Hello, my name is Melissa and I love what I do here through WyzAnt! If you need some guidance with Spanish
or Visual Arts let me help you!
As for my background, my mom is from Colombia, my father is American. I grew up with both languages and thoroughly enjoy sharing what I know with others. I earned a bachelors in Spanish from Valdosta State University and have worked with children and adults to meet their language
For Spanish language learners, I highly recommend:
-Fire Fly or Merriam Webster visual dictionary
- a Larrouse Spanish dictionary is a great tool as well. As you look up words, you read Spanish definitions as opposed to only English
-McGraw Spanish grammar
workbook (grammar lessons in small bites)
As much as you want to speak the language, I want to help you get there. You'll learn how to talk about yourself, your family, friends, job, hobbies, food, what you did last week, what you used to do as a kid, how to tell people what to do, how to express hopes, talk about plans for the future etc. etc. Sometimes I'll use short little Spanish articles I find online to get you practicing your reading
and also to practice discussing a topic. For those who are already familiar with Spanish, we will just fill in gaps, and work on correcting mistakes. It just takes practice and patience but we can get you there.
Hola me llamo Melissa. Soy mitad colombiana, mitad americana. Si necesitas ayuda con inglés, cuéntamelo. Me encanta aprender idiomas y ensenarlos. Tengo mucha paciencia y tiempo para ayudarle.
As for art
, I've been drawing
portraits since I was 13 and absolutely love it. If you are interested in learning basic drawing skills with pastel, graphite or charcoal, I can help you.
Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community.
Here are some of the resources created by Melissa.
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No la pongan. (Don't put it.)
No pongan la cebolla. (Don't put the onion.)
Ustedes no van a poner la cebolla. (You all aren't going to add onion.) -This last one is just a statement. The two first ones are commands, the subject is implied so the pronoun isn't necessary.
I think the main confusion comes when faced with the decision between "por" or "para" when they can both be used.
El pastel fue preparado para Maria. The cake was made FOR Maria.
(Maria has nothing to do with the preparation.)
El pastel fue preparado...
One of my favorite tools to use when starting lessons with students is Facebook. It's great because most students have smart phones and can open the app right there. And, you get your students to talk about people they know, or people they would like to
know more about (celebrities and such). For my Spanish students, we open up a friend's page and just like that we create sentences and ask...