Spanish for foreigners
I had my first student in 1991. She was English and very young, just like me. Classes took place in my flat, around a cards table. I cannot remember who gave her my phone number or what method I used to teach her. I do remember, however, how her eyes lit up every time she managed to say something new.
These are the moments that I look for while teaching Spanish today, after more than twenty years. Moments that feels like a new door has been opened.
I also feel enriched by the exchange that takes place in every lesson; different cultures, different codes. This was the case with another student, Sherezade, and myself. We were two very different women: one from Iran, her face covered with a veil; the other, an Argentinean, trying her best not to forget to cover her arms and legs during our classes. She spoke neither Spanish nor English. There was only silence in a world of magic carpets. A Persian-Spanish dictionary in our hands. I looked up for words in Spanish, and she nodded, reading them in Persian, repeating them over and over again. We started with simple dialogues. We spoke with our eyes and through gestures. It felt like we would never cross to the other side, as if we were facing a locked door. But then, after nearly two years, we found the words to talk about almost everything that was of interest to us. The closed dictionary laid in the background.
My experience as a teacher has shown me that learning a new language not only enables us to work or study in other countries and cultures ; it opens up the possibility of experiencing a new world.
- Spanish lessons in-company, individual or group
- Spanish lessons via Skype or FaceTime
- Reading workshops for expat women with the purpose of practicing the language and meeting new people creating new relationships between peers.
- Advice for families who are moving to Argentina to facilitate better cultural and social integration of its members by providing information about schools , clubs, neighborhoods , social and cultural activities , medical services, etc.