Left Brain/Right Brain learning Spanish
Trip Start Dec 04, 2012
100Trip End Dec 31, 2015
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Amigos, Amigas,Compaņeros and Compaņeras:
One of my overly enthusiastic fans thinks that I should run for major of San Miguel de Allende..
Reasons why that is not a good idea:
The current new Mayor of San Miguel
1. Owns the San Miguel TV Station and he is the main person on that TV Channel
and he is the star of that Channel - there is no CRTC in Mexico
telling him what he can or cannot put on his TV Channel - so he mainly puts himself on it..
I do not own a TV Station in San Miguel, or anywhere else for that matter..
2. He is a millionaire - I am not a millionaire...
3. He speaks Spanish and is a Mexican - I do not speak Spanish and I am not Mexican..
4. He is very well connected political - I have no political connections..
5. AND - it is illegal, against the law, for foreigners to interfere in the internal affairs of Mexico
(we are guests here in Mexico) - if I was foolish enough to even try to run for political office
- the police would probably appear at my door and escort me to the Mexican Border and out of the country and put me on a "do not let this guy back into Mexico again ever" list...
And I do not want that to happen to me....
Senior Trejo, the Mayor, the Presidente, is a very ambitious man
and could well be the Presidente of Mexico some day......
The Mexico culture believes that it is very rude to say "NO"....
So they do not say "NO"..
"Voy a pensarlo un poco mas"
Which means - "I am going to think about that a little bit more"
Quiro pensar en eso
I want to think about that...
Both of which means - "NO"
When Mexicans say that they are going to do something tomorrow (manana)...
- they do not mean that they are going to do it tomorrow...
- they mean that they are not going to do it today....
One thing that I have notced in Mexico is that the children are very well behaved..
They do not yell and scream and cry in public like Canadian and American kids do.
I wonder and think about things like that sometimes...
Why, what is the reason, that Mexican kids are so well behaved...
I am sure that there are many different reasons
and that many different people have many different explanations and reasons
why Mexcian kids are well behaved - but I think that one of the reasons might be
that the Mexican people do not use the word "NO" and
that they do not use the "NO" word with their kids.... Using the "NO" word
is confrontational - not using the "NO" word is nonconfrontational..
And if you ask a Mexican to do something - he does not say that he is not or will not do it - he says that he will do it tomorrow (manana)....
And maybe the Mexicans do not tell their kids that they cannot do something - they tell their
kids that they can do it tomorrow (manana) - and tomorrow never comes.......
Mexicans are a very polite and considered people - except when they are killing each other...
Our Spanish instructor explained the Left Brain - Right Brain concept of learning a language, Spanish. The information and knowledge that we learn in the Spanish classes is stored in the left side of the brain... However, the language and speaking centres are in the Right Side Brain. So the Left Brain has to communicate the knowledge and information that we have stored in the Left Brain to the Right Brain for us to actually be able to talk or say something in Spanish.
It is very similar to music. A Musician can have the knowledge and information in his Left Brain
on how to play the musical chords, but to actually play a rhythm or tune, the left brain has to transfer that information from the left brain to the right brain....
I think that my left brain is having a problem communicating with my right brain
when it comes to speaking Spanish..
I made a vow on January 01, 2013 to learn to speak Spanish this year, 2013,
or die trying.....
I definitely know a lot more Spanish two months later - at the end of Febrero, than
I did at the start of Enero (January) - but I have a long, long, long way to go yet...
And 10 months left to do it in....
Of course I did not specify specifically how much Spanish I had to be able to speak,
to qualify to not die... I am not a lawyer, but I do have some legal experience
and legal knowledge....
I would make a pact with the Devil to sell my soul to him in return to be able to speak Spanish...
Apparently God does not make those types of deals, for whatever reason he may have....
Viva La Mexico
Hasta La Viva
Y Mis Amigos, Amigas, Compaņeros and Compaņeras: