Tomorrow it will be one month since I watched some Spanish TV and thought, “This language sounds easy enough, why not learn it in the tree months I’ve got until my vacation in Barcelona?”
Since then I’ve put in 3-4 hours of SSiS, Spanish TV and Duolingo every day and I’m excited to report that I was so, so wrong about Spanish!
True, it comes more naturally to me than Welsh but it definitely presents its own set of challenges. The verbs look completely different in different tenses and that speed of speech!.. Apparently Spanish natives speak at 8 syllables per second, that’s way faster than any other of my languages.
I’m on challenge 21 at the moment and I’m happy that I can spot new words from the challenges when I watch TV. I do a lot of listening to the chipmunk files from the course too and I think it’s extremely beneficial.
To celebrate my one month anniversary I wrote a text using as many words as I could remember in (mostly somehow connected) sentences and the unique word counter showed 400. I was surprised and really impressed. I have also noticed a huge difference between my first chat with Gaby in my second week and the more recent chats in week four.
So yes, Spanish isn’t as easy as I thought it would be but in the process of learning that I somehow connected with it more. I’m extremely happy with my progress and I’m very much looking forward to the next month of learning!