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Spanish Accelerated

For those of you that struggle with the language barrier, you’ll love today’s featured ex-pat. In this post, I’d like to introduce you to Judit Megal, owner of Spanish Accelerated (Use code Spanish22).

My family is Russian and I grew up with Russian as my first language and English as my second. Knowing these two languages can give you a bird’s-eye-view of how languages work and how Spanish and English are similar and different, both at the same time. My mom was an immigrant in her 40s and to her last days, spoke with a heavy accent. So I understand the struggle learn a second language, especially later in life.

In 2006 a job brought me to Mexico. I was working for Diamonds International, in Riviera Maya. Now I live in the Riviera Nayarit, another job moved me here and I loved it so much I stayed!

I’ve had so many defining moments since moving to Mexico. There’s nothing quite like getting lost in Mexico City, in heavy rain, at rush- hour, because I didn’t understand the directions given to me… I also couldn’t pronounce the words Cuauhtemoc, Tlaquepaque, and Jacarandas, which were all on my way to work. It was definitely stressful to be in Mexico City, alone, on a bus, and not understanding. It has contributed to my desire to learn, and fast.

After over a decade of living in Mexico, I’m more Mexican now than something else, the daily rhythm, the way we say things, handle problems, negotiate, etc. It made me much more Cabrona than before but also allowed me to express my more feminine, soft side. I love Mexico!

Six years ago I’ve decided to take my Spanish lessons to be a full-time job because my side hobby was so satisfying that my client exploded. I teach mainly to retirees and snowbirds because they are the biggest population here. We work online, both one-on-one and in small conversation groups and I found that combination brings the best results. Plus, you must speak the language, because only reading and writing will bring you 2/3 of the way. The understanding part, especially when people speak fast, is crucial, and can’t happen without YOU SPEAKING. ( Our private classes are off the record and designed to give you the courage to speak).

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The Bangura Institute

Today I’d like to introduce you to Roxana Bangura, founder of The Bangura Institute, an organization designed to assist English teachers in Mexico and the United States improve their teaching through linguistic training. Roxana also shares her life in Mexico with her daughter on The Bangura Chronicles. Here’s what she has to say:

Before I moved to Mexico, as providence would have it I was headed to The Gambia where my family is from, but the cousin that was assisting me there died quite suddenly and while we were in mourning I decided to not pursue the move there any longer. I always knew that my daughter needed to be multilingual and Spanish is a global language that is like the unofficial second language of the US so as I was in a Facebook group called Black Americans Living Abroad I came across a sister who sang the praises of Mexico and I was intrigued. As I researched more about Mexico I fell in love and decided to move here sight unseen. I have been in Veracruz these past 4 years

I’ve changed since moving to Mexico. I realized that I am an extreme person who can be quite stubborn and tenacious. Mexico has made me realize that. I moved here without ever visiting. I really knew only Spanglish having grown up in NY as a single mother who is Black. Mexico has shown me that I like my own company. I do not have to fit in. Mexico has also taught me to value myself in unfamiliar spaces and to stick to my ideals/principles while at the same time being aware and appreciative of those that do not share my upbringing history, culture, or mentality. 

The idea for The Bangura Institute started as I was working in a school in 2018. I wanted children in the US to have the same opportunities as my child. I saw the need for exchange and professional development programs in my adopted pueblo of Orizaba.

My daughter is a huge part of the motivation for my business. Again being a single parent and not having the resources for an international linguistic education in our area of the US I wanted to be able to provide these same opportunities for other children and Linguistic Educators. I saw a lack of support and frankly respect of English language educators in my pueblo (town) so I developed programs that would raise the profile of their vocation. 

I am building a network of Linguistic Educators across Mexico and select school districts in the US. I have partnerships with other institutions of learning and if you count my daughter explaining what I do to nosey vecinos (neighbors) then yes, my family helps too. 

The Bangura Institute offers a Linguistic Educator Debate Series (LEDS) as a part of our Professional Development program for our network of Linguistic Educators.The mission of LEDS is to support and encourage Linguistic Educators to expound on a variety of topics to eventually become Subject Matter Experts.The debate series gives Linguistic Educators an opportunity to have discourse on subjects with their peers in a public forum.

As a LEDS participant being a part of an association of linguistic educators affords the following:

•A support network of your peers

•Access to linguistic courses to advance your debate skills

•Continuing education courses on the relevant topics in education

•Public Speaking engagements as a Subject Matter Expert

•Opportunities to debate your fellow linguistic educators across Mexico and the US
You can find out more about The Bangura Institute on Facebook and Instagram and connect with Roxana at any link found here.

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Your stories about Mexico

My purpose in writing Surviving Mexico goes beyond keeping my mom up-to-day on our goings-on in La Yacata.  I am also committed to providing a resource for individuals living in or planning to move to Mexico.  Mexico is an enormous country, full of diverse cultures, languages, geographic landscapes and lifestyles. In comparison, our life in central rural Mexico is rather limited. Therefore, I would love to feature your story in 2018.

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Do you write a blog, vlog, newsletter or host another site on social media that focuses on Mexico?  Drop me a line to be included in the series Blogs about Mexico worth reading.

Inspirational Women Writers in Mexico

Have you written a book, ebook or academic paper about Mexico?  Fill out the contact form below to be featured in the series Inspirational Writers in Mexico.

Modern Day Marias

Do you live in Mexico? I’m planning a series similar to Modern Day Marias, as yet unnamed, and would love to hear your story!

Small Business

Do you make things to sell like crafts, paintings, and carvings, or otherwise have your own small business in Mexico?  Send me a message!

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Do you have an idea that would work as a regular feature like Geneva’s Southern Comfort Food Mexican Style?  I’m interested!

Do you work with a charity or non-profit organization in Mexico that you think should be featured?  I’d love to hear about it!

Have you been already featured and have written something new or qualify under another category listed above?  Let me know!

Do you know someone that I should feature?  Send them my way.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

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