CI is working!

Just a silly note. First, I am deeply appreciative of Mira Canion, whose teaching guides for novels are beyond wonderful. Second, did you all know that this stuff works on us? I know I’ve been excited before, but all my singing (thanks, Duke, for that long-ago experiment of 25 songs) and the box of books from Mira, who sent me the ones she bought while she was on exchange, seem to have just pushed me up a level. Suddenly, I can read the year three ones at almost the same speed I read in Russian. And I’m beginning to be able to make grammar pop-ups for myself as though for my kids: “fue is because he just went. Iba is what he was doing.” When I send my stories through my teacher helper, I get almost everything right (granted, it’s basic, but now mistakes are usually typos rather than stuff I had no idea about).

It’s SOOOO empowering!

Yeah, I’ve said that before. But I can feel my Spanish brain improving, and that is more fun than it has any right to be.

(PS if I have fue/iba wrong, please let me know. I have not studied Spanish! Right now I’m trying to understand why sometimes I see hacía and sometimes hacia, both in situations where to me it means “toward.” Could one be a typo? I understand that hacían means “they made,” as in “they made ceramics.”)


2 responses to “CI is working!

  1. Yay you, Michele!!! It’s so cool to watch you acquire Spanish. Thanks for sharing the experience with us.
    Sometimes ‘hacía’ makes me do a double-take and wonder if there’s a typo. Then I reread and realize it’s being used with an expression of time, like “Hacía seis años” where it means ‘earlier’, i.e. Six years earlier [it made six years]. In a present tense sentence ‘hace’ would be translated as ‘ago’: “Hace seis años” = ‘Six years ago.’ Does that make sense for what you’re seeing?

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    • Yes! Well, it makes sense now. I’m going to watch for it to see whether that was what I was misinterpreting. I think I’ve read about six TPRS books since then. (I’m so impressed by the community of teachers who are writing them. Every single one compels me to read for enjoyment.) Thank you, Annie!


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