Granted my Spanish skills and accent are not perfect. I frequently make errors or use wrong words and verb tenses. However, I can sit down and watch a Spanish movie and understand most all of it. In conversations I can both communicate my ideas with ease and understand the words of others. So for the most part Spanish to me has become rather simple.
One especially interesting aspect is that I am now forgetting certain words in English. Take surge protector, for example. Since our business is in property management, and we are consistently making sure all our Playa del Carmen condos and villas are outfitted with surge protectors ("interruptor" in Spanish). Since I say interruptor so frequently my brain requires a bit of time to come up with the word in English. Another example is...wait while I think of the word...electrical outlet. In Spanish it's called contacto. In English I am now calling it contact, and even in this blog entry I had to rack my brain to think of electrical outlet.
A similar experience occurred when I studied abroad in Spain in college. After a week of living with a family in Barcelona, I struggled to remember English. It was as if that part of my brain had completely disconnected. Another comical experience is when Allan and I return home to the US on vacation. For the first couple of days we wind up speaking Spanish to anyone who looks non-white, say Indian or Chinese, and works in either a convenience store or restaurant. I guess in Mexico we are so used to speaking Spanish at such locations to non-white looking people, our brain is just doing as it's been trained.
|Diane relaxes at XCacel Beach|
|Allan and Marge at XCacel Beach|
|Allan shares his kite with 2 kids|
|Allan, Mary Lou and I at Playacar Phase 1's Beach|
|The beach at Playacar Phase 1|