It was a bucket list item for me. Something that I had always dreamed of.
I knew that it wasn’t going to be easy but I didn’t realise that if it wasn’t for my Spanish it never would have happened.
In today’s episode of the Real Fast Spanish tips podcast I discuss one of my stories from Madrid in the most recent trip.
I explain how initially it was a massive Spanish fail and how I felt really stupid. But in the end I was able to negotiate my way to not one game of European Football but two.
Today’s mindset tip is for the purpose of helping you think about your “why”, the second ‘D’ of language learning, and upping your level of desire to continue. For me, it is the most important skill asides from vocabulary and grammar. You need to nurture your ability to keep going even when you don’t quite feel like it.
If you are early in your language learning journey the best is still to come. If you have been doing it for awhile then you too need to think about the fun that is coming in the future even though it can feel a little ‘old hat’.
With my Spanish skills I was able to tick a big item off my bucket list. I was able to go see a big soccer game in Europe. Not only that but I got to see Atlético Madrid win a title in the ‘Supercopa‘, one that they hadn’t achieved since 1985. Then follow that up with celebrations until three o’clock in the morning with my friends from Madrid that are all huge Atlético fans.
I also learnt an important lesson about listening carefully to the actual options when calling a call center and how it can be very confusing if you dial the wrong number.
Check out today’s podcast episode and let me know if this story resonates with you.
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The quote from this episode:
“One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.” ‒ Frank Smith
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