Having a full day meant that I could have as many lessons as I would like. Today my goal was to practice some of the tenses I had learned previously, and to try out many different teachers on Baselang so I could choose one that I liked best.
Lesson 4: 11:30am-12pm with Elimar
This lesson was incredibly informative and showed me the bigger picture. I was introduced to the five types of past tenses used in Spanish, how t differentiate when to use each of them, and shown each of them used according to each condition in sentences. It allowed me to see what I needed to learn and how they translated to English.
Lesson 5: 12pm-12:30pm with Johana
It was time for me to put my language skills to the test. I told her I wanted to practice speaking about the past so she asked me what I had done the previous week. I spent about 23 minutes telling her all about my trip to Vietnam. It was perfect for me to practice my skill and get a chance to see what it would be like to speak to someone about it in real life. It is safe to say that I left the lesson with a higher confidence in my ability and feeling like I had improved tremendously.
Lesson 6: 12:30pm -1pm with Oriana
She has been my favorite teacher by far. I asked that we go over the conditional tense because I had just learned it once and needed more practice. She did exactly what I had asked of her. We went over it again, she gave me more examples of it and then asked me to come up with a few sentences using the tense by myself. It was the perfect balance of active and passive learning that I needed.
Lesson 7: 8pm-9pm with X
This was bound to happen at some point. One of the advice I read about while researching Baselang was to always book half an hour lessons with teachers that you have not had classes with so in case they are boring, you don’t have to spend as much time together.
The reason I have not mentioned this teacher’s name is because we did not seem to get along. However, she was a really good teacher. She was just too focused on teaching and the lesson was not as fun as I had hoped it was. She did give me really good feedback on what I had to improve and so on after the lesson which I am incredibly grateful for.
Lesson 8: 10pm-10:30pm with Claudia
I decided to take a break from grammar and do something more relaxing instead. We spoke about Tv shows and bonded over our love for Stranger Things and how hot it was every day of the year in both our countries. I got the chance to speak quite a lot and that allowed me to identify gaps in what I was able to say and words I could not remember. I would definitely take another lesson with her as her feedback was constructive as well.
Lesson 9: 10:30pm-11pm with Vanessa
As I mentioned earlier, I spoke a lot in the previous lesson. This time, I wanted to practice listening instead. So, I asked my teacher a lot of questions and it was a good thing that I chose the right person for this because she enjoyed talking and explaining everything in great detail which was perfect for what I was trying to do. We both loved books so we had something to talk about and she gave me some really good advice and recommendations of books to buy and read based on my level.
Day 2 conclusion:
Today I had three and a half hours of classes. It was not too bad for me because it was all incredibly casual and I had a lot of fun. Another thing I am glad for is that I did the first one and a half hours earlier in the day and then the two hours later on so it did not feel too overwhelming.
I enjoyed speaking to most of my teachers today and I can actually feel my Spanish improving. The one thing I get told a lot is that I need to expand my vocabulary and I have not had a lesson focused on doing that so I will try that tomorrow.
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