Mulai Senin lalu, aku ikutan kelas Spanish (bahasa Spanyol) orang dewasa. Cuma bayar $40 sepaket yang isinya 8 pertemuan! Murah ya, cuma 5 dollar sekali datang. Cuma ya sekelas rame-rame dan kelas-nya juga lambat banget. Pertemuan pertama cuma Abecedaria (alfabet) dan tip-tip belajar Spanish doang, selama 1 jam lebih. Tapi yah lumayan kali ya. Lagian murah ini, jadi kalau sampe mangkir (yg pasti saya bakal bolos bulan Oktober) ya ngga nyesel-nyesel amat.
Eh, sesudah kelas, ada teman sekelas, orang bule oma-oma, bertanya, "Why are you here? I thought you can speak Spanish already."
Aku bingung, terus menjawab,"Oh, no, I don't speak Spanish. I pick up some words, but I don't speak."
Terus dia menyahut, "Oh, so you don't speak fluently, but you do speak right?"
Aku bilang, "No, not really....people think I am Hispanic so they speak to me in Spanish, but I actually don't ......"
Dia menyambar, "Oh, I know, you're like my grand-daughter. Her mom is Chinese, she doesn't speak Chinese properly, but she understands. So she would reply her mom in English."
Aku berusaha menjelaskan, "Well.... in my case, I don't speak and I don't understand ..."
Dia memotong, "Oh, right, I know, I know! So you understand only a little bit....American born Hispanic...you were born here, right?"
Aku, "No.. actually..."
Dia memotong lagi, "Yes, yes, it's... like my granddaughter.. you were born here.."
Ah... aku putus asa! Mau belajar, disangka palsu!