta bailar tambien! ¿Qué comida te gusta?

Ella-Me encanta comer pastelillos de arroz con frijoles, tostones y Kit Kats.

Yo-jaja


Reflection:

I spoke with Brianna because she is a friend that I knew had grew up around spanish. Something new that I learned about her was that she is from Puerto Rico. Asking the questions I had prepared was kind of like a reminder of how to ask people about themselves and also how to tell people about myself. The more I practice the better I become, my goal is to just become better. I think I achieved my goal for this specific conversation. I learned more about Brianna. I need to work on making the conversation flow a little better rather than being more like an interview.


















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Conversation Trial 1

  • Who did I speak with and why did I choose that person?

    Kim Cayamcela from SLA. She is spanish and is a native speaker and also a close friend of mine so I wasn't too nervous. 
  • What did you learn about them? What did you learn from them?

    We talked about our weekends and that she is really great at spanish, I knew she was but we never talked in spanish before. 

  • How did this interaction help you move towards achieving your personal goal?

    I was able to continue the conversation. She helped me with that and I was able to figure out what words to say to answer her questions and respond. 

  • What specifically did you do well according to your goals/expectations?

    I kept talking in the conversation, I was able to figure out what to say and keep it going!

  • What specifically do you need to improve on? (Quote specific things you said or did and what you would have done or said if you could do it again)e

    My spelling really held me back, I kept messing up and having to * and re type to word. I might be able to speak it in conversation but ichating it is helping because I am worrying about my spelling as well as my goals. 


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Rejoining/focusing a Conversation

For my first week I wanted to find out how to re-focus a conversation when it goes off-topic.  This is something that I am sometimes not even sure about how to do in english so as you can immagine I wanted to find out how to do this in spanish and how to do it right.

I had planned to interview my old spanish teacher from my old school but because of various things, namely schoolwork, I was not able to get to her for this weeks interview but I should be able to interview her for the following weeks.  The person who so graciously offered to help me I met on a language learning site given to us by our teacher, this site was LiveMocha.  THe person that I ended up talking to was named Carlos and he was very helpful aside from a misunderstanding where I had not phrased the question very well.

Here is the interview/conversation

So what I learned from this whole thing obviously were some ways to re-focus a conversation the right way but I also learned a few new vocabulary words like "ahi" means "there".  Another one would be "grosero" which means "rude" I had to look that up in order to ask him the question.

This page shows kind of the opposite of how to change the topic.
This page show how to start a focused conversation and keep it focused.
This page shows how to focus a conversation from a bit of a business kind of standpoint.


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Correct Order

My goal for week 1 was to learn the correct order of a sentence. What goes where because I get confused and forget sometimes. 

I picked my friend, Isa because she is a native speaker. Below is a screen shot of our conversation that we had so I could further and better understand the correct order of a sentence. 

This helped because now I know I am typing and saying the Spanish correctly. I don't want to be in another country talking spanish incorrectly. This will also help me with my next couple weeks of goals.


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Negative Space Art Piece

What is negative space? 
Negative space are areas in your drawings that are not the drawing itself. It is basically the spaces that are excluded by the structure of the drawings. 

Explain how you find the negative space in your cut out and your stool drawing. 

In my cut out I find the negative space by cutting out the template and then imagine the parts that is not needed in the cut out. Basically you just separate the black and gray parts of the template. In the stool drawing, I first draw the whole picture and then erase the lines that intersects to make a silhouette. The areas that are not within the lines of my drawing is the negative space.

Why does it help an artist to see in negative space? 
The artist will see the outer structure of the drawing they made and enhance their skills by making the objects that draw more proportional and more realistic. The negative space also give the artist a sense of how much empty space is in his or her the actual drawing. 

Does seeing in negative space enhance drawings?
Knowing the negative space in your drawings enhance your drawings' angle (is there too much empty space does it look awkward?) and also their structure (is the stool's legs straight?).
 

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Goal #1: Talk about the weather in Dominican Republic

Goal: My first goal is to talk about the weather with someone who is from a different country.
  • Who did I speak with and why did I choose that person?
    -I chose to speak with my friend Nicole from Dominican Republic because she doesn't live in United States and I wanted to know more about her country. 
  • What did you learn about them? What did you learn from them?
    -I learned that DR has a lot of cyclones, rain, and thunderstorms. I'm guessing it doesn't snow because during the winter, the temperature can reach up to 60 degree. Usually, in the U.S. the temperature would be in the 30's. 
  • How did this interaction help you move towards achieving your personal goal?
    -It helped me conjugate better and not hesitate so much. There were time where my sentence didn't sound right, but she corrected me. Because of that, I learned from my mistakes and I'm one step closer to understanding more spanish.
  • What specifically did you do well according to your goals/expectations?
    -I think I did well on asking a lot of questions ans sticking to one topic instead of going all over the place.
  • What specifically do you need to improve on? (Quote specific things you said or did and what you would have done or said if you could do it again)
    -Wrong sentence: "¿Pero no gusto que gente inventó acondicionadores de aire para los días calurosos?"
    -Right sentence: Pero no le gusta que alguien inventó el aire acondicionado?




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Acentos

    Para mi Español tres benchmark, yo asignada un proyecto adónde yo hablar con un natal Español dora. Para el proyecto, yo trabajo con website livemocha.com, adónde contactar un natal dora. ésta semana, la pregunta es "How to know when to use accents when writing the language."

Antes la pregunta es respuesta, yo tener un compañero a hacer conversación con. Para ésta, yo registrar un compañero en livemocha.com. Mi compañero en conversación es a niña de nombre Yuna-Chan. Yuna-Chan es un natal español dora quién España. Nosotros decidir a enseñar una otro natal lengua. En canje para saber Español, mi compañero voluntad Ingles.  

Me: The first question is just about when I should use accents when writing Spanish.
Yuna-Chan: could it be, for accents, you mean acentos?
Me: Sí, acentos. Mi Español es maso o menos, ahí es pieza para mejora.
Yuna-Chan: I get it now, I get it haha :D
I can explain that to you. ^^ But I'm more comfortable explaining it in Spanish, so if you don't mind.. sorry >_<

En palabras agudas (con la sílaba tónica al final de la palabra), se acentúan las palabras que acaban en vocal, vocal+n, vocal+s. Ejemplo: mamá, camión, detrás.
En palabras llanas (penúltima sílaba tónica), se acentúan las palabras que NO acaban en vocal, vocal+n, vocal+s.
Las palabras esdrújulas (antepenúltima sílaba tónica) se acentúan siempre. Ejemplo: álgebra, sábana.

Estas reglas pueden variar, debido a hiatos (vocales seguidas en diferentes sílabas, para separarlas hay que acentuar, como por ejemplo-> vacía)  y a acentos diacríticos (para distinguir unas palabras de otras, como más y mas).
Hope this helped you!(:

Me: Ah, tan hacer acentos ayudar en creación el consejo más distinguido?


And that was the conversation. Though I did learn a lot from this girl, she unfortunately never replied back to my other message, and I'm suspecting I'm going to have to find another partner for this week's question.
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Conversion sobre insults con Maria de Venezuela

​My goal is to learn moderate insults. I wanted this as a goal in case I was in a foreign country and I was confronted by an unwanted person. 

I chose my friend Maria because Spanish is her first language. I thought that if I could learn from a native speaker, my insults could be slang instead of formal.

Well, since she's my friend, there wasn't much to gain from the conversation that I already don't know.

It helped a lot because I've noticed I learn better when I'm orally taught by a friend.

When I was being taught different moderate insults, I needed help spelling and saying the phrases in an angry voice. I had explained that I can say Spanish in a monotone voice, but not in any other expressions.


I learned:
"Te puedes ir." - Go away.
"Vete no quiero hablar con tigo." - I don't want to talk to you.
"Porque me estas gritando." Why are you yelling?
"Porque estas en mi cara." - Why are you in my face.
"Estoy jugando." - I'm kidding.
Spanish Insults Convo
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Anthony & Ethan Podcast

It was fun. The project didnt take very long but I worked hard. The only problem I had was the file. I had some problems uploading and whatnot. You know technology. If I could do It again I would have taken a bit more time. 
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