Spanish in Six Weeks?

One of my favorite language bloggers is doing a six-week challenge for learning Spanish. It’s described on this forum and I’m considering taking part.

Basically, the goal is to learn as much Spanish as possible in six weeks. The challenge starts on May 1 (and since I’ll be in school then, I certainly won’t be able to fit in as much Spanish as other people, which is unfortunate). But it sounds like loads of fun. I have not done Spanish since high school and I think it would be a great language to know. So many people speak it and it’s an official UN language. (And I think it would be really amazing to work at the UN as a translator or interpreter. Yes, I know those are two different professions, but I don’t know which I would pursue at this point.)

The only issue is Russian: I don’t want to forget my Russian while doing this challenge. I may start the challenge and see how it goes. There are so many things I want to do. If only there were more hours in a day…

Update: More details about the challenge (and signing up) are here. Also, does anyone have any advice about which variant of Spanish to learn? I hear that Spanish varies by country.

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5 thoughts on “Spanish in Six Weeks?

  1. The only issue is Russian: I don’t want to forget my Russian while doing this challenge.

    That should not actually be an issue. According to the psychologists, languages don’t interfere with one another when they are substantially distinct, as with Spanish and Russian. Now if you were to try to learn Ukrainian, or perhaps even Polish, then they may interfere with Russian; not so if you do Spanish or Chinese.

    1. Heh, a couple of years back I had oral exams in Russian and Polish on the same day… it was a complete disaster!
      Natalie, I really don’t think there will be a problem 🙂

  2. Go for it! My (wild?) guess is that your Russian skills have reach such a level, that a second language wouldn’t cause any problems. And, the Spanish you’ve learnt before will come back to you quite quickly.
    I need more hours, too… 40 hours a day sounds quite OK… after some serious thought I applied for a Czech course at uni (Serbian as second option) to add bit more stress to my already overloaded brain. You only live once, right? 🙂

  3. And a comment on your update: “Update: More details about the challenge (and signing up) are here. Also, does anyone have any advice about which variant of Spanish to learn? I hear that Spanish varies by country.”

    Spanish varies a lot (by country but also within countries) – but usually people do understand each other well. I understand that grammar is usually very similar, but that the vocabulary and pronounciation may differ. However, I can’t give you any advice on which one to choose: my personal favourites are the variants spoken in Spain and Argentina, but that’s more a matter of taste than anything else.

    And – I see I made some spelling mistakes in my first comment. I’m terribly sorry about that 😀

  4. Zsuzsi: thanks for the advice. 🙂 I definitely need 40 hours a day, too. And I can’t wait to hear about the Czech course (or Serbian, if you end up doing that).

    Anatoly: thanks for your comment. That’s quite interesting about the research. Someday I want to learn Ukrainian–hopefully my Russian will be strong enough so that I won’t mix up the two languages…

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