We’re almost a quarter of the way through 2013 and I’m just now getting around to sharing what my resolution is… time is flying. Many people knock New Year’s Resolutions but I, for one, actually enjoy them. I have set and achieved many goals simply because the new year gave me a fresh start. There have been at least five years I resolved not to drink soft drinks and I was successful each time I set that resolution. I remember a near catastrophe at a McDonald’s early on in my “soft-drink resolution” years. I wonder if my parents remember this: I think it was at Christmas-time and we were on our way to visit my great-grandmother and her side of our family. At lunch I ordered water with my meal and, when I sat down and took a sip, the strongest flavor hit my mouth. The restaurant had given me SPRITE! I felt like I had wasted the entire year!! My intellect told me that it was not a result of losing my resolve, but a simple mistake on the part of the restaurant. I will never forget that moment, how crushed I felt to have made it almost the full 12 months.
This year, 2013, I have a different sort of resolution. Let’s see if this picture will give you the answer:
Matt gave me this card for Valentine’s Day and it was perfect. It was not the last card in the store and he didn’t grab one and buy it without reading.
I have resolved to learn Spanish!
Here is my goal: By Christmas I want to be able to carry on a brief conversation in Spanish with a few people in my life who are already fluent in the language.
Here is my reason: I knew when we returned from Germany I was going to have the boys restart their Spanish Rosetta Stone curriculum. In selecting a foreign language for them to study, Spanish seems to be the most obvious choice, the one that will provide them with the most benefit in their lives. I had purchased the program years before and had them work on this independently. They did just fine, until they got past what I knew, and then I was of no use to them when they had questions. This time, I’m staying ahead of them. (Barely… one day I overheard Carson saying words I didn’t know yet, and it lit a fire under me!)
Here is my plan: Five days a week I spend time dedicated to learning Spanish. It’s hard (good grief… how many sentences can have some form of esta in them?!?) but rewarding.
Here is my admission: I had a friend suggest that I write her a note in Spanish. I told her that my note would be short as I can pretty much only tell her if the cat is on the table, under the table, near the house, far from the house, and I suppose I could change that to near the table, far from the table, etc… I don’t even have a cat.
Here is my encouragement: I joke about the cat, but I really have learned a lot. I’m crazily pleased when I hear Dora the Explorer say something in Spanish and I recognize the word she’s saying. The first time I heard her say “corren” I about scared Parker to death! I wasn’t even listening to the show and I picked up a Spanish word! It was so encouraging.
Here is my request: I would love to hear your tips and tricks on how to learn a new language. If you have any audio books in Spanish you recommend, I’d love to listen to them. I’m listening to a podcast in Spanish (though it’s not really my favorite) and I have two apps on my iPhone to help me practice when I’ve got a few minutes to kill but am not at the computer. I have tried to change the language on a few movies so I could watch them in Spanish, but honestly, I don’t watch movies often enough for that to be practical. I think the most beneficial thing would be for me to have something on my iPhone, something that I could take with me in the car or on runs.
Here is my current status: I just started Unit Three.
So that’s it! My big secret. I’m excited about this journey and hope to be able to share more than just the location of a cat with you in about eight months!