Developing a Spanish ear
Replies: 20 - Last Post: Sep 4, 2012 8:48 PM Last Post By: natashahau
Aug 23, 2012 2:52 PM
15Dave, you may prefer some accents over others, or find the Ecuadorian accent easier to understand, but in any case the "pureness" of a language goes beyond pronunciation. Vocabulary, grammar, etc are more important than how c, s or z sound (and these letters are not pronounced the same way in all of Spain btw).
Also, exactly what European movement of populations have "corrupted" the Spanish in Spain?
And regarding #7, I am not sure what's outrageous about Basque; it's just a different language, in the same way that Quechua or Nahuatl are different languages and not varieties of Spanish.
Aug 23, 2012 3:07 PM
Aug 24, 2012 1:07 AM
17Through my internet provider I can get just a couple of Spanish-language TV stations -- Telesur from Venezuela and Basque TV from Spain.
The other day I heard a Basque politician giving a press conference in castellano and I was surprised at how easily I could understand him. He spoke really clearly and with little lisping. I usually have a hard time understanding Spanish movies, for example.
As far as S America goes, I find Colombian/Ecuadorian/Peruvian/Bolivian Spanish fairly easy to understand -- but of course, that depends on the speaker. An interview on the news with a toothless peasant at a demonstration is impossible for me to understand.
And despite most of my conversation practice being with Argentinians, I find their TV shows really hard to understand -- people speaking really fast and loudly, interrupting each other... Newscasters or narratives of documentaries are easier for me.
Aug 24, 2012 7:08 AM
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Sep 4, 2012 8:48 PM
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