Immersion language courses excite me. I remember back to high school and college; "traditional" Spanish and French classes, and my sorry attempts to learn another language.
This week, my current instructor cut through the crap of what could be a boring first class.
Reminding us: Many visitors attempt to memorize 400 "new" nouns in the language-of-choice; to "speak fluently" in a foreign country, but are forced to use (a whole lot of) sign language to communicate.
But properly armed with correct verbs, (maybe 50-100), correct use of verbs, and not only one verb per sentence - but many; strung into beautiful, specific, jewel-like necklaces of structure and form joined with only 50-100 nouns... Opens the clearest path to be understood, to understand others, and work with the correct tools and material, toward the proper respect of people and languages in the countries we visit.
I am on a journey in Santa Fe - for more beautiful Spanish. My best friend begins her journey this weekend in the Midwest - for the passion of Italian.
Dive in and do your best. The shiniest rocks are in the deepest pools; and are worth the most work.
When I started this blog in May 2007, it was for the sole purpose of staying in touch with friends and family while we traveled to Europe for three months. I am still staying in touch. "Traveller's Joy" clematis vitalba: Wildflower found throughout southwest Europe/Africa. Used for medicinal purposes and found "climbing and covering" the roadsides of Europe.
We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential. ~Ellen Goodman