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Mas Espanol, Por Favor

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Tomorrow marks 2 months here in Nicaragua.  Prior to leaving, my hope was that I would be fluent in Spanish at 2 months into my trip.  I’ve discovered, though, that Spanish language, like anything else in life, presents the opportunity for constant learning.  That is to say, there’s always more to know!

However, I am pleased with my rate of learning.  I’m happy that I can understand the majority of a conversation when the speaker slows it down for me.  I’ve even found that I can translate when a native Spanish speaker is speaking to an English speaker.  (Again, speaking very slowly!)

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Slower, Please

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It turns out that my Spanish is wretched.  Ok, I knew it wasn’t great, but I truly have been studying with a few different programs at home, and oh my — you wouldn’t know it to listen to me in a conversation.  This morning, the lamp in my room crashed to the floor, shattering the light bulb.  This put me in need of a new light bulb, a broom, and a dustpan.  The conversation I had went something like this….

me – “Good morning, how are you?”

Ella – “Good morning!  Very well, and you?”

me –   “Very well…….I need…” here, I mime sweeping with a broom.

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