This blog will be devoted entirely to improving my Spanish. For this first entry I'll give some background about my experience with the language. Background. My first memories of Spanish are of my parents sending to me a short (several weeks) crash course in the language when I was pretty young, maybe seven or eight years old. I don't remember whether I liked it or not, but I do know that I never used it again until high school when I was required to take three years of a foreign language, so I probably forgot most of that early exposure, though I did retain at least the ability to trill the RR. I grew up in Texas, so Spanish was on TV, on the radio, at soccer games, and plenty of other places, yet I was never all that interested in it and I had no friends who spoke it. Even three years of high school Spanish and my parents becoming good friends with first-generation Mexican-Americans made no dent in my lack of interest. I think mostly I just wasn't attracted to the idea of learning another language yet. Once I got my French to a pretty decent level, I saw how much pleasure learning another language could bring, so naturally I decided to revisit my Spanish. I bought a beginner's book several months ago and worked through that while also seeking out conversation partners, which brought me to where I am now: I have probably an upper-beginner level, can read a lot of news stories, but still have trouble catching more than broad strokes in normal-speed speech and sometimes get completely lost. I can express myself but without much fluidity or confidence. Concrete plans 1. I recently got Assimil's Perfectionnement Espagnol, which will take two months at one lesson per day. 2. I have booked a lesson for Monday with an iTalki tutor. 3. I will listen to RTVE every day. 4. I will continue seeking out conversation partners and talking with the ones I have. 5. I will read El País and El Mundo every day. I just finished exams for the spring and have plenty of time for language studies, so I expect that by the time I have finished the Assimil book I'll see some notable improvements.