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Spanish with a twist at Ohio University-Zanesville

ZANESVILLE, Ohio (Oct. 11, 2004) -- Hola and Buenos Días are the only things some students know coming into Professor Karen Brown's Spanish courses. Taking in a second language can be a challenge. Students at Ohio University Zanesville are receiving a little extra help. Jaime Gallardo Allamillo from Toledo, Spain, is assisting Adjunct Associate Professor of Spanish, Karen Brown, with her classes this year. Gallardo met Brown while working on his Ph.D. in Humanities at the University of Castilla La Mancha in Toledo, Spain.

Brown and her husband, Dr. Russell Brown, Professor of Spanish at Muskingum College, are part of the sister-city relationship between Toledo, Ohio and Toledo, Spain. The sister-city relationship began in 1931 and is one of the oldest in existence. The Browns have traveled to Spain numerous times since their first trip in 1963. In October, while in Spain, the head of Sister-City Relations introduced Brown and Gallardo.

While the students are learning Spanish, Gallardo is learning to become more fluent in English. In Spain, universities are very different and there is less contact between students and their professors," Gallardo says, "Life is very different in the United States, but I like helping the students one-on-one." Ohio University-Zanesville student Kathleen Dobbins appreciates that help. "It's nice to hear conversations in Spanish. I've picked up on Spanish more this way than I did in high school," she says.

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Media Contact: Christine Shaw, (740) 588-1565 or ouzpr@ohio.edu.

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