Posts Tagged With: learning Spanish

Spanish School Studies Start Simply

Two Who Trek Visit Markets as Part of the Lessons

For three mornings, Two Who Trek were in Spanish class  at the Simon Bolivar Spanish School.  No big deal, right?  It was for Joe!  Never having studied any language other than French in high school, the first day was a bit disconcerting.  No worries.  Angel is a good instructor and Joe advances at his own pace.  Joe now knows about a hundred Spanish words and is enjoying the challenge.

Sherri’s instructor, Viviana, encourages her to remember previous college classes and build on those lessons.  Even with prior Spanish classes, Sherri really finds it challenging to put thoughts into words in another language. Continue reading

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The Twelve Days Before Cuenca

In the twelve days before leaving for Cuenca, my true friend gave to me – Continue reading

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Learning Spanish the Slacker Way

If you are reading this post in December, you’ll notice a countdown clock in the right column, showing that we have just 17 days remaining before our month-long trip to Ecuador.  We are busily preparing for the trip as well as getting our Christmas gifts, cards, and traditional activities completed.

The trip organizers have been very helpful, sending weekly email messages to prepare us for the adventure.  Topics covered include what to expect, what will we need (i.e., Cuenca has the same electric power and plugs as we do so no need for converters or adapters), and lists of Spanish words and phrases to study.

Their goal is for us to learn about 2,000 words before we board that first airplane.  So far, Joe has mastered two—“cerveza” and “baῆos”, figuring that would cover both incoming and outgoing.  He was shocked to learn that “baῆos” was really a place to bathe and that he needed to ask for a “servicio”. Continue reading

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