For a mother of three kids and being married to a man who jumps countries around Latin America due to his work, it's important to be able to relate to the people around you. Most especially if you're just temporarily living in the area. Good thing I learned my lesson early, before it was too late.
My husband works for a big computer company which was based here in the US a few years ago. He was promoted and his job was basically to go around different countries in Latin America to oversee the assets of the company. He normally stays there for a few months at a time.
But this year, he was told that he would be required to stay much longer than before. In fact, he was given the option to take us along. My husband readily accepted the offer. He knows very well that no other family can adapt to the Hispanic South of the American Continent than ours. It's because our family speaks fluent Spanish.
Don't get me wrong. We're not Hispanic Americans living in the US. In fact, we come from the Far North which is not, in anyway, a Latin country. The truth is we couldn't be any whiter.
It was just a stroke of luck that after my teenage son's experience in preparing for a summer vacation in Salamanca, Spain two years ago, did the opportunity strike me.
My son, together with a few of his peers in school, was chosen to go to Spain for the summer. My son was very enthusiastic. It was his first time to go abroad. The only thing he had to do was to attend special Spanish classes in the school to prepare them for the trip. The problem was that the classes were held after school hours.
My son had a dilemma. His band was supposed to audition for a slot in the inter-state band competition which was exactly two weeks away. Attending the special Spanish class would disrupt their preparation.
To make a long story short, he skipped the class and just asked the school supervisor if he could take a lesson outside the school. He was permitted as long as I could assure that he would be able to pass the oral and written exam that was required for him to be able to join the trip.
It was a hefty task. To me, attending the special class would be the easier way out of this. But my son was unyielding. He said he couldn't sacrifice what his band had worked so hard for. Then I asked him if he was willing to just give up the chance to go Spain. He was equally unyielding. Frustrated about my son's stubbornness, I asked him how he planned to go about this Spanish Lesson business. His answer caught me off guard.
He said, "It's simple, Mom, I'll learn from the Internet."
I wasn't sure if I heard him right. How was he going to get his Spanish education through the Internet? He told me that he had already searched viable sites for learning Spanish and they weren't at all a strain on the budget. I listened intently to what he was saying.
He said that by simply acquiring Visual Link Spanish coupon codes, he would be getting big discounts on the lessons that he was going to get. According to him, we will surely be saving a lot just by availing of the Visual Link Spanish coupons. And not only that, he said that he would also be getting freebies from the site if we use the Visual Link Spanish promo codes.
I didn't know what to say. He had everything planned out so I obliged. Although their band didn't pass the audition, my son passed his exam and was soon off to Spain. Not long after that, I myself took the lessons. Then my husband caught on and after a while we also signed up our two other kids. It was a fast and efficient way to learn Spanish.
Now we have a second language at home and I'm very sure that when we move to wherever my husband's company deploys him in Latin America, we won't have a hard time blending in.
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