Friday, March 07, 2008


Tejo. Tejo mucho.

A mi' me gusta tejer.

Can you tell that I'm still taking my spanish class? Can you tell I don't know how to make blogger put an accent mark over the i in mi?

This week I had my first exam in Spanish I ... there's nothing like preparing for an exam to help you realize how much you don't know! This class has definitely been challenging for me. I'd love to know how it compares to other Spanish I college classes. My teacher really expects us to comprehend and to be able to use the language already. This expectation means that I've learned alot in just 5 weeks. But... and there's always a but isn't there ... it also means I often feel totally incompetent.

Our focus has definitely been on *using* the language, whether spoken or written. This means that we have to use lots of vocabulary we haven't learned yet. Now this is what trips me up, how can you use parts of the language you don't know yet. My teacher says just go with it, don't get slowed down by the parts you don't know. Me... well I'm a detail person. Telling me not to worry about the details is like... well... like asking me to become a new person. Laugh. I'm doing my best to hang in there but I am being challenged.

But the good news is I have definitely learned more in the past 5 weeks that I'd learned in my adult classes. But boy oh boy do I still have A LOT left to learn. I think even if I kept up this pace it would take me at least 10 years to get confident in what I was doing. Laugh ... wonder if I can keep it up that long?!

So I leave you with my red doctor's bag photos to show that I do like to knit and that, at least sometimes, I do knit alot. Now that my exam is over, perhaps I'll even knit a bit more. Watching that herringbone pattern develop over the fabric sure is fun.

Hope everyone enjoys the weekend!


Queen of the froggers said...

Lovely red knitting! I am hopeless at languages so well done you!

Ellen Bloom said...

I understand what your Spanish teacher is saying by, "Just go with it." I, too have been "learning" Spanish for years and years...since elementary school. When I watch Spanish language TV I get what's happening, even if I don't understand all the words. I'm also useless on conjugating verbs. I say everything in the present. If I want to convey something that happened in the past, I just preface my sentence by saying, "ayer." Carumba! This has gotten me thru many trips to Mexico and around L.A. I am a master Spanglish speaker!
Me gusta mucha tu bolsa roja, Chiquita!

tiennie said...

The bag looks fantastic! Good luck with your Spanish lessons!

weezalana said...

So pretty! Or should I say... mucho... er... okay, never mind. My Spanish sucks. The only thing I can think of is mucho gusto, and I'm pretty sure that isn't right...