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Gracias, Maestro

Today is the Dia del Maestro here in México and I would sincerely like to thank Hector for his excellent instruction, eternal patience, and ever-present good humor. We are still only beginners but we have come a long way in a few short months. Thank you!...

Learning Spanish in the real world

Paul and I are really working hard at learning Spanish. We are taking lessons from Hector – and the reason we chose him is that everyone we spoke to said that he was hard but that if you really wanted to learn Spanish, he was the teacher to choose. The thing we want to learn is to communicate verbally…to really be able to talk to people. In class we basically translate sentences in the various tenses for an hour and...

Let’s Learn Spanish!

  I am working on learning Spanish by employing a number of different methods. Some seem to help me more than others. I was thinking about how a child learns language. They learn “mom”, “dad”, “cookie”, etc…and as time goes on they add verbs and conjunctions and before you know it they have simple sentences. What this revelation did for me is made it clear to me that I need more nouns in my vocabulary. I checked a book out...

Why Mexico?

There are many reasons that we want to move to Mexico, and I thought I’d explain a few of them. These are not in order of importance! 1. Because We Can Retire. Paul is going to be 62 in June. I’m 9 years younger. If we are going to be able to both retire, we really can’t do it here. Given our financial circumstances, if Paul were to retire here and take his social security and pensions, I would have...

Book Synopsis

  As stated in a previous post, I just finished reading How to Learn Any Language Quickly, Easily, Inexpensively, Enjoyably and On Your Own by Barry Farber. I guess I am smart since a number of the suggestions he makes for learning any language are ones that I’d already worked out for myself. Take full advantage of opportunities – If you meet someone at a party, or a cab driver, or wherever you run into someone in your target language...