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May 2024 - Andra Henriques

Full of energy and enthusiasm, Andra’s dedication to learning Spanish and enjoying the process is unwavering. Motivated by her appetite for exercising her brain as well as the desire to communicate easily in Spanish with her Argentinian in-laws and extended family, Andra approaches her Spanish studies with abundant curiosity and takes every challenge as an opportunity for growth and deeper understanding. As someone who thrives in a social environment, she takes a real interest in getting to know her classmates and contributes to creating a warm atmosphere where everyone feels valued and welcome. We are honored to count Andra as part of our amazing student community and look forward to continuing to see her polish her skills and revel in having a achieved an ever higher level of fluidity.

Name: Andra Henriques
Occupation: Property manager
Time Studying at Tierra: Since Fall 2021

1) Why are you studying Spanish?

"I love the challenge of learning a new language. I’ve always enjoyed puzzles and word games, and learning a new language is the ultimate word game. Learning a new grammar tense is like unlocking the next level of the game. Also, when I am speaking Spanish it requires my full attention and focus and I can’t worry about anything else except that present moment. I just focus on the person who I am talking with".

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

"Every student and teacher I have met at Tierra feels like someone I could be friends with outside of class. This school has created a lovely community of people that I am happy to belong to! I also enjoy the small class sizes and opportunity for lots of class participation. The teachers are so kind, patient, and helpful; it is a very comfortable place for me to struggle with the difficulty of learning a new language and have some laughs along the way as well".

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

"My husband’s family came to the US from Argentina, and several family members exclusively speak Spanish. Whenever we visit his family I am excited to be able to communicate each time a little better with the folks that I hadn’t be able to visit with before. I remember before I started taking classes one uncle asked me how my flight was and I froze wondering if I should answer in the imperfect or preterite verb tense. I’m so happy to be able to answer that question now, and follow it up by asking how his day was as well!"

¡Felicidades Andra!