Thursday, August 23, 2007
Missed Opportunities to Learn
At my job I talk to people in Mexico everyday. Most of them speak English very well. I have started asking them how they learned it so that maybe I can use the techniques in reverse. One fellow who almost sounds like a native English speaker went to high school in Washington State. Ah, forced immersion. I do like that method. When I was in Europe I had to learn that way and I learned a lot. I had to or else I probably would have starved or been lost permanently.
The other person I asked said that only English TV shows were available when he was little. So he watched Sesame Street and then older shows like The Brady Bunch and Who's the Boss. I tried some "groovy" Brady Bunch lingo on him but he didn't remember it that well.
I have about 6 Spanish channels. Plus the people that I talk to in Mexico are very eager to help me. In a recent phone call I asked, "What do I say when I answer the phone? Mande? He said, No, you say "Bueno". Good thing I asked. I saw someone answer the phone with "Mande". I guess she was just playing around. If I am really committed to learning the language I can use those free resources: TV and the Spanish speakers I know. It is something I have always wanted to learn. Now I just have to stick with it and practice, practice, practice.