I am a Spanish linguistic specialist with expertise of the Spanish language in all of its diverse and beautiful dialects and varieties. I develop classroom curricula, translate and localize media, help businesses support inclusion and diversity, and tutor Spanish for my clients!
I believe early exposure to foreign languages engenders creativity, understanding, and problem-solving skills in children. I create custom-tailored Spanish language curriculums for private preschools with detailed lessons, reading lists, and other activities. I also train your staff in order to implement the language program seamlessly!
Translation + Interpreting
When releasing media in a foreign language, it is important to both remain on-message and account for cultural and linguistic differences during the localization process. I carefully edit your basic translations, company handbooks, scripts, videos, and other media and check them for cultural appropriateness per local customs, the accuracy of dialectology and phonetics, and register/tone.
Diversity and Inclusion Consulting
In this day and age, it is critically important for businesses of any stripe to be cognizant and inclusive of all cultures and peoples. I'm your go-to Spanish language consultant for projects in the education, film, hospitality, tourism, and other industries. I will help ensure that your organization's project is culturally appropriate for Spanish speakers and create a plan to support more inclusion and diversity in your workplace.
Spanish Classes and Tutoring
No matter why you've decided to learn Spanish as your second, third, or even fourth language, the best way to learn a language is by using modern and innovative practices in language learning. I integrate fun and culturally relevant lessons like using Reggaeton videos to teach grammar, teaching preschoolers with American Sign Language, and teaching my students the endearing quirks of various dialects of Spanish!
My childhood in Puerto Rico was nothing short of magical. Ripe mangoes from my Abuelo’s backyard, bright flowers in bloom all year long, the song of the little coqui frog to hum us to sleep at night. Little did I know of my homeland’s political corruption, socio-economic disparity, and broken education system. Little did I know of the similar issues facing all of the diverse Latinx-American communities.
I think back to a time when things were simpler, to the cheerful songs taught in school: Pollito, Chicken; Gallina, Hen; Lapiz, Pencil; Y Pluma, Pen.
And so Pencil + Pluma was born to honor the two identities managed by myself, and so many other “Hyphen”-Americans to bridge the gaps in our society through education and inclusivity.
I'm so intrigued by all of the connections between Spanish speakers around the globe! My passion and love for the language motivated me to get my Master's in Spanish. I am fascinated by all of the beautiful little nuances of distinct dialects of Spanish! Amazingly, you can visit any Spanish-speaking community and find so much local flavor! By appreciating the subtle differences between our familiar varieties of Spanish, we can find commonalities that bind all Spanish-speakers together in a global community.
Have any questions, comments, or suggestions? Are you searching for a Spanish linguistic consultant individually or for your company? Would you like to get a quote for any of your upcoming projects? Please get in touch with me using this form, and I will get back to you as soon as possible!