Observations Learning Spanish

Over the past six months, I have noted down the interesting phrases and words I have encountered. Here are some of them, including my first joke in Spanish: Esmoquin – a Tuxedo. You look smokin’! No lo trago – I don’t buy it / believe it. Literally: I don’t swallow it. Una discusión – an argument. This one…

Learning Spanish – some pitfalls

One of my friends told me that the best part about learning Spanish is dropping in some howlers when you feel the conversation is getting away from you. There are so many common mistakes for newcomers to choose from. Here are a few of them: 1. ¿Puedo abrir la ventana? Es que soy súper caliente….

Duolingo Update – What’s New

Since my last post about my journey learning Spanish, a lot has happened. I went on holiday, lost my 115-day streak in the Bornean jungle and underwent a brain scan. As you’ve probably guessed, I put Spanish on the back-burner for a bit. Yesterday, I reopened my old friend Duolingo after a month of zero activity. I…

My Green Guru

It’s May the 4th which can only mean one thing… Sorry to disappoint you, fellow Star Wars fans. My new master is this little guy: Lately, I’ve broken the humdrum rhythm of my life to tackle some new challenges. I’ve taken up meditation and yoga, quit social media and I’m learning Spanish. Duolingo has been…

Tu hablas español?

For years, I have not been able to answer, “Sí” to this question. Instead, I would wince and hold my index finger just above my thumb and say, “Un poquito.” This isn’t the first time I have tried to learn Spanish. I’ve been on a Spanish taster course where my enduring memory is my partner…