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I've spent hundreds of hours studying each language I speak, as well as taking several courses in both German and Spanish. Additionally, I have lived in several multilingual communities across Europe and the southern United States.
During high school, I lived abroad in Linz, Austria where I spoke and studied German every day. While there, I became romantically involved with a Spanish-speaking girl and practiced daily with her, as well as enrolling in several courses to further develop my skills. Linz, like most of Europe, is very multicultural and I had many opportunities to speak every day with native speakers in both Spanish and German. Furthermore, I became exceedingly passionate about languages and developed a deep obsession with studying foreign grammar and vocabulary. Upon returning to the United States, I continued to study German daily. Where I currently live in Colorado is populated with many Spanish speakers, and I use my Spanish both at work and at school every day.
Though I have not translated professionally before, I love learning and have a wide array of interests. I am very interested in fields of history and anthropology, particularly archaeology. I am also very passionate about intercultural understanding and development as well both domestic and foreign politics. Obviously, my greatest passion is language and I spend almost all of my free time studying and speaking German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and, most recently, Japanese. I also work part-time at a daycare and have taken many courses on early childhood development.