The letter I sent to my hosts

Here’s the letter I sent to my host and her husband. I hope the bit of humor I included translates well :-p

A complete translation will follow for those who don’t speak Spanish.

EDIT: As pathetic as this sounds, I’m happier with the Spanish than my translation. My English speaking abilities are decreasing already :-p

Queridos [their names]

Espero que este correo os encuentre bien.

Me llamo Revé [last name]. Tengo 26 años y soy una chica afroamericana de [las afueras de] Chicago, Illinois, E.E.U.U.. Voy a estar viviendo con vosotros mientras estudio en [name of school]

Mi objectivo principal para estar en Sevilla es para ser capaz de hablar español con fluidez cuando regrese a los E.E.U.U al fin de enero. Un gran objectivo, de verdad, pero tengo 20 semanas y mis habilidades de hablar español ya son buenas (me atrevería a decir, excelentes para una americana de mi origen y nivel de formación académica en español), por lo tanto espero que sea posible de todos modos. Como mi mamá me dice siempre, “nada derrota un fracaso pero un intento,” por lo tanto estoy intentando.

Mi hermanita también va a estudiar en Sevilla, en un programa diferente (con otros estudiantes de universidad, tiene 19 años). Llegaré en Sevilla el 30 de agosto y pasaré una semana con mi hermanita y nuestros padres. Mis padres visitan Sevilla porque quieren estar seguros que “todo es seguro,” y “vosotras (my hermanita y yo) seréis en muy buenas manos”…yyyyy porque ellos nuncan han viajado a España (ni muchos paises de verdad, solo Canada (tan similar a los E.E.U.U. que no nos parecía extranjera) y Italia), ni van a muchas vacaciones, por lo tanto ellos decidieron que aprovechar la oportunidad para visitar un nuevo país con sus hijas, sus interpretes.

Bueno, este correo es largo (lo cual es un poquito engañoso porque no soy charlarona para nada), así ahora se termina. Cuando tengáis tiempo, decidme cual hora en el 4 de septiembre (domingo) es lo mejor para nosotros para conocernos y para mi para dejar mi equipaje en mi cuarto.

Hasta luego,
Revé

Note: In Spanish, they don’t use quotation marks, but the HTML won’t let me post the particular brackets they use.

Dear [their names].

I hope this email finds you well.

My name is Revé [last name]. I’m 26 and am an African-American girl from [the suburbs of] Chicago, IL, USA. I’m going to be living with you while studying at [name of school].

My main goal for being in Seville is in order to be capable of speaking Spanish fluently when I return to the USA at the end of January. A big goal, really, but I have 20 weeks and my Spanish speaking abilities are already good (dare I say, excellent for an American with my background and level of formal education in Spanish), therefore I hope it’s possible, anyway. As my mom always tells me, “nothing beats a failure but a try,” so I’m trying.

My little sister is also going to be studying in Seville, at a different program (with other college students, she’s 19). I will arrive in Seville on August 30th and will spend a week with my sister and our parents. Our parents are visiting Seville because they want to be sure that “everything is safe,” and, “you (my sister and I) are in good hands,”…aaaaaand because they’ve never traveled to Spain (or many countries really, just Canada (so similar to the USA that it didn’t seem foreign to us) and Italy), and they don’t go on many vacations, so they decided to seize the opportunity and visit a new country with their daughters, their interpreters.

Well, this email is long (which is kind of deceiving because I’m not a chatterbox at all) so it ends now. When you have time, tell me what time on September 4th (Sunday) is best for us to meet and for me to drop off my luggage.

Until later,
Revé

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~ by Revé on August 22, 2011.

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