I can’t wait until Spain/Latin America becomes a sure thing, if it indeed does happen. I’ve been living vicariously through some bloggers who are doing the Language and Culture Assistant program that I want to eventually do. I can’t wait to write about my own adventures, but for now, the prep that I’m doing to eventually get there will have to do.
I loved the main assignment for my Spanish class this week. My teacher gave me a list of idioms and expressions that use “tener” and a short list of some other expressions. She wanted me to create a dialogue. I especially liked this because it allowed me to apply these expressions to “real life,” and creatively too, which helped me to commit them to memory. Usually, I get a list of vocab, look it over, remember some words, forget others, but with this assignment, I do remember every expression that I used in my dialogue. I was given about 40 – 50 expressions/phrases and used 20 in my pseudo-play. I’m so proud of it, you have no idea lol. I want to have a similar assignment every time I get a list of new vocab to learn.
The hardest aspect of Spanish for me is listening. I know all the verb tenses and when/where to utilize them, my vocab is ok, but I listen to the radio, or watch TV, and I can’t follow well. The thing is, when I’m watching TV and put the closed captioning on, I can follow like 95% of what’s going on perfectly, so it’s not that I don’t know what they’re saying, I just can’t really hear it. Also, if someone is speaking who knows Spanish at an advanced level, but has somewhat of an American accent (or, apparently, a German accent, since one of the presenters who led Spanish club last week was German, and sounded quite non-American when speaking Spanish), I can follow them very easily. Even though their accent is not how Spanish is supposed to sound lol. Furthermore, if a Spanish speaker is talking *directly* to me, I have a *much* better time keeping up than if I’m sitting with a bunch of people who are having a conversation and I have to follow each person.
I hope my listening improves. I’ll be oh-so-excited when my listening improves.