I started Spanish class. I was feeling pretty full of myself for being able to half carry-on conversations with strangers. Spanish class brought me back to reality.
It is taught by another teacher. The whole class we speak Spanish, and she must have the patience of Job! “No se _______,” we kept saying. Instead of telling us in English, she helpfully mimed or used synonyms. Today we listened to music and tried to recognize words and phrases in songs. It was muy dificil, but I did learn of a group that I now love. Their lyrics really speak the desamor of my heart.
The Real Housewives met again today–can I tell you I really like them? I held one Mom’s baby, which might be weird in the States, but it was completely normal here. I am really learning to love their kiddos too, and I’m even getting hugs. It’s necesario por mi. I hear great things everyday, which really helps me love my job! Sigh. (a sigh of contentment) Parents tell me their child is muy contento all the time. I’m going to start saying the same.
This afternoon I found out that one of my [favorite–and oh, so adorable] students has a dad that plays soccer professionally. We found this out when boys went up to him asking for his autograph. Tonight I saw them at Starbucks too. Let’s just say that there is a reason why this kid is amazingly cute. His parents are both beautiful! (Incidentally, he made my day when he signed sit down to another student today. I got this ha-ha laugh inside me.)
It also made my day, as I am sitting there in Starbucks (in my normal corner away from eyes that stare at the alien speaking English), and another student walked in the door. His whole face lit up, and he said, “Hi, Miss Jania (pronounced Han-ia)!” He gave me a hug–and his mom said a quick hello. This is the same kid whose mom walked into my room today as I sang, “Si-lencio, Di-e-go, Por fa-vor-or!” (Can you imagine that? It’s to the same tune of someone chanting “Let’s go, _____” at a sporting event.)
Oh! I was going to tell you what a Real Housewife suggested! She said, “Maybe you could print lyrics to songs so they actually learn what the words are.” Awesome idea. I can’t decide what songs to print though–ideas?? Today I played Adele, and some kids began singing…kinda. It sounds like a mush of language. They do the same thing when they sing my songs from class (which they learn speedy quick). Eenie-meenie-minee-mo becomes meemie-meemie-eyenie-oh. It is all I can do to not laugh at them. Bless their little hearts…