Hi, my name is Jimena and I help expats in Madrid
learn speak Spanish.
This is me in a nutshell:
- I am Mexican, but I consider myself more a citizen of the world by now.
- I have been living for more than 20 years outside of Mexico: in Ireland, England and Germany. Now I live in Spain, where I arrived in 2013 as a fresh expat, who was very lost here in Spain, even if I spoke the language.
- I think in three languages (Spanish, German and English, not necessarily in that order) and I can switch languages while talking without noticing. It can sometimes be very annoying.
- I studied International Relations in Mexico and England and then did a Masters in International Business with Finance in London.
- And then I changed carreer paths…
...Because I want to help people avoid feeling the way I did when I arrived: lost
So, before I started teaching back in 2017 and because I like to be prepared, I did a few courses on foreign language teaching, which landed me the following certificates:
- I am an authorized teacher for AVE Global and DELE A1-A2 examiner for the Instituto Cervantes.
- I have a TESOL certificate from Arizona State University.
- last but not least, I did the course on Methodology and Didactic of German as a Foreign Language with the Goethe Institut.
Believe it or not, these courses have more in common than you may think, and I use many techniques learnt there in all my classes and courses, regardless of the language.
Since then, I have helped many expats feel at home through the language.
But there´s more to me than just work…
- I am trying to get back into Crossfit first thing in the morning, because it gives me energy and clears the mind. I hate burpees, in case you were wondering.
- I am married to an Irish man, have three kids and two dogs. The husband sometimes acts as the oldest child, though. You probably know what I’m talking about…
- One of my dogs sleeps on my lap when I teach.
- I can be a grinch at times (green face and all).
- I love: Tom Hanks, reading, going to concerts, watching series, visiting new places, the colour purple, having dinner with my family and/or friends and eating elotes from Coyoacán (Mexican style corn on the cob)
- I hate: lack of integrity, rap, ironing, roller-coasters that go upside-down, Frida Kahlo and people that don’t let you change lanes on the road.
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