I am learning Spanish one phrase at a time. My goal is to learn a phrase per day. Lazy, no? I am not anticipating being fluent anytime soon. I'm cool with it.
So how does one pursue the Spanish language if one is jo? There are two avenues:
1) Stephanie, the Ecuadorian who lives with me, is wonderfully patient and kind and willing to teach me. Almost everyday, I will ask her to translate something into Spanish so that I can learn it and forcibly insert it into my day to day rhetoric. This technique ensures me that the phrases I am learning are ones that I would actually use on a day to day basis.
2) I am addicted to the local Spanish radio station. I listen to "Rumba! Ciento Cuatro Punto Cinco!" all the time. It is difficult to follow everything that they are saying as my vocabulary is very limited, but I love it anyway. And though the phrases I pick up from the DJs' banter and stations IDs are not nearly as applicable as those I learn from my live-in mentor, I still find plenty of oppurtunities to say them with all of the Latin bravado I can muster.
So here's what I have so far. See if you can tell which ones I learned from Steph and which I picked up from Rumba 104.5:
Mi piel está muy secca y mis labios están muy partidos.
My skin is very dry and my lips are very chapped.
Me puedes traer salsa de tomate, por favor.
Please bring me the ketchup.
Y muchos más!
And much more!
Santo Dios, es mucho dinero!
Good Lord, that's a lot of money!
Más musica, menos comerciales
More music, fewer commercials
Pleased to meet you.
Señor Perro, para perros pequeños.
Mister Dog, for small yappy-type dogs.
There are so many more still to come! I am well on my way to being bilingual. Look out, world!