So today, I finally had my first mentor meeting! We didn’t spend much time working on actual Spanish, since it is our first meeting, and we were more occupied with figuring out how this project will work. However, I did get a few questions answered, regarding my Spanish lessons that I’ve been doing at home. We also talked a bit, so that we could learn more about each other, since there isn’t much time for student-teacher relationships in the regular classroom setting. Señora Galliford actually did all of her Spanish learning in schools in our district, plus university. She loved speaking Spanish in school, because she gained a lot of confidence by being a quick learner. Just like me, she was originally drawn to Spanish because of the way it sounded, and appreciates it even more now, after getting the chance to speak with lots of native speakers. She likes the minimal structure (unlike in French) and Spanish’s focus on having real life conversations even at a basic level. She even mentioned that she might be able to set me up for a conversation, later on in the project, with some of the Spanish exchange students at our school. I love the way that my last year mentor, and even Señora Galliford already, have made our mentor meetings a fun space. They are willing to share anecdotes of their past experiences, which I really appreciate, and they are good at listening to me when I’m expressing areas of difficulty, to aid my learning and growth in the future. Unfortunately, this post isn’t in Spanish, but the next one is where I will begin this process, using mostly Spanish, with some English words if I don’t know, or am unable to find the translation. There is also a possibility of me filming my future posts, as a vlog, so that I can really work on my pronunciation, and watch my progress at the end of in-depth.
See you later!