David Salas Castillo, My Spanish Teacher in Atenas

“Dah-veed” is how you pronounce my Spanish teacher’s name, David, in Spanish. All A’s are short and all I’s are like long E.

I’m in Beginner Spanish of course and we are going over much of the same material we went over in the TFL Beginner Spanish in Nashville, though he is introducing a lot more vocabulary and I have a lot more opportunity to practice here – but that is easier said than done! I speak so slow and without enough vocabulary to really communicate well.

Yesterday I ran into David near Central Park at lunch time, and we tried to talk in Spanish. Of course most other locals speak so fast I have trouble understanding. This will be a slow process for me. But in time I will be able to communicate – I hope!