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Ines from Peru

People from many different countries live, study and work in Eindhoven. Every week, E52 has a talk with an international about what brought them here and what life is like in Eindhoven. Name: Ines Lapenta Country of origin: Peru Work: Spanish teacher and entrepreneur At community center ’t Trefpunt are lots of people coming and going this morning. Ines is already present and welcomes us with a smile: “It’s always busy here. I teach Spanish classes and I was on the waiting list to rent a classroom in the center. Yoga and ballet, ping-pong and a big banquet hall, there is so much to do here.” Ines teaches in Eindhoven, Brandevoort, Valkenswaard and, if necessary, throughout the Netherlands. “Here at ‘t Trefpunt I give group lessons, and besides that, I give private lessons and lessons to companies. The first year consists mainly of learning words and making sentences. Communicating is important, learning the grammar is the finishing touch.” Ines is a real international: “I was born in Peru, but my family is from Italy. I was at an international high school, with German as a language of instruction. My husband is Dutch and I got to know him at that school. So we know each other since we were kids.” Years later Ines lives in Barcelona and her now husband in Eindhoven. He visits her during his vacation. “He asked...

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No worries – we’re learning Dutch

A closer look at one of Language Institute Regina Coeli’s free Dutch workshops at the High Tech Campus in February. How many expats living in Eindhoven can say that they really speak Dutch well? I’ve met many internationals who have lived in the Netherlands for 5, 10, or even 15 years, and who don’t speak much more than a few words. Learning a foreign language you haven’t been taught in school is hard work, though. It took me three years and a lot of mental blood, sweat, and tears to finally pass the NT2 level II exam (the Dutch...

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