Empezamos clases de español
Pop las botellas ( the bottles) I’ve made it official… I enrolled in Spanish classes. This weekend, I began taking formal Spanish classes. I’m no longer teaching my self or relying on my husband who doesn’t have patience to teach me. Learning and being completely fluent is a major major goal of mine so I decided to really dive in and put my head down ( focus) on doing everything in my capacity to accomplish it. The library has been my only resource for learning since I began back in 2006. I would check out books and CDs to learn every month. And, It still is serving as an educational gem years later. A few months ago while on a routine library visit to pickup bilingual kids books, I ran across a flier promoting free Spanish classes at the library. Whaattt?!?! Que?? I’ve been looking for a structured environment to help push pass some learning obstacles for a while. All of them, like college or a tutor, are a fee that I couldn’t invest in at the time. Excitedly, I called to reserve as the flier stated but the class was completely full. I wasn’t going to give up or pass on a free opportunity so I asked when the next series would be scheduled for and was put on a waiting list. Here we are months later and confirmed, myself and Amira, are now taking classes in a structured learning environment with many others.
This Beginner’s 6 week class is generously offered by The Rotary Club of MEMPHIS Central, Friends of the Library and MEMPHIS Public Libraries. I know you all are asking why am I starting at beginners. Well I have taught myself how to speak Spanish but I have a challenge in conjugation and writing Spanish. My long term goal with Spanish is to be fluent for professional translation. It is a must to be proficient in communicating, writing, and reading Spanish. Therefore, I decided to start all the way over and build a solid foundation from this angle.
I am so glad that I found this class because in one session I’ve learned so much. The key to Spanish is in mastering the pronunciation of the alphabet and conjugating verbs. When I taught myself I learned phrases to repeat for memory. However, working from pronunciation and conjugating is a more efficient method. You can almost sub any verb in thereafter, build your vocabulary, and you’ll be good.
This week, we learned pronouns, vowels, greetings, new words and verbs. Our instructor gave us homework, which I am working on now, to conjugate about 10 verbs for next week. I’m looking forward to building and learning more Spanish. I’ll share with you all next week what we learned.
If interested in taking classes contact the Benjamin Hooks Library on future dates.