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la próxima vez

In July, I wrote that I was excited to study German again. I enjoyed eavesdropping on a couple of coworkers shooting the breeze, and occasionally joining in with my incredibly rusty college German.

In August, I reconsidered. I definitely wanted to study a language, but was German really the one to study first?

I listened to conversations around me and realized how many of them are in Spanish. I realized I’d be able to interact with many more people day-to-day with even a basic grasp of Spanish. Also, I remembered promising my “Peruvian sister” I’d learn Spanish, a promise about a decade stale.

I started studying Spanish. I’ve already used it to hold a few conversations with some folks who know less English than I know Spanish.

Last week, I was introduced to a phrase that sounded so musical, I wanted to say it over and over and over again: la próxima vez. Next time.

I don’t have many ways to use this phrase yet, but that’s OK. The one I can think of is enough for now.

Hasta la próxima vez,

I will spend my moments awaiting

the next time Silver Star, Darth, and I

are face to face

  1. Nemorino
    December 5, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    When I retired thirteen years ago, I wanted to revive one of my long-dormant languages, and the one I chose was French, simply because I live much closer to France than to Spain. I can get to Paris by train in less than four hours. Since then I have been reading books in French, and going to France several times a year. And I really am getting better in French, though it’s still nowhere near my English or German.

  2. December 5, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    I was thinking of learning a new language but wasn’t sure which one I wanted to. Thanks for your insight on how you decided to learn spanish!

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