Espana/Book Gift

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Sorry, I don’t know why all these photos are miniature! Argh.

I love Spain. Maybe more than Italy and France. Probably more.

I grew up in California and Spanish words were part of our vocabulary, just tossed in as slang or whatever …. cerveza, adios, que pasa …

I took Spanish in high school and didn’t take it seriously. More than 20 years later I am still kicking myself for this. I was offended by my haughty Spanish teacher who took me to task for goofing around in class by telling me, “You cannot have class unless you speak two languages.”

My response to him (the one I said in my head) is unprintable.

Now I believe he was right.

I took several Spanish classes in college, still not very serious and then took three Spanish classes AFTER college. So you think I’d be on my way to fluency? Noooooo.

In fact, I bought this book to start from square one again with my Spanish and will continue my studies until I am fluent without any breaks for fooling around … wish me luck. I’ve procrastinated way too long.

 

BOOK GIFT ————————————————-
I received an awesome Christmas present this year. Adriana Trigiani sent me an uncorrected proof of her new book, Brava Valentine:

 

I almost never buy new books. I have mentioned this before, but I usually check a book out from the library at least once and know I love it before I ever purchase it for my bookshelves. However, I love Adriana’s books so much that I always buy them new, each and every time she has a new one.

She is very open to her readers and called into my bookclub meeting last year. Because of this, she sent me this advanced copy of her book. Happy, happy, joy, joy!

And here’s the kicker, unlike a lot of bloggers who get swag (maybe I need to find out how to get me some of that) I never have and Adriana has NO CLUE I even have a blog and how I rave and rave to everyone who will listen about how much I love her books.

Of course, I’m sure there is some publicity angle to sending me the book, but it is a down home, grass roots effort, I believe, which I find charming.

Full disclosure: If you do want to buy the book and click on my link, someday I will get some money for it. So far, my amazon account for people clicking on my links has $1.16 in it, which of course, is better than nothing, so it’s more of a convenience than a way for me to get rich quick ; )

7 thoughts on “Espana/Book Gift”

  1. How funny. My life is filled with tech technicalities. Not to worry we see your lovely pictures and speaking of lovely, thank you for your blog and thank you for being you.

    I wish you a joy-filled new year in which all your hopes and dreams come true.

    Warmest regards,
    Tishx

  2. Kristi, I also grew up in California (Los Angeles) and Spanish was part of the culture. However, I chose to study French and many years later regretted not choosing Spanish. At this point in my life, though, French is more important to me (I’m very involved with an orphanage in Haiti and will be spending a good deal of time there), so I’m trying to relearn that language. So one of my New Year’s goals is to spend time studying French on a daily basis. I look forward to hearing how your Spanish studies progress. It’s never too late to learn.

  3. How are you going to do this..learn the language? I have Rosetta Stone French and my lazy behind has not finished part 1 yet. In fact I need to start from the beginning again as I am so rusty. I would love to learn another language.

  4. In a perfect world I’d say pack up the kids and the hubby and move to Spain! You would be fluent within a year! I’ve heard great things about Rosetta Stone though!

  5. Happy New Year Kristi, I don’t comment often, but love reading your blog. I am learning Spanish, too, (never did it in school at all) and used the BBC website to begin. I think you can get it too, only it comes with advertisments out of the UK. Do have a look, I’d be interested to hear your thoughts, best wishes for 2010, Mal

    1. Mal,
      I remember hearing about the BBC website awhile back but completely forgot. Thank you for the reminder!
      Tine,
      Believe me, we’ve checked into many options for moving to Spain over the years as we both adore it. Maybe some day!
      Stephanie,
      I am spending an hour a day on the book, then when I finish and have a good basis, I will probably enroll in a language course, possibly through the spanish institute which is cheaper than community college. Also, I have joined a group that meets to speak Spanish, but will not attend until my refresher course is over.
      Cherie,
      What will you be doing daily to improve your French on a daily basis? I will need ideas once this textbook is finished!

  6. Kristi – right now I’m going to work through a textbook that I already own. I also have an intermediate French CD set that I want to start using once I’ve finished the text book. Another way I want to improve my comprehension is to get French language movies through Netflix to help train my ear to the language. It seems there are many opportunities to be exposed to Spanish in the US. Depending on where you live, often you can get Spanish TV and radio. Some cities also have inexpensive conversational Spanish programs through parks and recreation centers. Gook luck with your studies!

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