I didn't grow up with the influences of other languages, although we've always loved to travel as a family and I've always desired to be able to speak multiple languages. I've been to Spain several times for vacation and I studied abroad in Valencia, Spain last summer, and it will always have a special place in my heart.
Dr. A's closing remarks sparked this in me once again; she reminded me how important it is to pursue knowledge. It's amazing to be able to speak to someone else in a language that isn't native to you. It requires critical thinking unlike any other task. I'm constantly amazed by people who can quickly switch back and forth between the two. I want to be one of those people––and I think that I could be, if I just set my mind to it.
Perhaps, I just need to watch more telenovelas––sin subtítulos. I really do believe telenovelas are a practical way to practice listening skills that can translate to speaking skills with more practice. And I think they offer such a unique view into culture and society that no other medium can emulate.
Overall, I have felt empowered and inspired by this class to not only consume media, but to dissect it, analyze it and learn from it.