By the time I was thirteen, I had seen every Disney Zorro television program, appreciating Guy Williams and his handsome dark eyes. Then I saw the actual movie starring Tyrone Power, who could fence an evil villain to a fare-thee-well. And, I watched a movie with Ricardo Montalban, swimming across a river with Esther Williams. By the time I arrived at high school, I was primed and ready to learn the exotic language, Spanish.
Our teacher was a first-year teacher who moved to our rural area only days before school began. Before ‘Map Quest’, this young lady had gotten lost trying to locate the rural highways that would guide her to our high school. Miss B. turned out to be an excellent teacher.
The first thing she did with our freshman class was to have us make a circle, and then read from our text books. The first thing we learned: que tal, which roughly means how’re ya doin’? We made the circle, each of us inquiring after each others’ well-being. Then, the rest followed.
Hola. Que tal?
Estoy bien. Y tu’?
No estoy bien. You tengo catarro.
Que lastima! Lo siento.
After we had all confirmed that we were all sick with a cold, our next lessons were much more exciting. It turned out that these Spanish people led pretty exciting and enriching lives. They went to the cinema (al cine’) to see movies (las peliculas). They went to dances (los bailes) and concerts (concertos). They even went to the beach (la playa). Our Spanish alter-egos lived amazing lives, full of song, dance, and splashing in the ocean.
Yes, sirree. Learning Spanish was probably the best class I ever had in high school. My motivation level was high, really high. As I went to university, traveled to Spain, and ultimately ended up teaching English to many non-English speaking students, I discovered that learning a second language is one of the richest experiences one can have.
And, now I have discovered Antonio Banderas ---delicioso y muy guapo.
My apologies to any Spanish speakers reading this. I don’t have a clue how to use Word to accent or make correct punctuation. I truly admire the Spanish language, and its contribution to the world. Many thanks (Muchas Gracias) to the A-Z team! Check out the link below to find other blogs: