07.03.2012 - 07.10.2012 88 °F
The pace of our Spanish classes has really been picking up lately.
Last week, Heidi and I were not enjoying Spanish class as much as we did in Antigua. As we quickly learned, no one compares to Angelica and Hellen.
The set up is very similar to Ixchel, where we studied in Guatemala. For four hours, we're each seated at a small table with a teacher, workbooks and a whiteboard. Before starting our first class we had to take a placement exam. It was pretty rough – Heidi and I scored 34 and 33.5 respectively. We're choosing to believe that this means we know a third of the language... ¿correcto?
Our teachers last week weren't really big on positive reinforcement. My teacher happened to be the director and also happened to be very busy, often completing paperwork while teaching or stepping away from the table to talk to someone. Heidi's was less than friendly and often left without fulling explaining assignments.
This week we've switched to morning classes. We have new teachers and are a bit happier with the experience. My teacher is really moving quickly through the lessons – I think it's likely that I'll be fluent by my last class on Friday.
The real highlight of the whole experience so far was when I realized that they had catagorized me as an intermediate student... and it only took 15 years!
Learning another language is incredibly humbling and mentally exhausting. By the end of class each day I'm absolutely drained. While I appreciate the challenge, I'm looking forward to the ease of speaking English when I return home.