Talk:Spanish 1

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Question about copyright[edit]

Can someone please clarify the copyright status of this material for me please? For example, some of the text appears to be the same as http://www.esmiplaneta.com/countries/guatamala.htm which is "© 2008 Es Mi Planeta.Com - All rights reserved". --McCormack 04:06, 4 August 2008 (UTC)

My suspicion, after talking to the creator of this resource, is that stuff in this resource is widely reproduced around the web because it originally comes from Wikipedia country articles. Wikipedia country articles are a favourite source for people writing about countries, and some sites copy and then put a ©-statement on the bottom - although the original is actually Wikipedia's. The way to check this, if it needs to be checked, is to check the Wikipedia version and see if the Wikipedia version was copied-and-pasted or built out of many edits. --McCormack 05:11, 4 August 2008 (UTC)

Breaking the course into subpages[edit]

Before I got going on this today, the page was 80kb long with 12 chapters all together. I have divided it into subpages by strictly following the existing structure. --McCormack 04:21, 5 August 2008 (UTC)

Name?[edit]

Spanish 1 and Spanish One are two different projects. Is this a bit of an issue? The Jade Knight 09:52, 3 September 2008 (UTC)

  • Yes - this is one of the many things on my to-do list - pull together the bits of Spanish One into a new Spanish 2. --McCormack 12:37, 3 September 2008 (UTC)

Wikibook[edit]

I propose a radical restructuring of this course to follow the order of the Spanish Wikibook. I think we could make a powerful Spanish course by using the Wikibook (and its accompanying excersises) in conjunction with additional participant-based resources here. Opinions? The Jade Knight (d'viser) 13:50, 23 November 2008 (UTC)

Country focii[edit]

The "country focus" sections appear to be simply cut & paste jobs from Wikipedia. They don't appear to give attribution to this, and it seems redundant to host such content here. The Jade Knight (d'viser) 15:56, 23 November 2008 (UTC)

Pointers to FSI Spanish would greatly improve the helpfulness of this page[edit]

The U.S. government Foreign Service Institute has developed and not copyrighted a very carefully structured, useful, easy, and thorough audio course with workbooks from basic to advanced. Pointers to downloads, or providing downloads, to the FSI Spanish course, Level 1 through Level 4, would greatly increase the value of this article

Usage?[edit]

Why don't the lessons contain dialogs or texts? Do you really expect learners to assemble phrases without having a model? Junesun 21:26, 30 October 2010 (UTC)

The course also needs some homework and exercises. --Enric Naval 12:20, 24 November 2011 (UTC)

I agree, those things are missing. I teach basic Spanish in the U.S. so I make those myself (mostly Google Forms). Having dialogues and exercises online would improve the course quality; not sure by what software/code to achieve that. --Erikpritchard (discusscontribs) 19:53, 25 March 2016 (UTC)

Gender and stress[edit]

To be useful to learners, all lists of new noun should be presented with their grammatical gender (by adding the appropriate definite article), as well as have their stress marked (even if standard Spanish spelling does not require an accent/stress mark), as learners with no audio resources have no way of knowing where certain words are stressed. I say this as a learner, so can't fix this myself. Ijon 00:48, 2 July 2011 (UTC)

small change in format[edit]

if no one opposes, i'll be changing all the "..." to "___". This way they don't get confused with the dot at the end of the sentence. --Enric Naval 12:19, 24 November 2011 (UTC)

Content Changes: Who Makes Them?[edit]

Hi, sorry if this is noob question. Who is authorized to make content changes?

For example, I like much of the basics section but I would choose to delete a few lower-frequency words in favor of higher-frequency words. Can I do this? Do I submit my ideas to a curator or some authority?

Thanks,

Erik --Erikpritchard (discusscontribs) 19:49, 25 March 2016 (UTC)