CanadianWolf wrote:Two consecutive years of living in a Spanish speaking environment after taking at least three continuous years of college level Spanish should give you "proficient" (not fluent) ability. It is, however, important for non-native speakers to continue studying Spanish or to be using the language daily to remain proficient. (Use it or lose it.)
@IKKI: Spanish to Italian is quite simple. Spanish to Portugeuse is certainly facilitated if the fluent Spanish speaker is living & working or studying in Brazil. Certainly Spanish sharpens one's ear for Portugeuse, but the transition to Portugeuse typically requires more work than to Italian. Portugeuse is quite valuable in today's international economy, while Italian is less so.
Not to be an asshole, but it's "Portuguese". You're probably right, I've talked with Brazilians that don't speak a word of Spanish and it's funny how well we could understand each other, but I know being fluent would probably take more work than learning Italian. But yeah, Italian is basically Spanish with a lot of hand movement.
AlabamaIceman wrote:Mmm. People like you are the reason I suspect I should bother at all, you are worlds better than I'll likely ever be, it just ain't fair lol.
You would be surprised at the wonders that getting a Mexican girlfriend that doesn't know English could do for your Spanish.