Monday, September 12, 2011

Let me tell you how I was placed in my Spanish class.


The first day I came to the school about 15 minutes before my class was to start, as instructed. When I found a room marked “secretaría” I took a good bet it was the right place to start and got in a line. I didn’t know where to go or what to do so I hoped they would be able to inform me about that there.
They didn’t speak English. And I don’t speak Spanish. That’s basically why I am here... But this was a problem, cause they started rambling in full speed in Spanish and I had to politely try to stop them, ask them to please tell me in English what to do. 

Them:
“Ju nju estudent?”

Me:
”Si.” Hah, I could answer them with one of the few Spanish words I know!

Them
:
“Room faiv.”  She even wrote the number 5 on a note just in case.

Me
:
“Gracias!” With a smile that was not returned.

I went on to look for room 5, and found it and got in another line. When it was my turn I stepped into the office, closed the door and sat down on the chair opposite the desk with the very scary teacher-lady.
She looked at me with the same interest someone would look at the stinking garbage bag that should’ve been taken out two days ago.

Me:
”Hola” Trying my best smile again. Was not returned.

Her
:
”Hola, de donde eres?”

Me
:
Cool, I know what this means, where am I from! “De Noruega.”

Her
:
”Porqué estas aquí?”

Me
:
Cool again, I also know what this means, why am I here. Feel better already. “Para estudiar español”.

 
Her:
%&”¤(&”¤)&)”¤&     <--  something totally not understandable, and I would not be able to reproduce it.

Me
:
Looking like a big question mark, stammering… “Ehh…” and losing all my confidence yet again, “Could you please repeat that?”

In ENGLISH! I must be out of my mind, judging by the looks she gave me.
Note to self: Apparently one’s not to speak English at this school. Ever. 

She scribbled a number onto a paper and shushed me out of her office, while shaking her head and mumbling words I would not know what mean, but I can only guess they were not nice ones.

Oh well. Back out in the hallway I looked at the paper with the number 12 on it. I guessed I would find a door with the same number somewhere, and I did!
The teacher came at the same time and I went in and took a seat, and my class started.


In other words, I was placed in my class based on three questions I didn’t know was an interview or level test or whatever I should call it. I would have tried harder had I known. I thought I was sent to this office simply to ask/find out about what to do next. And in a sort of way that was what happened, just in an unexpected way...



5 comments:

  1. Whoa, it sounds like a crazy experience!!! I hope your classes are going well and people are a bit more welcoming than that lady! :)

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  2. He he, ting skjer ofte litt etter "innfallsmetoden" i sydligere land...

    Ellers så tror jeg du vil oppdage etterhvert at du på offentlige kontorer etc ofte blir behandlet på den måten du ble av den "2 dager gamle søppelpose-damen". De får deg til å føle deg som en pest og en plage fordi du forstyrrer dem i deres viktige jobb (som da er å ta seg av deg...)

    Håper språkkurset går bra. Blir spennende å følge med på fortsettelsen.

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  3. The Many Colours of Happiness: Yeah haha a little crazy! It wasn't the best first impression on the first day of school, I'll admit that!

    A Foreigner in Italy: Så morsomt at du kjenner deg igjen, at ting er litt slik i Italia også. Kan bli spennende dette her ;) Smilet kan sitte langt inne her sør skjønner jeg...

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  4. Hi! Thanks so much for your comment (at isawonderfulworld.com) ! I really like to know that people can appreciate it and makes me want to do more interventions!

    I'm really enjoying your blog as well! I also went to Spain to study Spanish and Art History (I went to Barcelona) and I can relate to everything you're describing! But don't worry, it will only get better and soon enough you won't want to leave it!

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  5. Isa, how exciting that you also went to Spain to study Spanish (+ art history)! I too have a feeling I might want to stay on for a while ;)

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