Assistant Professor of Spanish
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711
toll-free: (800) 456-9009
In Their Own Words
Students of Spanish
Class of 2015
Why did you decide to study Spanish in college?
I think it's so important for people to be able to communicate with one another and to understand the new way of thinking that comes with speaking another language. It teaches your brain to work in a different way and see things from a new perspective.
What is your favorite Spanish word, term or expression? Why?
I'm studying abroad in the Dominican Republic right now and the way many of the people speak is much different from what I have learned in the classroom. One of the differences is that instead of saying ¿Cómo estás?, many people say, ¿Cómo tu tas?. I love the way it sounds!
What is your favorite Spanish speaking country and why?
I've only had the opportunity to experience one, the Dominican Republic. The rich culture and loving people have been so important in my acquisition of Spanish. I also hope to be able to travel to South America some day.
What is your funniest or most embarrassing foreign language conversation/translation story?
When I used the wrong translation for the word embarrassed. The correct thing to say is, "Tengo vergüenza." Instead I was saying, "Estoy muy embarazada", which means "I'm so pregnant."
Have you been able to utilize your Spanish language skill in a foreign country? How and where?
Yes! The past four months in the Dominican Republic have strengthened my Spanish so much. I speak Spanish every day with my host family, in the community where I work and with friends and professors. I have learned so much from being able to practice every day.
What do you like most about studying Spanish at Eckerd?
The support from faculty. I have always had someone to go to if I had a problem. I also love the small class sizes because it makes it so much easier to learn when you can directly interact with your professor and fellow students.