Yeah, it’s all in Spanish.

by Jim on 27 August 2012

Sometimes I just assume people know things that they really don’t.  I know, bad me.  But we all do it, don’t we?

For example, in our most recent newsletter (have you received it yet?  If you don’t get it and would like to, click here.), I talked about Hannah’s 5 years in Mexican schools, and Nathanael’s 3.5 years in Mexican schools.  We were looking back over their years in school so far.

Well, just to clarify, yes, that was all, 100% in Spanish.  Well, all right – they did have some English classes in there.  But they were pretty basic – just learning the basics of English that in most cases (I hope!) Hannah and Nathanael would already know.

Kids' Club (in Spanish, of course)
Playing at this past Saturday’s (Spanish) kids’ club!

And yes, when we’re talking about ministry here – giving a Bible study, going to visit someone, services – yes, it’s almost always all Spanish.

Sure, sometimes I translate things into English for you, here on the blog.  But really just about everything we do here we do in Spanish.

When our kids are playing with their friends (which they do a LOT, even out of school) – it’s generally in Spanish.  In fact, even when they’re playing with friends who know English, they still generally speak in Spanish.

There are English classes at the community centre, but we’re rarely involved in them.

In our house?  Well, more English there, but really it tends to be a mix of English and Spanish.  Espanglais.

Now that may sound wonderful – actually, it is – great atmosphere for the kids, and we’re all learning lots.  But just to be clear, we all have a long way to go in our Spanish.  So don’t get too many romantic ideas of the great missionaries chattering away in perfect Mexican Spanish with no accent.  We all have a lot to learn.  No, it’s not false humility.  Just saying it like it is.

And, by the way, with Hannah starting school more in English this year (homeschooling) – we’re reminded that she has a lot to learn in English too!  As does Nathanael.  So it should be interesting. 🙂

So now you know! 🙂

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Grandma C. August 30, 2012 at 11:12 am

Jim: I’m glad you posted this. It certainly helps me to pray more specifically for you all. I say, “Good job!” to you for all the time, effort, perseverance, etc., etc. that you (and Shari) have put into learning Mexican Spanish.

I’ve been petitioned the Lord for you, regarding your Spanish, mostly when you’re preaching, but I realize that it’s vital for all you interact with not to get the wrong idea when you’re sharing the Word with them.

So thanks for this.

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