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    Good morning. I have a question that seems to belong in this section. I apologize if this is covered elswhere but my searches cannot find this question.

    My wife and I are Americans and want our children to learn Spanish. We want them to read, write and speak Spanish. Our 4 children are home schooled and several of the Spanish language programs we have looked at seem to teach a 'street Spanish', not formal, academic/diplomatic Spanish.

    Is Castillian Spanish what we are looking for? What resources would you recommend we pursue? We live in a rural area and would not be able to go into a major city for classes. CDs/DVDs or online programs would be best. We have found a number of these on the Internet but would prefer a recommendation from subject matter experts.

    Thank you very much.

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    Hello ssol,

    If you live in the U.S.A. I think it would be preferable your kids learn Mexican Spanish due to the probabiliy that they most of the time will speak with Mexicans. I could add that the difference among different variations is not so big, and it's not a problem if you teach e.g. Mexican Spanish and they speak with a Peruvian or a Colombian. The most important difference is the conjugation of the verbs, due to there are differences among Spanish from Spain, Mexican and Argentinian Spanish.

    Talking about "street Spanish", I strongly recommend your kids learn "standard Spanish", I mean, the academic Spanish.
    Every language can be represented by a pyramid in which we can put every variation of that language, but "standard" is always at the top of the pyramid. People who learn a "standard" language, can go to the bottom of the pyramid and talk, e.g. slang, but the opposite (be on the bottom and try to speak the "standard" language) is very difficult.

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    Mr. Jaubert, Thank you for your post. Academic Spanish is what we will pursue. Can you recommend online sources for effective learning?

    Thank you,

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    Would anyone comment on the relative merits of using Rosetta Stone vs. Berlitz online programs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssol
    Mr. Jaubert, Thank you for your post. Academic Spanish is what we will pursue. Can you recommend online sources for effective learning?

    Thank you,

    Hello,

    I read your messages and I think I can help you. I suggest you try http://spanish.online-spanisch.com/spanish/ I'm taking classes there and they are really good. My teacher is nice and she clarified many doubts I had for a long time about Spanish. I can say I learn a lot every class.

    Good luck!!

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