Thursday, November 13, 2008

I want to learn Spanish


So goal number 29 for me is to learn Spanish. I have wanted to learn Spanish ever since I began teaching. I have bought some books over the years. I have a dictionary. I have listened to Spanish radio (although it was only a couple of times). The latest thing that I have done is to download some podcasts to be able to listen to while running. I have not really gotten anywhere yet.
The reason I took on this goal was because I live in Aurora. The Spanish population in Aurora is growing every day and the reasons to learn Spanish are increasing just as quickly. As a teacher, there are many reasons to be able to speak more than one language. I have already been able to share sign language with some of my students and I would like to be able to do the same thing with the Spanish language.
I ran across a little problem today with this goal. I was perusing through the internet and went to a site that I have grown to enjoy quite a bit. The site is titled Stuff White People Like. The site is supposed to be a guide for any non-white people to know how white people get by. There are many things in this site that I relate to a lot, but I got worried when I stumbled onto #115. Read it. I need to get beyond just the thought of learning Spanish and actually do it. I need to get by just the idea of learning the language and to actually know the language.

2 comments:

Matt Weis said...

This is the least of your concerns... go shoot some free throws!

Mom said...

Learning a language is tough, but I do believe that you can do it if you really want to, Eric Paul. I deeply regret being so prejudiced that I didn't learn it when I was around it every single day and could have practiced every single day. I even had a Spanish-speaking roommate for 6 months when I first started teaching. She would have gladly taught me the language. Go for it!