Daily Archives: November 14, 2008

Friday update on Spanish class


View of the classroom


The school


The church across the street from the school


The lady I would get my breadfast from in the mornings
I didn’t have breakfast at the hotel

We had a nice lecture on the core values of the US vs Mx this morning and in my humble opinion our lecturer was right on.
The US core values are; we look forward and not back (not interested in our history), we value time constantly managing it, talking about it, saving it, using it, spending it. We are obsessed with our watches and schedules; the clock is our tyrant. We also are obsessed with success believing that all one needs to be a success is to work harder than the next guy and we will be rewarded.

The Mexican core values couldn’t be more different they are; Respect giving and receiving respect their social manners were institutionalised and are taught to every child. Family and friends come next they want to spend time with them and organize their life and work around them. The next most important core value is free time, they want more of it to spend with their family and friends. They value their history and remember it in many ways.

After the lecture we had another class and quite frankly I didn’t do so good, I think I have reached a saturation point or a wall or something. My brain just is not thinking properly. I hope I get over this spell of dumb so I can get on with learning the language instead of being frustrated with my brain. These spells can come over one when the learning is rapid and intense. Otherwise everything is fine. Tomorrow is Saturday and I have another class hope I am more able to cope tomorrow.

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Spanish School


Mexican Cowboys on their way to celebrate their Saint’s
day in San Miguel


One of the youngsters in the group of Cowboys headed
for thier Saint’s day celebration.

I have returned to Mexico for Spanish training. I am taking a course at the Warren Hardy Spanish School in San Miguel Allende Guanajato Mx. I have been here taking the course and I must say it is a good course he drills the
information into you. His course is tailored for more mature adults and he
has abilities to teach the course. Four hours a day you spend in class with
one break and then four hours of homework to reinforce the class work. Lots
of flash cards workbooks Cd’s and classroom participation. When he is through
with you, you will know some good Spanish.

I will post some photos of the school later and bring up to date on the goings on with the course, so far I am impressed and I have made progress. Now I can screw things up at a much higher level and I have only been here four days 🙂

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