Expanding your circle of experiences

During the 7 weeks that I have been in Argentina, it has been fun for me to test the Argentine-Spanish world.  This is the first time for me to be in Argentina (hard to believe, but I finally made it).  My own level of Spanish is such that I can easily slide by and not actually learn more.  So, the secret for me is to put myself in new situations, ones that force me to use words and hear new forms.  Two brief examples:

First, a few months ago I cut my foot on a piece of glass.  Over the past few weeks it as become infected and a weird growth has begun to grow.  I was going to just wait to have it looked at when I return to Austin.  But then I realized that this gave me a chance to go to a clinic and see a doctor.  (My wife Tonia thinks that I am crazy.  It’s not the condition of my foot that convinced me to see the doctor.  It is the chance to experience a doctor’s visit in Argentina that got me to go to the doctor.)  I won’t bore you with the details about my foot, but I will say that it was a great chance to learn new vocabulary, talk to the office staff, the nurses, and the doctors.  Great language learning experience.

Second, our light switch in our apartment broke the other day.  “Yes,” I thought,  a perfect chance to go to the ferretería and have to buy the parts and together with the apartment doorman, replace the light fixture.  Once again it was a great chance to learn some new vocabulary, and force myself to talk about new topics.  BTW, the joke at our home in Austin is that no home improvement project can be completed with just one trip to Lowe’s (or home depot).  The same is true in Argentina!  We had to return to get more parts.

I do not wish ill health on you, and I hope that your apartments function properly.  If not, however, I encourage you to take advantage of these moments to improve your foreign language experience.

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2 Responses to “Expanding your circle of experiences”

  1. synthpaintann Says:

    Yes Yes … grab every eventuality to learn some more language skills.

  2. Gladys Says:

    Greetings! I’ve been following your website for some time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Huffman Texas! Just wanted to say keep up the excellent job!

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