profesora de español en línea

Professor y coordinator from Mexico city, Mexico

Hello! My name is Analhi Aguirre, and I’ve been a coordinator and professor of Spanish as a foreign language for over 18 years. I love sharing and teaching my native language and culture, as well as learning about other cultures and their ways of life. I am also the coordinator of the La vida en español school team.

A little bit about me

I specialize in Spanish language and literature, but I am very interested in cinema, TV series, music, French, different cuisines, geography, animals and the sea. I have lived in Argentina (my country of origin), Canada (Montreal) and now, I am located in the enormous Mexico City. In each of these places, I have always had my mate by my side. That is why I chose the typical Argentinian beverage as the symbol for my Spanish educational space and team: ¡mate!

Academic background

I am a professor of Modern Languages and Literatures (National University of Cuyo, Argentina), Master in Latin American Studies (National Autonomous University of Mexico), and PhD in Humanities with specialization in Literary Theory (Autonomous Metropolitan University, Mexico). I have studied and written extensively in my mother tongue, but I have also learned to teach it in order to transmit my knowledge. Teaching is a pleasure, a discipline and, above all, an expression of the will for your students to learn.


I’ve been teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language for 10 years in person (Argentina, Canada and
Mexico) and 8 years online, from Mexico City. Altogether, my students have been and continue to
be my school as a Spanish teacher. Through the close and friendly bonds we build, as well as my
own training and constant updating of my Spanish, I continuously encounter new strategies and
difficulties with regards to teaching. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, my
students, for your love, patience, and, above all, your desire to learn. In short, it is a great and beautiful team work.


I understand and speak French and English, so you can communicate with me in either of these languages without any problem – or in Spanish, of course! It would be a pleasure to meet you and start our classes. I believe that to live a language is to live its culture. I always encourage my students to decode the Spanish-speaking culture by learning the language. For me, to live in French is to live the culture of Quebec, because that's where I learned to speak it. If we don't learn the language of the places we are interested in, we undoubtedly miss out on a large part of the life of those places, and, in this case, La vida en español.

One more note

Given the social changes we are currently experiencing, the use of inclusive language is very important to me. In Spanish, as in other languages, words have genders (feminine, masculine and/or neutral). Beyond this, and in the same way, the expressions we use can trigger or reproduce patterns of discrimination, sexism and violence. Because of this, I try to make the Spanish I teach as inclusive as possible, since I am convinced that human rights are validated for all people (for example) in the language we speak.

Professor José Luis Chapa from Mendoza, Argentina

Hello! My name is José Luis Chapa and I live in Mendoza, Argentina. I work at the National University of Cuyo (UNCuyo) in the Arts and Portuguese departments. I am head of Practical Works in Comprehension and Production of Academic Texts and in History of the Spanish Language.
I also work at a Higher Education Institute in the disciplines of Reading, Writing and Speaking. I have taught Spanish as a Foreign Language in Brazil and within the IFSA (Institute for Study Abroad) program.
I have participated in research studies with different Argentinean and Brazilian teams on a variety of linguistic topics and conduct research on second language teaching methodology.

I am a very curious and restless person. I like exercising, photography, hiking, rollerblading with friends, biking in the park, drinking wine and dancing. I currently attend a salsa and bachata dance academy. I also enjoy watching series in other languages and traveling. My dream, in the short term, is to visit Southeast Asia. As a hobby, I like to collect teas from different parts of the world.

I am very happy to be part of the La vida en español team!

José Luis Chapa, profesor de español como lengua extranjera

Speaking and teaching Spanish

Spanish is a very attractive language. Since I began my undergraduate studies, I have been passionate about learning the history of Spanish terms and their correlates in other languages, from Latin to the present day. Whenever I talk about the grammatical and cultural component of Spanish, I like to delve into the journey (etymology) of certain words, and how their structure and meaning has changed over the centuries. Understanding the process of evolution of a language helps make learning more meaningful and lasting.

Academic background

I am a university professor of Language and Literature and I have a diploma in Proofreading (spelling and style). I have a specialization in University Teaching and a master's degree in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language. I have studied and worked in teams at the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts of the National University of Cuyo, at the National Technological University (Mendoza, Argentina), at Tech University of Technology (Canary Islands, Spain), at the Faculty of Sciences and Arts of the Paulista State University (São Paulo, Brazil) and at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Vale do Rio dos Sinos (Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil).


I specialize in the study of Italian, Portuguese, English and French. I am interested in analyzing my own mother tongue (Spanish, Río de la Plata dialect), alongside its corresponding Argentinian worldview.
I teach and research Spanish as a Foreign Language and Portuguese as a Foreign Language. I have taught courses in Argentina and Brazil on the Argentinian cultural component of Spanish as a Foreign Language, both in standard form and Río de la Plata dialect, on how to deal with linguistic multiplicity, on the identity and diversity of Hispanic culture, on orthographic and normative updating of the language for Spanish translators, and on false cognates between Spanish and Portuguese, among others.

Grisell Ortega Jiménez, Mexico City

Grisell Ortega Jiménez

In addition to being a vehicle for communication, language is the key that opens the door to fascinating cultures. Hi! I’m Grisell, a Chilanga passionate about the history of Mexico and all of Latin America.

I’d love to help you perfect your knowledge of Spanish through entertaining conversation sessions focused on historical periods, traditions, art, social dynamics and regional issues of global interest.

My proposal

As a contributor to La vida en espagnol team, I am in charge of organizing and moderating conversation courses focused on topics related to Latin American history and culture. I prefer to design the program together with the group to plan a series of sessions of collective interest.

Each class opens with an introduction of the topic that gives way to the discussion of complementary material previously reviewed by the students during the week. The selection of material, which combines written texts, audiovisuals, graphics and digital interactives, is designed to help you practice Spanish in a variety of ways while expanding your knowledge of the language, history, culture and present of the Latin American region.

Who am I and what do I do?

I was born in the chaotic but beautiful Mexico City, where I live happily with my family. Since I was a child I marveled at the natural, cultural and social richness of my country. Its pyramids and temples, its colonial architecture and art, and its legacy of revolutionary struggle defined my vocation.

I studied History at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and later I did postgraduate studies in History at McGill University (Montreal) and El Colegio de México. I am currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Secondary Education in the international program at the University of Alabama (UA).

For the past 8 years I have been teaching anthropology, history and geography of Mexico and the Americas in an international school. I love my job because it allows me to share the Latin American universe with young people from all corners of the world, while I learn about their own cultures.

Kariane St-Denis, Montreal

Text editor and translator


Hola, ¿qué tal? My name is Kariane and I live in Montreal, Canada. My native languages are French and English, and I also speak Spanish thanks to Analhi’s relentless efforts. I have a special passion for grammar, writing, translating, and immersing myself in different cultures from around the world through the vehicle of language.

My background is in public health and international development, having obtained a Bachelor of Arts and Science in International Development Studies and Molecular Biology at McGill University, and a Master of Science in Public Health from the same institution.

My masters research focused on evaluating a pregnancy identification strategy for a deworming program targeting women of reproductive age in Iquitos, Peru. I have spent significant time living and working in Uganda, Peru, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

equipo clases de español en línea kariane Saint Denis

In my day-to-day life, I work as a public health officer coordinating and evaluating the impact of projects focused on maternal health in various countries throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. Since my teenage years, I have also been engaged in translating materials for a variety of different organizations and clients. At La vida en español, I am in charge of translating texts from Spanish to English and French. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you ever have any feedback for me!

In my spare time, I love to play piano, lift weights, read books, practice yoga and meditation, try new foods, and cuddle with my beloved cat (Tiramirou Jiji). Of course, I also love to travel – both physically and linguistically!

When should we start?

Let’s get to know each other and start our Spanish classes! Remember that you can also join our discussion groups and book clubs at no cost. There, you’ll be able to meet my students and let them tell you themselves how much fun we have together.

Do you have questions?

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