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.


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!