09.02.2011 - 19.02.2011
We decided to take the bus to school today for a different experience and to avoid the smog filled subway tunnel for another day. The bus stops right outside the apartment, so it was pretty convenient to just go down and finding the bus ready for you. Helen told us that Argentina has 500 bus lines.
The bad thing about Argentinian bus lines I was told was that they only accepted coins on the ticketing machine. I thought to myself, not that big of a complaint right? I’ll just wait for small change and use them for the bus. Well, I think small change is sort of like an asset here because, there aren’t much coins going around the country. Even shops don’t give you change in coins is they could avoid it. Maybe the bank doesn’t churn out coins as much? Anyway, we won’t be taking the bus as much if we are short on coins
Classes were intense! It’s pretty draining to be trying to do simple sentences and asking things like ‘how do I say this and ‘what does this mean’ the entire day. I’m still guessing a lot of words and hoping to hit the bull’s eye with random grammar and really bad tenses. We have 2 classes during the day, in the morning and after lunch. The morning classes were with a bigger group of 8 people whilst the afternoon classes felt like private tutoring with only 3 of us in class. The afternoon classes were more light hearted, with us playing games like word puzzles and guess the celebrity while keeping competition by scoring points. We even went to the market to learn the words of food products. It was a very interactive learning experience. The morning classes were less so and more focused on structure and actually learning the language with more technical means. Both of the classes worked well to enforce the other while keeping us engaged. It’s a good thing the afternoon classes were less intense and more relaxed because I don’t think I could have gone an entire day for 5 days of super intense learning.
By this time Justin was already able to construct sentences while I was still struggling with even remembering how to ask for directions. Reconstructing the English language to suit other languages is a tough job, for me at least. I never had to dissect my words and sentences to analyse the verb and the noun and the conjunctions and how to use them. The whole learning process of a language is still very foreign to me and it seems that my method of learning has not been very successful. Well at least I have Justin to fill in the gaps for my bad Spanish.