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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

yeah, I'd like you not to

In one of his books, I think "Me Talk Pretty One Day," David Sedaris talks about the difficulty of learning a foreign language as an adult, and how he is so jealous of babies, because adults just say words over and over to them, trying so hard to help them understand.  I sympathize.  I would love to learn how to speak Spanish better than I do, and am frustrated that I lack opportunities to learn.  But Ike told me that the new neighbor lady across the street told him when he said hello to her at the bus stop that she doesn't speak very much English, and I was wondering how long before I can approach her and ask if I can follow her around all day and have her describe to me in Spanish what she's doing: "Estoy barriendo la acera," and I would reply, "I'm sweeping the sidewalk."  YOU GUYS IT WOULD BE AMAZING.  And not at all awkward, I'm sure.  Then maybe they will also let me pet their beautiful German Shepherd.


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