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Last week’s topic: Where were you 13 years ago?
This week’s topic: Languages
Well, I speak English, obviously. XD
I used to be really good at Spanish, too! (I say used to be because I haven’t thought about it since High School and I’ve since become totally rusty…) I took 3 years of it in High School, and I loved it. I got straight A’s in the class and the teacher rocked!
I hated my Spanish teacher at first. Señora Welbaum. I had her for Study Hall before I had her in Spanish, and she was strict. You HAD to do school work and nothing else. No sleeping. No listening to music. It was terrible!! I thought she was mean and crabby and I couldn’t stand her. We didn’t get along very well in the beginning of my first year of Spanish. I don’t know why I remember this so well, but one day I accidentally cursed out loud and she was standing right there. I’ll never forget the way she whipped around and glared at me like I had just murdered her firstborn! I felt like a total ass, and I apologized.
As time went on, something changed. While she was strict, she turned out to be an amazing teacher. I actually learned in her class. I excelled. Somewhere along the line, we developed a pretty good relationship and I ended up being the teacher’s pet by the time I got to my third year.
On Senior Awards day, she went up to the podium to give her Language award to one special senior. When she started off with “This student and I didn’t always see eye to eye” I knew. And I loved her for it. I was so incredibly honored to receive her award! I don’t have many accomplishments like that, but it’s one I cherish. She ended up being one of the best teachers I ever had.
Fast forward 8 years and I’ve forgotten nearly everything. It’s sad, really. I haven’t had any cause to use it, so the knowledge has faded away over time. I can still pick out words in conversation (as long as they’re not talking too fast), and I can put together very simple sentences if I try really hard. Sometimes I like to read Spanish things to see how many words I can remember!
I took 2 semesters of French in college. Unlike with Spanish, the teacher was awful. He was one of those “here’s the assignment, figure it out on your own” teachers. You had to teach yourself in that class.
Needless to say, nothing stuck. I remember absolutely nothing!
I’ve picked up on some Japanese words and phrases simply from watching so much anime. In Pacific Rim when Mako says, “Sensei, aishitemasu” with zero subtitles, I think I was the only person in the whole theater who actually understood. XD
I only know a handful of words, though. (And forget about symbols…other than “dragon” because I have it tattooed on my body!) I don’t know nearly as much as I would like to. Actually, I would LOVE to take a Japanese course. I think the language is beautiful!