(Whoa big picture!)
In high school I took 2 years of Spanish (9th and 10th grade) and in college I took 2 years/4 semesters of Spanish (freshman and sophomore year) and I still cannot speak Spanish. And I really wish I could.
( I actually know all of those words anyways.)
I used to practice it a lot and speak with other people (because it was required) and I wasn’t that bad at it. But somehow in the last 4 years I have lost the ability to speak Spanish. I think it’s because I live in themiddleoffreakinnowhere and no one around here really speaks Spanish a lot.
Now I do actually remember a lot of vocabulary words. But if I really needed to sit down and have a legitimate conversation with a Spanish speaking person… I would fail utterly and completely. I remember my last semester I had a really hard time. I was great at just memorizing words but the whole conjugating verbs and such into Spanish sentences was not my strongpoint (that and there was a REALLY cute guy in my class the last semester and he was SUPER distracting and I feel like I can justifiably blame my failure on him).
I see signs like this a lot in stores and such now (and I soooooo do not want to get into a debate about who needs to learn English/Spanish – I don’t care). A lot of the jobs I have applied for require at least some knowledge of the Spanish language because it is actually QUITE helpful to at least know a little bit.
So I probably need to break this out again so I can stop being ignorant and actually communicate with people.
Because I don’t want to be that guy. That guy is a jerk… And like 75% of America (if we are going to be honest) shares his ignorant beliefs (darn it I did weigh in on the English/Spanish learning debate… I’m so sneaky!).