Conozco poco, pero tan poco, de Latinoamérica. Hay tanto para explorar--desiertos, selvas, ruina, ciudades, glaciares, culturas distintas... No es mi patria, ni la de mis padres. No me llama a la sangre, me llama a la imaginación.
I liked learning Spanish. A lot. Not because it was easy (it wasn't). Maybe because it's the hardest thing I've ever done. I'm not a "natural" language learner--if such a thing exists. Every word I know and every sentence that comes out smoothly when I talk has hundreds, or maybe thousands, of incomprehensible attempts at… Continue reading Learning a New Language: Not Even Once
When I came to Costa Rica, I sacrificed my ability to express myself properly so I could learn a new language. When I returned to the U.S. at the end of last year, I learned there was just a bit of a backlash in returning my own tongue. I discovered gaps I had never realized existed… Continue reading Irreplaceable Spanish Words
When people told me we don't learn "real life" Spanish in school, they meant we don't learn Tex-Mex Spanglish or even Mexican Spanish. And that's true. But we also don't learn Spanish from Spain, Argentinian Spanish, Costa Rican Spanish, or Lived-In-Chile-Until-I-Was-Ten-But-Learned-All-My-Curse-Words-And-Sexual-References-In-Mexico Spanish. So the question is, what did we learn? All I know is, when… Continue reading Spanish is Not One Language, or: Costa Ricans Talk Funny, or: Why None of My Latino Friends in Texas Will be Able to Understand Me
As I've (probably) mentioned before, I am in a creative writing class in Costa Rica. Besides the fact that taking a creative writing class is a good idea in general, I was inspired to take a writing class in another language by a friend of mine. She was an exchange student from Mexico who took… Continue reading First Bit of Creative Writing in a Foreign Language
So two fellow exchange students and I were wandering around San José. There were a few groups of what looked like high school students scattered around the park. To our surprise, a couple of groups asked to take pictures with us. Turns out they were all on a scavenger hunt for their English class, and… Continue reading Unintentional Spanish Funnies
August 15th in the Catholic Church is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is a Holy Day of Obligation for Catholics, and is based off of the belief that Mary was taken body and soul into Heaven at the end of her life, the idea being that because of her… Continue reading Día de la Madre