Liz, I was fortunate to find a to tutor who has helped me a lot. She is a very intelligent young woman from Peru who who is attending Community College here in Roanoke, and is planning to become a doctor. Along with being bilingual, she has a strong command of Spanish grammar, so that when I encounter those vexing issues that just confound my English mind, she can often explain them to me so that I understand why something is the way it us. Not only that, I have learned much about Latin American culture in general and the culture of her country in particular. She is quick to correct my little errors before they become bad habits, and gives me practical advice about speaking the language more naturally. We don't speak Spanish the entire hour we are together, but I come prepared each week to talk about a topic, or I bring a picture to describe, or some object. This week we talked about La Semana Santa in her country and mine. The rest of the time seems to move between Spanish and English, but it all helps my learning process. I will lose this connection when school is over in a few weeks and I am already thinking of ways to replace this part of my education.