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Hi everyone! I’m Flavia Ayelén from Santa Fe, Argentina. I graduated from the University of Rosario with a master’s degree in applied psychology but transitioned to working full time as a professional Spanish teacher.
After I graduated from college, I began to travel around the world, taking all sorts of different jobs and embedding myself, as best I could, as a “local” in many distinct cultures. To help pay the bills, I also began teaching Argentina’s own, special version of Spanish – it has a very particular, unique accent that people seemed to love – imagine what an Italian person might sound like if they were to speak Spanish!
In my years of teaching, I’ve developed a serious passion for my newfound profession. It’s not just about grammar or conversation or pronunciation – all all those things are important – but also the lively exchange of different cultures, customs and traditions. In every class I find myself learning as much I am teaching!
For all of you struggling to learn – or even master – a new language, I am right there with you. In fact, I’m sure I’ve been through many of the same experiences! When I started this journey, I could barely speak a word of English despite years of classroom English where we would just drill grammar. In the real world, whether it was Australia, the United States, England, or New Zealand, I was scared to even say hello, and would freeze if someone on the street asked me even the most basic question. I could barely muster the courage to order a coffee in English! But I pushed through the fears and persevered until I reached fluency.
I teach Spanish using the same methods and practices I developed to achieve fluency in English. I won’t lie to you. The path to mastering a foreign language is not easy! but with a little bit of grit, dedication, passion and fun mixed in, we can get there together!