I'm a 100% gringo and started my amazing journey with the Spanish language in my early 30's, sometime back in 2005. I went on a trip to Mexico and had a great time. I barely spoke any Spanish (despite having lived in Puerto Rico for 3 years as a teenager) but I swore I was going to learn Spanish.
Well, 8 years later I'm officially a Spanish speaker, albeit my Spanish is nowhere near perfect. I still have a long way to go to achieve my goal of sounding like a native speaker.
So why did I start this blog you ask? OK, maybe you didn't ask, but I'm going to tell you anyway. :)
There are two reasons I started blogging. One of them being that I had a ridiculous amount of notes about Spanish here, there and everywhere. They may as well have not existed because I couldn't find anything when I needed it. Not to mention the clutter that was quickly building up around the house. That's when I started thinking about keeping my notes online. A perfect way to remove the clutter from my house and be able to find my notes when I needed them.
The second reason was I felt like if I committed to writing a blog it would force me to learn more Spanish. I would have to constantly be on the look out for new things to write about.
It turns out I was right on both accounts. This blog turned out to be a perfect place to store my notes. Well, some of them anyway, I still have notebooks and loose papers all over the place - the old ones and new ones. That part didn't work out the way I envisioned it. But I am learning something new everyday and I have plenty of material to write about, although life sometimes does it's best to interfere with my blogging. That and the fact I can be a huevón at times.
So, that's the short version of how this blog came to be. If you want to know more about how I learned Spanish, I reveal all of my secrets in this post:
I want to learn Spanish, now what?
Aside from being the author of this blog, here are some of my other undertakings.
My Other Blogs
Yes, that's right. One blog wasn't enough. I'm a glutton for punishment.
No Seas Pelangoche - Exploring all the malas palabras (bad words) Spanish has to offer, with a special emphasis on Mexican Spanish.
Helping You Learn Spanish - Simplifying the textbook side of learning Spanish and offering practical advice to help you transition from a Spanish student to a Spanish speaker.
You just don't exist these days if you're not on Facebook.
Helping You Learn Spanish - Aka HYLS. The corresponding Facebook page for the blog.
Estudiantes de Español - A Facebook community dedicated to sharing learning resources, jokes, stories, news, socializing and anything that has to do with the Spanish language.
My Spanish Phrasebook - Learn and share some great conversational Spanish sentences and expressions that you can use in your everyday conversation!
Yes, I'm also a software developer. In terms of Spanish, I've only written one piece of software.
My Spanish Phrasebook - Spanish for your (Android) cell phone, no internet connection required. A huge collection of everyday conversational Spanish phrases for your cell phone to help you remember those phrases and words that always seem to escape your memory when you need them the most. I'm constantly adding new phrases so check it out.
Read this page to see how it works.