Yesterday, I volunteered at an English as a Second Language (ESL) class with some other members of the Spanish Club. Every Tuesday for two hours there are Hispanics from Bowling Green that come to the ALIVE Center because they want to learn English. The majority of them know little to no English.
I worked with a woman named Maria. This was her second time coming to class, and she knows very little English. She says that she has lived in the United States for 10 years now. I couldn't believe at how little English she knows, but I'm glad that she is coming to these classes so she can learn and improve. Last night, we went over common English phrases, such as "Thank you, Where is the bathroom?, I speak a little bit of English, I'm sorry" She had trouble with a lot of them, but I know she is already learning a lot. Maria had a lot of trouble with "help" because in Spanish you don't pronounce the "h." After the phrases we practiced the alphabet and numbers.
I really enjoyed it! It was a great experience and I can't wait to go back next week. It was a great way to practice my Spanish and to teach others how to learn English. It is very rewarding to see all the students try really hard and also knowing that one day they will be able to communicate in English.
Friday, September 23, 2011
My roommate told me about this thing on the internet, called Pinterest! I love it! It's basically a place to organize all the things you love and find on the internet. You can organize them and view what other people have "pinned." Check out my website so you can see what I have pinned. Let me know if you want to join so I can send you a request :)
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
I finished reading a novel for pleasure, not for school! Can you believe it? I didn't think I would actually have time to read a book other than a textbook, but I have managed to find time and I'm still doing okay in my classes. ha! I read The Choice by Nicholas Sparks. I really enjoy his books because they are easy to read and usually have a good story line. One thing about them is they are almost always predictable. Either someone dies, never sees the person they love ever again, or something miraculously happens that is one in a million chance. So which one of these happened in this book? I'm not going to tell you because you will have to read it to find out! Here is the link to read the summary and see the ratings of the book from Amazon.com. Personally I would rate it a 7.5/10. I enjoyed it!
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Did you know it was the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross? Well it is! We honor the Holy Cross on which Christ redeemed the world. Pretty cool, huh? Today I went to mass a learned a little more about the Cross, but realized I had heard it all before because last year I went to mass on the same day. I was looking through my journal that I write down what I learned that day during the homily and sure enough, it was in my journal from last year. It is a very interesting story...I'll fill you in on the short version.
In the 4th century, St. Helen, Constantine's mother was looking around Jerusalem is found three crosses; one being Jesus', but she wasn't sure which one was really his. There was a funeral going on, so she took the dead person's hand and placed them on all three crosses. The one cross that made the man come alive was Christ's cross. The cross is now in Rome.
The Gospel today was from John 3:13-17 which is one of the well-known verses in the Bible: “No one has ascended into heaven but he who descended from heaven, the Son of man. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life."
The message is simple, but very powerful at the same time. I think I’m going to dwell on it some more tonight before I go to bed.
Here is the link for more information about the feast day. Enjoy!
Sunday, September 11, 2011
I miss these smells and it's about time I start to see them around again! I love pumpkin smells. I may have to make a visit to Bath and Body Works to buy some Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin. Too bad candles aren't allowed in dorms for the Pumpkin Carmel Latte...
|Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin|
|Pumpkin Carmel Latte|
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Yo soy la tesorera para el club de español una otra vez ! I am the Spanish Club treasurer again this year! We had our first meeting of the semester tonight and I was re-elected. I am very excited and ready for another year with the Spanish Club. I really hope to improve my Spanish this school year, and I know Spanish Club will help with that. It is always great to spend time with other students that have a passion for the Spanish language. There are some pretty cool people in the club!
Monday, September 5, 2011
This evening we had another one of our Hilltoppers for Life meeting. We discussed what will be doing this semester and I am very excited. We want to spread the pro-life message on campus by having a speaker, take a trip down to an abortion clinic to pray, and learn more about the pregnancy center in Bowling Green (just some of the few things we want to accomplish). I think it is going to be a great year! If you are interested in joining the club or interested in supporting us please let me know :)
I thought I would share a pro-life quote that I saw as a bumper sticker on someone's car.
"Without Life There is No Choice"
Below is a blog that I found that is all pro-life, check it out: Pro-life Quotes