Tallahassee has a terrific senior citizens center, and in spite of knowing this for four years now something has kept me from becoming involved. I’m not in denial about my senior citizen status. In fact, I’ve embraced my AARPness since the day I turned 50 over eleven years ago, so I’m not sure why I haven’t taken advantage of the center’s many classes.
On Monday, though, I broke new ground and attended an Intermediate Conversational Spanish class. I’d met the instructor while dining with my Meetup group last week, and she was so personable that I looked forward all weekend to this class.
Now, I know quite a bit of Spanish vocabulary. I know all of my numbers to 100 and beyond, the days of the weeks and months of the year. I can identify colors and fruits, common animals and objects. What I don’t know are my verbs and connecting words.
So while the five other participants were posing questions such as “What did you cook for dinner last night?” I was answering in ways approximating “Me Tarzan, You Jane.”
But I had fun! And nobody looked ready to kick me out of the class. There is a more basic class that meets on Thursday mornings, and I think I’ll give it a go for a few weeks to build my confidence.
Even Tarzan eventually learned to put real sentences together.