Monday, April 20, 2009

To speak, or not to speak.... Spanish that is...

I can't tell you how many times I have been asked the question "Do you speak Spanish", and every time I say the exact same thing " yes, and no" LOL.

What I mean by that is yes, to some people I would say I speak Spanish, but to others I would have to say no. My hubby and mi maestra tell me I don't give myself enough credit, but really? When I can understand and translate ALL the words in a song - that is when you will hear me admit "Yes, I speak Spanish". Said with conviction. The only problem, is I sometimes can barely understand the words in English!!! LOL!!!

Anyways, this topic came about as we had the pleasure of my Maestra visiting from Los Mochis, Sinaloa - she moved there about 6 months ago and is teaching. She actually hasn't' been my maestra for almost 2 years now, and I am just so embarrassed at the level of my Spanish after losing her :(

Sooooo I spoke with hubby and maestra over the weekend and have decided I am finally going to be taking some classes!!!

So far I have found 2 schools of interest here that offer "group" lessons. Amerispan, and Berlitz.

Apparently they offer group classes of no more than 6 students. However, I have a hard time believing they actually fill these "group" classes every week? At this point I am assuming I will need/want about 6 weeks of classes, 5 days per week. I certainly hope I won't need more than that.

As I continue looking into these classes - I will let you know how my search goes. I am hoping to register before summer! Here's hoping!!!!

If any of you have had the chance to attend one of these, or can recommend another school I haven't looked at - I'd LOVE to hear about it!!!

Wish me luck amigos as this is one of my '09 resolutions!!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

To buy or not to buy?

It is time for me/us to face the inevitable and decide what we are going to do about buying our next vehicle? Or spending the money..... Last time we bought a vehicle (a few months ago) we got screwed by the dealer in MC and ended up having to pay the tenencias (taxes) for 2 years. I was not happy, and I know you can say you live and learn, but he showed us the paper work that he suggested had been paid. Crooks will be crooks I guess. There's no way to avoid them all...

My problem is there are just so many choices, and we've been looking on-line at the two websites that we are aware of, and here in Q. Roo and the Yucatan there isn't much we want in our price range..... Are we being too picky? Are we looking for too much?

FYI - the 2 websites we use are :

If any one knows of some better/comparable ones - please let me know!!!

Anyways, it's still remarkable at the price differences between vehicles here, and back in Canada. I know in Canada vehicles are more expensive than in the USA. However, here in Mexico it really just depends on the vehicle. Should I buy a SUV as hubby and I think about starting a family? Or should I wait until that happens, and just buy a sedan?? Hmmmm... soo many decisions ..... Maybe I should just stick with the good ol' faithful of Mexico - Volkswagen!!! LOL!!

I'll keep you posted as I struggle with this decision, and dread spending the money! Okay, I'm being a little dramatic, but I don't know what to do!