Mexican Living Survival Tip # 2 The Language Barrier
Let me begin this next column in the series with a generalized statement:
The Spanish you learn in a classroom in the United States, Mexico, or in your own study from some impossibly expensive Spanish language tapes WILL NOT be the Spanish you hear in the streets of Mexico!
I do not care who will try to convince you otherwise! I do not care who may convince you that this method or that method will give you fluency if only you would dish out the bucks to take it. What you learn in a classroom will not be the Spanish you hear on the streets in Mexico.
You will not hear classroom Spanish in the stores, markets, doctors office, from street vendors, church, or any life event that happens outside the classroom. You will not! I know this for certain because I took a load of classes in the U.S., Mexico, and a lot of studying using one of the most expensive language learning home study courses. And what I learned was not anything close to what I hear in real life in the streets.
This is a dilemma. This, in fact, borders on the criminal, does it not? If what you will learn in class in the U.S., some...