The ability to speak a second language is becoming an increasingly important skill-set. There are many ways to learn a language, from the not-so-good (software-based), to the best (immersion). This article should be used as a starting point to develop your skills in the Spanish language, but should not be your only resource. Interaction with native speakers, television, movies, radio shows and constant practice, should all be part of the learning process.
I don’t have a degree in Spanish or teaching, but I served as a Spanish Instructor at the U.S. Border Patrol Academy for four years and I’ll share with you the methods I learned and practiced at the time. My job as an Instructor was to prepare agents so they could conduct field interviews and interrogations in Spanish. Based on my experience over the past sixteen years, I believe adults are just as capable of leaning a new language as kids, but unlike adults, kids don’t worry about making mistakes or the perception of ridicule. [Read More…]
We’ve wanted to put together a reference for many of the acronyms that get tossed around here on ITS, along with some you may have casually heard out there and possibly don’t know the meaning of.
Thanks to a good friend who helped compile the majority of this list, we give you Military Acronyms, Terminology and Slang Reference.
Feel free to add any into the comments below that we may have neglected to put in. If this is well received we’d like to add it as a link on the site for quick reference. [Read More…]
If you’re like me, your Spanish is terrible, despite two years in High School and four semesters in College. Yes, I have some skill-set work to do myself, as languages have always been something I just can’t fully grasp.
I first came across the Border Book, the Tactical Spanish Command Field Guide, back in February while browsing the Facebook page of a fan who’d commented. I noticed the Border Book image in his profile picture and followed his Website link to investigate. The description looked very interesting and I was intrigued to learn more.
Being in the minority that doesn’t speak fluent Spanish in Texas and coupled with my lack of the language skill-set, I thought it would be something great to purchase and review on ITS. When contacting J. Coyle, the book’s author, he was excited about the review opportunity. [Read More…]