Tag Archives: Spanish

Peri-menopausal Woman’s Guide to Language Acquisition

Peri-menopausal Woman’s Guide to Language Acquisition

One would imagine that a young woman who started learning Spanish in high school would pretty much have it down by the time she reaches the “change of life.”  Sadly, that may not be the case.  And while the goal- fluency, remains the same, I’ve found that certain biological happenings call for adjusting one’s study […]

The Mother of All Words – Dissecting “La Madre”

The Mother of All Words – Dissecting “La Madre”

Happy Mother’s Day! In honor of the day, honoring that most important of persons – Mom, the local newspaper here in Guanajuato published an article listing the uses of the word “madre” (mother) in Mexico. I learned a lot, and it seems to illustrate just why learning a foreign language is so difficult! Here’s a sample: […]

I came, I saw, I conjugated; Learning Spanish in Mexico

I came, I saw, I conjugated; Learning Spanish in Mexico

My father’s voice came through the phone as if he were next door, not 4,000 miles away.  “Are you fluent yet?” he asked.  Knowing that I couldn’t say yes made me feel jealous of his ability. He took two years of Russian when he was in college and can still hold a conversation.  College for […]