Say It Out Loud

 I woke up so excited and nervous my first day of language school. Everything was fine until I realized I have to explain to this lady how to make my baby’s bottle, what time she eats, what time she naps, what she can and cannot eat, you get it, everything a mother has to say before she leaves her precious bundle of joy with someone else. I was just standing there; Maria Esther was kind and trying to understand me. I had to use sign language to explain to her what my sweet baby girl needed. I felt so silly. She seemed to understand but what if she didn’t, that is all I could think about.  As my husband and I got into a taxi, and left to go to language school I couldn’t help but think, “what have I gotten myself into?”

Sitting in a cold room, across from a lady I had never met, she began to talk to me. I caught, “Hi, my name is Jaqui”, that is all that I understood for the next 10 minuets or so. That was my first few scary minuets of language school. I’ll be honest I wanted to run, scream, cry and laugh all at the same time; it also crossed my mind “will I ever understand this”? Language school was 4 hours a day and then when I got home I had another 4 hours of speaking with a friend. As you can imagine, Tylenol became my new best friend!

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Learning another language can be fun, difficult, and basically you get to the point that you have a love, hate relationship with it. You know that to communicate, buy things, tell others of Jesus love, teach, take a taxi or bus, you have to learn this new crazy thing called a language.

Now, I by no means, speak Spanish perfect, but I have had to learn it and can say that I can totally sympathize with anyone who has to learn another language. I could write all day about mistakes I have made, embarrassing phrases that I have said, and times when I just couldn’t get out what I wanted to say; but I want to encourage you to stick with learning your new language and being able to communicate. Here are a few things that have helped me:

  1. Don’t be afraid:  Talk, Talk, Talk! Make friends and ask them to help you. You’ll be amazed at the people you meet if you just get out. Go to the same stores, market places, and talk to taxi drivers.
  2. Who, What, When, Where, Why: Ask, Ask, Ask: Go back to your childhood days and ask 1000 questions!
  3. Read: Read your Bible in your new language, read books, read signs, and look up words you don’t know!
  4. Stick to language school: It’s tempting to skip something that is difficult, but I encourage you to stay faithful and finish!

The Lord has allowed me to use Spanish so many times, here in Bolivia and in the United States. It is so rewarding to teach children, ladies, and witness to others. On those difficult language days remember, “I can do all things, through Christ.”

Beth White

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  • 3 thoughts on “Say It Out Loud

    1. Beth, I only read your Language post. Right now, I am pressed for time.
      I enjoyed reading your memories of learning a foreign language. I liked how you turned from ithe difficulties to the benefits and appreciation. It was pleasant and easy to read!

      You took me back many years at the time I came from Greece to the States. It was not easy, but I was determined to learn. I still have my note books with thousands of words I would learn eac day as well as my “Guide to Learn English,” which I brought from Greece. Speaking and understanding Ancient and Modern Greek as well as Latin, has help me to learn English and Spanish much easier.

      Speaking other languages is an asset that opens your horizons, helps you see, hear, and understand the world on a different level. Our trips to Mexico over the years and later in Spain have been more rewarding because I could communicate wtih the indegenous people on their own language.

      God bless you for what you do!

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