When I set out this year to really hunker down and learn some Spanish, I followed one of the tactics from the Fluent in 90 Days program that I had purchased. That tactic was to create blog posts in order to document my strategy to learn, as well as my struggles learning and to provide motivation. These Spanish Sunday posts are my way of doing all of that, as well as a way to hold myself accountable to my studies. My thought is that if I put out there what I am doing, I can be shamed or motivated into continuing my studies.
Well – it’s working.
Motivation in the Oddest of Places
Last Sunday was the Atenas Chili Cook-off, an event Jen and I had been looking forward to for some time. About an hour into the event I walked into the main area through the front door – my destination: the beer booth. As soon as I crossed the threshold of the door, I heard:
“How’s the Spanish going?
Uh, who? Me?
“I was expecting to see a Spanish Sunday post this morning, not to see YOU.”
Uh, who? Me?
And this is how I met Mike. We had a great conversation and I came away from the cook-off reinvigorated, motivated and a little gassy.
Great meeting you Mike – and Thanks for the kick in the pants.
Paco y Lola
2 weeks ago, my goal was to start reading Paco y Lola (see what I did there? Changed the word “read” to the phrase “start reading”) and I did start – I read, and translated, the first 10 pages.
I will admit here, that I had an inflated idea of my Spanish prowess. I figured Paco y Lola would just be a review of some of the Spanish I already knew…I mean “See spot. See spot run. Run spot run” in Spanish instead of English – how hard can that be?
It was a challenge. I mean, it was like I was learning a whole new language. Anyway, now that my mind is right, I will continue reading and luckily, for people like me there is a Paco y Lola study aid available:
You Know, it’s Funny
One of the things I know about myself is that if something is funny to me, or if I can use words in a clever way, I am more apt to remember them. Granted, my definition of humor and wit is most likely not the same as yours.
Here is an example from last week – remember I am learning on a 3 year old level and also that I am a bit of a dork.
This is how I remember the Spanish word that means without:
He who is without: Sin.
Hey, I am getting biblical as well as learning Spanish.
I know I date myself (is that incest?), but when I think about the Spanish word “sin” I think about that scene in When Harry Met Sally. No, not THAT scene, the one right before Sally has her orgasmic outburst, the one where she is ordering the salad – in her very special way, with all the ingredients left out or at a minimum on the side.
I can relate. I hate cebolla’s and hongo’s (that’s onions and mushrooms for those not learning Spanish). They are evil and I want to be without them…Sin, cebolla y sin hongo.
It seems, past saying: please, thank you, I am sorry and hello and goodbye – I learn fastest when the Spanish deals with my food or drink.
I did my best to sidestep my Spanish lessons recently, but through meeting you all and the comments I get these blog posts are having the desired effect – keeping me motivated (and OK, a bit shamed, as well).
I will continue with Paco y Lola this week and maybe try to get myself into some uncomfortable situations.