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Hi! My name is Adriana, and I am a native Spanish speaker. I recently moved with my family to Seattle from tropical Costa Rica. I have a Master's degree in Botany, and two children. Back in Costa Rica, I worked as an Environmental Educator while my husband did research in the tropical forest, now he is at the UW and I enjoy my time teaching Spanish!
In the last couple of years I have been teaching Spanish in a one-to-one setting, in a more informal, comfortable, fun and positive way. I specially like motivating students to:
- carry a fluent conversation in Spanish and feel good about being able to do it
- learn more about cultural differences in Spanish-speaking countries and maybe visiting or studying abroad to practice their Spanish skills
- be able to address different/interesting subjects such as the environment, history, technology, health, etc. depending on the age and interest of the student
- keep the love of learning a new language alive!
I have also accumulated experience in the area of medical translations. During recent years there has been a growing need for understanding Hispanic patients in hospitals and clinics in the US, a situation that has been addressed by hiring medical interpreters, but sometimes these professionals may not be readily available at all times, therefore I can help healthcare professionals learn the basics of medical Spanish and be able to understand and treat their Spanish-speaking patients.
I am a native Spanish speaker, who grew up in Costa Rica and went to a bilingual school there. Once I graduated from the University of Costa Rica I enrolled in graduate programs in the US, graduating with a Master's degree from the U of Georgia. I have lived in both countries for a number of years and understand the growing need to become proficient in the use of several languages to increase global and cultural intelligence in the population. Communication across cultures is necessary to achieve success. I will like to contribute my knowledge and live experience in a Latin american country.
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