In our language school we have three classes each day.
- Language - 1 hour
- Phonetics - 1 hour
- Grammar - 2 hours
In phonetics class we are focusing on learning to make the right sounds in order to correctly pronounce Spanish words.
One of the exercises that our teacher has us do is to recite a list of sounds that help us learn to put the sounds of different letters together. These are not real words mind you, just combinations of sounds based on the vowels.
Some of the sounds end up being pretty funny sounding. This past Thursday we were going through and reciting the sounds that go with the vowel "u". Upon reaching a certain part of the list of sounds, it was all I could do to contain myself.
Listening to a room of 5 grown men and a serious Tica Spanish teacher say "upu pu" (Sounds like "ooh poo poo") struck me as incredibly funny. Some other choice sounds were "upi pi" and "udu du".
Now I know what you are saying, how juvenile of me. And I have to say I agree, it is juvenile.
Maybe my 4 and 2 year old girls are rubbing off on me. Maybe I cracked under the pressure of learning. Maybe I never grew out of thinking that innocent bathroom language (or sounds) were funny.
Whatever the reason, I am going to have to exercise self-control in my phonics class in order to not disrupt our learning. :-)