I’ve been attempting to learn Spanish off and on for several years, and I have always hit a snag. This time, I’m doing things differently. I’m going to blog my journey to Spanish acquisition.
Who am I?
I’m a 40 odd year old college educated lady. I found out in my 20’s that I have a severe learning disability that makes learning languages doubly difficult. But, I’m also someone who doesn’t like to be told that I can’t do something. So, here I am. I’m going to learn Spanish.
My hubby is helping me which at times can be quite disheartening. He picks up languages with little effort, and he has an uncanny ability to detect and point out errors that I’m making. He can be horribly irritating, but he’s usually pretty good at not making me feel totally incompetent.
So, my learning disability makes auditory and sequential information difficult to process. My plan is to focus primarily on visual learning, i.e. reading and writing. And, the spoken language will be approached as fun and as a review of what I have learned visually. I will not use spoken language ever as my primary way of learning Spanish.
As an aside, I have frightening memories of audio lab for my German classes in school. (I barely scraped through two years of German in order to attend college.) We would do exercises, and it was the first time in school that I would just randomly pick answers. I couldn’t discern any of the words. It was pure torture. So, my plan is to avoid a repeat of that experience.
I have also tried Rosetta Stone and was bogged down by the speech recognition program. Most people would say I have a typical midwest American accent. Some pick up that there’s something else. But, computer speech recognition programs struggle with my speech, despite most people having no difficulty with my speech. Oh boy, do I hate the computer switchboards that insist on speech recognition. I have rarely had people comment that I am extremely careful with my enunciation which I attribute to my years of speech therapy as a child and the learning disability. It’s odd, but seriously, my speech is pretty normal to the human ear, but apparently, not normal to a computer.
Well, I figure it’s a way to review what I have learned and to encourage myself to keep practicing.