Greetings One & All! Since our initial post, we’ve been getting a lot of encouragement, and a bunch of questions about our progress on learning Spanish. So consider this an update!
It’s 2am, the bar is closing down and the young female manager has walked the last patron out the door. She walks to the back of the restaurant and lets in the cleaning crew. The crew consists of 4 cleaners from Mexico and they don’t speak a word of English, the manager doesn’t speak any Spanish. This is a daily routine and over time they learn to communicate. Through spending a little time playing charades, she was able to get them to understand, and after several weeks, the communication became a mix of charades and Spanish words. This was her first taste of speaking Spanish. Ah, the beauty of learning new things.
We’ve been back in Spain a few months, and trying to get back into the swing of speaking Spanish. We figured it would be a good idea to take classes like we did when we first arrived three years ago. Luckily we found a great local school named TCLanguages and we are determined to learn Spanish.
As a person who has tried learning a foreign language, it can be tough and slow-going. There are a lot of different courses out there, but I’ve recently been exposed to a new offering called FluentU. FluentU really provides a novel way to learn a foreign language online.
Can you believe we have been expats in Spain for 18 months?! It is absolutely amazing how fast the time has flown by. We are in “just normal life” here and for us Almuñécar has been the best place to live in Spain. No matter where we travel, upon return, our choice is validated with that comfortable feeling of home.
So many people think that learning Spanish is next to impossible, but we don’t agree. We have found some tools that have made a world of difference for us while living in Spain. No, we aren’t perfect and please don’t give me a written spelling test! Our goal was two-pronged: 1. To immerse the kids, so they can become fluent. 2. Parents will do our best to improve our Spanish and communicate our needs. ( I will confess I had high hopes of becoming fluent) Continue reading
Let me clarify. Technically, I wasn’t invited; Anya was. But, it is the first time I’ve attended a Spanish Birthday Party here as a parent. Now that we’ve cleared that up, I can get into the details of the experience.
I asked Anya what I should expect. She shrugged her shoulders, rolled her eyes, and said, “It’s a birthday party, Dad”. Fair enough. Ask a stupid question, get a smart-alecky answer. I was trying to do my homework though. Continue reading
As promised, here is my journal of The Purple Chicken 14 Day Challenge – Days 8-14.
The games I play for Learning Spanish Language.
Day 8 – Well, today the universe brought me plenty of opportunity for Spanish. For instance, having an argument with the Civil Guard (traffic police). <!–more–> Alan and I were on our way out for an exploration drive today, my turn to drive. We were just about to enter the highway, when the exploration took a detour. Two Civil Guards standing beside their motorcycles, on the side of the road, hand signaled for us to pull over. Continue reading
I know you have loads of questions about Education in our Spanish Public School . We are trying to play catch up on some of these topics. On the first day of school, each of the kids brought home their individually made weekly agenda. They show what subjects are going to be taught in class each our of the day. The first week the kids were getting their sea legs on and attended all of the sessions. While the class doesn’t move about the school to attend the different topics, they may have a teacher other than their own teach a particular topic. Continue reading