May Student Spotlight
"Elisa es una estudiante responsable y divertida, la perfecta combinaciÃ³n para triunfar en cualquier meta que se proponga."
--Pedro GarcÃa, profesor de Elisa
1) Â¿CÃ³mo te llamas? Me llamo Elisa Greene.
2) Â¿DÃ³nde vives? Yo vivo en Nashville, cerca del barrio "12 sur".
3) Â¿DÃ³nde trabajas? Yo trabajo en la escuela de farmacia en la Universidad de Belmont. EnseÃ±o clases a los estudiantes farmacÃ©uticos y en una clÃnica que se llama "Siloam Family Health Center".
4) How long have you been studying Spanish with SLWED and who is your teacher?
I started taking lessons with Amaia last summer, then began a group conversation class with Pedro this Spring.
5) Where would you like to use your Spanish?
I currently work with many Spanish-speaking patients through my role at Siloam. Although there are interpreters available, there is always a shortage, so being able to speak directly to the patients without waiting for a live interpreter to become available or using a phone service is a huge asset. The conversation always feels more natural and fluid that way, which can help patients to feel more comfortable and hopefully have better health outcomes. One of the most common requests is for me to teach someone with diabetes how to take their medicines. There is a good bit of showing involved, which is difficult to convey with a phone interpreter. Amaia has helped me to practice this topic over and over until I've become very comfortable discussing it in Spanish. It's so encouraging to be able to put it to use and see the results of my studies while I'm still learning.
6) What advice or words of encouragement would you give to someone who is just starting to learn Spanish?
Don't be afraid to say things incorrectly or sound silly! Ask for clarification rather than just smiling and nodding when you are confused.
7) What countries have you traveled to or would you like to visit?
I've traveled to Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Guatemala, and Spain. I would love to go to South America someday. Amaia highly recommends Peru!
8) How have you used your Spanish? Any interesting stories how it came in handy?
It actually comes in handy a lot when I'm working with interpreters. Being able to follow the conversation on both sides, even if I don't understand every single phrase, really improves communication and understanding.
9) What is your favorite thing about learning Spanish with SLWED?
I love the flexibility - that no matter where you are in your life or goals for language learning there is an option for you. I feel like SLWED has been willing and able to meet me where I am and help me move forward!