When I discovered my love for English at the age of 7 in the United States

When I was 7 years old I emigrated to New York from Santander. As all young children do when they are immersed in a language, I quickly learned English and, although I spoke Spanish at home with my parents, English immediately became my primary language. After being in the U.S. for 30 years, I decided to move to Spain for a year or two because I wanted to experience life here and to know my cousins better, but it's already been 21 years and I'm still here! I met my husband in Madrid and soon had two children, a boy and a girl and, although I do miss the States a lot sometimes, Spain is my home now (again). When I was in the U.S. I felt deeply my Spanish roots and had great love for this country. Now that I am living here I realize that I have two identities, two cultures, and while it is very enriching, it can also be difficult, because you are never completely one thing. There is always a side of you that is missing the other side. I love to give my conversation classes, and I feel more like a "coach" than a teacher. I love to talk with my students about every subject, and love to see their enthusiasm and desire to improve their english. I've been very lucky with my students - they are constantly teaching me new things and have always have been, and continue to be, lovely people.

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