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Old 04-02-2005, 09:43 AM   #1
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I'm toying with the idea of learning Spanish in a school in Latin America. I'm aware there are differences with mainstream Spanish - can someone tell me if these are significant? If I learned it in Latin America, would I be able to make sense in Spain?
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Yes, its similar to differences in English, they can all speak to eachother they just might look at you a little wierd now and again if you say something they usually dont here. The differences truly are not very huge, just accents and a few grammer differences. And plus they should be able to reckognize that you are not a native speaker and should have an accent that is a little different.
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Thanks Afterlife! Q answered.
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No prob., also if you are wanting to get the closest to Spanish go and study in Argentina, they both use the vos form.
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And Spain, thanks to one of the last Hapsburg rulers which is a long story, has a lithp when pronouncing things with a 'c', and sometimes 's'. i.e. "gracias" becomes "grathia" or "grathias." It'll make you giggle at first but you get used to it.

There are always regional accent and grammar differences even when there isn't an ocean dividing the countries. Perfect example: UK vs. here, and all the regional accents that go along with it! Keep in mind though that in many regions in Spain, spanish isn't necessarily the first language. In Barcelona, for example, it's Catalan. Who cares though-- just learn it and have a great time!

*edited to add: not ALL of Spain has the lisp problem but a good portion does!! Especially in Andalucia.
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Also, Spaniards speak about 10x faster than most Latin Americans... the rhythmic pacing is quite different - so if you're accustomed to the pacing of Castillian, then L.A. Spanish will be easier to understand.
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^ yea, it take sometime to adapt to the speed if you are use to Latin America Spanish
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Space Virgin was right about the accent, but its not a "lithp" .... it's the Zeta ( Z, theta, and only then when it is the first letter in the word) and as she said C, but only when followed by the I, or E ... Castellano is a very beautiful language to learn, perhaps most beautifully spoken in the Vallodolid area ( madrid is very rough ). The spanish spoken in south america is very comparable to that of Spain, however the spanish spoken by people of Mexico is much more radically different than that of spain ( especially from about Mexico City north ). Yes andalucia is very different ... the south of spain tends to be harder to understand ... particularly the andalucean provinces, they drop S's ... at times it's like Gracia! Como eta Uted. A friend from andalucia explained it once... but i don't remember the story.
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Thanks for all your answers people.
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