I've discussed what is irony and the karma of my life. The ultimate irony and karma? Having taught in English all day in Mexico and I am now teaching in Spanish all day in Iowa. Don't get me wrong. I am not 100% fluent in Spanish. I never will be. How many high school English teachers are there in the USA who were born and raised in Mexico? If I tried to teach Spanish in Mexico or even in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas along the border, I would be laughed out of the classroom. But this is Iowa. I've got second year students that are still saying, "Yo poo-edo ir al bann-yo?"
I used to be an excellent speller. I am a past winner of the Grant Elementary Spelling Bee Competition. I was the kid every one wanted to sit next to during spelling exam day. I could throw together a paper in college without looking in the dictionary. I went to college in the B.C. years - before computers. And now? I am constantly using the internet to look up words. Why now? Is my brain becoming atrophied jelly? I blame Spanish. Here's some recent goof-ups.
Responsable - suppose to be responsible, folks, with an I but in Spanish it is spelled with an A. And now apparently I think it should be the same way in English.
Pijamas - suppose to be pajamas, or pyjamas if you're bloody English, Australian, or a New Zealander kiwi like my buddy Tim who also can't spell words like color, theater, or organize either. (hee, hee, just yanking your chain, Mr. R)
Camara - suppose to be camera.
Ocasion - should be occasion but in Spanish the word ocasion has an accent over the last o.
I shouldn't feel too bad. On a recent test, about 15% of my students misspelled their vocabulary word "farmacia" as "pharmacia". The beauty of Spanish is that every letter and vowel is pronounced the same way. No silent g's as in NIGHT or GNOME. No two ways to pronounce a word like READ. And definitely there are no words with a PH that make an F sound in Spanish. Why can't English be this simple? I am doing the best I can changing the spelling of English words into a simpler form, one at a time, but I need your help in my new cause. I propose we all start spelling words as they sound.
Oh, wait. We're already doing that in our text messages. Talk 2 U L8R.
**Update** Today's English word misspelled - Profesional.
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