“Hola. Me llamo Daniel. Y soy… hispanófilo.”

Hispanophilia

Why I owe all that I love to my study of Spanish.

Recently, in my work as a Spanish professor, I found myself speaking with groups of high school students about the shortage of foreign language teachers in our state. As I listed the reasons why they should consider becoming a Spanish teacher, it occurred to me that if you would have told me when I was in high school that I would be a Spanish professor, I would’ve called you a liar. Prior to my second semester of junior year of high school, I wasn’t an especially motivated or talented Spanish student. It was always a class that was fun, but I didn’t take it too seriously. My friends and I would laugh at the “Destinos”telenovela that we watched in one class, although we had parts of the dialogue memorized. I almost quit Spanish after the first day…

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