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No, I don't speak Spanish, but I took a crash course this past year as an AARP volunteer care giver in our local county group here in Wisconsin which has many Christmas tree farms employing hispanics. My care giving speciality is in respite care and medical transportation. My past association with the languages of Latin, Italian, and French was of minimal help in understanding Spanish.
I received a call to transport a young hispanic lady who was without transportation to a local clinic to take a "picture" of her unborn child. She spoke no English. Questioning some of my friends on the AARP board, I quickly learned to say, "How are you?" and "My name is Duane" and "I'll wait for you until you have completed the procedure."
I was surprised upon meeting "muchacha" (much younger than I) that she had herself had a "muchacha." She gestured to me to hold her infant daughter while she fastened the car seat restraints to her infant appliance before we began our journey to the local clinic. I felt honored with her trust.
The trip to and fro the clinic was without incidence. I had not been prepared to ask, "How far apart are the contractions" since muchacha was in the first trismester or at best in the second if I am any judge as a father of twelve. Returning to her rural home in XMAS tree country near mine, I looked forward to again holding her muchacha as my passenger retrieved her child's seat.
As I returned her muchacha, she offered me five dollars for my efforts. Shaking my head negatively, she understood as did I that the pleasure was all mine.
I'm really surprised that knowing Latin, French, and Italian did not help you in learning Spanish. Since they are all "Romance Languages" with a Latin base, I found that my courses in Latin for med school, gave me an advantage in learning all future languages except German.Also in "American" English , so many of our words have the same dirivative and are so similiar, that that helped too. You might get a taped copy of Berlitz course, if you are truly interested in learning the language. I played them in the car for my children for two years prior to leaving the country, and they learned a lot, and were speaking Spanish three months after living in Mexico. Since so much of our country used to be a part of Mexico, and since many of our "new" citizens speak Spanish, it can be an advantage. I believe anything learned new is a big plus, for our brains, and our lives in general.