My greatest fear for the summer was that I would lose all the Spanish knowledge I worked so hard to build back up after about a year break. But things are looking good for my Spanish retention – many opportunities to practice!
- First and foremost, I’ve been helping out at a place in Aurora called Family Focus where I assist in teaching native Spanish speakers how to use Microsoft Office products. Its from 7-9 every Wednesday and has helped me as much as or more than some of the Spanish classes I’ve taken.
- Second, working at a paint store has its perks. Many of our customers speak Spanish, so I’ve had many impromptu opportunities to practice my Spanish. The district manager promised me a polo shirt that says “Yo hablo español” so Spanish speaking customers know that they can come to me for help. I’m also working on my intern project, which will revolve around the topic of marketing to native Spanish speakers.
- Last, I’m bringing back audiobooks. I have a 40 minute drive to work everyday (about a 1.5 hour total commute), and quite frankly, am tired of top 40 hits. I reactivated my Audible account and downloaded My Sister’s Keeper (Jodi Picoult) in Spanish. I figured listening to a title I’ve already read will improve my comprehension, although I’m sad Audible didn’t have Harry Potter in Spanish. Regardless, I can’t wait to get started! I’m thinking of also devoting one night (or maybe just one hour) a week to watching a Spanish television show or movie. The more practice reading, writing, and speaking, the better!