Each summer, I take on a project that is new, eclectic and memorable. Summers are very special to those of us who live in the chilly Midwest. We have to make the most of this all too brief season. Outside of getting out to soak up some sun, it’s a great time to learn something new!
This year I have chosen to learn or shall I say become proficient in speaking Spanish. Educators that cannot speak Spanish are beginning to feel the effects as our school districts make way for its new little ducklings. That would be the Spanish-speaking children who in turn need bilingual educators.
In an effort to stay on the cutting edge, I have enrolled in a Spanish class again. A few years back, I took a two-day workshop called Spanish for Educators. Thank goodness, I kept my detailed notes and teaching tools. I also pulled out my Spanish-English Dictionary along with a book called Spanish in 100 Days that I had packed away. I am pooling my former efforts along with the new teaching program because it is truly time to take this venture seriously.
I took French at many different points in my life, but I still cannot converse in French. C’est dommage. But now as I am writing and learning Spanish words, voila! It all makes sense because I understand feminine and masculine nouns, pronouns and articles from my years of studying French.
As in life, each experience prepares us for the next thing coming down the pike. Both are Romantic languages. Yet, I feel a little guilty when I sound out an s as I pronounce Spanish words because in French, that is a huge no-no!
During this uninterrupted stretch in my life, I plan to hunker down and focus. When I see my young Spanish-speaking students in the fall, I will be able to say more than hola or adois. Hopefully, I will feel confident enough to use what I have learned and try to converse with them. Oh, the joys of staying the know!
Lynn M. June 16, 2018