Por Favor Manténganse Alejado De Las PuertasMay 12, 2009
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.
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?