Posted by: susankayjones | September 6, 2010

la escuela de espanol

so, maybe i’m a total geek, but i love language school!

today was our first day of school. we started at 8:00 a.m. (yep, that means my brain has to be ready to learn at 8:00 :))…and end our lessons at 12:00. (with a 30 minute break at 10:30).

we each have our own private teachers. we sit at small tables facing each other and with a huge white board to my right. the board is used for alot of things, including vocab that comes up in “conversation” that i need to learn. i say “conversation”, because, let’s be honest….i’m mostly listening! ๐Ÿ™‚

today was really fun…most of what we covered was things i had learned in the past…so it was mostly review for me. but i am certain by week’s end, my head will be swimming with all sorts of new information that will confuse my english! (the last few days, i feel like i can’t even speak english! i guess that’s kind of good…maybe it means my brain is acclimating to spanish!)

after school each day, i willย meet my host family for lunch at their house at 1:15. living with a host family has been……..interesting. ๐Ÿ˜‰ my family is very kind and has shown me around the house, corrected my broken spanish and cooks for me for every meal. they are so sweet….however, that does not mean that it’s not awkward! ๐Ÿ™‚ i’m hoping after a few more days, i’ll be able to speak with them more and it won’t be so awkward. either way, it’s a great learning experience. alicia and hannah are with other homes, but we are all within about a 10 minute walk from each other and the school.

you walk everywhere here in antigua. it is a beautiful city and the walks are welcomed, not dreaded. today, when i met alisha on the corner of her street and proceeded to walk to school, i couldn’t help but feel like i was back in elementary school walking to the bus stop. except, instead of my strawberry shortcake lunchbox, i was outfitted with my handy keen bag. all that was missing was a “first day of school” outfit. too bad i can’t recreate my 5th grade “first day” outfit which consited of scottie dogs on both my black shirt and my black ankle socks—forget the fact that i wore the whole ensemble completely buttoned to the top and added the finishing touch with white moccasins. i mean, really….

i promise to post pictures very soon. i wanted to get a feel for the city before i started whipping out my camera like a total tourist. of course, i suppose i am. ๐Ÿ™‚



  1. i hope you post pictures of your first day of 5th grade outfit!

    • you would only be so lucky! thanks for commenting so much! you’re awesome! ๐Ÿ™‚ HOW IS LEIGHTON (sp?)!?!?!

  2. Awww. Ava starts school tomorrow! 2 days a week, but big changes around here. So glad to hear you are enjoying school. The pictures I have seen look amazing. Praying you have a great week.

  3. pics of the white moc outfit? i hope?!

    susan, i know you are a blessing to the family even if you cant tell them everything y ou want to tell them. you have a spirit that is wonderful and they will see it and feel it, one day i’m sure they’ll tell you all of that in spanish…

    love you

    • haha!! thanks rob! i keep reminding myself this is an opportunity to serve/love them well despite a language barrier. thanks for the encouragement. LOVE u!

  4. I can see the whole 5th grade outfit, but you didn’t mention your hair – scrunched bangs that stood straight up! Or was that Middle School?
    What an awesome experience! I AM a little jealous of language school and your host family, what an advanture. I predict some funny stories re language communication or mis-communication! I also love the walking everywhere, simplifies everything. You have been well prepared!

    • agreed….so prepared. i feel blessed to have had such awesome training!!! and the hair was also a disaster. it was the perm days for me….but not “cool” amy grant-like hair…oh no….poofy “annie” perm hair. NO BUENO!

  5. I REMEMBER THOSE SCOTTIE DOGS WELL!!! Were the shorts that matched kind of a plaid??? Thanks for the update, love these! Hope you are having a good day!

  6. Really, you looked adorable!!! And how do you remember those things? I hope your great memory serves you well in language school! Love your posts…keep up the good work…and keep it in English for those of us who are “language challenged”. Thanking God for your host family and their commitment to serve you. Love you tons…Mom

  7. keep up the blogging – i love it!! sounds like everything is going well so far – so glad! know that you are prayed for often!
    love you and see you in 2 (?!?!) short months!

    • WA HOO!!!!!! can’t come soon enough! miss your face!!!

  8. YAY FOR LANGUAGE SCHOOL!!!! vas a aprender muy muy rapido!!! yo lo se!

    • i understand what you said! ๐Ÿ™‚ wa hoo!

  9. Oh, of course you love language school! You have a naturally curios mind, and learning a language is so satisfying to that! Love you and praying for you! Colossians 4:12, stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured.

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