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June 2018 - Tracie Bennink

Committed to her Spanish studies and determined to enjoy the process, Tracie’s lighthearted sense of humor makes Spanish class more fun for everyone. A natural extrovert, when she travels abroad she comes home with new friendships blossoming, which she maintains through message writing - her favorite way to practice her Spanish skills. Also a fan of watching television in Spanish, she has the patience to watch an entire series despite not understanding every word, as she trusts (correctly) the exposure is good for her language development. In class, she easily connects with her classmates and contributes to a creating a collaborative atmosphere and sense of camaraderie. We’re grateful to have Tracie as a student and look forward to watching her march on to conquer her learning goals.

Name: Tracie Bennink
Occupation: Small Business owner
Time Studying at Tierra: One year

1) Why are you studying Spanish?

"I am studying Spanish in order to be able to speak better with my friends who don't speak English and so that when I travel I can communicate better".

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

"I love the small classes, the people I have made friends with and Elyse's sparkly happy personality each morning, all of which makes me have more fun while learning. The pace is perfect and it is easy to ask questions in such a small group. I plan to continue with the classes until I am fluent".

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

"I use the Spanish I have learned from Elyse at Tierra every week while talking to friends in other countries. I also find it is easier to listen to the news in Spanish now, as well as watch programs I like without worrying about English subtitles".

¡Felicidades Tracie!