I took my Spanish language progress test today.  I started Spanish about five weeks ago on March 5 and will finish at the end of May.  The results were mixed.  I tested about where I should be, and my tester commended me on my improvement in a very short period of time.  Nevertheless, she gave me a 50% chance of achieving the required level of Spanish by the end of May.  She said that it is very difficult to achieve that in just seven weeks, but she also said that she was optimistic that I could do it given my past performance.  The news is not as positive as I would have liked to receive, because it means I have to work even harder.  I haven’t worked as hard as I probably should, although I have to give myself credit for learning quickly and meeting my target set thus far.  My wife is also doing well.  She started Spanish from scratch about two weeks ago and is already trying to make complicated sentences.  She’s more bold than I would have been had I started from scratch.
OK, now back to studying Spanish… 

Books by MG EdwardsMG Edwards is a writer of books and stories in the thriller and science fiction-fantasy genres. He also writes travel adventures and children’s books. A former U.S. diplomat, he served in South Korea, Paraguay, and Zambia before leaving the Foreign Service to write full time.

Edwards is author of six books. His memoir, Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill, was finalist for the Book of the Year Award and the Global eBook Award. He has published four children’s picture books in the World Adventurers for Kids Series: Alexander the Salamander; Ellie the Elephant; Zoe the Zebra; and a collection featuring all three stories. His book Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories is an anthology of 15 short stories.

Edwards lives in Taipei, Taiwan with his family. He has also lived in Austria, Singapore and Thailand. For more books or stories by M.G. Edwards, visit his web site at www.mgedwards.com or contact him by e-mail at me@mgedwards.com or on Twitter @m_g_edwards.

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  1. Terry's Gravatar Terry
    April 14, 2007    

    If you avoid accidentally saying something insulting in Spanish you are more than half way there. Like all teaching extreme situations (like military special forces), you are pushed to feel guilt and obligation to perform way beyond the norm. That’s ok considering what such a solier, or yourself, signed up for. Just don’t take it personnally and beat yourself up for being ‘inadequate’. Just get that nose closer to the grit of the grindstone knowing that is the task and "they" are trying to instill overachievement in you. buena suerte

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