Haley and I met with our Spanish teacher again today. I'm beginning to see that we have very different learning styles when it comes to languages. Our teacher is helping us to say things correctly which is good, but I'm still at the point that I don't really care if I said it right or not. I'm just trying to muster up enough Spanish to communicate. If I say something wrong, I don't care as long as I don't accidentally insult someone and get myself dumped off in the middle of the desert.
I guess since Haley has a much better grasp of Spanish from her work at the clinic she is interested in saying things correctly. I was reading a blog post from someone who has been in Mexico since February 2006. He started out by taking classes for 3 month 3 hour per day. The idea was that he would understand most everything in 3 months and be fluent at the end of 6. It sounds like a good portion of his lessons were learning Spanish grammar.
That might be a better way to start. While I like the idea of just kind of learning by just through experience, having a solid grammatical foundation might be better. At least that way I wouldn't develop a bunch of bad habits. At the same time, it is difficult for me to concentrate of verb tenses, when I really just want to be able to ask what isle the orange juice is kept on. I suppose grammar will become more important when I want to carry on a conversation about something other than just meeting basic needs.
Maybe after Christmas we'll look at a more aggressive lesson plan. If over Christmas I can get through the rest of the Rosetta Stone course, I think I'll be in good shape for when we come back down in January. At the very least I'll be further along that I was when we moved down here.