The Joy and Struggle of Learning Spanish as a Tejano Adult

The Joy and Struggle of Learning Spanish as a Tejano Adult

Texas First Learning SpanishIn the Texas Firsts series, old and new residents alike experience linchpins of Lone Star State life and culture. Carla cleared her throat and read the instructions from the textbook: “Curl your tongue against the roof of your mouth, roll it quickly in a pitter-patter motion, and breathe the word out slowly.” It was a sunny February morning in Houston’s Montrose neighborhood, and I was sitting on the patio of Campesino Coffee House with two acquaintances. We were focusing on pronunciation in this week’s informal Spanish lesson, and the word before us was avergonzada. Carla, our leader, had chosen it because we’d been struggling to roll our r’s during the previous week’s meeting. That was a common pitfall for non-native Spanish speakers, which, despite what our Latin names…

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