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Welcome to Vol. 19 of the Spanish Online Newsletter! Spanish lessons with audio links, as well as Spanish speaking cities and more. Well since we're on the road in California this week the newsletter is another article - I'll resume the Spanish lessons next week. I've had some wonderful phone calls recently from grandmas, grandpas and others in the senior community who are actively studying Spanish - and thought it would be nice to share a little note about them with you. A big gracias goes out to all of you who ordered my new Verbs Learning Program - I sure hope you enjoy it! ¡Espero que sea muy útil y por lo menos un poco divertido!

Never too Late to Learn...Seniors and Spanish!

While I'm always happy to talk to students and teachers of Spanish, nothing makes me feel quite as good as talking to a senior who is studying Spanish. I've found that seniors take up Spanish for a variety of reasons: some find themselves traveling abroad or living in communities in places like Florida, California, and Arizona where Spanish is spoken all over the place - others take classes in their communities more as a social activity, while others study with their grandchildren or other members of the family who are already studying Spanish for work or school. What I've noticed about the seniors I've spoken with recently is that they all seem to share a high level of enthusiasm for learning the language - as well as a dedication to begin using the language wherever they can. While many of the younger students I speak with are concerned with achieving the highest level of fluency "as fast as possible" - I've noticed that many of the seniors are more concerned with enjoying the process.

While I know you can't generalize, I do think we can all learn a lesson from the wonderful attitude of these grandmas and grandpas who don't think it's too late to begin speaking a new language. I imagine that their enthusiasm probably rubs off quite easily on the younger members of their family - and can create an environment where language learning flourishes with less effort. It's also a great way for people of different generations to spend time together - and can give a retired person a real sense of accomplishment as they find their skills improving each week.

Can any of you think of a senior in your family or community who might enjoy learning Spanish? Don't be shy - call them up and get them to join you for an hour a week of lessons, music, movies, or Spanish food. Don't take no for an answer - I promise you that you won't regret it.

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Travel Spot of the Week

visit Los Angeles and practice your Spanish!

Los Angeles, California

Ok so maybe you never thought of LA as a Hispanic city....then think again! LA is a great place to practice your Spanish - and keep in mind that in the city of angels (los angeles means "the angels") the Hispanics actually predated the gringos. For tons of LA history links, click here. For history of the Spanish roots and founding of LA, click here. For an article about Latinos in Hollywood, click here.

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