How's your Spanish coming along?
Trip Start Nov 25, 2006
103Trip End Ongoing
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Vista Sol Apartments
A few weeks ago, when I reconnected with friends Hector and Myrta from Eagle Pass, TX, they commented with surprise that I could speak Spanish. "When you were with us you didn't speak Spanish," they insisted.
Since I was well into middle age when I started learning Spanish (so my brain's language door was already shut pretty tightly), it'll be a life-long struggle. Last autumn, I was proud that I tested into an advanced college Spanish course. Tho I attended it faithfully, I didn't get much-needed practice in speaking. But some of my volunteer work here in El Paso gives me that.
In Eagle Pass, TX Spanish is a necessity while English is not needed. Even the Chinese restauranteurs speak Spanish!
Here in El Paso, you can get along speaking only Spanish AND you could also get along fine speaking only English. The border is different at different spots along the way.