A big objective of this trip is to have a more fluid control of spanish by the time I come back to the states. Now that I'm a month in, I know that I can get the gist of most important conversations.
But that's not enough!! It's like having blurry vision that's only in black and white; I can see enough to not trip on a piece of furniture, but I'm not getting the nuances, the sharp lines, the colors. Sadly I fill in all the missing details with my assumptions and shoulder shrugs. A good friend said that I have an obvious face for when I'm no longer present in a conversation because of all the spanish.
One of the issues is that I don't have a grasp on pronunciations. My brain is still mapping out sentences as they come in. Examples of a few blunders that I had the courage to challenge as they happened:
Still I'm getting a little tired of needing to defend myself every time i hear "Ella no me entendió." My knee jerk reaction is to be frustrated and angry. Dudes, sometimes I do understand! And when you say that, it's rude.
Positives for today: