Learning the language is of great importance. In our last post, I overviewed language school. Language school is just one part of learning the language. My days are filled with Spanish. I am listening to, talking, or interacting in Spanish before, during, and after language school. My day starts by reading the Bible in Spanish. I don’t read the Bible in English, I read in Spanish. This is difficult because in the time it takes me to read a few chapters in English, it takes me as long or longer to read a few paragraphs in Spanish! I am growing in my understanding and able to read somewhat faster, but I am still far from how I was able to read in English. It will come in time with practice. It is part of learning the language. This is part of my mornings, but there is something else I do in the mornings to learn Spanish…
I watch Disney Junior in Spanish. This IS NOT for enjoyment. By watching shows like “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” in Spanish I am learning the language. My theory is that shows for little children will use a limited vocabulary so that they can understand. I am building my understanding by watching these shows. As I type out this blog, I am watching a show about a cat wearing a red sweater and sneakers and teaching his little sister about stickers in a book. I am sure I am the oldest person in Argentina watching this, but I am understanding 80-90% of what is being said! It is not entertaining at all but I am learning the language. I spend about 1 hour doing this each morning. From this I will go out and continue to practice Spanish.
I saw a chart that explained that Spanish was one of the easier languages to learn for a native English speaker. While I am sure that this is true, that does not mean that learning Spanish is easy! It still takes hours and hours of study and practice. My mornings start out with reading the Bible in Spanish and Disney Junior in Spanish. There is more that we do each day to learn the language and some of those things will be covered in our next blog post. Until then make much of Jesus in English, Spanish, or whatever other language you may speak!
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