First week of school finally ends...

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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Well, I survived my first week of school.  It was QUITE a challenge, as I suspect next week will be as well, but I have not been scared off. 

It has been 20 years since I had a Spanish class and I donīt remember much other than random vocabulary words.  No lie.  This week we took on the Spanish verb which is difficult under the best of circumstances, but when you are being taught how to conjugate a highly irregular verb in the third person, and  you are being taught SOLELY in the language you are trying to learn, itīs a bit slow going.  Holy crap.  No English spoken by the teacher at all....by us either for that matter.  The random English words we spit out he responds to with the appropriate Spanish one.  By the end of my four hour class, my head feels like itīs about to explode.  Total emersion.  Itīs good for me, but this week Iīm going to have to turn the homework and practice up a bit.

My new Argentinian friend Paula, the one I met in Puerto Escondido, arrived here in Oaxaca a few days ago and we have been hanging out a bit.  Sheīs very sweet, and it was nice to see her again.  She has managed to talk her way into an art exhibit here, and I look forward to attending the opening on March 21st.  She took off again last night to travel to Chiapas for two weeks with a "boy" she met and will be back to stay in Oaxaca for a few months afterwards.  I look forward to hearing about her travels, and having a familar face around again.

I wish I had more news than that this week, but I suspected it would be a lean week with school and all.  I hope y`all are surviving "your" respective winters well.

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badnomad
badnomad on

holy spanish baptism batgirl
i have to give you credit kiddo, no pussy-footing around for you, it's all spanish, all day, all the way. Looks like I am going to have really start studying my spanish ROSETTA STONE, just so i can understand a word or two you say by the time i get there. Really, congrats on diving in head first, watch for the rocks...will talk soon,, am still on Shelter Island, presently under Gale force winds, riding out a very cool coastal storm. The work is going slow, but steady, still hope to be done in 10 days..
adios amigo

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nikinicole
nikinicole on

WOW
Full immersion Spanish? How exciting and yet totally terrifying!
You'll be speaking like a local in no time...
Still lots of snow up here, think I'm done with the winter thing.
Enjoy! I'll be thinking of ya!
XO
Nicole

twateacher
twateacher on

Hola, Mija! Que tal?
Yeah, it's me trying out a few spanish greetings on ya! The Spanish conjugation of verbs is THE hardest, I agree. I can actually say, 'my vocabulary is very good but my verbs really SUCK!' in Spanish. I just keep practicing with my Spanish staff and friends and they teach me alittle bit more each day.
Glad to hear you're doing well but I would expect nothing less, of course. Send me some sunshine and heat, will ya!
Smooches!
Nina

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