Learning Spanish (Spanish)

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(Spanish) I was learning Spanish, more or less, but that was not enough because I learned only about the job. I had to learn the grammar and vocabulary, but I didn’t have money to go to school, or for a tutor. And an Argentine told me that I should go to night school, that it was free. [The night class] is not for foreigners [who want to learn the language] since every class was taught in Spanish and the official language was Spanish. Nearby was a school, and I went to take a class. I studied mathematics for six weeks. I received my diploma from an Argentine primary school, and afterward I enrolled in high school in the evening, which was difficult for me. But at least I persevered until I finished Argentine high school…and there I was able to learn many things. Afterward they suggested that I attend the university…I said no. I did not come to Argentina to study and that is not to earn a degree but to learn Spanish. Now I have to enjoy myself.

Date: February 23, 2007
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Interviewer: Takeshi Nishimura, Ricardo Hokama
Contributed by: Centro Nikkei Argentino

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