I speak Spanish and am around Spanish speaking people who don't speak very good English. I have a Southern accent so my Spanish sounds like a little like I'm mocking the language. But, I do know basic Spanish, which I'd like to practice speaking more , but that means speaking to people. I've taken Spanish in high school and college, but still only know basic Spanish even though I managed to do okay in the classes. So, should I just speak English to those that speak Spanish as a native language to not appear to mock the language? Or should I try my Spanish? Everytime I've used it, people seem to understand me well then me trying to understand their English. I just don't want to be offensive by not speaking it well. I find Hispanic people cool, I like Latin American culture and the food. I just sound like a redneck trying to speak Spanish. LOL.
Most Helpful Girl
I know what u mean I have the same problem I'm from the south and took two years of Spanish and lived in Tucson Arizona for about two years where your either learn to speak it or your really have problems with basically everyday life however I still feel like people look at me funny in the way I say somethings and even some people are surprised when they are carrying on a conversation that I can understand them because I will start laughing or will reply in Spanish but then they get quite so I don't know but I would not worry to much about it0
Most Helpful Guy
I think especially as an native English speaker, even more so as an American (maybe not with Spanish so much), they love the effort!
I am fluent in German and not terrible, but I do have to repeat myself to people who don't know I am American before talking to them. Even though they usually respond instantly in English, I have been told how mush they appreciate the effort to learn and speak their language with them, Germany especially as English is very prevalent.
With this group, you should try speaking each others languages, that is how I got good, they speak English and you speak Spanish, so no one has a language advantage too much!0