Dec 28, 2008, 6:33 PM
Post #7 of 16
You know Carron, as I get older, I seem to learn more slowly. Here in Mexico, I too listen to Spanish language radio. And gosh, I do understand more and more. It's so easy for me to learn Spanish through default, by simply doing as you say. Boy do I make a lot of mistakes. But I speak it for an hour or two every day, imitating the Spanish of those with whom I speak Spanish (many whom also speak English) and I get along just fine. And if I, a C and D student when it comes to learning languages, can learn other languages, then the rest of you can do it too.
What motivates me most to try to learn Spanish, is my memory as a teenager of the prejudice I had towards those in the US who were speaking Spanish, those whom I incorrectly thought could not speak English. Many of the more educated Mexicans have/hold that same prejudice towards those of us who choose not to learn Spanish, thinking that perhaps we are rather poorly educated, you know, no High School degree, perhaps low class. Heck in the Netherlands (sometimes incorrectly called Holland) you can't even be a 3rd Lt, that's right 3rd Lt, unless you speak 3 languages. How poorly educated we must look to those persons from multi-lingual countries.
I have been lucky enough to have lived in the US, Canada, The Netherlands, Frei Staat Bayern (Bavaria) and now Mexico, where I have find-of-sort-of learned learned English, Dutch, Bavarian, and Spanish. And if I, a C and D student in languages can learn Spanish, then you can too, unless Alzheimer's has started to set in. (Sometimes I think I already have Partzheimers or is that Part-timers altzheimers)
May you all have a great new year. Me, I have to return to Gringolandia, actually Seattle for 3 weeks. Now if only the sun will come out for an hour or three and melt the snow when I am up there.