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Valentín from Spain

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: Valentín Giner Country of origin: Spain Work: Spanish teacher at Fuentes For a couple of months this year, Valentín was my Spanish teacher. The Beginners 1 group, starting from scratch, but luckily Valentín made it fun to learn the language and he had a lot of patience with us. Now he is teaching in other cities and I continued with course number two with a different teacher. In class, Valentín told us a little bit how he ended up in Eindhoven. I asked him to tell me more about it for this series and he was happy to do so. We meet each other at Plaza Futura: “I wanted to meet here, because I have a membership card here, so I’m here very often. I’m a big movie fan and here they play the more interesting ones.” Valentín’s story in the Netherlands starts two and a half years ago in Ommen. “I was there on an exchange program with an Erasmus grant. I did all kinds of voluntary work, for instance with handicapped people in an atelier and activities with refugees. I studied different languages, Arabic is one of them. So that was very helpful in communicating...

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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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