Learning Spanish

Trip Start Mar 01, 2006
Trip End Dec 01, 2007

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Wednesday, February 7, 2007

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I started my spanish classes on monday the 5th. That was hard.

I had been waiting to see if I could find a private teacher that someone could recommend. Eventually, I just contacted languae schools through internet, and went to one of them. For the first week, I decided to have 20 hours of private lessons: I knew already a little bit, and grammar and conjugacion are close to French, so I did not want to loose time with people who would have different backgrounds.

I had got into the habit, over the few previous days, of going to bed not before 7 in the morning, and to get up at around 1pm. Without any preparation, I switched to another rythm: my classes started at 9 in the morning, and lasted for 4 hours. I have to say, I found it hard. Especially since you need to be a little bit awake in order not to fall back asleep during the class. Especially when you are the only student and sitting next to your teacher. But I had to be fine, there was no question about it: I wanted to learn spanish, and that was the time, that was the place, and there was no way I would stray from it.

I could have chosen afternoon classes, but then I would have seen and done nothing else. With the morning class schedule, even though I was feeling really tired, I could still do things with my afternoons and evenings, just givin up the crazy nights.

As for learning a language: I don't remember learning english, even before I went to live in scotland a long time ago it was my favourite class, I did learn the basics without even noticing. Then I did 6 years of german and 4 years of Spanish, with results close to the Void, and I put it on the account of half-chosen lazyness. The only german and spanish I really learned, that happened out of necessity during my travels. I had tried to learn a little bit of arabic too while I was working, but gave it up for other reasons.

So I discovered in Buenos Aires, aged 28, that

But I want to learn
I want to learn for good
I want to learn NOW

I will learn, now, here, I said
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