Let’s get to know Aryory, or Ary for short!
Place of Origin
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.
Place of Residence
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.
Languages spoken and how you learned them
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.
When did you start tutoring with Chatterbug?
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.
Favorite place in the world and why?
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!
Ary’s Favorite Food
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!
3 Fun Facts about Ary
- 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.
How do you motivate students?
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.
What is your favorite Chatterbug moment?
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.
Anything you’d like to add?
My favorite saying in German is: Die Hoffnung stirbt zuletzt, which in English means, Hope dies last.
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