What's My Purpose?
When I first met Luis, I did not know any Spanish (with the exception of "hola", "adios", and "gracias"); however, Luis had a pretty good foundation of English, so naturally, English became our chosen language to communicate in. The more we communicated, the better Luis' English became. While I thought it would be neat to learn Spanish, I didn't pursue it at the time, as I had just moved from teaching Elementary to High School, so it was a rather busy year of planning for me.
A) Do I smile/laugh too... and look foolish because they totally know that I don't understand what they are saying? or
B) Do I keep a poker face... and look foolish because I'm the only one in the room that isn't laughing/smiling? Ugh… it's the worst.
While standing on a cliff, Luis told me that he had to confess he couldn't have me as his girlfriend anymore. Let me tell you, standing on a cliff and having the love of your life telling you this, was not a good place to be! Turns out, he was proposing in his broken English! He couldn't have me as his girlfriend anymore because he wanted me to be his wife. After the initial scare and laughing about how his translation did not come out as intended [he swears to this day that it sounded so much more romantic in Spanish], I said "yes".
Here we are now: 5 years into marriage, Luis' English is fantastic, and we are raising a beautiful 3-year-old daughter that we hope will be fluent in both languages. Right now, total responsibility for that falls on my husband, as I am (shamefully) no help.
My hope is to play an active role in raising our child to be both a Spanish and English speaker.
My Baseline & My Goal...
I am ditching the "school" method and embracing the "learning" method that George Couros speaks of. My learning Spanish is going to be creative, explore my interests, ubiquitous, social, personal, non-linear, and about making connections. I notice that my classmate, Vanessa, has also chosen to learn Spanish--perhaps we can support each other a bit during this process!
I came across an infographic on Pinterest the other day that inspired me (see below)! It is entitled "How to Learn Spanish in 10 Days"... for my project, I am going to adapt this to "How Genna Will Improve her Spanish in 10 Weeks". I love the ideas, and I plan to make a video hopefully each week that shows me doing most of these ideas (not necessarily in the same order). While I am feeling vulnerable and very likely to make a fool out of myself publicly, I am eager to embrace this approach to open and social learning!
My blog posts about my project will mostly consist of home videos, but I will share them via Twitter as well. If you are interested in following my learning journey, follow the hashtag #GennaLearnsSpanish