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Speaking In Tagalog

Speaking In Tagalog

My wonderful husband purchased Rosette Stone for me last Christmas. My desire is to learn how to speak Tagalog so I can converse with the family without them having to switch to English. I also want our future children to know the heritage of their father and his family, not to mention that being bilingual has great benefits in life as well. Since he purchased Rosette Stone for me, I have worked full time, taken two night classes at college and planned our wedding. Needless to say, Rosette Stone has been somewhat neglected. As we move closer to doing our Medical Mission in Botolan, Zambales in March of 2012, I can feel the pressure mounting to at very least hold basic conversations upon our arrival.

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And so my journey with Rosetta Stone begins again. I have a nagging feeling that I may need to start over at the very beginning, just to make sure I have a firm foundation with which to build upon. A few semesters ago, I took a Tagalog course at our local community college. The teaching wasn’t the best, but I tried to make the most out of the time I did have in the class. I have a very basic understanding of how the language is structured, which is generally half of the battle when learning to speak a new language.

The biggest mountain I will have to climb in speaking Tagalog is not in the time spent learning, it will be the time spent practicing with my husband and his family. Getting over the fear of saying the wrong thing or mispronouncing a word is somewhat difficult for me, but I have to take the attitude that it is now or never. I have to choose to not be comfortable in order to get comfortable with speaking a new language.

I have learned that most things do not change without stepping into the uncomfortable and unfamiliar. But it is while we are in the uncomfortable and unfamiliar that the greatest things can happen. I look forward to this change and to the challenge of learning a new language. And I know that the benefits of learning it will change our family and our future. For me, Tagalog is a language of love.

Lauren Ebalo

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