|Sent on:||Tuesday, June 10, 2014 3:33 PM|
In my never ending search for ways to improve my Spanish, I discovered new ways to learn Spanish.
On www.coursera.org you can take classes for free offered by colleges around the world, and though I could not find any Spanish grammar courses to take, if you change the search options you can find courses offered in Spanish. I recently completed a course offered by the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico.
The www.miriadax.net site is like a Spanish version of Coursera, and likewise you can take courses offered by Spanish speakers to Spanish speakers.
On both of these sites they try to get you to purchase a completion certificate, so unless you really want the certificate, you can opt-out of that and still take the course (which is what I did).
The www.udemy.com site is similar, however this is a for-profit site that includes many more courses and that are offered at various price points. All the Spanish grammar courses appear to be beginner classes, and since I wanted something a little more challenging I followed the same strategy and changed the search function to look for classes that are offered in Spanish by Spanish speakers. Not only that, they have a 75% discount running right now until 12:00 on June 12th (apply coupon code SUMMER75), so check it out.
Finally, I would like to ask you to consider giving to a wonderful cause by first telling you about one of my grandmother's 13 siblings who was born Hilda Langenderfer in 1901, and who later became Sister Mary Anselm as a member of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. She was a remarkable lady who lived and worked in Rome as Superior General of her religious order from 1962 until 1974. She passed away peacefully in 1990 at the same place where she began her religious formation, at the Chardon province of the Sisters of Notre Dame near Cleveland, Ohio.
In 2008 some of these Sisters moved to Jinotega, Nicaragua, where they work to improve the lives of people in this area of the country that was a war zone for many years during the war that finally ended in 1990. It is estimated that 40,000 people died during this war, and the Sisters who are working there have heard many local people tell stories of the ravages of war that they experienced. The Sisters also see firsthand that Nicaragua is the second poorest country (after Haiti) in the Western Hemisphere (i.e. all of the countries that make up the Americas).
Today Nicaragua is considered the safest country in Central America, and it not only attracts thousands of tourists every year, but there are also thousands of expats from North America who have moved there to retire and live. God willing, for our next great adventure my wife and I will be going on vacation to Nicaragua later this year. I will travel to Nicaragua before Sheri in order to help the Sisters of Notre Dame for a few weeks with their English program in Jinotega, a program that helps many Nicaraguans improve their standard of living by enabling them to find work in the tourism industry.
To honor the memory of Sister Mary Anselm and her selfless devotion to a lifetime of religious service, and in order to support the beautiful work that the Sisters of Notre Dame are currently doing in Nicaragua, I would like to ask for your kindness in making a donation on our fundraising page at http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/spanish/nicaragua. However, this FirstGiving site keeps 7.5% of all received donations as a service fee, so if you would like maximize your donation you can give directly to the Sisters by clicking on the Donate button found on their Nicaragua page at http://www.sndchardon.org/global-missions/our-mission-in-nicaragua.
Feel free to forward this message to all of your friends and relatives, and muchas gracias!