¡Hola a todos/as! My name is Nina. I have a passion for Spanish
that developed during my 14 years studying the language
. Academically, I graduated summa cum laude from Bates College in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. As the culmination of my collegiate experience, I wrote a 75-page senior thesis in Spanish about the fatalistic gender representations in Vargas Llosa’s Los cachorros and La ciudad y los perros. I also have extensive experience traveling in Latin
America. During my junior year of college, I lived in Lima, Peru for a year. There, I studied in a local university and volunteered with Centro de Promoción y Defensa de los Derechos Sexuales y Reproductivos, a nonprofit working to protect sexual and reproductive rights and to advocate for the Peruvian LGBT community. I returned to Peru for a month-long trip this year. In 2012 I spent a month backpacking on my own through Panama and Costa Rica, and I have visited Chile and Ecuador as well.
With regards to my skills in tutoring, since October 2011 I have tutored Spanish to students of various levels and ages (from a second-grader to an adult learner), creating individualized strategies and lesson plans to fit each student's particular needs. Furthermore, I worked for a year as a bilingual teacher's assistant in a third grade
classroom. Working with students in small groups and one-on-one has given me the invaluable teaching skills that I would utilize as your tutor. Moreover, I love helping others. I am good at thinking of multiple ways to explain concepts if someone does not understand my initial explanation. I myself need to ask lots of questions when I am learning new material, so I fully encourage questions from others. I am also a fun, enthusiastic, and creative tutor.
Apart from experience tutoring Spanish, I also have a background in translation, transcription, interpreting, and language editing
. I have worked as a Spanish translator with The Translation & Interpreting Center in Denver since January 2013. There, my primary focus has been translating the affidavits of domestic abuse victims from Spanish to English
. The organization
also gave me the opportunity to transcribe and translate a video interview of a domestic abuse victim. I have experience with language editing as well, having assisted scholar Mary Berg in editing a recent edition of the nineteenth-century novel Aves sin nido. Moreover, I just completed a community interpreting course with Language Connections.
I would love to share my passion for Spanish as your tutor! I look forward to hearing from you.