A good day of espaniol practicar…

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Some day´s I feel like crap about my progress in spanish aprendar, and then suddently I have a bueno dia and I feel mucho mejor. Hoy is a bueno mejor dia! If there’s one thing I’m learning, it is, that learning a new language is a process. A process that is vastly different for each and every person. It just so happens I’m one of those especially slow learners but most of my friends here tell me that they struggle just the same, that , of course, is a comforting bit of information for me. Because misery loves company, right? Well, okay, they would not all call it misery exactly but to me it is , many days, a misery indeed. I often wonder how my teacher can continue to show me such unending patience, but she never wavers as I repeatedly ask the same preguntas over and over and over again.

Today mi tarea was to walk around to many of the tiendas in town and ask them the same questions, “A que hora abren?” y “A que hora cierran?” y “Cierran al mediodia?” What time do you open , what time to you close, and do you close for lunch? Sounds easy , right? Yep! And I usually , in normal circumstances love talking to people more than almost anything! But , for some crazy, reason the first store I wandered in to by myself, (because I was alone, Scott was in his classes so it was solo yo) as I began to ask my questions I could feel myself fighting hard to hold back the tears from welling up in my eyes!! Geesh!! What has happened to me!! She who loves to meet new people and chat with anyone who will listen! It’s so amazing to me how such a seemingly simple question can cause me so much distress. But, the truth is, it did today. After my third attempt, and Almacen La Reina (the local clothing store on the Main Street) I began to feel less weepy and a bit more calm. The lady who I spoke with was soooooo kind and patient and soooo very happy to help me. I even managed to explain,” Yo necesito practicar hablo espaniol”!!! yep! Not perfect but she got the idea and I slowly began to feel a bit mejor!

After my tienda wandering episode I decided I would take a stroll down to the biblioteca. I had not visited the library and today was a great day to do it. It’s such a pretty place , quiet and organized and not crowded, although this is a place I would not mind seeing crowded . I just love to read and it’s great to have a nice quiet place to relax with a book. I quickly located the children’s section and located Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs. It was both Spanish & English and I found a comfy chair and settled in with my book. After successfully making it through the book in spanish I walked over to the little refreshment area and managed to ask, in espaniol if ,”Puedo comprar Agua por favor?” She, of course understood me and I bought a bottle of water. Ahhh, sweet success!! And no tears! Progress people!!

After spending a couple of hours studying at the library It was time to take a nice walk ,( a little over a mile!) to my friend Valarie’s house. We had gotten together on Sunday for lunch and I mentioned that I really needed to get more practice speaking spanish!! It turns out that she’s been tutoring her Panamanian neighbors in English and she invited me over because it’s a very informal gathering and I would get to also speak and hear spanish. What a great time I had with she and her neighbor! And , I made a new friend too! I’m just thrilled to have been included in this gathering , and hope to continue spending time with these charming and friendly women. And ,in case you were wandering, no tears!! As my day progressed I really began to feel much better about mi practicar en espaniol!! I have a long way to go, and I’m pathetically slow, but I’m learning and making progress everyday! And what’s even better, I’m making new friends while I learn, my favorita cosa!! Yo estoy muy Feliz!!!! Hoy es a bueno dia!!

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About hollycarter184

Life is Good! But it's time for a change, and more adventure! I'd like to share the whole experience of preparing then actually making a reality of expatriating, and moving to a new country. It's an exciting, and slightly scary move full of possibility . I'm looking forward to learning a new language and making new connections with the people who share our spirit of adventure. This blog is my way of continuing my connection with my friends and family in the States. Sooooo here it goes! :)

17 responses »

  1. Sounds to me like you are doing quite well and just the right things to improve your Spanish speaking abilities. Hang in there, girl!!!! I know you can do it–at least you don’t have a time limit—do you??—that you have to learn it in six weeks, or a quarter or a semester??? I think using the new words within your posts also helps you and teaches those of us who don’t know Spanish a little, too. I’ve never taken Spanish classes but I can make out some of what you’re writing in Spanish!! Good Luck!!

  2. Ah, now here’s something I can relate to! What a great space, and those wooden displays are the nice (expensive) kind. Que una bonita biblioteca, and nice to see la nina en la zona infantil tambien. I hope she didn’t think you were una senora loca for reading kids books. :) Hope you get to spend lots of time there…

  3. Ahem! I know very little Spanish, but your line ending with “… I slowly began to feel a bit mujer!”
    doesn’t make sense to me. “Mujer” translates to “woman” in English. So that phrase comes out as “… I slowly began to feel a bit woman!” Huh!

  4. Man, I feel like a woman! Banananlalanannannana! Sorry, soy Candiense!

    Do not be so hard on yourself amiga! Learning Spanish is like doing yoga. It’s an individual process, don’t compare yourself to others and you’ll find it easier with time. :) Poco a poco!

  5. Wow, que bueno! Está hablando más español! How exciting that you are getting out there and talking to people. You are on your way! Just think, when you started you couldn’t have done any of that. Good work, amiga :)

  6. poco a poco, mi amiga. I think you’re dong great. This post was just peppered with spanish words–that wouldn’t have been the case 6 weeks ago.

  7. Holly you are my hero :) I think you are doing GREAT :) Learning is different for everyone there is no slow or quick way you will get it :) Your friend Allison is right 6-week ago you did not know how to speck any Spanish and look at you now :) ONWARD & UPWARD my Sunshine girl :) xxoo I am VERY PROUD of YOU :)

  8. Breaking the ice is a huge step. It is one thing to speak in Spanish. It is a another to understand a response or to respond to a question from someone else. It sounds to me that you made a great leap to muster up your courage to venture out and practice speaking with others. ¡Que bueno para usted!

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