1) Â¿CÃ³mo te llamas?
2) Â¿DÃ³nde vives?
Green Hillsâ€‹ (Nashville, TN)
3) Â¿DÃ³nde trabajas?
â€‹League of Women Votersâ€‹
4) How long have you been studying Spanish with SLWED and who is your teacher?
Five months, Rafael Ojedaâ€‹
5) Where would you like to use your Spanish?
6) What advice or words of encouragement would you give to someone who is just starting to learn Spanish?
Be patient and don't try to learn too much at once. Accept that compared to any other language, some aspects of Spanish will be harder, and some will be easier. Approach the learning process as an adventure.â€‹
7) What is your favorite Spanish singer or band or favorite Spanish song?
â€‹Pa' Bailar (Siempre Quiero MÃ¡s) by Bajofondo
8) What countries have you traveled to or would you like to visit?
I have traveled to Mexico and Costa Ricaâ€‹. I would like to visit Cuba.
9) How have you used your Spanish?
I haven't really used it yet.
Any interesting stories how it came in handy?
No, but I could share an anecdote: a few years ago in Mexico, I went around saying, "Yo cielo, mi espaÃ±ol es muy malo". The statement was intended to be an apology (Lo siento) for my pitiful broken Spanish. I got some quizzical looks in response. At my first lesson with Rafael, I learned the English translation and had a good laugh! I am looking forward to the day that my Spanish proficiency will actually be at the "handy" level.
10) What is your favorite thing about learning Spanish with SLWED?
I like going at my own pace in private lessons. I took a year â€‹of classroom Spanish in high schoolâ€‹, but my studies with Rafael are much more thorough. I can ask lots of questions. Also, the textbooks and power points are quite clever.