Estela, Cynde, and Katie, you'd be so proud of me: I'm taking a "Spanish for Librarians" class! I want to be able to communicate with the Hispanophone parents of my Reading Buddies without having to resort to tortuous circumlocution. Class started today--and it just felt so good to be taking a concrete step to learn how to communicate for real (not just conjugate) in another language. Seeing how much I could understand from the teacher's rapid-fire all-Spanish directions and explanations turned out to be fun--a welcome change from the challenge of understanding Griffin's all-baby coos and cries. (Unfortunately, he doesn't come with a bilingual infant-parent dictionary.)
Oh, that's one of the new words I learned today! Unfortunately. "Desafortunadamente." What a mouthful! It's so long you regret deciding to tackle it once you get to the middle, but unfortunately, you must continue to the end. "Desafortunadamente." It sounds like a dance--the Macarena, but morose.
But I digress. The teacher kindly told me that my vocabulary and grammar were great considering how little Spanish I've formally studied, but that I sound like a French person when I speak Spanish. Yet isn't that preferable to sounding like an American?! At least they're both Romance languages. (Yay for cognates!)
Don't ask me how I have time for this with a baby around plus my library job plus my tutoring. (I don't. My blog is suffering from neglect! Sorry. And it's been a while since I read my favorite blogs--but I promise I'll drop by soon, Jeanne et al.!)
Oh, and I have a new tutoring client in French: an adult who hopes to study in France eventually. She wants to work primarily on conversation. I can't wait! I think we'll use newspaper articles and websites as a springboard for discussion and to explore French culture.
Okay, I'll admit it: while I love my job at the library, I do miss teaching French (and speaking it to people who don't drool copiously and holler incoherently in my ear). Griffin's adorable, but it's hard to hold a meaningful conversation with him.
Here's Griffin doing the Desafortunadamente dance. See? I told you he was adorable!
All righty, enough of this. It's late and I'm getting loopy. I must go to bed. Desafortunadamente.