Not only have we been working on things for the house, but we’ve spent many hours language learning as well. We are in the beginning stages of Spanish which is where we learn and drill lots of vocabulary, begin to conjugate verbs in simple tenses, and experience cultural and language learning events and situations with Mexican friends and language helpers. One of the things we do to learn vocabulary is called Total Physical Response (TPR). This is where we will display and number of items and point to them one my one reviewing ones we have already learned, having our language helper say the name for the items in Spanish. Once we are comfortable with all the items we will reverse roles, our helper will say a Spanish word and we will point to the correct item. We also take pictures of all the sets of words that we learn and record our helpers voice, so we can practice on the computer in our free time.
Other things we look to do with our helper include Culture Events, like the one we went to this last Friday, the Festival del Taco. Which literally means Festival of Tacos. This is exactly what it was, we were not dissappointed. There were probably 20-25 different taco stands, all featuring their specialties. Between the 3 of us we were able to try many different tacos including Camarones (shrimp), Marlin, seafood combo, Barbacoa (head meat), El Pastor (slow grilled pork) and Carne Asada (steak). Everything we had was delicious, but I think our favorites were the Camarones and Marlin. At the Festival we also experience live Mexican music, and and our first hail storm!
Here’s just a few more photos of things we have been doing. Hope you enjoyed them all! Hope to update again soon!