¡Mi primera clase!

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Today I started my intensive spanish course to prepare for the upcoming semester. It was me and 29 other extranjeros(foreigners). All from various countries: Sweden, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, France, Australia, New Zealand, and of course the USA. We started the class with the two professors interviewing everyone individually, so the rest of us waited outside. It was interesting to see that conversations in German, English, Spanish, and Dutch were all occuring at the same time (also a little confusing for those of us who are working on our 2nd language, not our 5th). We all introduced ourselves and got to know each other for the 2 hours of interviews. I had decided when I came here to introduce myself as Kat(short for my middle name Kathryn) when I came here, since last time noone could pronounce my name correctly, and frankly I'm not much of a fan of my own name anyway. So if you want to start calling me Kat... *wink*wink*. But several times, I slipped and told people my name was Jill, so there were a couple confused members of my class, but we got that straightened out. Finally, around 4pm, the actual class began. I know you guys might think this is weird, but I was so excited! We are going to review all the grammar that is a little foggy for me. We're also learning "chilenismos" that only Chileans use, so hopefully in three weeks I'll be speaking like a Chilean, just not as well :) To my benefit, I ended up in the more advanced of the two groups, and my professor is awesome. She is very entertaining and funny, so it's almost hard not to pay attention. That's good, since classes are 4 hours long, every afternoon! We also have homework, so the next few weeks will be a little busy. However, it'll only get more hectic when the semester starts and I'm taking hispanic literature classes with hispanics! Anyway, the day was my busiest yet, but I did learn a little more about how to get around the city, and I have 29 more friends in this country than I did this morning. At any rate, I'm a little tired from my long day, and am going to bed. I hope you all are liking the entries so far, and if there's anything specific you'd like to know about Chile, let me know and I'll make sure to talk about it sometime!
*Mom: I promise to post pictures soon.
MomDavis says:
JillyKate, I am going to combine the two. Even though I know it is difficult to pronounce Jill in Spanish, I can't ignore it yet -- I love the name! But, it is wonderful to know that you have 29 more friends. With your outgoing personality, I fully expect we will know much about all 29 of them before long!!! Oh, and scope out the wineries. I want you to take me to the best one when I come in April. Que Dios te acompane. Hasta luego. Te amo, Mom
Posted on: Feb 13, 2008
miem says:
Jill, So you changed your name to Kate. I have a high school friend who changed her name--I still call her Liz and not Betty as she prefers--I guess you'll always be Jill to me--I like your name. Oh well! that's my opinion. Love you always, Miem
Posted on: Feb 12, 2008
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