First full day with the family

I am exhausted. It’s 10:30 pm on my first full day with my host family, and it’s felt so long. I woke up around 4 after a restless night of sleep. It stormed all night, which didn’t bother me, but at 4 am the roosters started sounding the alarm. I tried to go back to sleep, but it was muy difícil and I ended up getting up at 7. The sun comes up pretty early here, but it goes down early too. I feel ready to fall asleep around 6:30 pm, but I force myself to stay awake and socialize with the familia.

This afternoon, I went to the park to get wifi, talk to the parents and post on the blog. I was gone for a few hours. Later, my host mom said they were going out and asked if o wanted to come. I didn’t know what it entailed, but I went. We went to a park in Masatepe, then spent some time with my host mom’s cousin at what I assume was her house. I’m glad the teenagers are around, because they’re infinitely patient with me even though I’m super dumb when it comes to Spanish. 

At one point, host sister’s boyfriend (I think?) asked me something about cars/driving, but I zoned in at the last half of his question. When I briefly had a blank look on my face, he said (in English) “driving.” Now, I knew the word for driving but had missed the other part of the sentence. This is a rambly way of saying that he spoke to me in English, and the first word out of my mouth was “¿Qué?” because apparently I don’t speak English anymore either. I’m looking on the bright side: My instinct when I didn’t understand something (regardless of language) was to speak Spanish. 

Maybe I’m making progress?

It’s weird: I haven’t even tried to speak English to my host family, even though I’m pretty sure most or all of them speak it fairly well. The teenagers would probably help me cheat and speak to me in English (or help me translate a few of my English words to Spanish) but I’m on the straight and narrow, y’all. No cheating in this casa.

6 thoughts on “First full day with the family

  1. Kim Sublett August 15, 2016 / 7:48 pm

    Sounds like perseverance to me! Having a nice host family also helps. This is all a new way of learning for you…total immersion!

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  2. Jasmine Johnson August 15, 2016 / 11:16 pm

    I would be a huge cheater, so I admire your dedication. I also like when you blog con palabras en Espanol.

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    • Jade August 16, 2016 / 12:14 pm

      The 2 times they’ve translated a word into English, it was a word I already knew. The struggle is real.

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  3. Kay Sublett August 17, 2016 / 11:39 am

    I just now got on your blog. I love it when you say y’all. Is abuelita, sister or mother. You will do well and you are a very beautiful young lady. We are so very proud of you and we keep you in our prayers. Hugs, Grandma

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    • Jade August 17, 2016 / 5:47 pm

      Abuelita is host grandma! I love her but I definitely miss you and Papa!

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  4. Alfred Sublett August 22, 2016 / 8:35 am

    Jade how large is the house of the host family and how many live there also how far do the kids have to go to get to school?

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