My name is Matias Torres and I am form Argentina. I will be the Spanish language assistant at Willamette this year. I am 29 years old and I am teacher of English language and culture. I live in a province called Mendoza which is very famous because it became a Great Wine Capital recently and also for the great steak you can eat there.
Even though I have lived in Mendoza all my life, I love traveling and I take advantage of every opportunity to do it when I can. I lived for five months in Wyoming in 2007 while I was on another interchange program and I got the chance to visit many states of the US. I have also been to some parts of Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Italy and Spain and some parts of Argentina as well.
I am very eager to answer all questions that you may have either on the Spanish language or on my culture. Soon I will be publishing my tutoring hours and the Spanish table schedule. You are more than welcome to stop by. I hope to see you around soon!
In order to let you know a little bit more about Mendoza, the city where I come from, I decided to upload some pictures taken by the Instagram user @jedidiahjenkins. He’s on an epic journey called #OregontoPatagonia. He’s been cycling around the continent and I found it interesting that he actually started his journey here in Florence, Oregon! A couple of weeks ago he stopped by my province and he took the last three pictures you will see below. I’ve been following since last November and I recommend you following him if you are an Instagram user as well.
The other pictures and the video as well are part from a campaign that Mendoza’s government is doing to help Mendoza become one of the 7 Wonderful Cities of the World (currently it is in the top 21!). So if you want to help my city win, go to http://www.mendozamaravillosa.com/ !!!
My name is Ivan Miranda; I am originally from Bolivia, South America. Prior to residing in Oregon, I lived in Illinois where I got my Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Languages. In Bolivia I earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics, and here in Oregon I taught Spanish at the University of Oregon for two years while doing my Masters in Spanish. Currently, I’m taking MBA classes, this is my second year!
In Bolivia I used to own an FM Radio Station where I took my first steps in the practical business world. Currently, I work as a Spanish/English Medical Interpreter (part time) and teach Spanish privately to business owners, administrators, attorneys, and health professionals.
I love to travel; I visited many states and cities in the U.S. and many countries in Europe (I lived in Germany for two years). During my academic breaks in Germany I visited south India, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives Islands. In South America I visited Uruguay and Brazil (many times), and in Bolivia I traveled almost everywhere.
In my free time I play soccer, tennis, and chess. I also enjoy biking, hiking, dancing, and swimming.
I hope we are going to have a very productive and rewarding academic year!!
My name is Luisa Fernanda Grajales and I’m the new Spanish language teaching assistant here at Willamette. I’m Colombian, born and raised in Medellín. By the way, Medellín is the second largest city in Colombia with an estimated 3.5 million people. It is located in the central mountain range of the Andes and it is the capital of Antioquia’s department. Here are some pictures!
I’m a Fulbright scholar and I will be here for a whole year. I really hope to share some of my culture, my customs, and my knowledge of the Spanish language with you. I truly want, at the end of this year, to go back home with a greater understanding of American people and culture. In addition to this, I would love to learn about all the different cultural groups gathered here at Willamette. So, if you see me around the university, just come and say ¡HOLA!
In the following video you can get a glimpse of my beautiful city!
The end of the semester is approaching and you must be busy with exams and assignments, but we’d like to invite you to the last movie night of the academic year. This time you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy an Argentine film which will show you a different and interesting aspect of the Argentine culture. Come and enjoy, food and drinks will be offered too!
I’m writing to you on behalf of the Spanish club in order to invite you to one of the biggest events of the year “La Fiesta Latina”, a celebration of the Spanish-speaking cultures. There will be live music, dance and food. For more info check the poster below. I hope to see you there!
In the name of all the Teaching Assistants at Willamette University, Gabriela and Ivan (Spanish Department), Isabelle (German Departement), Wenwen (Chinese Department), Rie (Japanese Department) and Maria (French Department):
We would like to thank all the members and students of Willamette University for making of our International Karaoke Night a huge success with more than 50 people attending! Thank you for coming and singing in French, German, Chinese, Spanish, Japanese and English and sharing our cultures together! We had a great time!
Watch out for our next International event… it’s gonna rock!