The theme for this month's Insecure Writer's Support Group is LANGUAGE. Not the English language, but Spanish. My life is currently consumed!
We moved to Ecuador in December 2013. Our initial months were taken over by getting our visas registered, obtaining our national ID card (cedula), finding our way around town and furnishing our apartment. We planned to visit the states in Sept-Oct 2014 so we put off taking any Spanish classes until our return.
We signed up for Spanish classes in November 2014. They were five days a week and over two hours a day. We did learn some things but we were also exhausted. We took two weeks and decided to hold off on more till after the holiday season.
2015 arrived and we had so many new friends to meet and so many new places to explore, so classes were delayed again. Our friends had talked about Coffee Club Spanish classes and they all liked it. So when we finally saw a notice about a new session starting, we joined.
We now go twice a week for 1.5 hours, a much better schedule for us, especially with homework! We just finished the first two classes and are looking forward to them this week. There are six weeks in all, then we can move up to Beginner II.
Yes, we are starting at the base level, rock bottom, pre-kindergarten group. Our old brains take longer to learn something new and a new language at least quadruples that learning curve. Keep your fingers crossed for us!