I was born and raised in the melting pot that is Miami, Florida, USA. My appreciation for languages and culture stems from the contact I had growing up in such a big city with people from all over the world.
I have been living in Heidenheim, Germany near Ulm for about three years now. I truly enjoy living in the South of Germany, and I am so glad to have had the pleasure thus far.
English is my first language, particularly American English. I speak Latin-American Spanish as my parents are originally from Costa Rica. I also speak intermediate German thanks to my move here, and the exposure I have had through integration courses and day-to-day life.
I began tutoring with Chatterbug in February 2021, and it has been such a phenomenal experience. I am looking forward to this new part of my adventure with Chatterbug.
Cologne, Germany is probably my favorite place in the world. I have only been there once for a few days, but after being in Germany and taking a while to truly acclimate and feel comfortable, Cologne was the one place I immediately felt free. It is breath-taking, modern, and open. I cannot wait to visit again!
Truthfully, I have one for each cooking style/cuisine. Nevertheless, I love the German dish: Käsespätzle. It can be so simple, but when prepared right, it can blow your mind!
- I write poetry in my spare time, and I hope to someday write a novel.
- I am a dog-and-cat person!
- I plan to start learning a new language in 2023.
I motivate students during live lessons by always giving them the chance to feel comfortable. I know through my own experience that language learning is not an easy task and one often feels discouraged. For this reason, I am always kind and listen to the students’ fears and doubts. Being heard, and not judged can go a long way in any vulnerable situation.
My favorite Chatterbug moment is one that has happened many times. For many of my regular students, past, and present, there is a moment when they are speaking with me or doing an exercise and they finally see their growth. It is so rewarding to assist in someone’s betterment and I am so grateful to be able to.
My favorite saying in German is: Die Hoffnung stirbt zuletzt, which in English means, Hope dies last.
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