[log in to unmask] writes: >I know that feeling! [By the way, in my experience, a number of the >native speakers were apprehensive as well, since they're having to >learn their own language the right way around!] Well, fortunately the native speakers are all quite forgiving, and are of varying degrees of fluency. But still, it's a little intimidating when your professor lauds one of the native speakers on how poetic and philosophical his description of himself is ("Look how well Javier writes his descriptions, it's very poetic, class"), when you can do just a basic simple description yourself (well, i should give myself a little more credit than that. I write better than I think I do, probably). At least I was able to get through a 5 minute presentation all in Spanish without having to look at my notes much. > > >If you can manage it, try to go for a whole year. But even a Summer >will be wonderful. And don't sweat whatever course load your teachers >try to jam down your throat while you're there (in whatever country). >Just ignore them and learn from the people and places around you! I'd go for a year, that's for sure. My friend Abe went to Granada for a year and had an absolute blast. He suggested it over Madrid, mostly because he says it was cheaper there. Hopefully being there a year will greatly improve my speaking and listening abilities (a girl I knew in HS came back from Venezuela talking like a native, but i dont think i'd be AS fluent as she is.....she's just VERY good in languages) ____________________________________ Io faulo, io leio, e io entèndo montreiano.