Mi Llamo No Comprende
1. Write your notes in one notebook, then transfer them into another one neatly after class
2. Use flash cards 5 minutes a day, at least three times a day
3. Listen to Spanish television or CNN Headline news in Spanish
4. Practice speaking from your notes at least 20 minutes a day
All good advice that paid off today. We had our first test and I was calm, cool and collected. I probably got a 90 on it, mostly because I followed her directions, but also because I pulled out my Spanish for Gringos CDs and I've been listening to them. When I listen to them and Chef's in the car, that's when it gets interesting.
On Sunday, he and I worked a Boy Scout fundraiser. While we were in the car, I would escuche and repita. Of course, Chef would interject his comments the whole time. When I said "Adios, nos vemos", he said "Mom, don't leave, I'm not old enough to drive!" Then when I was instructed to point at various office supplies, we pointed at odd things. The colors became a race to see who would find the amarillo to point at first.
In some respects, Chef feels like it is his job to help with my Spanish studies. When I told him that I took the first test today, he asked me to speak to him en espanol. I asked him "Como esta?" and he said "blanco."
"Como se llama?" His answer "No se." I laughed and said "You don't know your name? Then he said "Oh, I goofed, mi llamo No Comprende." It continued in this fashion. What answers he did know, he'd use at the wrong times. It's kind of like when he plays a video game and when he's excited he says "Hola! Por Favor!"
Who knew that studying Spanish involved a comedy routine?
I'm curious to see what the kid throws at me as the semester goes on-and how much of the Spanish I earn college credit for will stick with him.