Spanish: One Year

December 17, 20091 min

I have had a lot of fun working on my Spanish at Pura Buena Onda and listening to podcasts from the folks at Notes in Spanish in 2009.  Today, I met with Carolina – who is an excellent, excellent instructor – to check on my progress and make some new goals for 2010.  In 2009, I just wanted to get better at conversation; improve my listening comprehension and pick up my pace and confidence speaking.  In 2010, I want to get to the next level and begin using Spanish in my work.

These are my strengths:

  • Excellent comprehension.
  • Good vocabulary (actually she said “great”).
  • Great pronunciation of the letter “j”.
  • Passion for the language, dedication & willingness to use it.

These are the areas I need to work on:

  • All verb tenses.
  • Ser & Estar.
  • The use of haber.
  • Pronunciation w/random words…often words with accents or many syllables.

The good thing about all these things?  They are all grammar related.  “All I need to do” is to study grammar more and I can bump up my Spanish to the next level!  Of course, easier said than done, but certainly achievable.