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Leaving Costa Rica

Posted on August 14, 2009 at 8:44 PM Comments comments (0)

Today was the day that we graduated from language school!!!
We enjoyed the special service and had to say goodbye to many close friends. We have been so blessed to be surrounded by so many that have helpedus, encouraged us and kept us going strong throughout this last year. We are sad to leave Costa Rica for many reasons, but are excited for what lies ahead.
Please pray for us as we leave for Argentina tomorrow afternoon at 3:30. We fly into Lima, Peru for a 2 hour layover and arrive in Buenos Aires, AR at 4:30am. Pray for us as we go through the airport, customs and many other things. Pray for health, saftey and patience with all that will take place.
We will update again when we arrive!

Language

Posted on March 28, 2009 at 10:03 AM Comments comments (0)

     Just thought that I would give you all a quick update of our language learning.  I know that you have heard of the word frustrating, but have you experienced it?  Right now we have been studying spanish for about 26 weeks (in class)  and we average about one subject with tons of rules per week.  After last trimester we felt that we could speak fairly well, that was at the end of december.  Now we have twice as much information in our heads and it seems like we can speak 1/2 as well.  When we begin to speak our thoughts are clear on what we want to say, but the sheer amount of grammar rules are stopping us from speaking.  Remember that there are 85 conjugations for each verb in spanish.  For example:  take the verb Querrer (to want) here are a few of the 85 conjugations, Quiero (I want), Quise (I wanted), Quisiste (you wanted), querria (he always wanted), Querremos (we will want), he querido (I have wanted), Quisierra (I could or would want).  Ok thats sufficient for now.  Not only do we have to wade through these 85 conjugations for every verb in every sentence that we want to speak, but we have to remeber every grammar rule on top of it, like what verb to use with what pronoun, and what words to never use with other words and so on. 

     So I thought that I would share our frustrations of having so much in our brains that we can't speak.  It's hard but God has been gracious - besides he did not call us to do something that he will not provide the "know how" for.  Our drastic measure to ensure that our spanish ability increases is that we have decided to speak spanish only for an undisclosed amount of time.  Wish us luck, and please if you can remember, we can always use your prayers. 


Joe and Leann


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