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Language School Begins

Where is my word?

Two weeks ago we left home in Orlando and moved to Costa Rica for language school with a suitcase each! It seems like we just arrived yesterday, and yet it also feels like more than two weeks has gone by. The day after we arrived in Costa Rica we started classes at SEPA language school in San Isidro. For class we have morning basic Spanish and then in the afternoon we study medical Spanish. Starting Monday we will begin volunteering at a nursing home in the mornings and continue classes in the afternoon. We are going to help the nursing home staff care for 80 residents.

With our host mom, Marta.
Our free time usually consist of studying, homework, exercise, and chatting with our host mother. We are thankful that our host mother provides breakfast, dinner, and laundry for us so that we can focus on more Spanish learning. Our heads are filled with Spanish vocabulary and are spinning with different conjugations. Alisa has even been dreaming of Spanish words and studying Spanish while Andrew just dreams in class!! While only two +weeks have gone by we get frustrated with how little we know and how much we have to learn. It is humbling to have to rely on others to navigate daily life and to not know what is going on around you due to language barriers.


Alisa practicing conjugation

One devotional Alisa read about learning another language referenced Exodus 4: 10-12:

Exodus 4: 10-12: “Moses said to the Lord, ‘Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.’ The Lord said to him, ‘Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute?…Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”

We are thankful that God is with us in this process and is giving us exactly as many words as we need when we need it. We know that God is aware of our language struggles and is walking with us along the way.

In the meantime, we still laugh at our mistakes and try to learn from them. One morning Alisa meant to ask our instructor if she was feeling better (mejor – pronounced “may hor”) from her cold and instead asked her if she was a woman (mujer – pronounced “moo hair”)!
And for some reason we always mix up the words paraguas (umbrella) with palabras (words). As it is the rainy season, we are frequently asking, “Where is my word?”  Surely there are many other blunders that we are not even aware of.

Andrew at la feria

Thank you for joining with us in this journey! Please pray for strong and efficient language learning, continued safety and health, and that we would be a blessing at the nursing home that we volunteer at.


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