Learning to Speak Spanish in Sunny Mexico.........

Trip Start Dec 04, 2012
Trip End Dec 31, 2016

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Flag of Mexico  , Guanajuato,
Thursday, March 21, 2013

Mis Estimados Compadres,
Amigos, Amigas,Compaņeros y Compaņeras:

Experiencing Mexico as a Spanish speaking person
is a completely different experience
than experiencing Mexico as a non Spanish speaking person.
I want to get that second experience of Mexico....... 

Now I am working on Spanish re:
Subject Noun's and Subject Pronouns
Direct Object Noun's and Indirect Object Noun's,
Direct Object Pronouns and Indirect Object Pronouns, and
Word Order - saying everything backwards....

English:   I gave it to him.
Spanish: To him it I gave

When I translate English into Spanish:
I have to take the English sentence:
I gave it to him
And reverse it into:
To him it I gave
Then translate it into Spanish.
Whenever I reverse the English I start laughing
 - I think that it is a stress reliever.
I find it very stressful talking backwards - or thinking backwards..
It just seems to be very ludicrous to me to be talking backwards,
or thinking backwards...

The French may find this backward way of thinking more familiar than the English do.

It reminds me of when I was a kid and we invented a secret language by taking
the first letter off of each word and putting it at the end of the word or not if it did not fit......
I think that my brain worked a little bit faster back then...

Also - the Spanish does not have the question words that English does of the words
- "DID'" & "DO" - so questions in Spanish are determined by word order.....

It involves a little bit of a review of English grammar and
the terminology and the phraseology...

At University I took 5 classes of 3 hours each for 15 hours a week.,
plus 2 hours per class hour to do my assignments and homework (tarea)
for another 30 hours a week for a grand total of 45 hours a week....

I am taking Spanish 3 hours a day for 3 days a week for 9 hours a week,
plus at least 2 hours (it is more) per class hour to do my assignments and homework (tarea),
for another 18 hours a week for a grand total of 27 hours a week.
That is the equivalent of 3 University Classes a week that I am taking....
I am definitely a full time, part time student...
And I have other things that I have to do - like eating, sleeping, grocery shopping,
doing the dishes and housework,
Which does not leave much time for doing the things that I like to do
- like reading, discussion groups, socializing, bull fights, etc...... 

I never knew language was so complicated..I have always read a lot
- I have probably read 1,000's of books in my life time
- and I guess I probably picked up some of my English language skills
from reading all of those books over the years... Taking Spanish is getting me thinking
about the structure of the English language a little bit more..

And people think that because I am retired that all that I do is sit around all day
wondering what I am going to do and waiting to die.. I need a another 40 years
to get done the things that I want to do - ie. walking the Comino de Santiago,
seeing the rest of Mexico, stuff like that, etc..

NOTE: it is always easier to do nothing than it is to do something,
    but it is not as much fun.....

Change of topic: Miscellaneous Stuff:

There are 42 Universities in Mexico. One trick that they have is that when you graduate,
you have to pay for your diploma - which can range anywhere from $200 to $1,500....
- depending on the University and the faculty...

Mexico has the fastest growing middle class in the world - percentage ways - I am sue that in actual absolute numbers China and India would have Mexico beat. The bottom half of Mexican society is no better off and may even be worse off because they are competing with the new better off middle class for resources such as food, clothing etc..... As Bobby Dillon says - the times , they are changing - and they are changing faster and at an accelerating rate.... 

In Mexico there are  only two groups of people:
Familia (family), and
And you can only trust familia.
And sometimes some of your familia members are thieves,
So you cannot trust them completely...

Pictures of a neighborhood (colonia) San Antonio party that I was at. I live in the San Antonio colonia (neighborhood) of San Miguel de Allende....

Viva La Mexico
Adios Mis Compadres
y Mis Amigos, Amigas, Compaņeros y Compaņeras:
Senor Mexico Dave

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