The 5 stages of grief: according to Spanish lectures
Never has sitting in a classroom been such an emotional experience. Here are the very defined feelings I go through each lesson:
1. 15 minutes in…
DENIAL AND ISOLATION
It can’t be just me who hasn’t understood a word of what has been said. Perhaps they have a speech impediment? I mean, I have been learning Spanish for years now and I should be able to…oh wait, no, have I lost the ability to understand Spanish? Have I not improved in ANY way since September?! Just look at all those smug Spanish students understanding him perfectly. They don’t understand my pain!
2. 1 hour in
OK. This isn’t funny anymore. Their mouth is moving but no real words are coming out. That’s it. I refuse to go to any more lessons…I can’t be learning anything anyway and it’s not fair!
3. 1 hour 15 minutes in
Please, I am begging you; just add a PowerPoint slide or just anything with pictures in - something that a five year old would perhaps understand. I promise that I would continue coming to classes… please?
4. 1 hour 30 minutes in
I’ve failed my year abroad.
5. 1 hour 55 minutes in
My notes don’t totally suck and I think I may have actually made some legible notes. I have survived! I mean, I am learning this language, so I can’t expect to understand everything. I can do this - I am going to master this language and then I’ll be able to learn Italian and Mandarin and French and…