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I LOVE language school!! In one week I have managed to make friends with a lot of the folks who work at the school… apparently, I am very popular around here because I talk with everyone and am always smiling. Why didn’t this work in high school??

I love coming to the school in the mornings because I get to have normal conversations with the local folks. I guess that a lot of the students who come through La Union don’t really talk with anyone except the teachers here. My teacher calls them ‘esnob’ or snobs in English. I’m having a hard time grasping this concept. You come to a third world country to attend a language school so that you can talk with people who speak this language… but you are too good to talk to the folks who are not actually teachers?? I can honestly say that I have learned as much from mi amigos (my friends) at the school as I have from mi maestra (my teacher). This morning, we had an entire discussion on the word ‘booger’. Unfortunately, ‘booger’ is not in the Spanish/English dictionary that I bought last week. I was a little disappointed by this. After about a 10 minute discussion on the subject, mi maestra, Amanda, came up with the word… which I didn’t write it down, so I don’t remember it.

Immersion is an amazing thing. After one week of classes I can manage to understand about 1/3 of what someone is saying. I am thankful for my dictionary. I can make my point with the words that I do know… and last night I realized that I had just created my first whole sentence. I know that sounds ridiculous, but it was a monumental step for me. Learning to form a sentence is really hard in Spanish. The verbs are killing me!!

Here are some of my friends at language school…

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