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October 7, 2009, 2:43 am
Filed under: Paraguay, Travel Tip

Hi friends,

I am sad to say this, mostly because it poorly reflects on me, but it is nonetheless true, and I always try to live my life by truth. When I was younger and I met people who didn’t speak English fluently (they spoke English, but not very well), I always assumed that they weren’t smart. Even if they did speak English, but had a strong foreign accent and spoke slowly, I would be easily frustrated with them because of their inability to get their points across in a timely matter.

Now that I am in a Spanish-speaking country and talking like a three year old most of the time, it has been a slap in the face for me, because now I assume that OTHERS assume I’m stupid. I suppose this could be something along the lines of karma.

At least my Spanish IS coming along. I can now compose emails to my Spanish professor and my homestay sister in Costa Rica entirely in Spanish, and I understand their replies. Yay! Learning a language is SO frustrating and hard, and it definitely has its plateaus- one day I feel as if I’m almost fluent, and I have conversations with plenty of people in Spanish and feel really on top of it. The next day I can’t even string a sentence together. Learning another language is really difficult because it’s so easy to forget. When I left Costa Rica I felt very confident in my Spanish. Then I got to Paraguay, where people mostly speak Guaraní, the indigenous language of Paraguay. The accent is so strong that I can barely understand what anyone is saying, which is very discouraging for me. Then I didn’t take Spanish lessons for a week, and pretty much talked only in English to my friends and fellow interns. Spanish fell out of my head SO fast that I felt as if I had forgotten almost everything.

Then I had a Spanish lesson and it all came rushing back to me and afterwards I talked to my roommate for a long time in only Spanish. It is very confusing, and truly a love/hate relationship. But I am proud I am coming along and learning, and I dearly hope I will be near fluent by the end of December.

Much love,

Brittany


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