Bigarren posta

Due to the overwhelming number of requests for a post in English, I will oblige my anglophone family and friends who could not read my last one that, save a few sentences, was in Euskera. This place is awesome, primeran, un lugar encantador. So how am I doing? Well,…
The people have been more than willing to help with any problem, linguistic or otherwise. Today I did an interview with EITB, which is the Basque television and radio station. The video should be on the site within a few days.
I enjoy the classes very much. I have three classes a day, each one for two hours. Each class has a different teacher. Nire ustez, (in my opinion) the first class hits us with new grammatical concepts and is a bit dryer. But I enjoy that kind of thing. The second class is basicaly a continuation of what we were doing in the first. Then we have lunch, which is from 1:30 to 4:30. After eating you can take a nap, do homework, or get a drink in the bar. Then we go to the last class, which I think is the most fun. We don´t study technical grammar per se, it´s more conversation and practicing our Basque. Today we had to tell a story. Anything we would care to share with the class. I talked about the night we ate hedgehog in Donosti, and how I ordered three, one for each of us, as it turns out, we didn´t even need one. The girls, being girls, couldn´t finish this new and exotic dish. So I ate all three. Beer never tasted so good after eating three puréed hedgehogs. I really think they just killed them up on the mountain, maybe with a .22 or a BB gun, and threw the hedgehog cadavers in a blender and scooped the goop back into their shells or hard body or whatever the hell it was, still with the spines on the back. When in Rome, eat like the locals do.
Other than that, I go thru my day speaking three languages: Basque 90% of the time in normal day to day interactions; English 8% when I want to express myself in the every trustworthy mother tongue with my Megans; and I speak Spanish 2% of the time to ask for a translation or a ¨Nola esaten da…?¨ (How do you say…?) But here, everybody´s first language is Spanish, and we are not here to speak Spanish, so we do not have conversations in ¨Cervantesen hizkuntza¨ (the language of Cervantes), as our teacher Aitzol refers the the Castilian tongue.
Well, that´s about it for now. For all you fellow grammar nerds out there, we are currently studying, among other things, hypothetical situations and the subjuntive. For example, ¨If I had money, I would buy food¨ or ¨If I were smarter, I wouldn´t be working here.¨ Those are the kind of constructions we have been practicing. Eskerrik asko irakurtzeagatik (Thanks for reading) eta ondo pasa, agur!

6 thoughts on “Bigarren posta

  1. Ken Beaudreau

    Nice blog Cody. Its good to hear your enjoying your time there….Hedgehog….HMMMMMMM, your brave…….Keep all of us posted on your progress and fun…..DAD

  2. Ken Beaudreau

    Hi! It’s Grandma. I really enjoyed reading your letter or as we are now supposed to say blog!

    It sounds like you are getting very knowedgeable with the Basque language!

    You must learn how to hunt, dress, gut and cook a hedgehog. I have never ever heard of anyone eating hedgehog! Must tell our friend, Gene Bidondo. Keep enjoying. Much Love,


    1. Cody Beaudreau Post author

      Hi Grandma, I´m happy to see you are keeping up on all the new words the kids are using nowadays, but it´s only a letter if it´s written on paper! I´m enjoying studying and everything else about this place, and yes, when I come back we´ll have to talk with Gene about life in the Old Country. I just may make the trip up to Iparalde (the French Basque Country). And if I can, I´ll talk to some old Basque mountain man and learn how to hunt, dress, gut and cook a hedgehog, surely that knowledge transfers to other rodents as well! Goodbye, (agur) and I´ll see you in a couple of weeks! Love,

  3. Steve Gale

    Cody, sounds like you are really getting to experience the country and culture
    Maybe go for some domestic Hogs or wild sheep next time instead of the hedgehog.
    Well I guess we will all be looking forward to the “Hedgehog and Cabbage” next St Paddy’s
    Uncle Steve

    1. Cody Beaudreau Post author

      Steve, that´s great advice, eat some domestic hog or wild sheep, and in fact I did. We went to dinner at this great place in a little mountain town called Lazkaomendi, we had pork loin and lamb roast, just delicious. We went to another place and had an amazing hamburger, so I, being the nephew of Bill, had to ask if it was local and/or grass fed. Yes and yes, the cows here are fed a little bit of grain, but mostly grass. Bill would be happy to know that. Hope all is well at home and I´ll see you when I return! Take care,


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