Hard earned, certainly, from that rather challenging Spanish test we had – at least from my point of view. That one scene of 1-on-1 oral test with a Spanish teacher whom was not from our class still haunts me today. But I scored a 86% while Cynthia managed to score 95%. 95%?! How did she do that? To me, it was pure hard work as my talent in linguistic is limited. I even brought along the Spanish textbooks and practiced Spanish during our holiday trip to Bandung. Our buddy TK can write a testimony on that.
I am happy with a score of 86% from a Spanish test that covers oral, listening, and writing. Personally, although I dread exams, I welcome the discipline of little checkpoints along the journey. Not to be too philosophical on a Saturday, we ought to – or rather I ought to – look for opportunities to put ourselves to various tests. Maybe I shall enter a photography competition, maybe our band should record a demo album and distribute, maybe I shall …
… cook a 10 course dinner to a party of 12 … (and see who call the Pizza Hut takeaway first!)
Back to Spanish lessons, our next level should be “Elementary 1”. And we are still waiting for some of our classmates to pass the exam. A little thank you note to all whom have sent us the warm wishes of “You Can So Do It” online and offline, consciously and subconsciously. Many ask why Spanish? Honestly I haven’t given much thought as I just follow Cynthia’s passion. Learning Spanish seems to have opened a new dimension of my awareness. One time, inside a bookstore in Hong Kong, a kid spoke to his parents in Spanish and I could understand some bits and pieces. Another time, while I was photo-shooting at the Singapore Night Safari, one lady screamed “Mire” (means “Look” in English), I looked at where she was pointing and snapped a picture of a flying squirrel. Now when I watch a Spanish movie and I can pick up parts of the conversation.
So why Spanish? It could well be any language. There’s no right or wrong answer I guess. Just ‘do it’, and then ‘follow it through’.