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No Habla Espanol

January 24, 2005

Oh my god. I have never felt so intimidated in a class as I just did in my Spanish 2 class. From the moment the professor showed up, I knew I was in trouble. She was spewing Spanish like a champ greeting everyone out in the hallway and I whispered to one of my classmates, "Are we supposed to understand this?"

I was fine to introduce myself.

Me llamo es Moira.

I remember that much at least, but when Professor Doub went around the classroom asking "Como eres?" well I was stumped... mostly I was just terrified at the fact that not only am I taking a class at 9 a.m. which is terribly early to a girl who rarely crawls into bed before 2 a.m., but also that this class is in a FOREIGN LANGUAGE. Oh my god.

I felt tears building up behind my eyes as I tried frantically to recall my high school Spanish but all I could think about was Sra. V's mulletfromhell & how I used to sit in class reading a novel inside my spanish book. I mean, I got all A's but that was in high school which was approximately one million years ago.... actually 7 but still!

I managed to make it through class without bursting into tears, writing down all the words I didn't understand (there were TONNES) and making notes to myself about which vocabulary words I should review (like all the numbers, days of the weeks, months) and which chapters in the book I should review to get a refresher course (chapters 1 - 5).

I was also proud of myself because I went immediately to the instructor after class told her that high school was just a distant blur (in not so many words) and that I felt very intimated (that exact phrase). She's going to let me review some tests from Spanish 1 on Wednesday and I'm going to do some reviewing on my own between now and then.

And, of course, I came immediately to the computer lab where I could vent on my blog, hoping that at least one random reader would leave me a comment saying something like, "Buck up, superstar! It's okay that you are only fluent in one language! It's good for you to feel dumb sometimes, keeps you in your place." etc.

Plus, I must remind myself, I did learn 10 phrases in Swedish last week.

(Trevlig dag!)

And I have desire to learn on my side since I know that I'll be in Europe in the summer and Spain is definitely on the must-see list.

*shudders* Only two more classes to go today.

So. How are your classes?

Moira at 09:51 AM :: Comments (6) :: ::
Comments:

Gracias, Moira! me llamo Susan, i no hablo espanol after cuarto classes. I sympathize--I felt the same way all the way through to the end, ended up with A's, but couldn't speak it now (two semesters later, to save my life. Good luck! You'll do fine.

Posted by: susan at January 24, 2005 12:25 PM

Gracias, Susan, for your kind non-spanish words ;c) Yeah, man, I mean I can -read- Spanish okay but speaking it? Iiieee! I was never so thankful for an English speaking professor as I was in my Intro to Lit Study class at 11. Geez!

Posted by: moira at January 24, 2005 03:13 PM

Aw, lo siento pobrecita! (Aw, I'm sorry you poor little thing!) I was excellent in Spanish in high school too but just after one year- poof! Most of my vocab stayed but verbs...conjugations...no way.

Don't you just love having an English class right after Spanish? I always had that and the transition was always a little hard on my brain. I'd be all in Spanish mode and then have to go to English again! I can't tell you how many times I've asked a confused English teacher, "Puedo ir al bano?" Ha. Also when I was taking American Sign Language (outside of school) I would get things confused too (since it was around final time). I'd think, "I know the word for this! But in what language?" Haha.

Posted by: Nessa at January 24, 2005 10:25 PM

Lol! Actually, I was just so thrilled that Dr. Jerz was speaking a language I could understand!

I'm hoping like heck that all the Spanish I learned in high school will come back to me... but there's been a lot of time in between. And since it always came so easily to me, I never really paid that much attention in class, mostly spending my time writing weird little stories or whatever. Crap.

I can remember the important stuff tho. The bathroom question is one of 'em. That and "dos cervasas, por favor!" hah! :c)

Posted by: moira at January 24, 2005 11:15 PM

Вы можете поговорить русского? Мы должны встретить и поговорить когда-то!

Posted by: Evan at January 27, 2005 09:36 AM

Dearest Evan, Yo no hablo Russianorwhatevertheheck. Puego translate-o tus palabras en babelfish pero no go. Que hablas?

(aka i can't read russian.. translate please?)

Posted by: moira at January 27, 2005 01:27 PM
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