Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Habla Espanol?

When I was growing up, we mostly spoke Spanish in our house. We spoke English at school, but at home, we broke out the Spanish baby. That's all that my grandparents knew, so if we wanted to converse, we'd better learn how.

It was Tex-Mex Spanish, but still, we all understood each other.

While in High School, I took at easy elective. Spanish. My good friend wanted to take it together and we sat with me in front of her. This worked out well, since she wasn't fluent in Spanish, she would copy off of my test. I'm not sure what she ended up with, but I ended up with an A. I learned how to read and write and speak Spanish correctly.

While in College, I still spoke Spanish because the University I went to had lots of International students. Some of my good friends were from Venezuela and Puerto Rico. Yes, the dialect is different, but we still understood each other. I learned some of their words, and they learned some of mine. Some not so good ones.

Then I started working for Wal-Mart and traveling. I used Spanish to my advantage. I'd speak English and then if someone said something about me in Spanish, I'd start speaking it as well. Pretty sneaky huh? Hey, whatever works.

Then I got married to a Gringo (white boy). I worked at a Wal-Mart that had some Spanish speaking associates, so I still spoke it. Hubster even started learning some words. He understands a lot more that what he lets on.

But lately, I haven't been speaking Spanish. I have no friends who know how to speak it. But this past weekend, I was able to refresh my Spanish. I was a little rusty, but I jumped right in.

My sister-in-law's family speaks only Spanish, so that is the dominant language in that household. I learned some new words and it did feel good to speak it again.

My sil had lots of family there this past weekend. UB and AB made friends with some little boys that were there. When Hubster asked UB what the little boy's name was, UB replied "I don't know. He doesn't speak any English, only Spanish." The language barrier didn't stop them from playing together.

Then Saturday and Sunday night, AB told me that he wants me to teach him Spanish, so that next time he sees his cousins, he can speak Spanish to them.

I guess this summer, we'll be doing lots of Spanish lessons.

But first, I need to continue brushing up on my Spanish because in July, I am going on a mission trip to Ecuador.


Kari said...

Cool! A mission trip! I'm so excited for you.

Elizabeth said...

Wow, that's so neat, id din't know you were going to Ecuador!!