Spanish immersion school
I recently returned to Missouri from my first trip to Nicaragua. The first part of my report deals with Spanish immersion school. I spent 12 days in Estelí and attended the CENAC school in the mornings, Monday through Friday, for two weeks. It was great. I learned a lot, mostly that I didn't know much and that learning Spanish will take me quite a while if I study and practice. The good news is that if I try to speak Spanish most people will cheerfully try to help me. My goals are to be able to read a novel in Spanish and comprehend it and to be able to tell a joke in Spanish and have people laugh. I had a one on one teaching experience which I would recommend. There were a diversity of students, a man from Manchester, another from Holland and three women from Germany that apparently were staying in Estelí for a year. Quite an interesting group and a diversity of perspective. Echoing opinions from other NL members I believe that becoming proficient in Spanish is a key to living happily in Nicaragua. I am looking forward to my move next year and while waiting will be learning more vocabulary and verb tenses.