A few weeks ago I wrote about looking up how to say lime and lemon in Spanish. While I didn’t find a straightforward answer, I did find a helpful post on a blog that explained that it has to do both with word usage and regional varieties of actual fruit. I also found a comment on that blog, which explores Latino topics from a gringa perspective, asserting that they were appropriating culture instead of appreciating it. I definitely don’t have the answer to the question of when cultural exchange is the former and when it’s the latter, but I do know that it is important to regularly and genuinely consider your own perspective and motivation and do your best to appreciate other cultures as valid and important.
I also think it is important to follow up on things, in life and in the Spanish acquisition process. When you follow up in Spanish on things you’e encountered or learned, you reinforce them in your brain. In reality, it takes multiple interactions with something to really learn and remember it. In learning you have to make time for review and reinforcement. Ideally, the things you’re learning will come up in your everyday life and provide a chance for review that way.