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Andrea Paula Cukier

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They say that necessity is the mother of invention. This idea, that certain needs or a specific lack of resources breeds the creative process, explains, in part, how I became an artist.  This may also explain how, in addition to being a painter and having a Master’s in art education, I became a Spanish teacher after immigrating to the United States when I was 28 years old.

There are huge challenges in having a double career: a double set of achievement goals, half the time to dedicate to each profession and the endless rush to fulfill the demands of both, while feeling that one is not doing well enough in either of them.  For a long time, I taught Spanish during part of the day and after that, painted throughout the evening. I also created large parts of my body of work at every artist-in-residency program where I was accepted.

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Cover, digital

Project statement, digital

Cover, pronunciation section, digital

Cover, vowels section (pronunciation subsection), digital

Vowels section: how to pronounce the letter A, digital

Vowels section: how to pronounce the letter E, digital

Vowels section: how to pronounce the letter I, digital

Vowels section: how to pronounce the letter O, digital.

Vowels section: how to pronounce the letter U, digital

Cover, consonants and combined letters (pronunciation subsection), digital

How to pronounce the H, digital

How to pronounce the combined letters GUE and GUI, digital

How to pronounce the double L and the Y before vowels, digital

How to pronounce the J before all vowels and the G before E and I, digital

How to pronounce the I before an E and visual help to differentiate VIEJO (old) from similar sounding VIAJE (slide below), digital

How to pronounce the I before an A and visual help to differentiate VIAJE (trip) from similar sounding VIEJO (slide above), digital

Cover, memory-tools section, digital

Mnemonic for the verb LLEVAR (to take something to a place that is not where the speech originates) and visual help to differentiate it from the verb TRAER (to bring), digital

Mnemonic for the verb TRAER (to bring from the point of view of the speaker) and visual help to differentiate it from LLEVAR (to take) verb, digital

Mnemonic for the verb TOCAR (to touch and to play musical instruments) and visual help to differentiate it from the similar sounding verb TOMAR (slide below), digital

Mnemonic for the verb TOMAR (to take) and visual help to differentiate it from the similar sounding verb TOCAR (slide above), digital

Mnemonic for the verb LLEGAR (to arrive) and visual emphasis on the G to differentiate it from the similar sounding verbs LLENAR and LLEVAR, digital

Mnemonic for the verb PEDIR (to ask for something) that is sometimes confused with PREGUNTAR (to ask about or inquire), digital

Mnemonic for the verb PREGUNTAR (to ask about or inquire), often confused with PEDIR (to ask for or request), digital

Mnemonic for the verb SENTARSE (to sit down), and visual emphasis on the A to differentiate it from the similar sounding verb SENTIRSE (to feel), digital

Mnemonic for the adjectives MAYOR and MENOR, emphasis on the right pronunciation by association with the sound of the characters' names

Cover, vocabulary section, digital

Cover, cognates (vocabulary subsection), digital

Happy jumps (bunny), digital

Happy jumps (cat), digital

Happy jumps (frog), digital

Happy jumps (monkey), digital

Happy jumps (wolf), digital

Happy jumps (kangaroo), digital

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