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Ana María Ruiz

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Teaches: Spanish Native
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Interests: Sports, Travel , Listening to Podcasts

I'm Ana María, the owner of Acento Clases. I was born in a small town north of Antioquia, Colombia called Don Matías, and I grew up in Yarumal. From a very young age, I dreamed of traveling and learning about other countries. The first country I visited was Mexico, which sparked my desire to see more of the world. So far, I have had the opportunity to explore more than 45 countries around the world.

I am passionate about learning new things. Throughout my travels, I have had the opportunity to learn martial arts: Muay Thai; Kickboxing and Boxing. I've been introduced to water sports including surfing and swimming. At home in Medellin, I am learning motocross. Learning something new is always very challenging, especially when you combine the desire to learn with a passion for travel.

Since 2016, I have been teaching Spanish full time, which has helped me fulfill my dream of traveling. In 2022, I began my coursework for a degree in foreign languages, specializing in teaching. I am learning English, so I understand how difficult it can be to learn another language. For me, repetition and the company of a good tutor are key elements, which is why I am here to support you in learning Spanish, my native language.

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Student Testimonials

Lilia

I lived in a Spanish-speaking country for 1 year, where I got to learn and speak Spanish well. I wanted to keep my Spanish up because I thought it would be a waste not to. And I'm so glad that I found Maria, because l've learned a lot from her and I have received compliments from locals too. I can talk about anything with her and she's actually become a friend!

Lilia Battem

Nick-Hodge

I've been taking classes with Maria since January of 2020 and my Spanish has improved a great deal since then! One of the biggest problems with learning a new language is having the confidence to speak. Maria is great at making you feel comfortable, has great energy, and excellent at making conversation. You can talk to her about anything!

Nick Hodge

Vanessa-L

Learning Spanish with Maria has been beyond helpful! She takes away the formal setting of a Spanish class and makes it more fun as if l'm learning Spanish from a friend. Recommend to anyone wanting to learn Spanish! Gracias, Maria!

Vanessa Leeann

Una entrevista con Ana María

An interview with Ana María

What interested you in becoming a Spanish instructor?

Everything had changed when I realized that I could help others achieve their goals by teaching my native language.

When did you get the idea to teach online? How did Acento come to be?

The idea was born when my British friend wanted to learn Spanish. She told me that my accent was very easy to understand. After some time teaching, I felt the desire to help more people.

What are your tips for speaking Spanish and learning a language quickly?

It is helpful to be clear about why you want to learn a new language and for that reason to be strong so that you can put everything into practice. The main thing is to practice at least one hour a day by watching television or Netflix, listening to radio or music, and change your cell phone to Spanish. At first you may not understand everything, but it will help you to learn new words and remember them easily.

What are the most important things to know when you travel and how can someone be a good tourist?

The most important thing is to find accomodations in a safe, secure place and where there are many activities to do. In my case as a nomad, it is important to be close to many places and not depend on transportation. I like to be able to walk to restaurants, cafes, gyms and tourist places. To be a good tourist, it is important to follow the rules or regulations of each place.

What have you learned as a nomad?

The locals of each city become like your family and the food that is original to that destination becomes so unique that you cannot eat it in another place.

How do you live out of a suitcase? What are your tips for living simply.

My best advice is not to get attached to the material things. When you are at home and in your city you want to buy many things. The more you travel, you will start to see that life becomes simpler. Then you realize that there are a variety of experiences even more beautiful that fill the heart.

What is the best place you’ve visited?

Patagonia is the best place I have visited so far. The mountains, the rivers, the houses and the people are incredible. It is the perfect place to get away from the noise of the city, have some time without internet and just see the beautiful landscapes.

What are the best words or phrases to know?

El pasado te deprime, el futuro te genera ansiedad pero el presente es el mejor tiempo para vivir.

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