Oklahoma Bar Journal

Learning a New Language

By Lisbeth L. McCarty

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Continuing legal education is a requirement for Oklahoma attorneys, which makes sense because there are always new laws, new terms and new concepts to learn. I also enjoy continuing my education in other areas, which is what prompted me to take steps to learn how to speak Spanish. These efforts resulted in my creation of the following poem:


Clase de Español

My teacher speaks so rapidly

as I sit there so vapidly

Learning Spanish is truly rough

Those gender verbs do make it tough

And what about the strangest plight

where double-negatives are right?

There’s two words to say “to be”

All these choices are haunting me!

But somehow, I am still compelled

to learn, albeit overwhelmed

Although I sit here at a loss,

I refuse to say, “No Más.”

Ms. McCarty is a Norman-based attorney and author.

Originally published in the Oklahoma Bar JournalOBJ 95 No. 2 (February 2024)

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