My Brain is Pissing me Off

Michelle and I have been doing a halfarse job of learning Spanish for the better part of 8 months or so now. We’ve been using Rosetta stone on the treadmill, Pimsleur in the car, getting tips and such from Marty, and what ever else sounds good as a learning tool. I think we’ve both picked up maybe a 100 words and we are starting to understand the basics. For me this is not fast enough and it is starting to annoy me. In June we kicked up the game another notch. We dedicated some time and enrolled in night classes at the local community college. We’re taking Spanish 1 and 2 this summer. Slowly but surely we are on our way.

What I’ve come to realize about my brain that is driving me nuts, is I don’t seem to have a gift for languages like I do other mental stuff. Ask me about that BES thing I read in an email 2 months ago and I can reread the document to you from memory. Ask me how to say the Spanish word you taught me 5 seconds ago and it is gone from my mine. I hope the language part of my brain is just under worked and I can get it in better shape the more I use it. I don’t want to deal with a part of my brain running like this.

It’s a very odd thing for me to have to actually have to work at something to learn. Normally I am a human sponge with a photographic memory and I learn things at lighting fast speeds, and I don’t forget much. Give me an IP address and I can recall it when ever I need it after seeing and or typing it once.  Yesterday I learned how to the type the accents on an English 101 keyboard. I can recall this and write the directions without error. I can remember the rules about where to add the accent, but I cannot remember what the letters with the accent are called. Mutter.

There might be a better way to do this but the following is how I’ve learned to add accentos when using Microsoft Word. It’s something I remember from the top of my head after reading it once and writing it once.

  • The upside down Question mark ”¿” | is CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+? . Outside of word you can use ALT + the ACSI TEXT number. ALT + 168 is the upside-down Question mark ( Yes I can recall this off the top of my head after only reading about it once, I can even lookup parts of the table in my brain from when I learned it a decade ago)
  • Vowels like áéó | to type vowel letters with accento you hold down CTRL, Press the apostrophe, let go of both keys then type the letter. 
  • ñ |  For the ñ you hold down CTRL+SHIFT, hit the ~ button, let go, then type the N. Or you can use ASCI ALT + 164

Seriously I can remember the ASCI codes for things but I cannot remember the word for Mirror and I’ve been reading the label on my mirror for a week now every time I am in the bathroom. Actually I can look at the mirror in a picture in my head and read the word from memeory it enough to type it or use it once, but I cannot recall the word as I can other words in my lexicon.  Once I stop looking at the picture in my head I forget the word.

Brains are such odd things. I think for my next Spanish learning tool I am going to use some Mnemosyne stuff.

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