Hi Cowboy bear

Thanks very much for this! To answer your questions

1.) yes, each section in the questionnairethe has a few questions. Lets say, the 'translation' section has four questions asking students to translate a word. Since they are all very similar informal words, I collapsed them into one variable ('variable translation'; a dependent variable).

2.) I want to see whether there is a correlation between this variable and two independent variables (dealt with separately):

a) variable 'time spent learning Spanish in classroom context'

(dividing students into 3 categories, 1: 0-7 years, 2: 8-14 years, 3: more than 14 years, so I end up with just 3 categories)

b) variable 'time spent abroad - in native context' (again: dividing students into 3 categories, 1: 0-6 months, 2: 6-12 months, 3: 13months +more)

First, I dont know if I should treat all variables as categorical, since I converted them into clear categories? (or should they be ordinal, or interval?)

Initially I made several 3x3 contingency tables and ended up with chi-square values and significance values which seemed to indicate that independent variable (b) is significant (of course) ... that's basically what I wanted to show.

Maybe some other test is better for this problem, but I cant use any other test, contingency table is the only one I can master - so I basically want to justify it's the good one

Thanks for any kind of help!

C.