March 5, 2012

Spanish Lessons

I've watched too many Sherlock Holmes episodes in the past few days and I'm on Jeremy Brett overload.

This week's challenge seems to be Spanish Subjunctives, namely trying to understand why in hell the Spanish need to use them in the first place. For those of you whose grammar skills are a bit rusty, a subjunctive is used mainly when expressing doubt or unsureness and is hardly used at all in English. In Spanish they are used when recommending something, ie: Recomiendo que vayas al teatro (I recommend that you go to the theater) vayas being the subjunctive purely because there are multiple verbs. Yeah, it really doesn't make sense to me either but I learn what I'm told and hope that it might come in handy someday. I'm not saying that English is a great language, it's certainly among the hardest to learn, but I cannot believe that it is any more arbitrary than the language of Ferdinand and Isabella. If you want to learn a bit more try, they have some very helpful lessons that rival those of my Spanish professor.

Other than that battle it's been just another Monday spent lamenting the passing of another weekend and the pitiful amount of work that got done in it. For your entertainment I thought I'd pass along a site that a friend shared with me. It's called Free Cabin and is PG 13 at best, I promise. Check it out for some great ideas about living the simple (but not necessarily mobile) life.


  1. Very cool you are taking Spanish....I wish I was more fluent in it. Keep up the good work....

  2. I chuckled when you talked about the Spanish verbs. I'm in the same boat myself. It seems like Spanish needs about 30 different verb forms - one for each possible context. For me, that's the most difficult part to learn.

    I have quite a few Mexican friends and when we talk in Spanish, I don't use all the different verb forms... just the "ar/er/ir" form, present tense, past tense, and the occasional imperative. Nearly all of the friends appreciate that a "guero" is attempting to use their language and they will cut a person a lot of slack. Many seem to prefer me butchering Spanish than them having to butcher English themselves!

  3. Brett was a very masterly Holmes. The Granada series with Jeremy Brett is one of the best adaptations of Sherlock Holmes ever.

    Have you read the book "Bending the Willow: Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes" by David Stuart Davies. This book is a must read for fans of the Granada adaptation and/or Jeremy Brett.


    1. Thanks for the tip! I've loved Jeremy Brett since "My Fair Lady" and I've probubly seen all his Holmes installments at least four times. I'll keep an eye out for the book!

  4. My goodness.. Spanish is my first language and I don't at all understand that whole subjunctive thing you wrote about lol. I just speak it like I know how.. I never actually thought about it. I learned English in the 1st & 2nd grades.. so I don't even remember how I learned THIS language either. To think that I've always wanted to learn a 3rd language.. forget about it.
    Btw, in case you're wondering why I'm commenting in an old blog post.. life got in the way and I had completely forgotten about your blog for almost 2 years lol. I just remembered about it yesterday and have spent the better part of last night and this afternoon catching up on it.


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