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cialis generico online paypal I have a warm memory of being in San Jose California with my Mexican boyfriend when I was eighteen. Still without any formal Spanish lessons behind me, I was in his relatives’ sunny kitchen, struggling my way aloud through a few pages of a book.  One of these relatives, a professor at Berkeley, was extra-supportive, helping me with my pronunciation and smiling as I picked out all the words I was able to recognize.  At the time, I didn’t fully understand what I was reading but what I was coming to understand was that I was attracted to the language and wanted to make it part of my life.  By exposing myself to Spanish, I was laying the groundwork for my lifework, though I didn’t know it at eighteen.

go Who knows where this vibrant, animated language will take you if you decide to delve into it.  For me, the Latin American poets became my point of no return. And if you’re anything like me, once you start exposing yourself to what you don’t understand — yet, you’ll want to understand it.

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