i saw a middle aged woman raking our back yard (read dirt pit) this morning and thought id go down and help. when i got down there, she didnt speak any english... in broken spanish i introduced myself and told her something to the effect of "i help. i want to clean this for a month." i wound up sweeping the sidewalk on one side of our house and wondering how to do tenses in spanish. after half an hour, i was covered in sweat and dirt and decided that the other side would have to wait for another day.