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About how long will it take to be able to talk a decent conversation with someone?

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I know no spanish and I need to be able to get ordering info across to an spanish speaking individual.

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updated AGO 17, 2009
posted by truckman

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"ordering info"... is that placing simple orders in a restaurant or ordering "part no.4959786yuitorue4756" for your nuclear power plant containment system?

Also, do you just want to be understood or do you wish to hold a grammatically correct conversation?

updated AGO 16, 2009
posted by 0074b507
not for rocket science...need understood for orders off the delivery truck for store items. - truckman, AGO 16, 2009
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Thank you. I'm finding it is going to take a good while.
have already spent several hours on study the last couple of days although it is interesting and fun, it will be a while. It is a good and fun challenge. Thank you for the input.

updated AGO 17, 2009
posted by truckman
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I was just trying to point out that we need to know some level of the conversations that you will be having.

With a truck delivery, if all that was delivered were boxed goods, then you might get by with the interrogative words and a few commands. How many? Put it over there. Spanish numbers, etc.

If these are orders a large department store then you may have to know the names of the departments, and all of the names of the department stock. (say the order form lists 3 couches, 6 tables, 12 chairs, 4 wash machines, etc.)

If your dealing with orders, then you will have to now how to tell/ ask name, address company, write, type, call, fill in, quantity, colors, etc.

Do you get my point? How long it is going to take you depends exactly on how much you need to learn. It also depends on the resources that you have for learning, For instance, do you have access to Spanish/English order forms where you see nombre/appellido, address/dirección on the forms? Do you have any bilingual co-workers that can expedite your learning curve?

How much time/day do you have to study?

Your question is too nebulous to give any kind of meaningful answer.

updated AGO 16, 2009
edited by 0074b507
posted by 0074b507
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