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Old 10-01-2015   #1
 
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Learning Chilean Spanish

Traveling to Chile for the first time this January and looking to brush on my spanish. Had some classes in college and lived in South Texas for a while where almost everyone speaks it but could definetly use a refresher, especially since everyone says Chilean spanish is some of the hardest to learn.

So does anyone know of any good resources that doesn't involve spending a ton of money to help this gringo?

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Get this book, How to Survive in the Chilean Jungle. It's hilarious and will teach you how to get by.
Pretty much all they're saying is "dude man it was the shit dude man"

How to Survive in the Chilean Jungle: Alvaro Taboada John Bren Alvaro Taboada: 9789567802388: Amazon.com: Books
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I grew up in Garrett County, near Morgantown. Do you frequent the Wisp Ski Resort? They bring in a bunch of south Americans, mostly Chilean and Peruvian, to work the season. I'm sure you can get a native speaker to help you with Spanish. I have four friends that have married girls from Chile...so you might even get more than a Spanish lesson.
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though not comprehensive, nor designed specifically for Chilean Spanish, the DuoLingo app is free and pretty decent. As a Speech Language Pathologist and a former Spanish language teacher, I would argue that it is as good a refresher as any for the price tag (you get what you pay for, but the Rosetta Stone, though better isn't, IMO, enough better for the money unless you will truly commit to using it regularly).

YMMV and all that
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Thanks for all the help so far! K2andcannoli I live in McHenry right near wisp so definetly will keep that in mind


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I have four friends that have married girls from Chile...so you might even get more than a Spanish lesson.
that is DEFINITELY better than any app could do!
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I have four friends that have married girls from Chile...so you might even get more than a Spanish lesson.[/QUOTE]

That's how I learned. The wife taught me long before she was my wife. Don't expect Chileans to speak english to you like resorty places in mex or costa rica.

Chilean Spanish is really very easy once you learn the slang. They really aren't saying anything much, just a lot of huea

Having some spanish in school and some tex/mex practice won't help much. Usually u will be understood but have a very hard time understanding them until you understand huea hueon.
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How proactive are you?

It sounds like you have a bit of Spanish experience. The folks I see learning Spanish 90% comes down to how proactive they are with speaking to Chileans.

I agree with what you've heard in that the fast Chilean pace and slang is challenging and for me learning language is tough. Sounds like your fired up to get after. Good luck.

If you pass through Pucon drop by the hostel for a beer some time or a Trancura lap.

Keep Kayaking.
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Si po!
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Chilean pronunciation is actually different than the rest of Central or So. America.

double l for instance is pronounced as a Y everywhere else and an S in Chile. Even if you speak Spanish it will take you awhile to get your ears tuned to Chilean Spanish.

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