Monday, September 27, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
I'm sorry I've been so remiss to update my blog this past week! It's not for lack of material - just lack of time!
This past week has been especially busy with school and extra activities. I had a phonetics exam, a grammar exam, a dialogue presentation to give by memory, and a Bible verse to quote in Spanish for class all on top of the usual home work load! Additionally, I have been able to get involved in the music ministry here and thus, rehearsals for a string quartet, clarinet trio, and other piano accompaniment opportunities have filled my calendar as well. Yesterday, we had a full day between a school-wide evangelism opportunity in the morning and a volleyball tournament in the evening. Yes, life has been busy!
Monday, September 20, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
In the quiet of my dark room, I stumbled around pulling on jeans and a tee-shirt and trying to brush my teeth without waking my roommate. By the time I slipped my key into my pocket, padded downstairs, and snuck out into the peaceful, sunny morning waiting outside, I was fully awake. I walked over to the dining hall and found it empty...an unusual sight for the normally bustling campus hangout spot. I was a little early, so I availed myself of the opportunity to play a few hymns of worship on the beautiful grand piano in the building. Little by little, a few others trickled into the dining hall for the sparsely attended Saturday morning breakfast hour.
And then my friend arrived. We had a nice breakfast with the others at our table and I was glad I had come. An hour later, I returned to my still dark, still quiet room where my roommate was still sleeping. I switched on my little desk light and spent some time reading the Psalms and Proverbs. I wanted to pray but I was so tired. I crawled back into bed, pulled the blankets up over my head and enjoyed a most delightful hour of prayer-rest. This is my term for time spent talking to the Lord while dozing in and out of sleep. It is really quite refreshing and highly recommended for quiet Saturdays!
Soon, Samantha began to stir and eventually went about her morning routine for getting ready for the day. Only it wasn't morning anymore. It was nearly 12:00 noon and both of our tummies were rumbling! I pulled myself out of bed, finally feeling energetic enough to face the day...or at least what was left of it. :)
Another trip to the dining hall. This time, it was bustling with life as many students arrived for the all important mid-day meal. We were a lively crowd this time, talking and laughing in English and Spanish alike while devouring huevos rancheros.
Afterward, I returned to my room and commenced the usual Saturday afternoon activities; catching up on emails, reading/writing blog posts, listening to classical music while doing homework, making phone calls, and studying for several tests that I have coming up this week.
Now, it is 2:33 p.m. I will probably practice some music this afternoon and then I will meet up with a friend to study for our phonetics test together. After dinner, there will be more volleyball practice at the cancha since next week is the first weekend in a big school-wide tournament.
I love Saturdays...
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
Saturday, September 4, 2010
The missionary handbook, Learning a Foreign Language, has been a delight to read! I have found it to be fascinating, insightful, and extremely practical as I begin this journey toward fluency in the Spanish language. It has given me the perspective that no language is impossible to learn with the right methodology and plenty of time diligently devoted to the effort. It has encouraged me to remember that learning a language is the key to reaching people with the Gospel and therefore, all the hard work will be worth it. This book has also provided me with an abundance of ideas for the best strategy in tackling the language-learning process.
Some of the ideas I have benefitted from the most include the importance of listening constantly, both passively and selectively, the importance of throwing myself into the Spanish language as much as possible, and the constantly uttered phrase, “To learn to speak, one must speak!” I have taken this advice to heart and found much opportunity for application here at RGBI. Listening opportunities abound on campus around the table at meal times, in the dorms with friends, and at the “cancha” on weekend nights. In addition to attending every student activity possible for the purpose of constant exposure, I have begun listening to music in Spanish as much as possible when in my dorm room. I have also committed to sitting in on the Apologetics class every Monday night here on campus solely for the purpose of listening practice. Ironically, this class has turned out to be one of my favorites! As for speaking, I am forcing myself to use the Spanish language in conversation as much as possible with my roommate, with friends, and with teachers in class. I appreciate the book’s advice to not let embarrassment or the fear of being wrong stop me from opening my mouth and speaking. Even though I make constant mistakes, I am finding that the more I speak and get corrected, the faster I am learning! In conclusion, the book, Learning a Foreign Language, has proven to be an excellent resource for which I am grateful to have read!