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August 2018 - Sheila Bob

Two summers ago Sheila and her partner Kathy decided to take advantage of their free time in retirement and embark on a Spanish-learning journey at Tierra, and they’ve been continuing ever since. As she gained the skills necessary to engage in conversation, Sheila’s outgoing, gregarious personality shined through and she began to stimulate discussion on many interesting topics in her classes. Naturally friendly and unhindered by shyness, she delights in interacting in Spanish, whether it be with her classmates, the locals she meets in annual kayaking trips in Mexico, or members of the Spanish-speaking community she encounters around Portland. A truly dedicated student, she’s begun taking concurrent morning and evening courses, to get the most practice possible and make sure she’s solidifying her skills. We’re grateful to count Sheila as part of our community at Tierra, and look forward to continuing to see her sprint towards fluency.

Name: Sheila Bob
Occupation: Retired clinical psychologist
Time Studying at Tierra: 2 years

1) Why are you studying Spanish?

"I’ve tried before, when I lived in L.A., but this is the first time I’ve really had the time and energy to stick with it. I am not a natural at languages but the patience and support at Tierra has kept me going. I have been kayaking in Mexico for many years, in addition to living in a Mexican-American neighborhood in L.A and I have always thought it was simply respectful to learn the language of the people I was around".

2) What is your favorite part about your experience here at Tierra?

"The classes are small, the teachers very competent and the classes are fun. I have never felt judged and always felt supported when I just “just went for it.” And I have really enjoyed meeting the other students, always interesting and easy to be with".

3) Can you tell us of a time you have been able to use what you have learned studying here?

"Well, Kathy (my partner and also a Tierra student) and I go to the Yucatan every year for several weeks in December and we use it there. But I also use it around town; at my local gas station they know I am studying and they speak with me (and correct me) in Spanish. We all enjoy it. And we have some friends who are also studying Spanish and we can speak with them. Primarily, it is an enjoyable hobby. At my age (76) I simply appreciate that I can continue to learn".

¡Felicidades Sheila!