1. At the start of each year, picking the right name was muy importante:
2. And learning to ask ¿Puedo ir al baño? was a close second.
3. All the textbooks were really excited that you chose to learn Spanish:
4. The students who already spoke Spanish and were taking the class just for the credit:
5. The first thing you did when you had to use a dictionary was look for the dirtiest word on the page:
6. Online translators only got you so far:
(And sometimes used tenses you weren’t supposed to know yet.)
7. Cultural food days meant you didn’t have to eat in the cafeteria:
(And you can be sure the kids who took Latin were jealous.)
8. You always lost points on essays because you could never figure out how to type the “~”:
10. Día de Muertos was also super fun:
Especially when bread of the dead was involved.
11. Trying to figure out which assignment was worth giving up a homework pass was torturous:
Which is more unpleasant: writing 10 different conversations that happen at the supermarket OR re-writing a Shakira song so it’s in the future tense?
12. Nothing compared to the videos:
13. You always postponed making notecards until the day before the final:
“If I just study the vocabulary, I’ll be FINE, mom!”
15. The conversation exercises were very different than the conversations you wanted to have in real life:
16. The “Sombrero of Shame” was for those who were tardy, passed notes, or talked in English:
*but most of the time it hung out elsewhere.
17. When la professora knew you couldn’t pronounce “biblioteca” and always made you read sentences that had “biblioteca” in them out loud:
18. Sometimes your Spanish expertise didn’t fit into your real life:
19. Everyone took the “floorplan” assignment really seriously:
The first time your crush looks at your bedroom is really, really important.