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Wednesday, December 05, 2012

The other day we went for breakfast to a marina (this is a sea side city) and we found an ad for free spanish lessons. Well, that was fantastic. I emailed the lady and she told me all the opportunities for free lessons with a group. I definitely wanted to be a part of a group. So I started with the beginners and then then the intermediates. This morning I will try to make it to the regular 9 o'clock classes. Yesterday we went on a field trip to the Tecolote beach. I love how windy it is there and I just love to stand in the waves and get knocked over. The dogs enjoyed it a lot too and spent time just running around. Met a couple from Vancouver and told them a few hints about how to survive here in La Paz.
I am supposed to talk about my weight loss journey, so a couple of sentences about that. Being part of Spark keeps me somewhat accountable. I do lots of exercise but also find I still eat a fair amount. I have lost 25 lbs. and am stuck there for now. I still need to lose 20 lbs. but it is a journey. Spark has made me far more aware of what I am doing and I really eat in a far more healthy manner. I have gained a lot of knowledge.
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    Kudos on learning another language! I would love to learn is on my bucket list. emoticon
    1995 days ago
    Thanks for sharing! Hope you learn Spanish fast! I have a daughter who is using the Rosetta Stone to learn Dutch, and my other daughter wants to learn Spanish sometime.
    1995 days ago
    I took French from 7th-11th grade (got all A's) and Hebrew for two years in college (A's also). But when I moved bakc to Rochester, NY, I realized we had a large latino population and thought it would behoove me to learn Spanish - especially since after my parents divorced, my Dad remarried a Puerto Rican. It was she who helped me get started learning it on my own. I pored over the textbook she'd given me (she used it to give Spanish lessons to help put herself through law school!) - it had these neat lines to show inflection. I practiced conjugating daily, and wrote her notes to correct. Then it was a matter of building my vocabulary - and my confidence to speak it as well as I wrote it. I'm now fluent enough that I don't need a translator when I go on mission trips. In fact, I once traslated for my pastor, and when I was explaining to the local pastor that this time I would be translating rather than preaching, he asked, "Oh, you know English?" I felt that was a great compliment! Spanish is one of the EASIEST foreign languages to learn, and I find the Mexican accent is easier to understand than the loval Puerto Rican. I kind of grew my own natural Peruvian accent. And of course, easier in the country than in hurried big cities.
    I'll be glad when I can move to my beloved Peru!
    May God bless you and lead you into all Truth.(John 14:6)
    1995 days ago
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