Hopeful Thoughts

Reading in Spanish

While no final announcement has been made, I’m pretty certain that my trip to Argentina will be postponed.  I really don’t think it will be completely cancelled, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was pushed as late as the first week in September.

In some ways, I am grateful that we will most likely have more time to prepare.  The list of things we are supposed to accomplish has grown to 7, and it was pretty overwhelming at the two or three we started with.  

In addition to the planning, there’s the whole issue of the language barrier that we are going to face.  I have wanted to travel to a Spanish speaking country for YEARS, as that is what I studied in school and I knew I would never really get it if I wasn’t forced to speak it.  I took some really basic Spanish in kindergarten, another year in 8th grade, three years in high school, and two semesters in college.  But, now that I am finally traveling to a Spanish country, it’s been 12 years since my last class!  I’ve forgotten so much!

So, today I went to our local Recycled book store and purchased a couple of reference guides.  I hope to be able to brush up on vocabulary and verb conjugations so that I can be better prepared.  Yesterday I pulled up the Spanish NIV Bible on the web and tried to do my daily reading.  That was tough!!  So, my plan is to add a bit of Spanish reading to my day between now and departure.

Posted July 17th, 2009 in faith, life's little adventures, reading.

One comment:

  1. emily:

    boooo!!!!! I have no idea when the trip will be, you know more than me.

    don’t forget that Argentines use vos not tu :-) Happy learning! and the “ll” and “y” are pronounced like “sh” but they will understand if you pronounce it the other way.

    Our favorite online dictionary is http://www.spanishdict.com/

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