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I've just completed my last session of the final level of Fluenz Spanish (Latin, upgraded) just in time for new year! This topic has been touched on in previous posts, but I'm looking for any advise or information on formal study methods in order to pursue a more advanced level of Spanish. Fluenz is fantastic and I've done all the levels in about 20 months; whilst doing so I have been practising and talking with various native Spanish speakers and having finished Fluenz, I realise I know a great deal more in terms of gramatical structures and tenses than are included in the Fluenz course (I don't know the words to describe them, but for example the tense used in tener "que tengas un buen dia", or the way to say "I will do something", but not in the present tense, or using "Voy a", as Fluenz teaches you (so "Yo comeré" instead of "Voy a comer" or "Yo como"). Anyway, I'm considering options for formally studying Spanish, perhaps with a view of attaining some kind of qualification that I could include on my CV for example. I'm aware of the DELE qualification but don't know a lot about it. My main question would be what level of this qualification (i.e. A1, A2, B1 or B2 etc.) would be most suitable for someone in my position post-Fluenz? I tried a test on the DELE website which said my level would be B2, but I think I got lucky with some of the multiple choice questions and my knowledge of the above mentioned tense structures also assisted with that. So besides any advise in relation to DELE, I would love to discuss with people in a similar position what direction they went in to further their Spanish level (no need to advise about private tutors, watching movies or listening to music and immersion etc., I'm more interested in formal studying methods or materials/courses) - thanks a lot everybody! Josh

I've just completed my last session of the final level of Fluenz Spanish (Latin, upgraded) just in time for new year!
This topic has been touched on in previous posts, but I'm looking for any advise or information on formal study methods in order to pursue a more advanced level of Spanish.

Fluenz is fantastic and I've done all the levels in about 20 months; whilst doing so I have been practising and talking with various native Spanish speakers and having finished Fluenz, I realise I know a great deal more in terms of gramatical structures and tenses than are included in the Fluenz course (I don't know the words to describe them, but for example the tense used in tener "que tengas un buen dia", or the way to say "I will do something", but not in the present tense, or using "Voy a", as Fluenz teaches you (so "Yo comeré" instead of "Voy a comer" or "Yo como").

Anyway, I'm considering options for formally studying Spanish, perhaps with a view of attaining some kind of qualification that I could include on my CV for example. I'm aware of the DELE qualification but don't know a lot about it. My main question would be what level of this qualification (i.e. A1, A2, B1 or B2 etc.) would be most suitable for someone in my position post-Fluenz? I tried a test on the DELE website which said my level would be B2, but I think I got lucky with some of the multiple choice questions and my knowledge of the above mentioned tense structures also assisted with that.

So besides any advise in relation to DELE, I would love to discuss with people in a similar position what direction they went in to further their Spanish level (no need to advise about private tutors, watching movies or listening to music and immersion etc., I'm more interested in formal studying methods or materials/courses) - thanks a lot everybody!

Josh

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ladykate
I'm not sure I need A2 or any level since I am primarily interested in conversational ability. However, I am in the same boat as you (or nearly so). I will finish all five levels soon (about 4 weeks if I stay on schedule). I asked earlier about telenovelas and came up with several good ones to start when I finish Fluenz. I wanted a 'guy' telenovela and settled on El Señor de Los Cielos - which I think is on Netflix but I bought the series on DVD. Sonia recommended Club of Crows (Club de Cuervos) which is on Netflix. It is NOT a family series but it is quite funny (rudely funny). I started watching it and have become hooked. I have gone through about a half season and am picking up on the Mexican slang. However, I have a friend who is much more advanced than I and she has been taking Spanish Unlimited. It is Waaayy different than Fluenz but it gives you good practice and it goes to an advanced level. It isn't expensive. I also searched MeetUps - which is somewhat national - and found a Spanish MeetUp locally. Several of us meet and speak (or try to speak!) Spanish... and eat..

I'm not sure I need A2 or any level since I am primarily interested in conversational ability. However, I am in the same boat as you (or nearly so). I will finish all five levels soon (about 4 weeks if I stay on schedule). I asked earlier about telenovelas and came up with several good ones to start when I finish Fluenz. I wanted a 'guy' telenovela and settled on El Señor de Los Cielos - which I think is on Netflix but I bought the series on DVD. Sonia recommended Club of Crows (Club de Cuervos) which is on Netflix. It is NOT a family series but it is quite funny (rudely funny). I started watching it and have become hooked. I have gone through about a half season and am picking up on the Mexican slang. However, I have a friend who is much more advanced than I and she has been taking Spanish Unlimited. It is Waaayy different than Fluenz but it gives you good practice and it goes to an advanced level. It isn't expensive. I also searched MeetUps - which is somewhat national - and found a Spanish MeetUp locally. Several of us meet and speak (or try to speak!) Spanish... and eat..

Fabrice
Spanish meetup will be great. You need interaction. Passive listening is not enough, and I got amazing results when I went to south america alone and had to speak spanish. I then joined a spanish conversation class and that helped me a lot too. I had the same issue with Chinese, I've done Fluenz Chinese and then decided to go take an online teacher for a couple of months before going to China. i'm now able to have an easy conversation in chinese, and I don't think it would have been that easy without Fluenz. It was tough but I survived. Fluenz gives you a strong base, you have to add a lot of work using other methods, books, websites if you really want to be fluent.

Spanish meetup will be great. You need interaction. Passive listening is not enough, and I got amazing results when I went to south america alone and had to speak spanish. I then joined a spanish conversation class and that helped me a lot too. I had the same issue with Chinese, I've done Fluenz Chinese and then decided to go take an online teacher for a couple of months before going to China. i'm now able to have an easy conversation in chinese, and I don't think it would have been that easy without Fluenz. It was tough but I survived. Fluenz gives you a strong base, you have to add a lot of work using other methods, books, websites if you really want to be fluent.

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