San Francisco, CA
Hometown: San Francisco

Member since:

September 13, 2011

Are you a native speaker or did you learn Spanish as a second language?

Very much as a second language. I thought Spanish speakers said HOW-LA until I was in my thirties!

If you learned, how long have you been speaking Spanish?

Close to twenty years now, but that suggests that I'm much more expert than I actually am. I think I qualify as an intermediate speaker, but just barely, and with a generous judge!

What interests you in connecting with other Spanish speakers?

Practice. Practicing. I used to get to use my Spanish just about every day. I'm afraid I'll forget, if I don't find some understanding folks to chat with.

Where did you learn Spanish?

I began with several excellent introductory classes offered for teachers in my school district, then spent two summers at a couple of schools in beautiful Cuernavaca, Mexico. After that, I took a few more courses at UCLA.


I studied Spanish to communicate with the parents of elementary school students I taught in Los Angeles. I'm not in L.A. anymore, or in the classroom, and fear that what knowledge I have will drift away if I don't practice.

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