“He who does not know foreign languages does not know anything about his own.” ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Granada is one beautiful city!
Perhaps one of the most beautiful cities I have seen in Spain so far! I hope my pictures will be able to show a little bit of the beauty, but this is one city you all should put on your list of places to go when you travel!
Granada is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, at the intersection of three rivers, the Beiro, the Darro and the Genil. It is the capital of the province of Granada, which is in the community of Andalucia. Andalucia is in the south of Spain, and very close to Africa. Because of this, the city of Granada has lots of cultural influences, including Moorish and Islamic. These influence led to one of the most visited site in all of Spain… La Alhambra!
La Alhambra is a fantastic Moorish palace in Granada. It was built in during the mid 14th century. In has also been a fortress for Muslim royalty, and in 1492, it became a palace for Catholic kings and queens of Spain. Here are some of my pictures…
The greatest lesson La Alhambra gives to the world is an excellent example of how different cultures and religions can live and work together.
Now for your questions:
Bonjour… Bom Dia… 良い朝… guten morgen… Good morning!
French, Portuguese, Japanese, German… these are just of the few of the languages that I have heard other students speak at my school. People from all over the world are making an effort to learn Spanish… just like you and me!
Before I came to Spain, I had taken Spanish classes at St. Patricks, just as you all are doing now. I also took Spanish classes in high school, and for one year in college. Although this gave me a great base for learning Spanish, I still had a lot of trouble speaking, and my vocabulary was not very large.
So in answer to your question, I had taken Spanish classes for a while but I definitely was not fluent! In college, a lot of my friends are from Latin America and other countries around the world. They all told me the best way to learn a language is to go to the country where they speak that language. So I packed my bags for Spain!
Honestly, there have been times when I became tired of trying to learn Spanish. But then I remember my friends from other countries at Georgetown College and how well they speak English, as their second, third, or even fourth language! They helped motivate me to keep studying. My Spanish is still not perfect, but I am able to talk with people and make friends here in Spain!
My international friends from Georgetown and I became friends when we all joined ‘United Nations Georgetown’, which is a group of people from all over the world and America who like to learn about other cultures, and have friends all over the world. Does your school have a ‘United Nations’? If not, would you like to start one? What kind of activities could you do? What cultures are represented in your school? What cultures would you like to learn about?
And in answer to your other question… I would LOVE to come and visit you all! I come home December 21, so I will talk to your teacher to see when would be a good time to visit. Thank you so much for inviting me!
Nos vemos pronto!