Ooohps, that's not Spanish!!
My mother is taking a Spanish course this semester and I thought it
would be fun for us to learn it together. So, I found a free
online tutorial and started. It does have an audio feature, which
is great, but I learn the most from talking with my mom on the phone.
She goes over her notes, I type. It seems to work well. But eeek!!
I didn't realize how rough it would be to get back into this learning
groove. I never took Spanish. But I do have a rudimentary
understanding of how to go about learning most western languages.
When I was a freshman in high-school, oh a couple decades ago (eeek!),
I took French and Latin. Lucky for me, I had the same teacher for
both. So if I answered in French during my Latin class, she gave
me another chance to get on the same page.
German is one of my majors for my Bachelor's. I don't speak
fluently, because it's difficult to retain a language that you don't
use daily, weekly, monthly, oh hell, even yearly. However, I do
have all my books including a kick-ass dictionary!
And as some of you know, there is another language with which I have a
more than nodding acquaintance. Sign is coming back to me as I
review the grammar, syntax, semantics, and vocab. I need to get
into contact with the Deaf community here.
Oh, well, and sometimes Americanized English seems to be natural enough
for me. Then there are those times that I can't spell, I start
saying one thing and end with another, and when I totally mispronounce
what I am saying. And there are those joyous times in which I
simply forget my vocabulary altogether. That happens more often
now than it did say, 5 years ago. But it happens less than say, 2