The Purple Chicken 14 Day Challenge – Spanish Language

So we have been here in Spain for just over 2 months and we are by no means fluent in the Spanish Language.  We have made great progress and are very proud, but need to kick ourselves in the pants a bit more and get out there with the locals. We have met many expats while here. Some have been here a few months like us and others for 10-15 years and not many are fluent either! I can’t let that happen to me, I must improve.

Learning Spanish Language

I have been doing several things to learn the language and will cover that in another post.  I just want to speak with people! So, inspired by the game my wonderful 10 year old son Lars taught me, I have created The Purple Chicken 14 Day Challenge.

What is Purple Chicken?  Read our post on the rules HERE.

My Spanish Language Challenge

Starting today and each day for 14 days, I have to have a full conversation in Spanish with a native or Spanish Speaker.
Some rules I made for myself:

  • It must be a real conversation, not ordering food at a restaurant.
  • It should be with strangers or rarely the same person. (I don’t know many native speakers at all)
  • I must keep a daily log of my progress and Spanish Language learning experiences.
  • I will share my progress with you in a weekly blog post.
  • I may share little moments via our WagonersAbroad Facebook Page

Your Challenge

Yes, you have a challenge too! Each day for 14 days, you have to have a full conversation in the foreign language you are learning OR just give it a try with Strangers in your native language.

Yes, strangers!  Can’t be your friends, because I will be speaking with complete strangers. I want you to see how difficult this really is, to just go up to complete strangers in any language and have a chit chat with them.

If you do this challenge or a variation of it for even 1 day… please share your experience with us on the blog.  😉  

If you don’t do it, let me know you are using your Purple Chicken.


The Results!

days 1 – 7 of the callenge

days 8-14 of the challenge

7 thoughts on “The Purple Chicken 14 Day Challenge – Spanish Language

  1. Hi Heidi! Well, I’ve been living in Spain for over 15 years, so I’m pretty fluent. However talking to complete strangers (in ANY language) is definitely NOT my cup of tea. I love getting to know new people, but of course, like most people, I think, I’m too scared that they will get mad at me, feel offended by being approached by a complete stranger, etc. That said, Malaga (where I live) is a fairly large city, so I guess you could always approach people at a bus stop or something and ask them where the bus goes. (Whether you also get a lively conversation in return, however, depends I guess on the type of person you’ve chosen! Elderly people tend to enjoy chatting on any excuse, however!)

    • oh that is great. Maybe I can get some pointers from you. 🙂 Yes, so far it has been fine to approach people. I figure the people at a cafe, or in parks are easy prey for now. Actually, today one elderly tracked us down and wanted to chat, so they are coming to me. LOL It was fun and sweet. She wanted me to have more children.. I told her I was too old.

  2. Hi Heidi,

    Glad to find your blog (was reading Bianca’s blog that saw your post).
    My fiance and I have decided to move to Spain in a year and are now deciding on the city to live in. We’re hoping that we can visit Spain in September for couple weeks before our move, but we like to narrow our search and just visit the city that we think we like to live in….if that makes any sense? I read that you’re close to Granada. Have you been to Granada? Do you like the area?
    Would love to hear back from you.
    Best of luck to you,

    • Hi, welcome! We are about 45 min from Granada and have been through 2 times. It looks beautiful, but we haven’t stopped to explore in depth yet. We do have some friends here that lived in Granada for 2 years and they loved it. They describe it as full of life and rich in culture. In fact they have family there still, so they visit Granada a couple of times a week. It is in a gorgeous mountain setting and from what I hear has a proper 4 seasons of weather. We pick the coast because we wanted it a little warmer, but close enough to visit the snow/cold if we want. I’ll let you know if we go explore. just let me know the kinds of things you’re curious about.

    • Hi Fariba. We lived in Granada for a few years, 3 or 4. It’s a gorgeous city, full of culture, very lively and dynamic, and there are a lot of things to see and do. The cost of living there is also quite low. Ultimately we chose to live on the coast, however, because it is just TOO cold in Granada for my liking! I mean, this is Spain, warm beaches, palm trees and greenery all year round, right? In Granada it SNOWS in the winter! But it’s a great place to live if you don’t mind the snow. (If you prefer the sun and heat all year round, I’d recommend the coast, definintely.)

    • uno menos! gracias por jugar para una momento.

      Thanks for the honesty Stephen. I almost threw in the towel already myself, but then a conversation happened! 🙂 UG

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