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My Top 3 Dominican Repubic Posts

In 2015, I decided to go to the Dominican Repubic on a whim because tickets were on sale from JetBlue. Sometimes you just have to say, "Why not?" I convinced my friend Noel, who lived in a different state, to meet me in the DR for a week. I stayed a few days beyond my time with Noel and booked a bed at a hostel out in the countryside, purely because the owner rescues horses and dogs and cats and the hostel was calling to me. I had one of the best trips of my life and I documented it in the following blog posts. To be fair, these are my top 3 DR posts, but they are also my only 3 DR posts to date. However, I'm taking a small group of Spanish learners to the DR in November 2017 and there's just one spot left- registration closes end of day Saturday 9/30/17. Learn more here


1. Santo Domingo

Highlights include a favor from the stranger on the airplane next to me (all in Spanish), a water taxi, new hostel friends from all over, dancing on a catamaran, and having a policeman stop traffic for us on a major highway so we could cross to check out a giant statue.

2. Las Galeras

HIghlights include stargazing from the roof of an abandoned house, a horseback ride to the beach, crawling under a barbed wire fence to get to a restaurant with a pet hair sheep/goat, motorcycle taxi rides under the stars with 3 people to a motorcycle, and friendship bracelets.

Highlights include coco locos, fresh caught fish and lobster, tostones, mofongo, and lots of fresh tropical fruits, juices, and smoothies!


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Registration for the November 2017 DR Trip closes 9/30/17 at 11:59pm Central!


FREE Spanish Confidence Booster Program

¡Hola, amigo! Have you been studying Spanish for a while but continue to struggle with speaking? Do you know written Spanish and grammar, but have confidence starting a conversation with a Spanish speaker? Know lots of Spanish vocab but have difficulty expressing your thoughts aloud in a sentence?

Not to worry! In my ten years of Spanish teaching and tutoring experience, I have found that speaking and conversation is the #1 challenge for almost every Spanish learner! I have been in that situation myself, where I had lots of knowledge but was so afraid of making a mistake that I couldn’t open my mouth to say anything in Spanish.

Let’s be real….listening, writing, and reading are all awesome skills, but for many people, the most useful Spanish skill is speaking. If this message hits home for you, I have something awesome that I want to invite you to be a part of!

During the month of October, I’ll be running a free weekly video chat program (you can also join in with just audio if you don’t have a webcam) to increase your Spanish confidence and conversation skills no matter how much or little Spanish you know. We’ll meet once a week for four weeks and chat amongst ourselves. All levels of Spanish learners are welcome, and you can start speaking the language once you know just a few words. In fact, I invite you to get out of your comfort zone, make mistakes, try new Spanish words and phrases, and grow your confidence in a supportive encouraging environment with me and other Spanish learners. I’ll be there to facilitate conversation and answer questions. There won’t be any set “lesson plan,” but rather a free flowing conversation among participants.

This is a project I have had in mind for a while now, and I’m ready to release it to the world! This is a free one time opportunity to join the “beta test.” Next time you see this program offered, it will not be free, so take advantage now!

Here are the session dates and times (in Central time zone- Alabama):

Wednesday October 4, 7:00-7:30pm

Wednesday October 11,  7:00-7:30pm

Wednesday October 18, 7:00-7:30pm

Wednesday October 25, 7:00-7:30pm

Now, even though this program is free, there are a couple of participant expectations:

  1. Please only sign up for the program if you are at least 99% sure you can make it to at least 2 of the sessions.
  2. You will be required to sign up for each session you plan to attend. Registration for all sessions you will be attending is required no later than October 2, 2017.
  3. The course will only run if I have 8-9 participant sign ups for people that all plan to attend at least 2 sessions.

If you can’t make all 4 sessions, that’s totally fine. They will be recorded and shared privately among participants. You can also submit topics and questions in advance if you can’t attend.

Open to the public. All ages and all levels of Spanish learners welcome (even if you know less than 20 words in Spanish).

See what students have said about learning Spanish with me.

Enrollment closes end of day October 2, 2017. CLICK HERE to reserve your spot!

Questions? hannahrompiendolasbarreras@gmail.com

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