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By cloudy
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I wondering how much Spanish I would need to be able to live in or around Torrevieja. Things like shopping, or restaurants, or even just being polite to people I interact with i the street

Would it be polite to ask how good are those on the forum at speaking Spanish, as was of comparison.

My spoke Spanish is poor. Writing much better, but quite slow.
By cameron
#1025734
Most people who live in or near Torrevieja seem to manage without speaking any Spanish but I prefer to visit towns and villages inland where often nobody speaks English so depends on the lifestyle you want.
By Daniel14
#1026247
Most Brits I know can't be bothered to learn Spanish and expect everyone to speak English. I think that is a very arrogant attitude. There are Spanish classes you can attend and if you try speaking the language Spanish people will be really pleased. The only problem is that they speak much too fast for a learner to understand. But once you have managed a simple conversation in Spanish you will feel fantastic and just want to learn more.
By jambalaya
#1027334
My husband learned Spanish some 30 years ago and went to Civil Service Linguist level and has been studying for interpreter. He has also completed a certificate in Catalan/Valenciano.
However, he says it is very difficult here as people reply to him in English. Go into a shop or restaurant and he orders what we want in Spanish and most times gets the reply in English.
I've even seen him speaking Spanish with the assistant or waitress or whatever replying totally in English.
We have to go to a village or town inland so he can practise Spanish before sitting an exam.
We even had a long weekend in Valencia and came across the same problem but a weeks stay in Barcelona was fine as they all spoke Catalan.
The town halls are good as they do reply in Spanish (as do most public offices like trafico) but day to day it can be quite exasperating (for him).
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By ElJamon
#1028528
If your interested to getting a level in spanish you should look at the DELE exams level.

http://www.dele.org/

My spanish friend says the B1 level is the reading newspaper level

Spanish Diploma Level A1 (Breakthrough)
Certifies that the student is able to communicate using the language in a basic way in situations having to do with immediate needs or everyday situations.

Spanish Diploma Level A2 (Waystage)
Certifies that the candidate can understand commonly used, everyday phrases and expressions related to areas of experience especially relevant to them (basic information about themselves, and their families, shopping, places of interest, work, etc.).

Spanish Diploma Level B1 (Threshold)
Certifies candidates’ capacity to understand the gist of clear texts, in standard language, if they involve well-known topics related to work, studies or leisure. It also certifies students’ ability to deal with most situations that occur while travelling in areas where Spanish is spoken; to produce simple and coherent texts about familiar topics, or topics of personal interest; and lastly to be able to describe experiences, events, wishes and hopes, as well as to be able to briefly express opinions or explain plans.

Spanish Diploma Level B2 (Vantage)
Certifies students’ ability to interact with native speakers with a sufficient degree of fluency and spontaneity to enable easy and natural communication between interlocutors; produce clear and detailed texts about diverse topics, as well as defend an opinion about general topics, expressing the pros and cons for each argument; and lastly, understand the gist of complex texts about both concrete and abstract topics, including technical texts, provided they are within the candidate’s area of expertise.

Spanish Diploma Level C1 (Effective Operational Proficiency)
Certifies sufficient linguistic competence to understand a wide variety of lengthy, and somewhat demanding texts, as well as to grasp implicit meaning in the same; to express themselves fluently and spontaneously without apparent effort to find the right words; to be able to use the language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes; and finally, to be able to produce clear, well-structured and detailed texts about topics of some complexity, correctly using mechanisms of organization, articulation and cohesion in the text.

Spanish Diploma Level C2 (Mastery)
Certifies sufficient linguistic competence to communicate effectively in any situation, proving ability to spontaneously adapt to any context, with a high degree of precision. The language users show subtle control of nuances which allow for fluent and natural expression in all interactions.
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