Why Did I Choose To Learn Spanish?

Hi, my name is Tyeisha and this is my blog. One of the topics that I enjoy writing about is learning Spanish.

Now, I didn’t choose to learn Spanish…the truth is that Spanish chose me.

#1 Movies

My first memory of an encounter with the Spanish language starts with movies.  These were the days before DVDS or VHS players…these were the days of Beta players.  I was a young girl of only 5 years old and one of my favorite movies was “Bad Boys”.  This was the real bad boys starring a young Sean Penn and Esai Morales.  (not to be confused with the more recent movie starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence)

Now, Esai Morales played a rapist, gang-banging, young thug who would go to jail. His role was of the classic anti-hero, but I didn’t care. I just knew that he was going to be my husband when I grew up.  He was Puerto Rican and the whole island of Puerto Rico had just gained a new fan.

I totally disregarded the fact that the movie took place in New York City.


#2 Childhood Crush

Next, I went to live with my grandparents for a year.  I was a new student in the 4th grade in Charleston, South Carolina.  During recess I was playing on the playground and I remember seeing this short curly headed guy running around. He was young and Puerto Rican, but he didn’t speak any Spanish. I doubt he had any idea I was crushing on him.

The truth is many of the Puerto Rican guys that I had crushes on in the past didn’t speak Spanish at all. But, either way I still wanted to learn it.

#3 Music

Finally, I heard some Bachata music and really enjoyed the beats to it.

Later, as an adult someone was patient enough to teach me the basics. Now, I am not a dancer, but this little latin two-step dance was easy to learn.

Well, that’s a brief summary of the roots to my fascination with the Spanish language.

I must give a special thanks to my first Spanish teacher from the sixth-grade. I can’t even remember his name. He was a really fun guy from Spain.  See, teachers do make a difference.


Readers: Why did you choose to learn Spanish? I’d love to hear your story.