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35. Always look for interesting opportunities to practice Spanish.

Yesterday the butcher, wrapping my pork shoulder, remarked that his wife’s best recipe was for pork shoulder. “How does she cook it?” I asked, and that’s how I learned his wife is from Guatemala. Now, if I want to, I can go back and ask if she’d be willing to give me a cooking lesson in Spanish. It would probably be for just one time, probably in her own kitchen. She’d earn some money and I’d learn her recipes and practice my Spanish. Look for your own ways to get out into the community and have fun with your bad Spanish.

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53. Take heart from other mediocre linguists.

It's fun to read about other people's struggles with a second language. Fun, and somehow comforting. I just read Monsieur Mediocre, by John von Sothen, an American married to a French woman, living in

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