Joel Slackman

Joel Slackman

Rocket Spanish — United States

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The approach is highly conducive to remembering, and surpassing, knowledge gained from studying Spanish many years ago: the stress on speaking is critical. I've just finished lesson 3.1, and have to say I have only two peeves, one tiny, one larger. The tiny one: the instructors distinguish lentos (regular glasses) from gafas (sunglasses). This is a distinction I have never heard in Mexico: my Mexican friends always use gafas for glasses. Perhaps this is one of many regional variations, which is fine, but it should be emphasized. The larger peeve is about esposa and esposo. Considering that the US, Spain, many states in Mexico, etc., recognize same-sex marriage, it's grating to hear the instructor say that if you're a man you introduce your spouse as mi esposa, or a woman as mi esposo.