Working during my Mexican adventures (save one week when J came down) has been wonderful for the obvious reasons: I have been able to spend a significant chunk of time in another country without having to quit a job, live off of savings and risk long-term unemployment upon my return. I'm working 4 days a week, so I have three days every week to enjoy the city (although the addition of classes means I don't have any fully free days).

But those pros come along with some serious cons. This has not been a true immersion experience because I have to spend 8 hours a day, 4 days a week, thinking, writing and speaking in English. That's a must. Obviously, if I were not working, I'd still be riding the English-language wave by checking in with family and friends via phone, email, etc. But working is a real cock-blocker when it comes to improving my Spanish as much and as quickly as I'd like.

That said, I definitely have sensed improvements. I've been able to clear up confusing rules. I've learned a lot of colloquial Mexican-Spanish. And perhaps most importantly, I'm putting myself out there and making mistakes without beating myself up too much. That all has led to more confidence.

A big help in maximizing my Spanish-only time has been music. It's a tool I use in SF, too. Whenever I want to kickstart my day or need to refocus after a long spell of English, I open up my iTunes "Spanish" playlist and force my mind to begin thinking in Spanish. Here are some of my longtime favorites (all of which helped teach me a grammar trick or wicked Spanish-language expression):

Julieta Venagas - Me Voy (Mexico)

El Canto del Loco & Amaia Montero - Puede Ser (Spain)

Leonor Watling & Miguel Bosé - Este Mundo Va (Spain)

Diego Torres & Julieta Venegas - Sueños (Argentina)

La Oreja de Van Gogh - 20 de Enero (Spain)


Unknown said...

burberry handbags
ray ban sale
beats by dre
tory burch outlet online
true religion outlet
soccer jerseys
calvin klein online store
chanel 2.55
air jordan concord
louis vuitton outlet stores
true religion jeans sale
nike air max uk
oakley sunglasses wholesale
foamposite galaxy
ray ban sunglasses
cheap oakley sunglasses
coach outlet store
cheap ray ban sunglasses
chanel handbags
swarovski jewelry
hollister clothing
marc jacobs
oakley sunglasses
true religion sale
chanel handbags
adidas wings
air jordan shoes
ray ban uk
kobe shoes
ferragamo shoes
ralph lauren outlet
iphone 6 case
karen millen dresses
michael kors sale
supra shoes
herve leger
puma outlet store
tory burch sandals
giuseppe zanotti sale
chanel handbags

Unknown said...


armani exchange
coach outlet
canada goose uk
jordan shoes
ugg outlet
ugg boots
doudoune moncler
ed hardy
hermes handbags

Unknown said...

canada goose jackets uk
longchamp outlet
nike roshe
ed hardy clothing
michael kors outlet
ugg outlet
gucci handbags
coach factory outlet
ugg sale
hermes birkin

Unknown said...

polo ralph lauren outlet
kansas city chiefs jerseys
michael kors outlet online
golden state warriors jerseys
hermes belts
nike air huarache
nike huarache
san antonio spurs
michael kors handbags outlet
ray ban sunglasses

jeje said...

basketball shoes
chrome hearts
vanvan cleef and arpels
yeezy boost 350
adidas gazelle sale
adidas tubular x
tom ford glasses
adidas yeezy boost
nhl jerseys
adidas nmd

Obat Gatal Kudis/Gudik said...

This article is interesting and useful. Thank you for sharing. And let me share an article about health that God willing will be very useful. Thank you :)

Walatra Gamat Emas Kapsul
Vitamin Untuk Kesehatan Anak
Penyebab sering mimisan
Cara Mengatasi Cacar Air
Cara Menghilangkan Kantung mata
Obat Telinga Berkerak dan Berair

Packers And Movers Kolkata said...

Superb post, we enjoyed each and everything as per written in your post. Thank you for this informative article because it’s really helpful, I really like site.
Please visit our website: @ Packers and Movers Kolkata

Local Packers And Movers Bangalore said...

Hey, Wow all the posts are very informative for the people who visit this site. Good work! We also have a Blog.Please feel free to visit our site. Thank you for sharing.
@ Local Packers And Movers Bangalore

Packers And Movers Mumbai said...

Your site is truly cool and this is an extraordinary moving article. @ Packers And Movers Mumbai

Halovo Wario said...

There are some interesting points in time in this article but I don’t know if I see all of them center to heart. There is some validity but I will take hold opinion until I look into it further. Good article, thanks and we want more! Added to FeedBurner as well

Click Here
Visit Web

Haconi Siha said...

I discovered your blog site on google and check a few of your early posts. Continue to keep up the very good operate. I just additional up your RSS feed to my MSN News Reader. Seeking forward to reading more from you later on!…

Click Here
Visit Web

Palima Daro said...

I’d have to check with you here. Which is not something I usually do! I enjoy reading a post that will make people think. Also, thanks for allowing me to comment!

Click Here
Visit Web