Spanish

Let’s Write in Español!

Hola!

Mi nombre es Deb y yo soy estudiante a Colegio de los Cañones. Yo estudio ser un tenico de laboratorio medico. Yo soy muy emocianada!

(My name is Deb and I am a student at College of the Canyons. I am studying to be a medical laboratory technician. I am very excited!)

Yo tengo dos perros y cuatro gatos. Su nombres son Yuba, Tejon, Mildred, Tot, Tuxi, y Purl. Los amo muy mucho!

(I have 2 dogs and 4 cats. Their names are Yuba, Tejon, Mildred, Tot, Tuxi and Purl. I love them a lot.)

Fucking Why?

I was reviewing financial aid on AVC’s website and it said I had an award of $644 per semester for 4 years. I was super excited and was planning to use part of it to take some Spanish classes.

But after looking into it more, there’s a host of reasons I won’t be receiving it that I can’t do anything about unless I lie my ass off about my intentions for my education.

It’s so fucking frustrating that education is so damned expensive in the United States. We can all benefit so much from it but most of us can’t get it.

Then I discovered that AVC offers payment plans for class fees… But they require a $25 fee plus interest, which brings my $250 class up to about $300 not counting books. That’s not an option either.

I checked with the adult school and they offer ESL but not Spanish courses.

The last thing I can think of is to look for private lessons, and see what’s affordable relative to a semi-regular meet-up…

And can I add onto this to make my financial situation a little uglier? My laptop died and I needed to replace it. I didn’t order what I really wanted, but I ordered what would do what I need it to at a minimum of expense.

The good thing about a new laptop, is I’ll hopefully have a good little machine that I can design all sorts of great new patterns on, and maybe I’ll go back to doing some minor graphic design.

I’ve noticed when I add a new item to my etsy shop, I usually get a few small sales over the next week. Maybe adding a new item once a week is the way to go?

Language Learning

Many years ago, I took first semester German at my local junior college. I did really well, and I took to it like a duck to water. Well, like most ducks to water. Our black duck is afraid of water.

Anyway, I recently downloaded the Duolingo app and started doing the work for German and Spanish. Our next door neighbor, the wife, she doesn’t speak English and I don’t speak Spanish and I would like to talk to her. 🙂

I also bought courses in both languages in Udemy and while I’ve only watched the first class video in the first German class (the alphabet) I think it’s going to be helpful. The teacher only speaks German in the lessons, but uses illustrations and things to help you understand. That’s a lot like my classroom instruction was.

I also joined a chat for German language learners (a club on the Duolingo app) and had fun king to another learner!

I feel like a child trying to communicate but it’ll get better!