Over the years, Jeremy had tried lots of ways to learn Spanish:
• Face-to-face Spanish courses
• Group Classes
He also tried to speak Spanish with his wife from time to time.
But as a fluent English speaker herself, speaking Spanish always felt unnatural.
They usually took the easy option, falling back on English.
But English was a shared language that would be near useless after the accident, as Jeremy was left by himself, extremely stressed, and unable to deal with the language he’d legitimately tried to learn as it flew past his ears faster than the car that nearly killed his wife.
So, even though he was determined to improve his Spanish after the accident...
He didn’t know how.
Despite his resolution to successfully learn Spanish this time, Jeremy quickly fell back on old habits...
• He dusted off his old textbooks (even though he didn't like textbooks)
• He signed up for more classes (and spent another small fortune)
• He tried striking up conversations on the street (with strangers who didn’t have time to help him practice Spanish)
Later, he tried traveling around Mexico, to areas where only Spanish was spoken.
He even went as far as completing a week-long Spanish immersion course - taught by the personal instructor of Senator and US presidential candidate John McCain.
But still, the breakthrough he longed for was nowhere to be seen.
It wasn't long before his motivation began to subside again.
"I really need to see some visible progress to stay motivated," he thought.
As life slowly returned to normal, so Jeremy began to rely on his wife again for the daily tasks in Spanish.
He continued to sit in silence (and frustration) whenever he went out with his wife and her Spanish-speaking friends.
Even when Jeremy went for a medical checkup, he would usually have to ask someone to go with him.
Truth is, Jeremy continued to make very little progress in his Spanish for 10 long years after that.
He used to think that moving to a Spanish-speaking country would make it easy to learn Spanish.
But it didn’t work out that way. (It never does!)