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absolute beginner

April 4, 2010

I've been in Spain for the past week, doing an intensive Spanish course. Although it was supposed to be 'beginner' level the four other people in my group, could already speak in sentences. Helmut, the heavy metal fan from Germany for example, had been studying it for a year.

Since, I really was an absolute beginner - the only word I knew was hola - I quickly established myself as the weakest link in the group, shaking my head blankly whenever the teacher asked me a question.

And so what have I learnt after a week? That vino, rather charmingly, is pronounced 'beano' and that grazia is actually pronounced 'grathia.' I can also tell people that I like children and animals - just like Miss World. Oh and of course, most useful of all, no hablo espagnol.

comments (3)

1. Posted by Berna on April 11, 2010 1:53 PM

I deeply disagree with Mme. Pompom. She had a fantastic attitude in class and at the end of the week she was able to say much more than a simply: “No hablo Espagnol”.

We miss you very much, dear Mimi, and everything was very funny (you should’ve listened to Helmut telling how are the weekends in his village).
Anyway, I hope to see you soon. Regards and thanks for you “espiritu positivo”
“Espagnol es suuuuper facil” ;-)

2. Posted by mimi pompom on April 11, 2010 5:31 PM


I am so thrilled (and surprised) that you've tracked me down! Funnily enough I miss you all too. Next time I will stay longer and will most definitely book some private lessons with you.

I really enjoyed your classes - they were soooper amusing and you made me laugh muchas.

Please say hola to the rest of the group for me. I would have loved to have been there to hear about Helmut's weekends in his village. And yes, until we meet again, I will keep telling myself that 'Espagnol es sooooper facil!' Mimi

3. Posted by La Mom on April 15, 2010 9:19 AM

Just came across your blog and loooove the name Tout Sweet! Looking forward to reading more about your rural adventures.

La Mom
An American Mom in Paris

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