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Language Learning

So it continues to be a while. I love blogging. I just don't why it's so hard for me to keep up with it.

Anywho, I've been exploring language learning sites, and I seem to have found a really good one that actually helps.  It's kinda like Rosetta Stone, only free, sorta (I'll explain this later).  It has the interactive lessons, speaking, and writing assignments.  What makes it stand out is that it also comes with human interaction.  This is what helps keep it free.  The community members grade each others submissions.  So you get a real native speaker helping you with your language woes.  They're not judgemental about it either because they're having the excact same problems with the language that they are attempting to learn.  Also, you can chat with these other users(which helps more than I thought) and the website doesn't have any rules about contacting each other outside of their website.  

Now about the free thing.  When you first sign up you get the first lesson of every unit free.  The rest of it you can unlock by either buying it or earning "teacher points."  This is really easy.  I unlocked it in two days.  You earn these points by reviewing other people's submissions, and giving them pointers.  Or you can earn them by making flashcards or offering tips.

They have all sorts of languages: German, French, Mandarin (Chinese), Italian, Spanish, Hindi and the list goes on and on.

Now if you're gonna join, please use this link 
www.livemocha.com/invite/r:fZHSdJpY If you join through this link then it will earn me a free crash language course.  

Tamale_Machine

I have not explained the meaning of my name, and considering my lack of recent posts I figure it's a good ice breaker.

I have a Hispanic boyfriend that I have been with for a year and a half.  We'll call him aboynamedSue.  Well his family is from Mexico, and the language/culture barrier is not exactly an easy thing to get around at times.  So in order to help break the barrier and hopefully earn some respect from a family who was not exactly thrilled with my being the girlfriend of aboynamedSue, I decided to make tamales.  How hard could that be??  

For those of you that aren't aware, tamales are taught to you from family, not from a book.  They are also made by groups of women because they are made in such large quantities and are so time consuming.  I use a book, because as I mentioned I am not Hispanic and his family, at the time, absolutely did not want to teach me.



I used this book.  Which is a good book if you know absolutely nothing about tamales.  My first time it took me 13 hours to make my tamales.
My back was sore, my hands chafed and raw, but I had done it.  I did actually earn some respect from his family.  I'm not positive if it was because I actually made them or if it was because I was trying.  A down side was that now my boyfriend's sister-in-law dislikes me, because she is Hispanic and she can't make them, and her husband liked mine XD


Tomorrow I have my AP Spanish Language Exam.  I'm not ready for it.  I'm working late tonight and I'm nervous about the test.  I'm never nervous about tests.  I think it's more of a pride issue.  The school is paying for the exam so I'm not loosing any money, but I've had Spanish for four years and hear it pretty frequently now.  I know I should be better at it, but I don't know.  Ah, well only tomorrow will tell.
So here it begins.  I am in the process of starting an amazing portion of my life.  I plan on sharing it with the rest of the world via this journal.

I am graduating from high school in May.  Some suggest that it is best to decide on a college before I graduate.  Others say that it also helps to make a decision about a future career plan.  I have not chosen either of these two things.  Well to be fair, I have chosen a college, but I don't know if I am willing to sink myself into extreme debt this early in my life.  I've used a few websites that have a lot of scholarships on them and to be honest this one is my favorite:



It's called Zinch and it's pretty darn fantastic. I haven't had much luck, but I've had friends that have.

Another problem though is the fact that I'm not absolutely sure what I want to do. I've thought about public relations and international relations, but I don't know how....cohesive those careers would be with a family one day. I don't mean that I want to have a family next week, but I don't want to work my entire life for something and then possibly have bitterness that I chose to give it up for a child. I also don't want to try to do both and in the process neglect my children. Plus, I would like a job that would allow me to help others. This leads me to another problem. I want a job that pays well. I don't want something outrageous. I just want to be comfortable, and to comfortably be able to send my children to school and not have to worry about crashing their dreams because of lack of opportunity.

I guess that's it for now. More of my story to come at a later time.