Advice to Keep Trying to Talk
Advice to Keep Trying to Talk Spanish is adapted from a book by James Michener: ‘Iberia Spanish Travels’, p.122.
“When I say that ‘I talked with this man or that,’ I am using the verb in a restricted sense.
I read Spanish fluently, understand it partially (when listening), and speak it poorly,
but I have memorized some twoscore old-style phrases and these I can rattle off,
so my speaking consists of something like this:
‘My esteemed señor, would you do me the favor of seeing...’
I begin rapidly, thus create the impression that I know what I’m talking about, but I end like this:
Encouraged by the speed of my opening, my listener responds at a natural rate,
and when he does I understand about two-thirds of what he says,
especially if it concerns a subject on which I know the basic vocabulary.
But I do not hold back because of my ineptness,
and I have talked for many hours with many different kinds of Spaniards.”
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