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C'est la Vie: A New Language

We've lived in suburbia for years, but recent events have found my life colliding with Mexican culture. No more than five minutes from my home, virtually entire neighborhoods are speaking Spanish in their homes. I consider myself a fairly intelligent person, but unlike other friends I graduated high school with, I elected to take French classes instead of Spanish. Naturally I was going to travel to France and all of Europe someday. As of today, I have not crossed an ocean. But I have crossed cultures. Too bad for me that I still can't communicate.

So at thirty years old, I am struggling to learn a new language. (Oddly enough, the French translations immediately come to mind.) Spanish is a fairly easy language from what I have been told. Now could someone please tell my brain that? My vocabulary still consists mainly of numbers, greetings, and "please" and "thank you." It's a frustrating process, but I'm still hopeful. Learning a new language is a wonderful way to stretch ourselves in a very useful way. And caring for others by speaking their language is, I believe, a great show of respect.

Have you had to learn a new language? What tips can you share?

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