Thursday Nov 17, 2022

Dominique Cordero, La Mariposa (Audio)

Learning Spanish can be fun and our guest: Dominque Cordero, La Mariposa proves it through her story of immersing herself in not just the language, but the culture as well. You can start learning Spanish today with Dominque as your teacher at:!

Her story in her own words:

There I was, twenty-three years old, working a soul-crushing “Corporate-America” job and asking myself, “Is this it?”

I felt lost, uninspired, and more than ready for a radical change.  So that's exactly what I made.

In three months, I sold my car. Broke my lease. Packed my life into two suitcases and boarded a plane to Barcelona, Spain.

With that one-way ticket, I was off to live with a host family, work as an Au Pair, and pursue a long-time dream of living in a Spanish-speaking country.

Now, I had taken a few Spanish lessons.  So I thought I'd be able to put together a few sentences.

Oh, how quickly I found that wasn't the case.  I couldn't even carry on a simple conversation at the market. My high school Spanish classes completely failed me.

But sometimes frustration is the perfect motivator, verdad?

So I dove in and devoted myself to learning the Spanish language–for real this time. I stayed focused, and in just twelve months, I went from a beginner, A1 Spanish level, to a high intermediate, B2 level.

But, honestly, something much bigger, more expansive happened that year.  Yes, I learned Spanish.  But in doing so, I forever changed my identity.

I've since sought to immerse myself in various Spanish-speaking cultures.  Each gives me a new way to see, think, and believe.  My love of Spanish continues to gift me with cherished moments and treasured relationships.

And that's why, a decade later, I have devoted my time to helping adults—like you—unlock the habits and methods you need to confidently carry on a conversation in Spanish too.

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