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Hi! My name is Adriana, and I am a native Spanish speaker. I recently moved with my family to Mercer Island from tropical Costa Rica. I have a Master's degree in Botany, and two children ages 12 and 16. Back in Costa Rica, I worked as an Environmental Educator at La Selva Research Station in Sarapiqui while my husband did his research in the field of Ecology.
Now that I am here in Mercer Island, I see the need for learning Spanish in a one-to-one setting, in a more informal, comfortable and positive environment. I would like to help 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
- be able to address different topics such as climate change, education, environment, etc. depending on the age and interest of the student
- read and discuss age appropriate books in Spanish
- keep the love of learning a new language alive!
More recently I have 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 met by hiring medical interpreters, but sometimes these professionals may not be readily available at all times, therefore I can help health care professionals learn the basics of medical Spanish to be able to understand and treat their patients too.
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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