Thursday, January 05, 2006
Out of my head
School is back and I am at a new table. I sit with Derek and Devin and Luis. No one talks to Luis because he doesn't speak like us. He speaks Spanish so all he can talk to is the teacher because she can speak Spanish. Also Luis poked somebody with a pencil and got in trouble at the beginning of the year.
Dad said HE would poke somebody too if no one could understand him when he talked (and he talks a lot). So I got an idea and started watched Dora the Explorer with my sister. Dora is loud and bossy like my sister and that's why she likes it. But Dora speaks Spanish sometimes and they do it on Sesame Street too.
Anyway, I learned how to say "Hi"--you say it "Hola!"--to Luis and told him my name. He got really excited and started talking fast to me. I will have to learn some more before we can have a real talk.
But Mrs. Dodd was really happy with me and now she has me sit with him. I hope he won't poke me with a pencil. We are amigos now, so that means friends.
We had art class and my teacher told me I was good at drawing pictures out of my head, but I should try something new. She gave me homework: I have to draw a picture by looking at something and then drawing what I see. It is easier when it is all in your head, but when you have to copy what you see it is tricky.
I did my Roboraptor.
Here's how he really looks.
Here's my drawing.
Dad thought I traced a picture of Roboraptor, but Mom watched me (she took the picture) and said no. Dad couldn't believe it! He says it is really good, but I wish I got the neck better.
My teacher really liked it too. She put it on the wall outside. Everyone else did pictures of their Mom or Dad or dog or a bowl of fruit. Mine is the only dinosaur.
Luis asked me what it was, and I said "Esto es El Roboraptor!" but I don't know how to say more in Spanish. I wanted to tell him all the tricks it can do.
I have a lot to learn this year.
And that's a fabulous picture of your Roboraptor! I wish I could draw like you.
I love your picture of your roboraptor! I always found 'Still-life' to be hard too. I never liked it. (My art teacher has all my drawings though, so I wouldn't be able to show. :P) But practice makes perfect! :)
And your Roboraptor drawing is terrific. I'm impressed.
My nephew got a Roboraptor from Santa, too. We all think it's the coolest toy ever.
Feliz ano nuevo (Happy New Year)
Excellent work, by the way. I am sure your teacher will have loads of your drawings to hang up this year.
And excellent for making a new friend. Mui bien! (that means very good).
And your drawing of it is excellent. I especially like how you included its hand a little bit in the picture too.
Also you are very smart to learn Spanish, and nice too.
By the way my mother accidentally poked herself with a pencil once when she was little, and there is still a blue mark there!
Very cool drawing of the Roboraptor, also.
It's really hard to be the one kid in the class who's different. Flip has a little brother who is different and, though he never says, sometimes I worry that he gets lonely. I wish that more people (especially grownups!) could be good friends like you are with Luis. You're a good kid.
I'm glad you're learning some Spanish - it's a very easy language and lots of fun. When I was just a bit older than you, I took out a book from the library and studied on my own.
Also, when I first moved to North America, I couldn't speak any English either and it was very hard. I wish someone had learned my language to talk to me then. :)
PS I found your blog through Rurality a few months ago.
My mom learned a little Spanish when she was a little girl living in the Philippines, but I've always been too busy teaching myself Filipino to really try to learn any other language!
Your Roboraptor drawing is really good, but you knew that already. It's great when you see your practise start to pay off, isn't it?
Learning Spanish is very hard, but you will really like it! Starting at your age will help you remember it better when you're old like me!
I can't wait to see more drawings of "real life" things!
Second, learning Spanish to make another person feel better, really, that is something to admire.
I don't know = Yo no say
I don't understand = No comprendo
Please = Poor fayvor
I like it = May goosta
Pixie Potter from Gryfindor