Practicing piano by ingrid01

Practicing piano

When we moved to Houston, Yelena was 6.
Yelena's spoke Spanish and Dutch. Her English was very poor at that time, because we moved from Mexico. In Houston she was lucky to get into a Dual Language program and was classified as a Spanish speaker.

Her piano teacher was Russian. Her English was ok, but when she spoke with somebody whose English was poor, her English went quickly downhill too... I remember sitting in the room with the first lessons, but decided quickly to wait outside.
Yelena loved the teacher and kept her for all 7 years we were in Houston.

When we moved, the piano went with us and we had a little struggle finding a new teacher. The first one was not that good, but luckily after a few months he moved. The second one was ok, but then the pandemic started.

She started online with a 3rd teacher in order to pass her Trinity exam. This teacher is from Cuba and during one of the online lessons she said she couldn't translate an expression from Spanish into English. Yelena then told her she spoke Spanish.
The teacher was shocked... and it was quiet for so long that I though they had lost the internet connection... Since that lesson the classes are in Spanish.

From November onward classes have been in person, which are a lot more fun. Yelena is now preparing for her Trinity 7 exam.
what an interesting story.
April 12th, 2021  
Good luck to Yelena, she must be very talented ( and not just in her languages :) )
April 12th, 2021  
Oh my. Love your narrative. Good for Yelena, with her mastery of three languages!
April 12th, 2021  
Beautiful, smart, fit and talented. A jewel. You are certainly content with your achievement.
April 12th, 2021  
So talented with the gift of music and languages.
April 12th, 2021  
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