January 17, 2013 by empraise
After our “immersion experience” in Germany over Christmas and the ensuing discussion, my husband and I had time to think about how we wanted to proceed with our languages used at home. Strangely enough, neither of us have ever felt any desire to learn the “other person’s” language. I had no warm fuzzy feelings towards German and he didn’t toward Spanish either. However, it seemed like things may be changing for us. A few days later, he walked in the door and surprised me by greeting me with, “¿Qué tal?” I replied and we had a two second conversation…in SPANISH! I was floored. He said he has decided to learn Spanish and has started using Coffee Break Spanish during his breaks at work. So fun!
I had been doing some soul-searching of my own. After New Year’s, I made the difficult decision to stop my Korean lessons. Though I loved my teacher and fellow students, and I am gratefully using what I have learned thus far, I simply have limited free time (remember: toddler at home!) and felt that in the long-run, spending time honing my language skills in either Spanish or German would be better suited to our family. I found I wasn’t applying myself with the Korean, wasn’t doing homework and had lost motivation…so I wanted to use my time on something that I WAS motivated to study.
That’s when I looked into Spanish lessons on Skype. I have found and contacted two so far, but unfortunately, our time zone makes it impossible for me to have a live lesson out of Spain (at least during the time when I have a babysitter) and the other company has not replied to my request for a free trial lesson yet. I am hoping to spend one day (two hours) a week with a native speaker resolving outstanding grammar issues and getting my questions answered.
The other morning that the babysitter comes I plan to dabble in German. Once I saw Monty diving in to Spanish, it made me realize that I could be free to dabble as well. No pressure, but big returns! The thought of being able to have even mini-conversations in one of those languages with my husband or son thrills me. Big Man has already been using Rosetta Stone TOTALe to freshen up his German skills and so I can just start at Lesson One and work at my own pace through their curriculum. I tried the first lesson and was pleased…definitely a new way (at least for me) to learn a language. But with this “low pressure” learning environment, it has made it fun again!
We are even looking into aSpanish Language School that we could attend as a family (well, mostly me, but Big Man may attend some classes while I relieve him of his duties with the Little Man) for my birthday later this year. We shall see…delicious possibilities.