Tuesday, February 10, 2009

¡Demasiado Español!

Okay, we've had family asking for an updated blog... and to sum up how we're feeling right now... overloaded!  Jeremy and I were talking last night about our grammar class and all the tenses and conjugations we're learning right now.  We did the math, and by the time we learn all 14 tenses in Spanish, we'll be able to conjugate a verb around 84 times, mas o menos.  This is ridiculous, we said!  For some crazy reason I enjoy the challenge in class when our teacher says "Erin, give me the verb "oir", in "tú" form, all nine tenses." (I am translating it for you :)  I think this is as many as we have had to recall at one time so far, but tomorrow, we add 4 more tenses!  Something in me strives to get every one right.  I told Jeremy, by the end of this trimester, I want to be able to conjugate a verb in every form and every tense.  I think he just rolled his eyes at me. So our brain is full.  Sometimes we can't sleep at night because we have conjugations dancing around in our head! So please keep us in prayer that we'd keep our sanity and that we'd sleep too.  
Outside of Spanish, we're branching out in relationships with neighbors around us, and I've finally gotten enough Spanish under my belt to step out and invite some locals over for dinner. This is a HUGE step for me.  This and driving around San Jose.  One more milestone for me!  I finally conquered the dreaded Costa Rican rotundas (at least they are in my mind), this past Sunday.  My husband made me, yes, made me, go to Hipermas (kind of like a Wal-Mart) and get over my fear.  I've been dreading driving there because I'd have to go through 3 rotundas. We set a time for me to be home, since we have no cell phones to call, so he'd know I was alright.  Well...I was 30 min. late and when I got home he told me he pictured me driving around and around the rotunda, crying hysterically not knowing which exit to take.  On the contrary I told him.  I conquered them like a pro and was quite giddy when I got home because of it, but had lost track of the time! He just thought I was strange.  So I am quite proud of myself for the new-found freedom of being to get myself around.  Now to tackle downtown rush hour traffic... : (

4 comments:

The Hynum Family -- said...

Good for you girl! I still haven´t braved those crazy things...someday. Jamie

Sarah said...

Great job Erin, for conquering the rotundas! And for inviting people over! I hope you have a lot of fun having them over. God bless you in the Spanish learning. I'm learning ancient Greek right now, and I don't know if I'll ever get all the verb conjugations and noun declensions straight...

Antz said...

Muy bien! You go girl! How's Jer's hand? Healing well I would hope. Well, I found something for the Judah Budah - so I will try to get it in the mail soon. Of course I got something for my fav sobrina. I'll let you know when I get to the post office.
Love you all bunches -
And drive - zoom, zoom...
Antz

Krysta Williams said...

Nice job! I'm so impressed. I think the rotundas are intimidating I don't even have a car. :-)