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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Spanish for Dummies

Yes, friends… It’s come down to this.
My failure at learning Spanish (admittedly, I haven’t tried very hard), has lead me to Spanish for Dummies. I have to say, this book is actually pretty great (I also learned to knit by reading Knitting for Dummies).
The book suggests that I write things on sticky notes and post them everywhere… a very Color Purple suggestion(thanks Ashley).
I will keep everyone updated as to my progress.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Ticket Purchased!!

Today I purchased my ticket to go and visit Tita and the rest of the crew in Guatemala City. I am truly excited about getting down there and seeing all of the work that has been done, and that needs to be done in La Limonada. I feel so good in knowing that God has taken her time with me, and pointed me in this direction. I have a calm within me now. This is a good thing.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Language Lessons by Claudia

Since Claudia attends a Spanish immersion school, she is helping me out with my Spanish. She will teach me one word a day. This week, I have learned the following:

  • plato (plate)
  • mano (hand)
  • cabeza (head)
  • agua (water)

This list does not include what I learned the night of the Lemonade International Gala. Most of this was written down for me by a very nice Colombian gentleman. He thought that this would increase my popularity in Guatemala.

  • ¿Dónde está el baño? (Where is the bathroom?)
  • Quisiera una cerveza. (I would like a beer.)
  • Tengo el cuerpo de una diosa. (I have the body of a goddess.–Thanks to Karen Brown for this one.)
  • Quiero muchos besos. (I want many kisses.)

 

 

La Limonada

Yesterday, I met with Bill and Cherie (founders of Lemonade International). We met at a great coffee place in downtown Raleigh (a place that I am sad to say that in my 13 years of living in Raleigh, I have not spent enough time exploring). We discussed the immediate, and future, needs of the folks serving in La Limonada. Bill encouraged me to take a short trip down to Guatemala City to meet Tita (head of the Guatemala side of the organization). I am going to work on going down to meet Tita and tour the ghetto and schools in June. For more informationon Lemonade International, check out www.lemonadeinternational.org.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Where Are My Pants?

I want to take a moment to explain the title of this blog… I never thought that I would have to learn Spanish for any reason at all. I can order a burrito with extra cheese. This is the extent of my Spanish. This was all the Spanish I thought that I would ever need. Where are my pants? came from a joke years ago. I don’t even know who’s joke it was, to be honest. I find myself in situations, more and more, where friends and acquaintances are learning languages. This is amazing to me. I have always loved languages. I thought that I would be learning Hindi this year, and not Spanish. I love to listen to conversations and stories with accents. I love the sound and expression that goes into a foreign language. I can say “hello” in Hindi, “I love you” and “thank you” in Ukrainian, I can order you a great salad or an omelet with shoes (oh, and cheese) in French… but in Spanish, “Where are my pants?” is all that I know. So, here I am going to Guatemala. I will be forced to learn Spanish. The challenge is exciting. Thank you for taking this journey with me.

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