A Quick Update

In 2010, we moved back to the small town in Colorado that I never stopped missing while we lived in Mexico. Now I sometimes miss Mexico, but I wouldn't travel as freely as we did when we were there, camping out in remote areas and so forth.

Mexico today is in a period of change, and in many ways it is more dangerous now. That said, I have plenty of American friends who still live there very happily, just taking a few more precautions than they did in the past.

Just to say!

Rosana

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June 14, 2005 — I have to admit I have my pride. I am not fond of sounding like an idiot — in any language.

I’m a perfectionist to a fault, too. I do think I’ve become a bit better about this gradually. Often perfectionism is a game that isn’t worth the candle.

But I often fear that in Spanish I am coming across something like this:

“Eet are a well day, ees eet not? And who are you today? Weer is you goink?”

Okay, I exaggerate to make my point. But let me try to tell a story in the past and it comes out along these lines:

“Yesterday we are going to Queretaro. We have ride the bus and we tooken a taxi to the National Office of Immigration. The taxi driver are speaking very fast and with his radio on and neither Kelly nor me are understanding. So I did ask him to turn his radio upside down and to speak more leisurely. Then I am telling him that we likes his city. We did have a well conversation about politics and finances and he tells us that he works twelve daily hours and six days per weekly. He is a very nice man.”

I often think that my pride and my perfectionism, call that hatred of sounding stupid, are the biggest barriers to learning better Spanish. I haven’t quite figured out yet how to turn them into a motivation to spend more time with grammar drills.

Many people know grammar but are shy to speak another language… we met many Mexicans like that. But conversations are my strong point… after all, you did understand my little story, didn’t you? And Mexicans do get my drift a good percentage of the time.

So what will it take for studying a little Spanish daily to become an ingrained habit?

Hmm, I think that’s a key: make it a little Spanish every day, and it’s a much easier habit to really follow through on.

I’ll report later. I do like blogging about this, as some unknown number of people are knowing that I was thinking of what doing practice improvement making me language!

Comments from the Old Blog:

  • At June 14, 2005 4:29 PM, Anonymous Wendy K Smith (Chicago) said…

    I have the same problem. I just keep talking, wrong tense or not. I think we get some credit for making the effort. Keep up the good work! I love your BLOG

  • At June 15, 2005 10:18 AM, Blogger Rosana Hart said…

    Nice to hear from a kindred spirit, Wendy, and glad you like the blog. I have a lot of fun doing it.

  • At September 21, 2006 4:49 PM, Anonymous mary allen said…

    mary a.(atlanta) – I have been thinking bout moving to mexico, but the bug problem is a BIG problem 4 me. After wearing bug spray day in and day out, does that not take a toll on your skin as well as your health. Whudda think?

  • At September 22, 2006 10:08 AM, Blogger Rosana Hart said…

    Mary, I will answer your question in a new blog entry so others will be more likely to see it too.

  • At December 06, 2006 9:48 PM, Anonymous JiffySpanish said…

    I know what you mean by pride, but sometimes you just have to forget about it in order to learn.

  • At December 07, 2006 8:57 AM, Blogger Rosana Hart said…

    I mostly do forget about my pride when I am face to face with someone and trying to talk, but your comment is helpful, JiffySpanish! BTW, I have made a note to explore your site further sometime.

2 Responses to “Pride, Perfectionism, and Learning Spanish”

  • celialy says:

    And Mexicans do get my drift a good percentage of the time.  are you saying you have a good time at there? I love your writning,  and i also love learning english, and it is better to explain this sentence, if u have time and give me explaination.

  • Rosana Hart says:

    Hi — “get my drift” is an expression which means “understand me, more or less” — in other words, they may not get everything I am trying to say but they get the general meaning.

    Hope this helps!

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