I am currently trying to teach myself Spanish. I've been on and off at it for a couple of months, right now I can read BBC Mundo at full speed with about 50% accuracy. It is slightly boring though, the news is dull in any language, and I want to start getting some real practice in. I know there are a few Spanish speakers here, can anyone recommend a lively irc channel I can lurk about in so I can get a feel for the spoken variety? I promise not to ask where to find any restaurants, hotels, beaches, cafe's or pubs, or ask everybody how old they are, where they are from and how many brothers or sisters they have (one of the benefits of learning stuff your own way...)
My goal is just to get passable at understanding it before I have the need to actually speak it aloud among people who do not speak English (or francais). Which is a while away, so I'm in no rush.