Tuesday, March 28, 2006


The job I started recently entails a nearly hour-long commute right now. Looking for a way to pass the time more productively, I borrowed a "Speak Spanish Instantly!" set of cassettes from the library. Now instead of flipping between NPR and sports talk radio while crawling along in traffic I can be inching my way toward becoming bilingual.

"No books, no written exercises, no drills!" It says on the cover. And I can say without qualification that it works. After only two hours of intent listening and repeating to the recorded conversations, I can now tell people in fluent Spanish that I do not speak Spanish.

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