Friday May 29, 2020

Spanish lessons: lost in translation

Since quitting the dental hospital I had not entered another school.

12th May, 2007

Since quitting the dental hospital I had not entered another school.

Compared to its pharmaceutically controlled environment and ruthless pedalling of questionable ethics, Escuela Montalban was the honest classroom of my youth.

We, six foreigners, sat at a table mesmerised by Noelia’s lilting tones. The blending flow of words and the trill of her tongue contrasted sharply with anything we could ever express in English or German. Blunt languages exposed, we embraced Spanish like fledglings...

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