Lyndon Thomas Insurance September 2017

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Lyndon Thomas Insurance

Sep 2017

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LEARNING SPANISH AT LAKE TAHOE

O ver the past few weeks, Kathy and I have taken a lap of a vacation. We’ve circled up through Oakland, through Lake Tahoe and Utah, and then back down to our home here in Ojai. In the Bay Area and Utah we were able to do some catching up with family, which was great. The main focus of the trip, though was the time we spent at the Intensive Summer Spanish Institute at Lake Tahoe Community College. It’s been hard work — I’ve been reminded that learning a new language isn’t something you pick up simply by rolling out of bed — but hopefully it’s been an attempt at growth. and letting go of things that hold us back. Living in Southern California, I’ve always viewed my inability to speak Spanish as a major limitation. At the church where I am a pastor, I have a few bilingual congregants, and I’ve always thought it would be nice to speak with them in their native language. Moreover, I simply love engaging with the people of our community, and I want to have the tools to engage with as many people as possible, whether as a pastor, volunteer, or simply as a neighbor. Spanish is a very useful tool in this respect. A mentor of mine defined growth as consisting of three components: losing limitations, leaving old ways behind,

Program. She said one of the benefits was that it offered intensive immersion, rather than a strictly textbook approach. I’m the type of person who likes to dive right in when I’m learning a new skill, and this seemed like the best way to do it. Oh, and the beautiful setting of Lake Tahoe didn’t hurt. It’s been on our to-do list for quite some time, so I’m thrilled we finally had the chance to attend. The Low Beginner class was exactly the right place for Kathy and me. The last time I learned a language was English, and that was quite a few years ago. The instructors at ISSI were fantastic, as was the time making new friends. It definitely was nice to have some people struggling along side us! Another thing I really appreciated was the number of online resources the instructors pointed us to. Their goal was to make sure our learning continued even after we’ve left their classrooms. If you ask me, that’s the sign of an exceptional teacher. Now that we’re back home, I’ll be seeking out opportunities to put my hard work in the classroom in practice in the real world. We’ve hardly even begun our Spanish journey, but the old saying, “If you don’t use it, you lose it” rings true. Another piece of wisdom that this experience has reminded me of is that it’s never too late to learn new things.

I learned of this program several years ago from a former staff member at the HELP of Ojai’s Community Assistance

– Lyn Thomas

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