Born and raised in Illinois, I happily escaped to California at the age of 20. I
spent 2½ years going to school and working in Monterey and another 3½ working,
going to school, and goofing off in San José. After that, I lived in
for 2½ years, rural Pennsylvania for 4,
Costa Rica for 9 months, and France for 5 years, before finally settling in Guadeloupe.
Language is the great love of my life, and computers are in my blood, so the two
together are a match made in heaven. I also love traveling, trying new
restaurants, cooking, biking, movies, and reading - especially
Education I began attending Knox College in 1991, but
transferred to Monterey Institute
of International Studies after two years, where I received a BA in
International Studies, and then completed the first year of MIIS'
translation and interpretation MA program. After a two-year hiatus, I spent
a year studying French linguistics and literature at
San José State
Professional Experience I started studying French in 1987 and
Spanish two years later. I've traveled to Spain several times, as well as Mexico
and Costa Rica. I've worked as a freelance translator for several years and
taught Spanish and French at an adult education center for over a year.
Skills I speak fluent French, conversational Spanish, and pidgin
Darija (Moroccan Arabic). I am a terrific cook (if I do say so myself), very
computer literate, and a certified Adult Education teacher in the State of
California. I can type about 85 words per minute (if you allow me the backspace
key for typos), read a novel in an afternoon, "mirror-write" with both hands at
the same time, and wiggle my eyebrows separately. ;-)
I love language, and I love being able to share it via this wonderful tool: the
internet. I'm truly delighted to have the opportunity to share my knowledge of
and love for the Spanish language with you. My husband speaks fluent Mexican
Spanish which he learned by working with Mexicans, while I speak school-taught
Castilian, so between the two of us we have a pretty good range of Spanish.
I've been teaching French online since 1999, and I also run
The Veggie Table
(vegetarian recipes and ideology) as well as an
English language site.
I also do some freelance work as a translator (Spanish -»
English and French -» English), proofreader, and webmaster.