Monday, October 17, 2011

My Spanish Course

I am in the second week of the course now. I am slightly disappointed actually. I've already moved classes, and also changed the teachers along the way. Last week I was in a small group where the level was slightly under mine, but now I am in a big group where the level is way higher than mine and that is really scary! The others know a lot more grammar than me, and since their level is so high they’re not so scared to throw themselves out there and talk, while I get all conscious about choosing the right words and grammar.

Learning Spanish is so much harder than I had ever imagined, and it seems the more I learn, the more confused I get. In the beginning it seemed simple enough, until I found out there is 20 verb tenses (against 7 in Norwegian) And it just basically got messy. Writing I am much better than talking, cause there I get time to think… My brain seems to be having problems processing quick enough to find the right verb tense in the moment I need it!

The class changed cause some of the students finished their course, and we were just three left, so they split us and put us into different already existing classes.
I guess that's the bad thing about having classes starting every week instead of once a month. In Málaga I was placed in one class and stayed there the whole month, which was nice as the class progressed together.
The new teachers are young, and oh so laid back. As are the other students. It feels like both students and teachers don’t really care if we progress at all. (But I do!!) My new class is a nice mix of people who’s there cause they were told to (a Chinese woman that was sent to Spain from her company that exports to Spain and they needed her to learn Spanish), or because they are obliged by their country for study-loan purposes (a Czech girl who’s taking one Erasmus semester at the university here and need to document her Spanish levels), rich tourists that want to fill their long holiday with something  “meaningful” (Brazilian woman that is taking every single opportunity in class to talk about her life in Brazil) and variations in between.
I hope my bad first impression of this new class is just that. A bad first impression, and that it will get better. If nothing else, I’m meeting people from all over the world on this journey and I love that! In this class we are two Swedes, two Brazilians, one Chinese, one Italian, three Germans, two Americans and one Norwegian (that would be me..)


  1. Det tar tid før man klarer å finne rett verbtid og -bøyning akkurat i det øyeblikket man trenger det. Ihvertfall muntlig! Det skjer fremdeles at jeg må si en setning flere ganger fordi jeg oppdager underveis at jeg har begynt å snakke i feil verbtid og etterhvert så kjører jeg meg fast og må dermed begynne på nytt. En vanlig feil er å begynne å snakke i den verbtid man ville gjort på norsk, men det er slett ikke alltid riktig når man som i mitt tilfelle snakker italiensk...

    Jeg syns også at det er en skremmende opplevelse å skulle kaste seg ut i samtale når man er på et kurs. Spesielt hvis de andre har overtaket grammatisk. Men du får smøre deg med tålmodighet og så kommer det seg nok etterhvert.

  2. Hei du, tusen takk for oppmuntringen! Det er faktisk veldig godt å høre om flere i samme båt :) Spansk og italiensk er vel ganske likt opbygget om jeg har forstått rett, så du har sikkert vært igjennom mye av det samme.
    Tålmodighet er nok tingen...