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My nose is longer than a telephone wire

I’ve noticed something a bit upsetting about myself lately.  I’m a liar. This morning, Guadalupe was here cleaning the house.  Lately we have been chatting for a few minutes here and there.  I told her my son Adam and his wife Martha were coming to visit tomorrow and she said I must be very happy and we went back and forth like that for a little bit. We’d bought some beautiful gladiolas Sunday at the flower market on our way...

Meltdown, an update

My Spanish class meltdown was back on June 18 – so I thought I would give an update now that a couple of weeks have passed. First, I am really glad it happened. I talked to so many people, thought about it a lot, and had wonderful feedback from many blog friends. But the bottom line is that sometimes the really bad day is what you need to get you to analyze the situation, and from that, make progress. I...

Meltdown

I was a mess in Spanish class yesterday. It has really gotten hard. Something happened as if a blender went on in my brain and all the separate tenses, their conjugations and irregulars all were mixed up into a Spanish smoothie. I can’t even tell you how upset I was. We are in a difficult place as far as learning goes, and our teacher tells us that he’s pushing us, which is usually good for me. But sheesh, I have...

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...