Well time really does fly, and it’s been a whole seven months since my last update. Lots of factors have affected my lack of updates… Christmas, Easter, not to mention returning to work full-time in January (not an easy task with an energetic two-year old daughter!). I have continued with my Spanish learning during this time without any break in my learning, although I have slowed the pace this year.
I was previously having three online lessons per week. In February I rolled back to two lessons per week, as my 3rd lesson was on a Sunday morning. I was just so tired, and now I am working full time, I want to spend every possible moment on the weekend with my daughter. I had my final lesson with my Venezuelan iTalki tutor just over two weeks ago, as he is taking a break from teaching. I had completed 73 hours of lessons with him, so it was almost like saying goodbye to a friend. We are still connected on Facebook, so I hope to see him settled in the near future. That currently leaves me with one lesson a week, each Wednesday evening with my ever-trusty Spanish tutor, who I have now completed 74 hours of lessons with.
I spent the last two weeks trying to choose a new iTalki tutor for a 2nd weekly lesson. Whilst I greatly enjoy my lessons with my tutor in Spain, I like two different tutors as differing approaches helps my overall learning. After lots of research on iTalki, I scheduled my first lesson with Colombian tutor for this coming Sunday. I am very much looking forward to it, as I think having someone new to speak to in Spanish will freshen up my learning for the better.
My Spanish learning on other methods (DuoLingo, Memrise etc) is almost non-existent at the moment. A long working day, followed by much cherished family time in the evenings (even if much of it is spent cooking or at toddler bath time) is about all I have time for right now. Most evenings I watch Spanish language videos with my daughter on YouTube, as I am trying to be consistent in my efforts with her achieving bilingualism.
My daughter is very good at naming colors, numbers and animal names in Spanish. At the moment she really loves Plim Plim, which I love watching with her. We also watch Peppa Pig in Spanish (if YouTube defaults to English language, I quickly find a Spanish one instead). It helps with my learning too, as I do my best to actively listen and hone my understanding.
In total I have completed 190 hours of one-on-one Spanish lessons, plus 26 hours of Uni lessons. On the topic of Uni, unfortunately I withdrew from my Diploma of Spanish just before the new semester started in February. It was a tough choice, as I had received High Distinctions for both of the subjects I completed last year. I honestly couldn’t see how I would find the time with my other commitments.
On a happy note, we have a family vacation scheduled for late June & early July. The three and a half week trip includes six days in Southern Spain, which I am very excited about. This will be my first trip to a Spanish speaking country since embarking on my language learning journey. I am a little nervous about speaking to natives, but also I am very much looking forward to it. I will report how my efforts went in July.