Will Spanish people understand me in Majorca if I speak to them in Latin American Spanish? Will I sound silly?

I’ve spent several weeks learning Spanish with Pimsleur because I feel that it’s the best Spanish learning software on the market. However, I’m beginning to think I may have wasted my time because it’s geared around Latin American Spanish rather than Castilian.
I’m not paranoid, I just don’t want to sound like a fool.
Thanks

3 Comments

  1. I like to explain that the different dialects of Spanish are somewhat like the difference between British English, American English, Austrailian English, etc.

    There are different slang/colloquial words and the accents differ, however the basic language is the same and usually understood throughout. Spaniards will have no more difficulty understanding a Panamanian than an American has understanding an Austrailian.

    There will be differences in pronunciation, but you will not sound like a fool! I would suggest if you are learning Spanish to speak mostly with Spaniards, maybe you should learn from a Spaniard source. Otherwise, you will be just fine with a Latin American version.

    Good luck and have fun in your travels!

    ORLMIA
  2. You won’t sound as a fool as long as you don’t say things like c h in g a da or any insults you’ve learnt, because here they sound pretty stupid. And remember to say dinero instead of plata.

    Saffy
  3. Latin American Spanish is based on Castilian Spanish. There are just a few words that are different, as well as the way you pronounce certain things (particularly soft c and soft z). If you go to Spain speaking the Latin American dialect, they will understand you (with the rare exception of a few words) and they will just take you as a foreigner.

    I’m not sure if you look foreign at all, but by your speaking (your accent, in particular), they will most likely be able to tell that you are a foreigner, even if you study Castellano (Castilian). Don’t worry about that so much as being understood. You will be understood if you learn Latin American Spanish…

    джонс

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