The Benefit of Human Resources in Spanish: Language is about Communicating with Real People

You may see a blog post with “human resources” in the title and think, “What does this have to do with acquiring Spanish?” Well, I’m not talking about your friendly company HR person; I’m talking about the value of living, flesh and blood humans in the process of learning a new language. When you have… Continue reading The Benefit of Human Resources in Spanish: Language is about Communicating with Real People

Learning to Cognate in Spanish: It’s Not Just about Learning Words, It’s about Learning to Think

When I wrote about the book My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor earlier in the week, I didn’t have quite enough room to talk about all the things from the book that stood out to me while reading. Hence, installment number two. I think (and hope) that you, dear reader, will find it interesting,… Continue reading Learning to Cognate in Spanish: It’s Not Just about Learning Words, It’s about Learning to Think

Staying Focused in Spanish Acquisition: Find What Works and Keep it Simple

Though they might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of inspiration for a blog post, billboards have served as springboards for my writing more than once in the past. Maybe I’m not paying enough attention when I’m driving? I’d prefer to think that I’m just very observant and good at multitasking.… Continue reading Staying Focused in Spanish Acquisition: Find What Works and Keep it Simple

Making Progress in Spanish by Taking Things Step by Step: It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint

I read an interesting book recently (as you know I love to do) and, of course, particularly enjoyed the parts that related to language. The book is written by a stroke survivor about her experience and recovery. She discusses how she had to take things step by step over a long period of time and… Continue reading Making Progress in Spanish by Taking Things Step by Step: It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint

A Spanish Pronunciation Guide: How Hearing French Helps Me Appreciate Spanish

One of the things I love most about my job is meeting and interacting with all the different people that come in to use our print services. I recently had a particularly memorable pair of customers: a woman and her daughter-in-law. The daughter-in-law was an artist and wanted to have a portfolio of her work printed, a… Continue reading A Spanish Pronunciation Guide: How Hearing French Helps Me Appreciate Spanish