Tuesday, May 5, 2009

It's the Thought that Counts...

The challenge of truly learning a foreign language is not the vocabulary, grammar, or even the fear of making a fool of yourself.  For me, the biggest challenge is taking the leap and really "feeling" the language.  

What do I mean by that?  Let me give you an example:

Last Thursday, a group of us went to Schenley Plaza to listen to Flamenco Music.  While Flamenco is generally more popular in the south of Spain in the Andalusian region, it really penetrates a lot of even popular culture throughout the country.

For example, when going to a nightclub, you can see people dancing and doing what I like to call la manzana, (the hand movements tend to look like you grab an apple, eat it, and then throw it away) or even clapping and stomping in time to flamenco rhythms.

I secretly hope one day that the Spanish culture will have penetrated so deep as to enable me to "feel" the music and participate without looking like a complete gringa.

The same goes for some of Spanish words.  I can now more or less hold my own when arguing (which took me several years to master), and I remember the first time that I said joder like a true Spaniard.  But certain words still elude me.  Even my attempts at using the simple "Ole!" has my husband rolling on the floor in hysterical laughter.

I am hoping that spending a month with the family in Spain this summer will help the boys begin the process of "living" the language and starting to absorb the culture and idiosyncrasies that I am either too old or too American to truly understand.  I am hoping that this vacation will be the start of them being perfect Spaniards and Americans.

It's Been a While...

I can't believe it's been 2 months since my last post!

As I'm sure you can imagine, having 2 little boys keeps me quite busy.  When you add on top of that a husband who is finishing up his MBA, planning a trip to Spain, and a move to NYC, I have not had much free time.

However, I have received several emails (and comments from friends!) that I should keep writing the blog and recording our adventures.  The truth is that this is a very exciting time for our family with a lot of changes and a lot to tell.

I am hoping to dabble a bit when I have the time this summer, and get back "full force" in the fall.  Please keep checking in, sending the emails and keeping me going with the blog!