Hola amigas. Otra semana, otra vídeo — “Estés Donde Estés” (wherever you are).
This is a song I first encountered about a year back, when I first discovered Ha-Ash. It is the 2nd track on their latest album, Primera Fila — Hecho Realidad. But it debuted 11 years before as the sisters’ second single in 2003, and as the 4th track from their 1st album, Ha-Ash, released the same year.
I am a sucker for melancholy mixed with a driving rhythm, and this number has that in spades, right from the start:
Recuerdo tus besos…
Y en la distancia puedo oír tu voz…
Diciendo que esto no eran una adiós
Pop that into Google Translate and try not to cry, I dare you! And these chicas’ voices… well those of you who’ve been with me for any time at all know what a sucker I am for their sound, esp. when Ashley starts pounding it home with those magnificent pipes of hers!
All right, bueno, let’s move on from the week’s music and address what’s going on with training. I am currently on Day 35 of a non-stop streak of 15 minutes of practice a day using Duolingo. I’m hitting some road bumps now. I’m not interested in stopping my streak, because I believe that the drill method does help me in some ways. That said, I need some “why”. Or even some “how”.
A while back, I started a blog post on verb conjugation. It’s still in draft form, because I… well, there are many reasons, really. But while I am impressed with the complicated labyrinth of conjugation Español utilizes — tenses, mood, number, familiar-vs-formal, etc. — I am also quite overwhelmed with it. It’s time I started hitting the books again, in addition to the drill. And, thanks to my wife’s generous Christmas present — a gold iPhone with plenty of storage space — I am able to carry said books (as well as plenty of MP3s downloaded from Rocket Language’s site) with me at all times now.
Will I take advantage of that? Remains to be seen. There are, as there have been for some time, plenty of other subjects vying for my study time. E.g., I need to be learning more advanced Linux administration skills for the job I now have, as well as the one I so desperately want. I am also attempting to improve my health somewhat, as well as trimming my waistline for aesthetic purposes, if I’m honest, by including a little more exercise in each day, even if it’s only a brisk walk at lunch.
But know this: I’m encouraged by Duolingo’s assertion that I am 49% fluent. I don’t know that I agree with their assessment, but I’m encouraged, nonetheless, and am excited about the prospect of passing the half-way mark.
¡Hasta luego, amigas!