Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Por Favor Manténganse Alejado De Las Puertas

Perdoneme, ¿dónde está el baño?

Habla mas despacio, por favor.

Hablo español un poco solomente, pero estoy aprendiendo.

Don't worry--your translation function isn't broken. I've decided to try to learn Spanish. Over the summer, I'm going to really try to teach myself the basics. I've got a couple of CDs from the library, and I've been listening to them on my commute to and from work each day. It's going pretty well, except that I look like a weirdo to the people next to me at stop lights, sitting in my car mumbling "Me llamo Bethany. Mucho gusto" along with the CD.

I learned a lot of Spanish from Monty Python...
which means that, naturally, I know how to warn
people about the dangers of llamas. Very helpful.

I took some classes in high school, so I already know a lot of the basics. The problem for me is just coming up with the right phrase at the right time. I can remember the phrases without any hitch...but I really have to think to remember which one means what. And don't even get me started on feminine/masculine forms!

The one thing I do have going for me, though, is that I pretty much have the pronunciations down. Spanish pronunciation is a lot easier than English anyway, and that is one thing that stayed with me from high school. I can read the words, and generally have a pretty good idea about how they should be pronounced.

I don't expect to be fluent in Spanish in just a few months, but I would at least like to be able to work my way through a basic conversation with a minimum of charades-playing. It'd be nice to be able to take an actual class, but there's not one offered at any time that I could make. I think this self-teaching method will work out okay for me, though. Really, what else have I got to do this summer?


  1. You know more than how to warn about llamas in the river, you also know how to tell people fun facts about llamas: like how they are larger than frogs and that they have beaks for eating honey.

  2. es muy bueno que estas tratando de aprender espanol. no es tan dificil. si nessecitas ayuda me puedes contactar.

  3. Muchas gracias, Jessica. I am actually pretty proud of myself because I could read that whole sentence and understood it. :)

    And just as an update, when I was working book buyback last week, I got a free Spanish textbook that someone didn't want anymore. So I've been doing the exercises in it and it's definitely helping!


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