Haven’t been good at updating this, but will try more this semester.
It’s lovely to be back in Costa Rica. My host mother still feeds me too much. My host brother still convinces me of terrible and silly things (such as telling me that we are eating goat meat for dinner, the worst part being that I will always believe him). The language barrier is still here, waiting patiently for me. Oh, and also sunburns. Those are here too. A quick summary on what I’ve learned so far this semester.
When telling my host mother that someone lives BEHIND (atras) the store, I calmly explained to her that he lives IN THE BEHIND (tracero). Lesson here. Learn the words before you use them. The Spanish language is a lush breeding ground for Sarah Making Mistakes.
While traveling with my family, we met some fellow travelers from New York. My mother said something embarassing and I flushed my normal red and they tried consoling me in their broken Spanish: “Ay, Sarah. Don’t worry. Tu mama es cool-o.” Which literally means “your mom is ass.” Lesson here. Adding an “o” to words does not suddenly transform them into the word you’re loo9king for. Don’t do it.
Hope all of you are having lovely beginning-of-semesters! Chao.