I recently went to Paris for the weekend. I have never been to Paris so was looking forward to the trip but haven’t spoken a word of French since I studied it for my GCSE’s.
As much as I enjoyed Paris, the thing I found completely bizarre was my absolute gut instinct to reply to everyone in Spanish. Even though French is the language I had three years of academic lessons in, Spanish is what seemed natural to me.
I was also surprised at how much Spanish I seemed to know and was able to communicate too. I guess a lot of my Rosetta Stone classes have taught me stuff subconsciously as I didn’t realise I’d remember as much information as I had been taught. I even found myself straining to listen to other Spanish people on holiday just to see if I could understand what they were talking about. I understood a few words but still have a long way to go..
Although everyone in France probably thought I was rude or an idiot as I had to take a few seconds before responding to anyone as my brain needed to translate from Spanish into French (note that it wasn’t English into French), it made me realise how desperate I am to go to Spain to try out my new language skills so I have promised myself that at the end of my course, as a treat I will fly to Spain with friends and family and chat away.
Another thing I only just really noticed about the course is that I am not learning Spanish from English… I am just learning Spanish. The use of pictures rather than words really does make this a universal course so anyone from any language background can learn Spanish using the exact same course as me.
It’s very clever.
I am really enjoying it and can’t wait to continue learning this beautiful language.
Thank you Rosetta Stone for making it so simple yet fun for me 🙂