My son has just started kindergarten at a full immersion Spanish school, which 
means that the teachers only speak Spanish. I have been trying to speak some 
Spanish as a result, and it is truly interesting. My languages in school were 
all read languages, Latin, Greek, Old English, so my only experience with 
non-fluent speaking has been brief touring in Italy with my school Latin and an 
Italian primer. As I get more brave about actually trying to communicate in 
Spanish, I feel like a totally different person than in English. I don't feel 
like I have thoughts I have trouble expressing well, I feel stupid. As long as 
the other person speaks slowly ad doesn't stray too far from the tiny channel I 
can handle, I am like a happy child, but then boom they roar off and I feel my 
brain left far behind 



Thanks,
Chris Austin-Lane
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On Oct 23, 2010, at 9:03, "ED" <seacrofter...@yahoo.com> wrote:

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> > So, my advice is to give Mayka a very large amount of latitude on her 
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> Yes, I should avoid responding to all statements, whose intended meaning I am 
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> > Otherwise she's liable to put a big case of whoop-ass on you!
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> Definition of 'whoop ass' (new term to me):
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> A can of whoop ass, sometimes written as whoopass, is a slang figure of 
> speech referring to a "whooping" (whipping or beating) of someone's buttocks. 
> It is used to indicate that aggressive and dominating actions are pending, as 
> in a competition or sporting event. ...
> There is no avoiding the inexorable Law of Karma: naughty boys do what they 
> do and they get what they get!  ;-)  
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