I had my second Dutch lesson yesterday, and boy was my brain working hard. Ilse gave me her daughter’s Dutch Dora the Explorer computer to use for practice! We had fun laughing at the dancing Dora who was speaking Dutch to us. I listened with curiousity as the kids copied after Dora, sounding out the alphabet letters. They made learning a new language look so easy.
I, on the other hand, was supposed to share with my volleyball friends what I had learned during my lesson, since they so graciously waited for me to play. But by the time I got to the field, I was already struggling to remember the conjugations and the right verbs to use, that I had just used an hour before. It made me appreciate how hard our kids work to master new “languages” every day at school such as math and science.
I came home that night and thanked my oldest son for not giving up on math and for spending hours and hours trying to learn the new concepts. Math doesn’t come easily to him, yet he continuously tries and practices and has a great attitude about it. I want to be just like him when I grow up! I thanked him for doing his best even though it isn’t easy for him, and told him that I appreciated his attitude to keep on trying and to keep on practicing, despite the challenge. He smiled and gave me a hug.
Now, I’m hoping to do the same, even though it’s hard and I’m not good at it yet. And I hope to speak Dutch one day very soon, just like Dora!. 😉