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  • Judy Schulten

23. Find a special-interest friend.

Find a topic you care about, learn the specialty vocabulary in Spanish, and keep your eyes open for a fellow enthusiast. Our grandson Nick loves to talk about baseball with Mario, whom he often encounters in the lobby of their apartment building. Mario throws a lot of Spanish into their baseball conversations. If Nick took my advice, he could learn some Spanish baseball vocabulary and enjoy his conversations with Mario even more.

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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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