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Fabiana Martínez

Fabiana was born and grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina. From a very young age, she showed a special interest in books and “words in other languages.” Fabiana graduated from the UCA University in Buenos Aires with a degree of Profesora en Letras (Linguistics and World Literature). She soon started teaching Spanish as a second language and perfected her method which she used to teach in renowned international companies as well as to professionals from various countries. Fabiana also works as a translator and interpreter and, at the present time, she teaches Spanish, English, French and Italian. Among her other passions are theater, movies and radio broadcasting where she worked for some years as a theater critic and hosted numerous interviews. In November 2011, Fabiana was selected to serve as the official translator for President George W. Bush, Mrs. Laura Bush and the former president of Spain, José María Aznar, during an international event for the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Fabiana moved to Dallas, Texas in 2002 and, through her company TalkActive LLC, widened the horizons of many professionals willing to learn languages properly, in a pleasant way and with lasting results. If you see Fabiana, don’t forget to ask her about her two beloved kitties, Philidor and Bastet. 

 


Chris Hendrix

Chris Hendrix was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, but grew up in Texas. He has lived the majority of his life in Texas, currently residing in Dallas. Chris began studying Spanish in high school, and also took classes in the university from which he graduated, Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He has attended Spanish courses in Alcalá de Henares (outside of Madrid) and intensive courses in Costa Rica. These days he is taking classes with Fabiana as his instructor. Chris works for a company in Dallas in the technology department. For hobbies he likes to ride his bicycle, go to the movies, and is also on a bowling team.


Byron Cryer

Byron is originally from Miami Florida where he began to be interested in Spanish. Miami is a community where Spanish is commonly spoken and it is difficult to live there and not have an interest in the language. Byron is a physician and moved to Dallas to train and work as a doctor. In his medical life he is a gastroenterologist. He began taking Spanish lessons with Fabiana in 2006. Since that time, he and Chris have been getting together each week with Fabiana to study and enjoy this language that they love. As native English speakers, he and Chris have recognized the common problems that native English speakers face all the time when they are learning a new language. Through the podcasts offered in Spanish 360 with Fabiana, Byron wants to make sure that other students in similar situations are provided tools to overcome the problems which they will commonly encounter.