‘¡Hola! ¿Qué tal?’ was actually all I knew in Spanish. This is really a pity considering that I have been to a couple of Spanish speaking countries and I listen to a lot of Spanish music. So a Spanish course was a logical step to take. But first let me introduce myself. My name is Ilse, I am from Holland and I am 27 years old. My passion is salsa dancing and that is where it all started.

5 years ago I started with salsa classes and it didn’t take long before I realized I was addicted. Also known as the ‘salsa fever’. I started as a student, but I loved it so much that I joined a demonstration team and even gave class to beginners. Because salsa has his origins in Cuba it is inevitable that you will be introduced with Spanish. You will hear Spanish in the songs and meet a lot of Spanish-speaking people at the salsa parties. Spanish is the language of salsa!

Spanish is a beautiful language and It is even in the top 3 of world languages, it is a shame that I never learned how to speak it. So that is how I ended up at Spark languages! I am participating in the work experience program. I have Spanish class in the morning and work in the afternoon. This is really a great way of finding out what working in an international environment entails and learning how to speak Spanish at the same time.

Through this blog I will keep you updated about my experiences with Spark languages. From the southern town of el Puerto de Santa Maria I would love to take you on this journey. And who knows, maybe I will see you down here.

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