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Topic: OT:RE: +Learning Spanish (7 msgs / 353 lines)
1) From: Stephen Carey
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As soon as we bought our house in Costa Rica it 
became apparent that we better know the language, 
so we have learned it - scratch that - are 
learning it on a continuing basis.  Makes a world of difference.
Stephen
At 02:51 PM 10/30/2007, you wrote:
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As soon as we bought our house in Costa Rica it became
apparent that we better know the language, so we have learned it -
scratch that - are learning it on a continuing basis.  Makes a world
of difference.
Stephen
At 02:51 PM 10/30/2007, you wrote:
Thanks for the info, Ecellent
idea and opportunity for employment. I hope it works out. Might be
traveling soon and want to learn a piece or two.
thanks Mike
> From: mikeraz
> To: homeroast
> Subject: +Learning Spanish
> Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2007 11:44:07 -0700
>
> When I went to Oaxaca last spring I didn't think my unused for 30
years Spanish
> would be too helpful. While it wasn't as bad as I expected better
language skills
> would have been nice.
>
> Today on Oregon Public Broadcasting I hear this story:
>http://news.opb.org/article/speak-shop-explores-news-way-foreign-language-le=arning/
>
> A couple in Portland have set up Speak Shop:
>
http://www.speakshop.com/>
> They've partnered with a school in Guatemala for one on one language
lessons over
> the Internet. You get a tutor that normally teaches through a
school. During the
> off season (no tourists) they are, essentially, unemployed. So Speak
Shop made
> arrangements and did the tech work to link students with teachers.
The teachers
> get year round employment, at above average wages, and the students
get low cost
> custom lessons.
>
> It requires a headset, flash enabled browser (currently they list
support for IE
> on windows and Mac if you have Skype) and if you have a web cam you
can see your
> teacher too.
>
> Free one month trial to check it out.
>
> I'm not affiliated with the company, I'm going to try it out as soon
as I figure
> out where I buried the headsets while cleaning up the basement.
>
> --
> Michael Rasmussen, Portland, Ore, USA
> Be Appropriate && Follow Your Curiosity
>
http://www.patch.com/words/>
>
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2) From: Sandy Andina
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I grew up in Brooklyn and live in Chicago, so I have picked up a fair  
amount from billboards and bilingual signs. I can read and translate,  
and understand slowly spoken Spanish (and was able to shop in Puerto  
Vallarta) but am not much of a conversationalist and know little to  
no grammar.   Oddly enough, my high school and college French (and  
the fact that my parents used to speak Yiddish when they were hiding  
stuff from us kids) served me in good stead in France, Switzerland,  
Germany and Austria; and I was able to extrapolate that (along with  
what I'd learned in music and from restaurant menus) to a working  
knowledge of some Italian.  Amazing how much of a linguistic  
motivator one's tastebuds can be!
On Oct 30, 2007, at 1:56 PM, Stephen Carey wrote:
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Sandy
www.sandyandina.com
www.sass-music.com
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 I grew up in Brooklyn and live in Chicago, so I have picked up a fair =
amount from billboards and bilingual signs. I can read and translate, =
and understand slowly spoken Spanish (and was able to shop in Puerto =
Vallarta) but am not much of a conversationalist and know little to no =
grammar.   Oddly enough, my high school and college French (and the =
fact that my parents used to speak Yiddish when they were hiding stuff =
from us kids) served me in good stead in France, Switzerland, Germany =
and Austria; and I was able to extrapolate that (along with what I'd =
learned in music and from restaurant menus) to a working knowledge of =
some Italian.  Amazing how much of a linguistic motivator one's =
tastebuds can be!
On Oct 30, 2007, at 1:56 PM, Stephen =
Carey wrote:  
As soon as we bought our house in Costa = Rica it became apparent that we better know the language, so we have = learned it - scratch that - are learning it on a continuing basis.  = Makes a world of difference. Stephen = Sandywww.sass-music.com
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3) From: James Raven
sounds like you have quite the travel repetuae going on Sandy, Lucky Lucky =
to travel to those places and have espresso experiences I'm sure?
From: sandraandina
Subject: Re: OT:RE: +Learning Spanish
To: homeroast
Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2007 14:11:38 -0500
I grew up in Brooklyn and live in Chicago, so I have picked up a fair amoun=
t from billboards and bilingual signs. I can read and translate, and unders=
tand slowly spoken Spanish (and was able to shop in Puerto Vallarta) but am=
 not much of a conversationalist and know little to no grammar.   Oddly eno=
ugh, my high school and college French (and the fact that my parents used t=
o speak Yiddish when they were hiding stuff from us kids) served me in good=
 stead in France, Switzerland, Germany and Austria; and I was able to extra=
polate that (along with what I'd learned in music and from restaurant menus=
) to a working knowledge of some Italian.  Amazing how much of a linguistic=
 motivator one's tastebuds can be!
On Oct 30, 2007, at 1:56 PM, Stephen Carey wrote:
As soon as we bought our house in Costa Rica it became apparent that we bet=
ter know the language, so we have learned it - scratch that - are learning =
it on a continuing basis.  Makes a world of difference.
Stephen
Sandy
www.sandyandina.com
www.sass-music.com
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4) From: John Brown
according to an old Charles Berlitz book i read a great many moons ago 
if you read English then you already know about 2000 words of Spanish, 
Portuguese, Italian,
Romanian.  the end of the word changes such as liberty, liberte, 
libertad. and exctra.
Sandy Andina wrote:
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5) From: Ken Schillinger
What part of CR is your house in?
My wife is a Tica, and we make it down to visit her family every couple of 
years.
Ken,
Enjoying a nice cuppa Kenya that I just roasted.

6) From: Stephen Carey
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We are in Quepos and Maneul Antonio www.atriptoparadise.com   shows 
the place.  I love it there and that is what turned me on to roasting coffee.
At 08:48 PM 10/30/2007, you wrote:
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We are in Quepos and Maneul Antonio

www.atriptoparadise.com   shows the place.  I love it
there and that is what turned me on to roasting coffee.
At 08:48 PM 10/30/2007, you wrote:
What part of CR is your house
in?
My wife is a Tica, and we make it down to visit her family every couple
of years.
Ken,
Enjoying a nice cuppa Kenya that I just roasted.

7) From: Brian Kamnetz
Stephen,
I don't think I've heard this story....
Brian
On 10/31/07, Stephen Carey  wrote:
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