¡Hola! I am learning Spanish

parkgaudiI’ve always wanted to learn to speak Spanish. French is nice, don’t get me wrong, and there’s nothing more romantic than Italian (although when my Italian boyfriend broke up with me back in the day, I had a few choice words for him that were decidedly unromantic). Even Cantonese and Mandarin have their plus points, as I learned when we lived in Shanghai. But for me Spanish is the most beautiful language. I love the way it rolls around the tongue, full of thhhhsss and rrrrrrssss.

I’ve been trying to learn it for *counts on fingers* almost twenty years now. I did a one-year course at University and actually started to feel comfortable with speaking in class. My shelves are littered with do-it-yourself Spanish books, but language is lost without practise, and I never kept it up, unfortunately. I’ve managed a few words when we’ve visited Barcelona (one of my fav cities in the world), and Google Translate helps me get the odd sentence sorted, but now there’s a more pressing engagement—we’re off to Spain for two weeks at the beginning of June, and I’m determined to have at least a few phrases down before we go.

With this in mind, you’ll forgive me if I squealed just a little bit when Rosetta Stone contacted me and asked if I wanted to trial their online language course Rosetta Stone TOTALe. With a toddler and baby in the house, there’s no chance for me to get to any classes, so learning online and on the go is the perfect solution. At almost four years old, our toddler is the perfect age to start learning a language, so I’m planning on including her in the fun.

Looking forward to posting about our Spanish journey together. ¡Hasta luego!

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Michelle Reeves is a forty-something, stay-at-home Mum of two. In 2008 she and her husband left behind everything they knew and loved in the UK and packed up their life into a few boxes for a three-year adventure in China. They arrived back in the summer of 2011 with a beautiful toddling daughter, and now the adventure continues with their miracle baby boy, born in November 2012. Michelle blogs her random musings on life and all things family at Bod for tea. She's a self-confessed control freak, and alongside writing endless lists, you'll probably find her muttering about life with two kids under five, trying to get fit, cooking a bit, reviewing stuff and generally spouting forth. She adores Spanish and has been trying to learn to speak it since University.

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