It should have been Russian. In high school, Russian was offered in the language department. As far back as I can remember, I have had an obsession with all things Russian. The people, food, art, history, language, architecture. You name it, I was interested in it. Nicholas and Alexandra, the mystery of Anastasia, and what truly happened captured my imagination.
In 1973 a neighbor and her husband went to the Soviet Union and I couldn’t wait to see her photo’s and hear about their adventure. “Aunt Lou” couldn’t wait to share. She had a captive audience. She also encouraged me to save up my money and visit the Soviet Union. My dad was horrified when I told him what I wanted to do (I was a “bit” of a hippy at the time and I think he thought I would be sent to Siberia). However, he did not try to stop me. I saved my money and went in February 1974.
It was a little scary but very exciting and incredibly beautiful. I was young and it was a very different country back then. I am so thankful that I had that opportunity.
Of course I brought back many souvenirs including a small balalaika. Still have them.
So where am I going with this? It should have been the Russian language I was learning in high school BUT it was decided I would continue Spanish. “Why waste all those years?” Spanish was taught from 3rd grade through 8th grade. In high school you could branch out and oh I wanted to branch out. That didn’t happen. Instead I continued Spanish reluctantly. My heart wasn’t in it and as I look back, I think poor Mr L was just as frustrated as I was (can you even imagine me as the class clown)? There is a photo in one of the year books showing the two of us in the classroom. Good times…not. Hehe.
So, Mr L would be shocked to know that hubby and I have been learning Castilian Spanish. We love Spain, pure and simple. My native Spanish speaking friends are amazed at how we have embraced the language and are picking up the differences in pronunciation.
Pimsleur has a great product. I used it years ago for brushing up on German and hubby loves the French CD’s as well. It is very easy to commit to 30 minutes a day and I am amazed at how much you retain with their approach. To be honest, I have tried other language programs but they just didn’t work well for me. Must be the way I am wired.
I think Mr L would approve.
Always big hugs,