Monthly Archives: July 2011

Fluenz Spanish Course vs. Bueno Entonces

Just an update on my use of the Fluenz Spanish course. I am in level 3 of five levels and I seem to be comprehending the course or I am deluding myself, I don’t know which. Last night my disc was freezing up on me and was having fits being ejected from my computer. I got annoyed enough to look at the disc and it had scratches on it so it must have been a used disc that they sent me. I sent an email last night about 12am and this morning I got a nice message saying they had shipped a new disc to me and should be here 3 business days! Now that is service! No messing around just send the customer what she needs.I wish more places were as easy to deal with as this company.

I also tried a new disc set called Bueno Entonces, not my cup of tea. The first problem is that the first disc is blank, yup nothing on it, the second problem is it is using Argentine Spanish and idioms, Argentine Spanish has a different pronunciation of common words than Mexican Spanish and the discs use Argentine idioms which are unknown in Mexico therefor of now help. The cartoon like instructors are annoying and the British guy is even more annoying. So with a British cartoon guy as the student learning Argentine Spanish going on I think I’ll send this course back to the company and try and get my money back.

I still have my flash cards, work books and discs from the Warren Hardy Spanish School in San Miguel and I have been using them lately to refresh my mind on the conjugation of verbs. I was never brilliant at conjugation of verbs in school and I see I haven’t improved with age 🙂 If nothing else I am consistent.

I’ll plod along stuffing as much Spanish into my old brain as I can and when I get to Mexico employ a tutor to sort it all out in my brain, hopefully!

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Re-Learning Spanish

I haven’t used Spanish in a long while and I am trying to relearn what I thought I knew. I am using Fluenz a Spanish course on DVD’s they are interactive, but not as good as having a teacher in front of you pushing you to speak well and use what you know. I hope to become functional, bi-lingual is out of my reach at this age, but being able to converse at a functional level and communicate so I can conduct most of my business in Spanish is my goal.

Of course the early discs are easy when I get to the more difficult concepts I will have to be more driven to get the most out of the course. Hopefully all will go well and I will be a functional Spanish speaker.

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Making plans (in my head)

I keep thinking about how I will make my move to Mexico. There are many decisions to be made;
What to do with my RV is one and what vehicle I should buy and bring to Mexico is another, as I have pets driving to Merida is the best alternative even though it is a pain in the butt is driving 1200 miles through Mexico. Although I have done it before and it would be a grand adventure 🙂

Finding a place to stay that could be a problem. I could stay for a while at the same hotel I stayed at before if they still accept pets for a week or two or until I find a house to rent. Hmmm, lots to think about.

With the new Mexican Immigration laws coming into effect I should get a move on !

Dear me what to do ?

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Still here

I know I haven’t posted in a long while and I feel guilty about that, but the deal fell through on selling the ranchito and I gave up waiting around to find a seller and left it in my real-estate agent’s hands and hit the road. I am now in Idaho visiting family and having a wonderful time.

I have been studying Spanish and still it goes slowly when you don’t have a teacher present to keep you on track and challenged and not being able to converse with Spanish speakers daily is a hindrance. From past experience I know that once I get into usage Spanish, even my limited version, I will improve once I am using it daily. To that end I plan to start using Spanish more in my daily life; listening to Spanish radio, TV and novelas.

I am thinking of returning to Mexico this idea has been swirling around my brain for weeks now and it is getting more and more intense as time goes on. What is it about Mexico that I like so much ? Why does Mexico pull at me like a magnet ? Something to think about. I keep looking at the real-estate ads for Merida and remember all the cute little old houses there in Centro and how things looked and all the places to visit and what the sounds are like there. If you can’t stand noise don’t go to Mexico there is plenty of noise all kinds of noise; fireworks, dogs, traffic, car/truck horns, music, construction noises, loud talking/yelling, animal noises the whole enchilada. I miss it.

My health has been good lately, knock on wood, no pain no discomfort not fatigue life has been good; I hope it stays that way….

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