Eric, a WorldTeach Ecuador volunteer, recounts his comfort with the Spanish language and compares his skill to the weather in his new home.
As the butterflies fall to the ground, their energy spent like autumnal leaves, I finish teaching my morning class. I walk outside to a new day. Sunny and warm instead of crisp and ponderous. I chat, I interact, I make a mess of my Spanish. Talking with Lorena in the sunshine, my confidence in my Spanish increases, because, she an easy speaker. She speaks slow enough for me, uses the right words and constructions that are not too difficult to follow. She smiles and her burgundy hair still catches my eyes, as the light, coming through the leaves of the tree under which we are in repose, shines on her.
Remember though, I am talking about my Spanish skills. Sunny and fluid or still and isolating. Nearly 7 weeks have passed since I have been in Cuenca. With Lorena, I almost feel that I can speak and understand as a young child can understand the words of a caring mother. But with others I feel like I have learned nothing at all. Like my ears and brain are disconnected. As it is, I’m still uncomfortable going out and making friends for I feel that I will just bother the other person with asking them to repeat everything they say. Yet, I am thankful for the friends I do have here.
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