Today I ordered Rosetta Stone, Spanish (Latin America). I'm so excited! I've wanted to do this for a long, long time, and I finally found a way to afford it.
Here's the thing .... my daughter-in-law is Mexican by birth, and now a naturalized US citizen. I want to converse with her in her native language. I believe people who come to live in America should learn the language, but I also believe it doesn't hurt us a bit to learn their language. She learned my language, now I'm going to learn hers.
Also, My son and DIL are planning a huge Quinceanera in DIL's home in Oaxaca in June. I want to be able to navigate myself through the surroundings without an interpreter in tow while I'm there. I don't plan to go off on dangerous larks, people, so relax! But I do want to feel I could get along by myself if necessary. And II want to be able to communicate with her family. Her parents are adorable people who I met at the wedding 17 years ago. We communicated by sign language, my tiny tidbits of Spanish (nether of them knows any English), and with translators when they were around. I want to really talk with them, even haltingly, this time around. Exciting!!
If you don't know what a quinceanera is, check it here. It's similar to our debutant parties, but it will be a lot more fun! Have you ever been to a Mexican wedding? yeah, like that! Then take a look at how beautiful my sweet little granddaughter is going to look.... Well, imagine her with her hair done, jewelry, etc.!
I'm SO excited!! About the trip, about the party, about learning Spanish, the whole smirdivitz!