It was my first trip to Colombia. Cali, Colombia to be exact. I was no newbie to learning Spanish. I took pride in knowing that on my own I had learned hundreds and hundreds of Spanish words.
When the Colombian owner of the hostel, asked me in English “Where do you live (in the U.S.A.)?” I arrogantly interrupted her before she could complete her question and said “Español, por favor” (Spanish, please).
Being not just confident but cocky about my Spanish, I easily conjugated the Spanish verb “vivir” (to live) in the present tense in the “first person” and responded “Vivo en Nueva York” (I live in New York).
She could hear the boldness in my voice as I effortlessly conjugated the verb “vivir” in the present tense in the “third person” and asked, ¿Dónde vives tú?” (Where do you live?)