By Laurie Heggedal
Tuesday, October 20 = “Hola!”
(But several times I said “Aloha” on accident instead).
Wednesday, October 21 = “Sí.”
(… To just about everything that my Spanish host mother said).
Thursday, October 22 = “No hablo español.”
(Even though most Costa Rican locals could tell that I couldn’t speak Spanish without me needing to say anything).
Friday, October 23 = “Me gusta…”
(Because there are many things that I love here, especially my Spanish host mother’s cooking).
Saturday, October 24 = “Qué?”
(Now that I am understanding more Spanish, I ask more questions if I don’t understand what someone is saying, instead of responding with a confused “Sí!”).
Sunday, October 25 = “Mi amor.”
(The Spanish term of endearment that my host mother is now calling me because we have a great relationship, despite the language barrier between us).