Here are some reflections founded on my experience over the last 8 years teaching Spanish in Cuenca to American expats, French expats and German teachers.
Being an explorer of the new place we’ve chosen to live in requires much more than a visa: We can be foreigners living a cultural immersion or we can be just foreigners living abroad. Different motivations, different results, of course, both are absolutely worthy of respect.
Acquiring a language is more than hiring a teacher or just being immersed in an Ecuadorian fruit market without speaking one single word in Spanish (do not panic!: the longer you live in a country, the more your vocabulary grows, the more accurate your pronunciation becomes and the better you can communicate).
A Spanish teacher is a guide during this journey however he/she doesn’t replace the practicing nor the motivation, unfortunately this doesn’t work like osmosis (not even in children, who take a while processing, understanding the new language before jumping to speak the second language).
So, the big question is: what do I need to acquire a second language?
Motivation and determination/ motivacion y determinacion, same when you are seeking to buy a specific item on Amaz…(wink), you can spend hours looking for without being bored.
Being committed to acquire a new language and most importantly use it (or lose it). You wouldn’t buy/acquire/learn something you will not use, right? well…sometimes it happens!
If you want to take the first to exploring this land, culture and language, let’s get started.
“But wait, wait…
Who is the lady behind the keyboard?
I am Vilma, I am passionate about explaining how my native language works and its nuances in this unique geographical context, I develop oral and writing exercises according to the student’s context and needs.
I believe in the power of the word as an expression of our own inner world. I am a writer and a self-taught English learner as well.
La Vilma Vega