Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) (J.D.)
Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) (Master's)
My name is Catalina and my mother tongue is Spanish.
I was born and raised in Spain. Seventeen years ago I was transferred overseas and lived in different countries since then. I had to learn new languages in order to be able to live and communicate; that´s why I understand how can someone feel when not being able to communicate with another person, sometimes even for basic stuff. I developed an ability to adapt to different circumstances which I didn´t know I had, I can adapt myself to the way the student needs to be taught, since not everybody responds equally to the same techniques.
I love to learn and to have fun, and I believe that lessons don´t need to be boring. Someone can learn a language while going for a walk, watching movies and talking about them, reading books or even shopping at the local grocery store. Speaking new languages makes traveling more interesting, that´s why I love to teach people how to speak my language, so their experiences while traveling can be even more satisfactory. It is very rewarding to see people improving their skills and making progress day after day.
While still in Spain I studied tourism and law and worked as an attorney for 2 years before moving overseas. I lived in Bolivia, Libya, Venezuela and Brazil before coming to live to the US. While overseas, besides learning Arabic and Portuguese which I needed to communicate in Libya and Brazil, I studied different forms of arts and crafts and I became an interior designer. Now I would like to develop myself as a Spanish teacher; that's why I have just finished an online course through Instituto Cervantes to learn techniques on how to teach someone a foreign language. The Cervantes Institute is a public institution created by Spain in the year 1991 to teach and promote the Spanish language and for the dissemination of Spanish and Latin American culture around the world. It has offices in 90 cities in 43 countries around the five continents.
I am looking forward to help you to learn Spanish or improve it if you already speak some. I am available from Monday to Friday, from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. My name is Catalina and my mother tongue is Spanish.
I was born and raised in Spain. Seventeen years ago I was transferred overseas and lived in different countries since then. I had to learn new languages in order to be able to live and communicate; that´s why I understand how can someone feel when not being able to communicate with
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Native from Spain
Cervantes Institute course: "How to Learn and Teach a Foreign Language"