And this is who I found – Levi and Maria.
Levi and Maria are students, and work at my alma mater, Arkansas State University.
Levi has an undergraduate degree in Spanish and a graduate degree in
geography. He works in the Center for International Studies, and will soon pursue a terminal geography degree in Texas or New Mexico.
They are a delightful young couple willing to help an old gringo, provided he has $25 in his pocket for every hour! And it’s worth every penny.
Levi instructs me in basics and fundamentals: proper conjugation, tenses, especially on permanent and temporary tenses, which I find quite difficult. Many times we use flash cards, and that’s helpful for a visual learner.
With her background in business education, and parents from the corporate world in Latin America, Maria instructs me in proper business protocol, ethics, how a friendly relationship almost always comes before business, and how to “unlearn” most of what I’ve learned in the U.S. business world. Because things (everything) moves much slower in Latin America, I have to back off my tendency to be so aggressive in business.
If you’re looking to learn a second language, Rosetta Stone and many other programs are good, but there’s no substitute for the interaction that comes with a tutor and practice by speaking.
Gracias y mucho gusto en conocerlo Levi y Maria!