Learning Español and looking like an absolute psychotic while doing so

OK, so here’s the deal.

I haven’t been writing nearly enough on my website and I feel hella guilty about that. I won’t apologize because I pay way too much money for this domain and it’s just not worth the humiliation. Buuuuuut, I do intend to start writing a little more, because lol CONTENT #amirite.

Maybe this is a new leaf.

Speaking of new leaves, I stepped outside the other day and the weather was cool for Louisiana (yes I’m still living in the South). It was below 80 degrees at noon. When I came back home from a light day of work, I decided to do my usual 5-mile run around the Louisiana State University Lakes and found that I shaved more than five minutes off of my last 5-miler. (This is about learning new languages, just bear with me.)

Exciting things are in the air, for better or worse…

The weather is cooler, the days are a little shorter, barbeque is in the air and football is on TV. My coworker wrote in a column for the newspaper this week that he has the opposite of wintertime seasonal affective disorder. He loves the winter and becomes reclusive and depressed in the summer.

I can’t say the same because I love the long summer nights, but something about early September has me feeling… Excited?

Exciting things are in the air, for better or worse.

News came in this week that President Donald Trump intends to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). The move is largely unpopular as far as I can tell and is yet another swipe at his predecessor’s legacy. Perhaps, it’s the news of DACA that motivated me, but I finally decided to get serious about learning Spanish. I’ve always wanted to learn the language, but never put in the work to do so. (This is what I wanted to write about, and I will apologize for my longwinded approach.)

I don’t have money to buy music for my iPhone, so I listen to a lot of podcasts when I run. Running is therapeutic for me, and I’ve been running more miles more frequently since last year, which means I need more material to listen to. I downloaded a few Spanish language podcasts to get myself started.

…I kept laughing. I don’t know why. Maybe because I was having fun, but maybe because I looked goofy running around muttering random sayings under my breath in Spanish…

I’ve heard people say self improvement is just another form of masturbation. So be it. Spanish proficiency is only becoming more valuable. In this country (the grand ol’ U.S. of A), fluency in two languages is almost like having a hard skill in computer programming, engineering or carpentry. And it suits me. I like words. Why wouldn’t I want to learn more of them?

The first podcast I listened to was easy. While running, I spoke simple words and phrases: “Buenos tardes, senor,” “como se llama usted,” etc. (Beware of my spelling. I’m learning to speak it, not write it.) But some of the other podcasts weren’t so easy. One such episode was titled “What Happened?” We started with “que paso?” but worked up to other phrases, such as “me hace nervioso,” and “porque lo hiciste,” and “no me molestas.”

While reciting these phrases I kept laughing. I don’t know why. Maybe because I was having fun, but maybe because I looked goofy running around muttering random sayings under my breath in Spanish.

If any Spanish language speakers saw me they must have thought I was crazy. Running around the lakes at a half sprint, muttering to myself “that makes me nervous” and “why did you do that?” all the while laughing in between.

Yikes. Er – lo siento. I’m a work in progress. But aren’t we all?

The journey continues for this hombre.

With that I will leave you. Until then, hasta luego.


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