Learn Spanish

This is part of my 40 Before 40 Challenge.

This is one of my biggest challenges and would probably be my proudest achievement on the list.

There are lots of excellent reasons for learning another language, but after spending some time in the Americas in the last two years, I now have an additional incentive. I’ve made friendships and connections that would be greatly enhanced if I could speak Spanish; such as my friend’s family in Mexico who showed me such great hospitality, or the children and the families I worked with in Bolivia.

On one hand, my Spanish learning so far gives me a base to build on, but on the other hand, my relatively modest improvement during six months of living in Spanish speaking countries demonstrates just how big a task this is.

Me necesito forzar a usar el español todo lo posible. Actualmente vivo con un hombre de España, trabajo con dos españoles y un mexicano, entonces debería practicar con ellos. Por supuesto que también conozco a otros hispanohablantes. Además necesito leer español, escuchar español, escribir mucho y tal vez – algún día – pensaré en español.

Aunque no he practicado mucho, he observado tantas personas hablando español – ¡en todos lados! El tren, en la calle y en la oficina. En Manchester y Edimburgo, Cambridge y Berlin. Definitivamente el idioma extranjero más común alrededor.


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