¡Buenas noches! ¡Hablo un poquito de español! Me gusta mi clase de español y tengo un interés en aprender más. ¡Quiero ser bilingüe eventualmente! En esta entrada del blog, escribiré mis pensamientos sobre de la clase.
Translated, the title reads: “Do you speak Spanish?” Meanwhile, the italicized words above are, “Good evening! I speak a little bit of Spanish! I like my Spanish class and have an interest in learning more. I want to be bilingual eventually! In this blog post, I’m going to write my thoughts about the class.”
And instead of numbering my thought-thingamajigs as 1), 2), 3), and so forth, I’m going to number them in Spanish because WHY NOT. Enjoy!
So in addition to taking a comm class, I’m also in Spanish 202 this semester, which is my fourth college-level Spanish class. I like it about as much as I liked 101 – which is to say that I enjoyed it – and SO MUCH MORE than I liked either 102 or 201.
Spanish 101 was fun because it was sooooooo easy. Half of it was just a review of things I’d previously learned on my own, and even the new material was ridiculously easy to memorize and understand. Numbers, colors, the alphabet? OK. No problem. I can do that in my sleep.
102 and 201 were a bit frustrating, though. I knew quite a bit, but there was still so much that I didn’t yet know. Attending the 202 class feels a bit like coming out of a thick fog – now my grasp of the language is more clear. It’s really, really frustrating when you want to say things in a foreign language, but you can’t because you don’t know how to.
I couldn’t talk about the past or future (or about things I could/should/would do, which is the “conditional tense”) until this past semester. Now I can, and I love it. I love slowly-but-surely learning to express myself. That middle stage of learning another language is tough because there’s nothing you can do but keep on going until you reach more difficult material, but you’ll get there in the end. I love learning weird new vocabulary words, and I LOVE FINALLY BEING ABLE TO TALK IN SOMETHING OTHER THAN THE PRESENT TENSE.
Another thing I love about taking an advanced(ish) Spanish class is that it includes way more cultural stuff than what was in my previous classes! We’ve watched a bunch of short films in Spanish, and my teacher frequently talks about the differences between Mexican culture and American culture, and then we’re supposed to practice our skills by responding in Spanish.
And… I don’t know, I guess my point is merely that I LOVE LEARNING ABOUT OTHER CULTURES. I feel like that should be a big part of learning a second (or third or fourth) language: Have some context. Don’t learn just the language; pick up some knowledge of the culture and all its quirks, too.
Also, I’m just incredibly jealous because in a recent class, my teacher showed us photos of the college she attended as a young adult and IT WAS SO PRETTY. Waaaaay pretty than any American college campuses I’ve ever seen, either in real life or in photographs. She graduated from the Universidad de Guanajuato and basically I am just overwhelmed by all the beautiful architecture there. I mean, look at this. I need a palace like this.
Aaaand… that’s pretty much it, actually. Now all I have left is studying. STUDYING FOR FINALS. So I’m looking through the study guides and brushing up on vocabulary words and trying to figure out if I should make flashcards for review.
And cursing the fact that this final exam is cumulative. None of my other Spanish finals were – they just covered material from the last few chapters we studied each semester! Ugh. Oh, well. I suppose it is a 200-level (second-year) Spanish class, so of course it’d be more difficult.
Are you currently studying any foreign languages, or have you done so in the past? Can you say anything in Spanish?! I’d love to know… and now I can respond to you using multiple verb tenses! #yayforme
See you later, or: ¡Nos vemos!