Wednesday, August 26, 2009


You may have seen this "Prickly Pear" Cactus fruit at the grocery store before. Here in Mexico, it is called "tuna". I have about 20 lbs of it in my fridge right now, waiting to be frozen whole and in juice. There are many different things you can do with tuna, from jelly, to juice, to salad dressing! I'm looking forwards to trying it in salad dressing! :-)

Friday, August 21, 2009

Sunday, August 09, 2009

New Verb Tenses

"He" and "They" in Subjunctive

This week I began doing verb drills to learn a new verb tense, present subjunctive. This week I was learning how to say "I want (you, him, them, us) to (subjunctive verb)." For example, in the picture above, "He" and "They" were doing what I wanted: sweeping, saying "hi", singing, holding hands, buying things, and many more actions. You may be able to tell, that by the end of the activity "They" had turned into the Three Blind Mice and were also firefighters!

Subjunctive is easy to form in Spanish, but there are over 15 ways to use it in natural speech! So the drills are to learn when to use it and to recognize it when I hear it. Please pray for me as I practice this new verb tense.

Monday, August 03, 2009


Rous and I work together almost every day during the week, and I've missed her so much the past two weeks! Two weeks ago was VBS, and last week she got to go to youth camp with the youth from our church. I'm excited to hear about camp and what she learned.

A few weeks ago now, during the English half of our classes, I was quizzing Rous on the nouns she knows and a new topic: rooms in her house. We had a map, and if the noun on the card was in her house, she put the card in that room and said where it was.

"Do you have a piano?"
Table. Up. Highway.

Sometimes I wonder what I sound like in Spanish to a native listener, and I think this day I got my answer. The message gets across ("In the upstairs hallway on the table") but it's not proper, and a native would never say it that way. It was a reminder to hit all my vowels, get my tone right, and most importantly STRESS! Now that I've officially added four tenses, my stress on the word is very important. It can change the word I was to say from "I did it" to "I want him to do it"...Confusing? Yea, I get confused, too!

Thank you for your persistent prayers as I learn Spanish!