Yo hablo español
Or at least enough to pass the Spanish language phone assessment! I just got the results today and I’m very relieved. This gives a little bump to my Oral Assessment score, which is nice. Even though I use Spanish every day in my job, I wasn’t completely confident in my abilities, so I hired a tutor to meet with me for 8 sessions. We got together to talk about current events or discuss articles and opinion pieces. I brushed up on vocab related to earthquakes, oil spills and immigration (although it turns out they didn’t ask me about those things – too obvious?).
I used Spanish Tutor DC and highly recommend them. Their group classes are obviously more affordable than one-on-one tutoring. But I was willing to pay a premium so that I could essentially set the agenda based on what I read about the phone assessment and have flexibility over when and where we would meet. My tutor met me a block from my work and was able to schedule sessions around my vacation and travel schedule. I know that’s a luxury not everyone can afford, and I’m so thankful I was able to do it.
I’m excited to continue improving my Spanish, but I’m glad to be heading to Nicaragua with a good base. Certainly I hope it will improve my chances of finding work, but also for more mundane things like getting cable/internet set up and getting cell phone service. Those things are frustrating enough in English!
And finally, here are some lovely cupcakes from Red Velvet Cupcakery I brought to work this week. Given that it was my last birthday before heading to Nica, and since I had a great half-off coupon, I decided to splurge!