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April B.
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Spanish
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Question:

For a student of Spanish in North America, explain why it would be beneficial to also learn European Spanish from Spain. Conversely, for a student of Spanish in Europe or anywhere they teach European Spanish, explain why it would be beneficial to also learn Latin American Spanish.

April B.
Answer:

Spanish is such a global language and yet it can be difficult for a Spanish person to understand the regular vocabulary and slang of someone from Mexico, for example, and vice versa. Language evolves over time, and just as French evolved at a different rate in France than it did in Canada dating back to the 1600s, so has Spanish evolved at different rates in Spanish vs. Latin America. If one is to speak the language with the maximum amount of efficacy, it would be beneficial to speak both European Spanish as well as Latin American Spanish, not only to reach more people through communication but to experience more opportunities via one's language skills.

French
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Question:

The United States is known for being a melting pot of peoples and languages, and one of the more prominent languages is Spanish. For a student of French, explain how you will immerse yourself in the language if you live in a region where exposure to the French language and/or culture is not readily available.

April B.
Answer:

For effective immersion in a language, it has to be experienced throughout the day, every day. To accomplish this, the following modes of study or communication should be utilized: music from contemporary artists (oral comprehension), TV shows and movies using original subtitles IN FRENCH if necessary (oral comprehension as well as reading comprehension), magazines, pen pals either through snail mail or email, phone pals to hold spoken conversations either over the phone or through any WiFi-based telephone app like WhatsApp or Viber, and websites in French like the homepage of Yahoo! France to read articles about current affairs for vocabulary expansion.

Writing
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Question:

Explain why a piece of fiction that is 100 pages long is considered far superior, in the literary world, to a work of fiction that is 400+ pages long. Include as many reasons as you believe apply to this argument.

April B.
Answer:

One of the main goals in literature, and a feature that distinguishes it from "commercial" fiction, is the fact that the author is able to write in a concise manner. Anyone can be verbose and type up 400 pages of purple prose. The mark of a good writer is their ability to convey the message in a succinct manner. Instead of using a full paragraph, they only need a sentence.

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