¡Hola! My name is María Sofía but I’m called Sofía for short. I am from Panama City, Panama and I am currently studying and living in Glasgow. I am a Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Glasgow. I joined the Coffee break team in May 2019 and since then, I’ve been enjoying every second of it!
What is your role in Coffee Break?
I am the Social Media Assistant for Spanish. My tasks are very varied: from writing content for the different social media platforms to proofing and translating learning materials. Additionally, I participate in the Coffee Break English course, where I am the student ‘María’ who is learning English. I’ve been involved in this project from the very beginning and I’m really excited for everyone to hear it.
What experience have you had speaking and learning other languages?
I’ve been learning English since kindergarten. I used to have 3-4 hours a week of English studies throughout my elementary and high school years. In high school, I had the opportunity to travel to Bournemouth and study English for a month. I also participated in different debates in the United States which helped me gain confidence in the English language. Recently, I took classes to learn Portuguese at university and I am currently at a basic-intermediate level. Learning Portuguese has been quite easy for me as it is very similar to Spanish. However, I sometimes confuse some words because of this!
What are your favourite memories of working with Coffee Break?
Learning more about Latin-American and Spanish culture as I have to do a lot of research from all of the Spanish-speaking countries when creating content. However, if I had to choose one specific memory it would definitely be the development of Coffee Break English, where I had the opportunity to record a podcast for the first time in my life. It was awesome!
Where would your ideal coffee break be and with whom?
I would go for a hot chocolate as coffee is not my thing. It would be in any café in autumn with my mum as I don’t get to see her very often.
What’s your best language learning tip?
Watch TV! It really helps a lot. Use the subtitles in the language you are learning and when you feel confident, drop them. You will learn a lot of words and phrases that are commonly used.
• Favourite language: English
• Favourite word/phrase: ‘wee’ which is used by Scottish people to mean ‘small/little’
• Favourite film: La La Land and Se7en
• Favourite TV show: The Office and How I Met Your Mother
• Favourite Singer/Band: The Killers
• Favourite destination: The San Blas Islands and the Swiss Alps
Any further thoughts?
Dear Coffee Breakers, take every chance you can, as we only regret the opportunities we miss!