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Signs of Language Fluency

2008-04-24 04:37:00

Signs of Language Fluency
To say a person is fluent in a language, to say to myself,
- I am fluent in Spanish. - Silly

I see this comment as dysfunctional, if I tell another person I am fluent, they tend to think I understand 100 percent.
Gee, I know….
- I am not 100 percent fluent in English. -
I do not understand 100 percent of what I hear.

Today, in a funny way, I discovered I am more fluent than I thought in Spanish.

Panajachel Guatemala
Lago Atitlan - Lake Atitlan
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Andy of HoboTraveler.com ---

I wake up often at an inhuman early times; today it was 3:30 am, upon waking I turn on the TV in my room. I begin to scroll the channels trying to find something of interest. While I am looking for old movies, I turn on my computer and start to type. The television has both Spanish and English stations; I often need to wait for a movie to start talking before I change off the Spanish Channel and onto the English channels.

Well, I stopped clicking and stalled on a new channel, normally the Spanish is annoying and I change channels. I was not paying attention to the TV, and then I heard something that caught my attention. I look at the TV and realized. It was in Spanish, I understand the Spanish, even when I am not focusing on the TV.

To accidentally overhear a conversation, to accidentally hear Spanish in the background and understand is closer to fluency.

I made a video in Mexico; I was talking to some children in Spanish. I made the video, edited, published it, and did not think much about it. My mother wrote me saying,
- Nice video, we wish we could have understood what you said. -

I edited, I did all the work, it never even crossed my mind it was in Spanish, I understood everything perfectly.

I do not tell or say I am fluent in Spanish, the domination of the language is demonstrated to me by how quickly I communicate, how often they do not understand me, how well the goal of communication is accomplished.

I can almost instantly tell, the majority of Guatemalans do not speak Spanish, at least not as their first language. I have been trying to explain to the family in the hotel that some of the words they use are Kachiquel and not Spanish.

Guatemala is not a good place to study Spanish, the speak the indigenous languages first, same for Barcelona, Spain, a very stupid place to study Spanish, the locals speak Catalan.

Maybe try Madrid, Spain, or Cali, Colombia, I tend to think El Salvador is good, and for sure do not go to Chile or Argentina, they are not even on the list of places to learn Spanish.

Although it is fun to learn the Guatemalan people do not speak good Spanish.

Signs of Language Fluency

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