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|Subject:||Spanish in other countries|
|Question:||I own a Spanish teaching disc set and it teaches the type of Spanish spoken in Spain. If I learn from this, will it be difficult to communicate with Spanish speakers in Mexico?|
|Reply:||As difficult (or as easy) as for speakers of, say, American English to communicate with speakers of British English, Australian English, Singapore English, and so on – or, for that matter, with speakers of any different variety of what we came to call “the same” language. Languages don’t exist without their users. This holds within what we also came to call “the same” country. Political geography doesn’t necessarily match unified linguistic uses, because different people need their languages for different purposes. Madalena|
|Reply From:||Madalena Cruz-Ferreira click here to access email|