Saturday, May 5, 2007

Success!

I survived the dinner. Actually I did VERY WELL, if I may say so. I was able to stay in Spanish the whole night, only needing to occasionally get a word or two translated. But what was more important was the confidence to barrel forward in a sentence and let it out of my mouth.

It was a pretty small group, and the native speaker was very kind and accommodating. The other "guest" was a bit of a talker, and liked talking so much that he frequently just spoke in English, which seemed to be contrary to the spirit of the evening. I tried to keep us in the realm, but for a good 15 minutes in there the host and the other guest just went off on a long conversation in Ingles, while the native speaker and I sat patiently and enjoyed a little Mezcal.

I left the party quite pleased with the work I had done, and with renewed confidence that I really can communicate in this language.

Now that my Spanish Crisis is complete, I'm going to allow myself to put Spanish back into the rotation, and get back on to Chinese and Japanese again. So watch for more variation again!

2 comments:

Adriana said...

Me da alegría saber que la fiesta estuvo bien. Parece que los idiomas son tu pasión.
So, no doubt whenever you need help just let me know, my email is adricalo29@gmail.com or you can also visit spanishsense.

Jimmy said...

Tengo que confesar: Adriana trabaja con www.spanishsense.com y me habila ajudado con algunas palabras.

I can't thank her enough for responding to a few blog postings over at Spanishsense to get me a few comfort phrases, and also to coach me to relax.

I will have much more to say about SpanishSense in future blog postings, but right now they're going through a slight adjustment phase and I want to let them shake it out before telling the world (well, all 6 people who maybe read this) about them.

So thank you Adriana!