|Suzy in our apartment
The day starts at about 6:30am. Suzy gets up to feed Kaia and I begin to prepare for the day. We have breakfast, do morning devotions, shower, and get ready for the day. I walk to the Instituto de Langua Espanola for my first class, starting at 7:30. That first class is grammar.
Grammar is taught by Ana, a very upbeat Costa Rican woman who used to be a flight attendant and studied English in Michigan for a year before becoming a teacher. Grammar lasts for 2 hours. This is the only class where we can occasionally ask a question or converse in English-- all others are taught exclusively in spanish. Although, I'd say 75 - 85% of the grammar class is spoken entirely in Spanish. The title should be self-explanatory, but if not, we're currently focusing on conjugating verbs and learning how to properly build sentences.
After Grammar is a break. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Friday I will often head home for a half hour and touch base with Suzy. Then it's back to class. On Tuesdays and Thursdays they have chapel on campus including a time of worship through song and sharing. There are two chaplains that share speaking as well as students who may share a testimony or brief message. It's a nice time to connect with the other students and to get re-focused and centered.
|A picture taken on campus
Which brings me to my next class: phonetics. Gaby teaches phonetics and this class is the one that comes easiest for me. We had a two week intensive phonetics course through our training with International Teams and it really set me up for success when it comes to accent. We speak a lot of spanish in phonetics and most of the time is spent repeating things over and over to get the sounds correct. It won't help us to know spanish much if we say everything with an American accent!
|A view from the school
When Suzy gets back from tutoring we spend some time reading the Bible together and spend some awake time together with Kaia. Then it's time to prepare dinner, straighten up the apartment, and wind down for tomorrow. I'll let Suzy tell you more about what it's like eating/cooking here in a future blog post...
So, things are going well, but we're not sitting around twiddling our thumbs! There's a lot to learn and soak in. We attended a local Costa Rican church today, which was a great experience, and grabbed lunch with a couple of other missionary families to celebrate Mother's Day! We're incredibly blessed to be around so many other strong believer's on a daily basis who also have a heart for the world and will be serving the Lord in many different countries!
Until next week,