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NaBloPoMo 2012– November 27th: Spanglish.

Today’s prompt reads

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
If you could instantly know any language in the world, which one would it be?

It’s funny that this is today’s prompt. I actually was discussing this with my cooperating teacher today. One of my biggest regrets so far is not learning Spanish. Although I enjoyed my 8 years of French, in retrospect, I realize that Spanish would have been a more practical choice…especially in my student teaching experience. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m student teaching in an urban district and loving it. However, the majority of my students (and their parents/guardians) speak Spanish as a first language. Michael Bloomberg speaks better Spanish than me.

I received an email from Amazon stating I could “save big” on Rosetta Stone this week. It would only cost me $300+ dollars to learn Spanish through their discount. I looked on Craigslist, and prices ranged from cheap scams to $500. There was also an offer for a complete Rosetta Stone set in exchange for a snow mobile. Ha.

I’m still looking for ways to learn Spanish, and I regret not spending time with Muzzy when I was younger.

Until then, I’ll share with you some of the few Spanish phrases I know… most of which are a) not school appropriate and b) I learned from students at school.

-pendejo (I learned this from my Dad when I was younger.)




-mierda (I knew this one as well! French for shit is “merde.”)

Oh, and tying it back to the title of this post, I think “Spanglish” is Adam Sandler’s best movie ever. It makes me cry every time…and it totally made me want to learn Spanish even more. I think the film has an interesting way of depicting cultural divides in America….and is totally a beautiful love story.