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    Going to Spain-need some advice

    Hello!

    I am planing to go to Spain this Summer and hope anyone will give me the idea about:
    How far is Segovia town from Madrid? (I've found it on the map already but it's unclear what scale and spaces are shown there)
    If you know this city, then what is the best way to reach it?
    What kind of transport is the best way to go across the country - train? buses? car?
    Could you compare the local prices (for food, hotels, transport and museums) with rest of Europe?
    Are the big cities overfilled by tourists in Summer, or one can bare?
    What's the attitude of the Spanish people towards Russia and Russians?
    Do the locals (not only in the big cities) speak English?

    Thank you!
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    You need to talk to Dobry!

    Leof, if you speak English -- which it seems like you do pretty well -- then Spanish isn't really that much more difficult. I'd say it's kind of like Polish or a Western/Southern Slavic language for a Russian. If you're not going until the summer, then you really should try to teach yourself some! You won't be an expert, but it should be something you can pick up a fair bit of!
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    I've been to Spain several times, but always to the south of the country - or to the Canary Islands; so I can't give you any first hand experience about Segovia (it looks lovely though!!!!)....

    But here's what I could find out:

    * Segovia is about 90 km north from Madrid. The easiest way is to fly to Madrid - there is an airport at Valledolid as well, but apparently it's not easy to get to Segovia from there (although it's also only 111 km away). From Madrid, you can go by train (about 5,5 Euros, 2 hours travel) or by bus (la sepulvedana bus company, 6,5 Euros, 1,5 hour). Here's a couple of links you can look at for transport:
    http://www.lasepulvedana.es/SEG2/index.html
    http://goeurope.about.com/od/segovia/
    http://www.gomadrid.com/transport/madrid-transport.html

    You could of course rent a car, but that's not cheap.... (count roughly 25 euros a day, a bit more if you only rent it a day or two). We usually try to find a place to stay from where we can already do a lot by public transport (which is pretty cheap in Spain),and then rent a car for four days to do longer day trips.


    * prices: ??? I googled for hotels there, and the prices seemed pretty much the same as here in Brussels: going from affordable to way over the top
    Restaurants: if you avoid the typical tourist places (usually those that say "typical Spanish restaurant! we speak English and German!" ( ), they are usually good and not expensive. Try to go where the Spanish themselves go

    * Yes, lots and lots and lots of tourists They are usually easily recognizable because they're burnt to a fine crisp (especially if they're English) . But don't let that put you off, Spain is a lovely place, and it's also very big, so you'll always be able to find a quiet corner

    * Spanish attitude: well, again, I can only talk for the Andalucians, the Costa-de-la-Luzians (????? ), and the good people of the Canary Islands (the Canaries?! ) - but they are very, very nice, rather quiet (contrary to the clich
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    [quote=BabaYaga]I've been to Spain several times, but always to the south of the country - or to the Canary Islands; so I can't give you any first hand experience about Segovia (it looks lovely though!!!!)....

    But here's what I could find out:

    * Segovia is about 90 km north from Madrid. The easiest way is to fly to Madrid - there is an airport at Valledolid as well, but apparently it's not easy to get to Segovia from there (although it's also only 111 km away). From Madrid, you can go by train (about 5,5 Euros, 2 hours travel) or by bus (la sepulvedana bus company, 6,5 Euros, 1,5 hour). Here's a couple of links you can look at for transport:
    http://www.lasepulvedana.es/SEG2/index.html
    http://goeurope.about.com/od/segovia/
    http://www.gomadrid.com/transport/madrid-transport.html

    You could of course rent a car, but that's not cheap.... (count roughly 25 euros a day, a bit more if you only rent it a day or two). We usually try to find a place to stay from where we can already do a lot by public transport (which is pretty cheap in Spain),and then rent a car for four days to do longer day trips.


    * prices: ??? I googled for hotels there, and the prices seemed pretty much the same as here in Brussels: going from affordable to way over the top
    Restaurants: if you avoid the typical tourist places (usually those that say "typical Spanish restaurant! we speak English and German!" ( ), they are usually good and not expensive. Try to go where the Spanish themselves go

    * Yes, lots and lots and lots of tourists They are usually easily recognizable because they're burnt to a fine crisp (especially if they're English) . But don't let that put you off, Spain is a lovely place, and it's also very big, so you'll always be able to find a quiet corner

    * Spanish attitude: well, again, I can only talk for the Andalucians, the Costa-de-la-Luzians (????? ), and the good people of the Canary Islands (the Canaries?! ) - but they are very, very nice, rather quiet (contrary to the clich
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    Spain is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, especially for other Europeans. For decades it has been the favourite place for Brits and Germans.

    When it comes to prices, British people can't offer than good advice everyting is expensive here, but Spain is much cheaper than Britain. Being Russian things will be more expensive for you.

    I've only been to Barcelona, anyway, which is in the North-East of the country. You should definately try and see it though! But they speak Catalan there, which is a different language. Sort of like a cross between French and Spanish
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    Quote Originally Posted by TATY
    Spain is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, especially for other Europeans. For decades it has been the favourite place for Brits and Germans.

    When it comes to prices, British people can't offer than good advice everyting is expensive here, but Spain is much cheaper than Britain. Being Russian things will be more expensive for you.

    I've only been to Barcelona, anyway, which is in the North-East of the country. You should definately try and see it though! But they speak Catalan there, which is a different language. Sort of like a cross between French and Spanish
    I'm about to show my astounding ignorance (and I theoretically had 4 years of Spanish language) and admit that I didn't know Catalan was spoken in Barcelona. I suppose that's why "c" is prounounced "th" there (like Barthelona)?
    Oh, and, this wouldn't be complete without a picture of the most famous Barcelonan:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barmaley
    Quote Originally Posted by TATY
    Spain is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, especially for other Europeans. For decades it has been the favourite place for Brits and Germans.

    When it comes to prices, British people can't offer than good advice everyting is expensive here, but Spain is much cheaper than Britain. Being Russian things will be more expensive for you.

    I've only been to Barcelona, anyway, which is in the North-East of the country. You should definately try and see it though! But they speak Catalan there, which is a different language. Sort of like a cross between French and Spanish
    I'm about to show my astounding ignorance (and I theoretically had 4 years of Spanish language) and admit that I didn't know Catalan was spoken in Barcelona. I suppose that's why "c" is prounounced "th" there (like Barthelona)?
    No

    C (before an I, or E) and Z are both pronounced as Th in Northern Spain. That's standard Castillian (European) Spanish accent. In the South and Latin America they pronounce them as s/z.

    Cerca = Therka
    Empezar = empethar
    diez = dieth

    S = s
    If you pronounce cerca as "serka", or empezar as "empesar" you will sound Latin American/from the South of Spain.

    Barcelona is the captial of Catalunya, so it is very much spoken there. Everyone speaks Spanish as well of course. But stuff is billingual. Like on the metro the announcer is in Spanish and Catalan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TATY
    No

    C and Z are both pronounced as Th in Northern Spain. That's standard Castillian (European) Spanish accent. In the South and Latin America they pronounce them as s/z.

    Barcelona is the captial of Catalunya, so it is very much spoken there. Everyone speaks Spanish as well of course. But stuff is billingual. Like on the metro the announcer is in Spanish and Catalan.
    OK, well that makes sense I suppose. I just remember our idiot Spanish teacher made a big deal about telling us all the time that "c" = "th" in parts of Spain -- he'd always say "Barthelona" because he thought he was cool (and he wasn't from Barcelona -- he was full blown Anglo-idiot). Actually, he was a lesbotard. I hated that man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barmaley
    Quote Originally Posted by TATY
    No

    C and Z are both pronounced as Th in Northern Spain. That's standard Castillian (European) Spanish accent. In the South and Latin America they pronounce them as s/z.

    Barcelona is the captial of Catalunya, so it is very much spoken there. Everyone speaks Spanish as well of course. But stuff is billingual. Like on the metro the announcer is in Spanish and Catalan.
    OK, well that makes sense I suppose. I just remember our idiot Spanish teacher made a big deal about telling us all the time that "c" = "th" in parts of Spain -- he'd always say "Barthelona" because he thought he was cool (and he wasn't from Barcelona -- he was full blown Anglo-idiot). Actually, he was a lesbotard. I hated that man.
    Also

    in -ado(s), -ido(s), -ada, -ida and other places, D is pronounced like the th in the

    [b][d] appears initially or after nasals (donde) and [l], approximant [
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    How many languages DO you know, TATY?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barmaley
    How many languages DO you know, TATY?
    Thousands

    I did Spanish at school for 6 years. But that was two years ago now and I have forgotten it all
    Did French at school for 5 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TATY
    Quote Originally Posted by Barmaley
    How many languages DO you know, TATY?
    Thousands

    I did Spanish at school for 6 years. But that was two years ago now and I have forgotten it all
    Did French at school for 5 years.
    You'd be surprised at what you'd remember though. I couldn't form the first sentence on my own en espanol, but I can understand a shockingly large amount of text when I read it...
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    Thank you alot guys for so particular answers, advices and help!
    Я так думаю.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leof
    Thank you a lot guys for such particular/precise answers, advice and help!
    Hello!

    I am planing to go to Spain this Summer and hope someone will give me an idea about:
    How far is Segovia town from Madrid? (I've found it on the map already but it's unclear what scale and spaces are shown there)
    If you know this city, then what is the best way to reach it?
    What kind of transport is the best way to go across the country - train? buses? car?
    Could you compare the local prices (for food, hotels, transport and museums) with rest of Europe?
    Are the big cities overcrowded with tourists in Summer, or can one bear it?
    What's the attitude of the Spanish people towards Russia and Russians?
    Do the locals (not only in the big cities) speak English?

    Thank you!
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    Thank you!
    Я так думаю.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leof
    Thank you!
    Леоф, наверное ты знаешь, а просто случайно сделал ошибку, но помни, что на англиском "so" and "such" похожи слов "так" и "такой" на русском! А также "alot" -- это очень обычная ошибка -- а с хороший причиной, т.к. это неформалное слово (преп англиского бы бил тебя!). Нормально для разговорной практики, но никогда пользовать формально.
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    yes. I don't know why I wrote so instead of such - now I feel the difference (I hope )

    am I right thinking that such always demands to have the noun after it?
    I mean in such cases (no did you see that??? it was a NOUN!!!) like:

    It is so helful
    It is so helpfully
    but - it is such helpful information
    mmm

    if Truth then I understood.

    and I used alot because I saw it a lot of times in the Internet, being unsure what it is - the typo or correct word.

    Does it mean that I can't write alot ever?

    Thank you
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barmaley
    Quote Originally Posted by Leof
    Thank you!
    Леоф, наверное, ты знаешь, а просто случайно сделал ошибку, но помни, что на английском "so" and "such" похожи на слова "так" и "такой" в русском! А также "alot" -- это очень обычная ошибка -- а с хорошей причиной, т.к. это неформальное слово (преп английского бы бил тебя!). Нормально для разговорной практики, но нельзя использовать формально.

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