II Chronicles 7:14

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

No Espanol

Okay, I think it's about time to call it quits on the Spanish class at church. It is getting HARD! Tonight they had a group of Spanish people there to serve us cookies and drinks. The catch was...we had to ONLY speak to them in Spanish and we had to ask correctly for the snacks and be able to have a short conversation with them. Whew! It was WAY harder than I expected. I was all set before I walked up to the table with what I was going to say. But after I said it...the girl said something back and I just stood there looking at her like a deer caught in the headlights. Like---duhhhh....what? I felt my face flush to a deep red instantly and I just kept standing there looking at my notes trying to figure out what in the heck she just said and what I should say back. Eventually I think she felt my discomfort and explained to me in English. Turns out all she said was "Uno galleta, Dos galletas or Tres Galletas?" Which you guys can probably figure out means "one cookie, two cookies or three cookies?" The thing is...they say it SO FAST that it just sounds like a bunch of syllables all stuck together. BTW...galleta, which means cookie, is pronounced guy-etta. The double "L" makes a "yuh" sound.
Anyhow...I really want to learn more...but they are getting into conjugating verbs and pronouns and tenses and it's very intimidating. Plus, I totally don't get that whole male/female thing.
One thing I've learned that I know I will put to good use:
Te Amo = I love you
Te Quiro = I want you
Amore = love
Those are all fun to say---and if your husband digs it...could be kinda sexy too!

I really wish I had the guts to go over to my Spanish neighbor's house and just tell her that I am taking a class and try to talk to her some in Spanish...but it's SO scary when they say something to you and you don't know what it is. How can you respond if you don't even know what you've been asked!?! and it takes FOREVER to look up each individual word in my little Spanish/English dictionary. Like, even though I know the word for drink (Bebido) I don't know how to say the rest of the sentence "Do you want a bebido?" Argh! I wish I had just taken this in high school when I had a chance!

Oh well..anyway, that's all for tonight! Hasta Lavista! (see you later!)


mr zig said...

don't give up on it! It's awesome that your church is offering spanish classes! I'd love to learn spanish one day.

Kate said...

don't give up - learning another language is a great way to keep your mind active!

"Do you want a drink?" is "Quieres bebido?" if it's directed at someone familiar and "Quiere bebido?" if it's someone older than you or someone you've just met.

KC said...

Girl, I took Spanish in High School and French 1 & 2 in College, and I can't remember squat!
I really wish I could speak Spanish. But your right, they do talk really fast and it is hard to understand. But they probably think the same thing about us speaking English. I can pick out a few words, but I really wish I could speak it fluently. Don't give up! You can do it! Just think how far you have come already! :)

MLM said...

Your post made me smile...I can totally relate! Except that you're doing MUCH better than I would have done and are much braver too!

It's true what you said about them talking so fast. I watch Spanish TV and it just sounds like one long word to me. I try to read lips and it seems like they don't even move them!

So more power to you! You're brave for even trying!