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Hey all. So a certain friend convinced me that the Met has tons of stuff to check out - and it has the distinct advantage of being more conveniently located.

So: the Met. Approximately 1:15 to... 4:30 or 5:00. Not sure yet.

If you see this before 7 am, you can leave me a note. Otherwise, call the cell if you want to join us.

Oh, and I still don't like the Spanish class.
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On Friday morning, just before I woke up, I had a dream about getting ready to travel somewhere for Shabbat, and about going to the library. In the library, I visited the children's section to take out beginning reader books in Spanish.

When I woke up, I realized that was actually a pretty good idea, so, later in the day, I visited the library and checked out ten picture books and Harry Potter #3 in Spanish. (Why #3? Because they didn't have #1, and #2 isn't worth struggling through in a foreign language.)

The picture books range from "Maisy" books, designed for very little kids, in which Maisy goes through daily routines, clarified by illustrations that match the text to harder books like two "Olivia" books- one, I own in English and know well, and the other is a new one for me - to even harder books that are bilingual - so I can check the translation when I don't understand.

So far, my favorite is "Go, Dog Go" - it is a well-designed beginning reader book because the illustrations really tell you what the text says - and thus it is also useful for a beginning speaker - because the illustations help me understand the words.

Anyway, kudos to my subconscious on this one. Trying to read Spanish children's books is fun.
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I just checked their website. The galleries are closed until July 25th.

I need to visit a museum that has at least one exhibit that is connected to Spanish/Hispanic/Latino/etc stuff.

I am going to do some research online, but I am open to suggestions.

Also, I'd rather not see art. At least, not in the sense of paintings and such. Sculptures and more modern stuff, I could be okay with.

Wherever I am going, people are welcome to come along. It will be on Tuesday afternoon. What time depends on how long it will take me to get there from downtown. (1:30 is a decent estimate, though.)
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So I started my summer Spanish class yesterday. My other class, on language assessment (related to ESL), began on Monday and I am really enjoying it.

My Spanish class? Not so much. How bad is it that I can sit there in class and explain how I know she is a bad teacher? I mean, she is friendly and well-meaning, and helpful in providing vocabulary and structure when students want to give individualized answers to questions in the text.

But then she deals with grammar.

Maybe it is the linguistics major inside me. Maybe I just can't stand it when a teacher gives an inaccurate description of why a certain grammar structure works the way it does. Like when she was explaining the Arabic influence on a certain Spanish construction:

"Me gusta el gato" is the equivalent of "I like the cat." It really translates to, "the cat pleases me." Word by word:
"me pleases the cat."

She was trying to explain why it is backwards, and she said it is because Arabic is written right to left.

I was so frustrated! It is a different grammar system - nothing to do with which direction they write!

Plus, other people are having such issues following the grammar stuff. I am not, because of many factors:
a) early experience with two very different grammar systems - English and Hebrew - leaves me more open to learning new grammars
b) I did learn some French - even if I have forgotten most of it
c) my linguistics background
d) I am just good at learning grammars
But other people don't have that, and they are struggling.

Anyway, it is frustrating.

That having been said, there is one convenient thing about the class:
We miss two instructional days to visit a museum and a restaurant on our own.
Next Tuesday, I will be going to a museum. (Lemme know if you want to come. I am thinking Museo del Barrio.)
The Tuesday after that, I will not be going to a restaurant.

Instead, I will be at home, relieved that I only have half a day of classes on a fast day. :)
So that is a very good thing.

As for the restaurant, well, I am going to try to find a kosher one that sells cuisine from a Spanish-speaking country (I am open to suggestions) and, barring that, I will just write up something about Jewish Sephardi foods instead. (which she said is okay. As I said, she is nice.)

As for the sunset part, well, twice a year, the sunset aligns with the east-west blocks in the city. Which, as we know, are not actually east and west. Anyway, it happens on May 28th and July 12th. (I am not crazy. I looked it up today on a website.) And today was sunny and gorgeous. And digital cameras are convenient because I could look at the viewscreen instead of the sun, and thus not hurt my eyes.

Anyway, I got some pictures.

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