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Decades ago, in another century and in another country, I had to take mango languagesSpanish language classes in school.  Ostensibly this was to enable us, members of younger generations, to appreciate the country’s history and literature.  Critics, however, saw this as a continuing reminder that Spain had ruled the Philippines for 400 years and kept the natives in the dark, maintaining educational institutions solely to benefit the peninsulares and the insulares–Spaniards from the mainland who lived in the new colonies and the full-blooded Spaniards born on the islands.  With typical youthful shortsightedness, I saw my Spanish classes only as requirements to meet in order to graduate high school, then college.   Since then, here as an adult in our diverse community, I have been taking lessons off and on, trying to learn the language.

I do remember some things of my college Spanish classes.  One professor, pronunciatorin particular, required the class to memorize sayings, and for our final exam we had to write down as many of those observations on life that we could remember.  Two adages have stayed with me all these years:

El que se pica, ajos come.   I admit I have used or been reminded of this saying at times, especially on occasions that prompted thoughts of “if the shoe fits…”  as well as “serves you right.”  After all, he who feels the sting most likely bit into the garlic, right?

Hay que darle tiempo al tiempo.  This one appears to be meant for anyone expecting something.  Researchers perhaps?  In this age of instant gratification, one is told to be patient, to wait and to allow things to happen in due time.  Be that as it may, I say now is the time to wish one and all:  Feliz Navidad, prospero año y felicidad!

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There are so very many languages in this world. Over six thousand reportedly. But word is that many of them are threatened with extinction. Yikes! Some languages are only spoken in an academic context, and some just aren’t being taught to the next generation. Just think of all of that history and culture dissapearing. I know that these days money can me a bit scarce, so I began wondering how it would be possible for us to expand our horizons through language study and not break the bank. The following list is the result of that pondering. Some of the links listed take you to entire language courses, while others only list useful phrases, but all of them should be free to use. So, choose a language and give it a try.

If you know of any other good, free internet resources for a particular language, especially one not listed here, please comment and tell me about it. I will continue to add to the list.
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