Hola! My name is Pilar Nesvara and I am on a mission to bring languages and culture into children’s worlds.
I have been teaching and instructing Spanish and English to children for over 20 years now and having lived and studied in both Chile and Australia, am a native speaker in both languages.
My own experience with these two cultures, and the impact they have had on my life, highlights why I am so passionate about my work.
Hola Amigos-Language and Culture at Play was created after many years of working in Early Childhood Centres and Kindergartens and continuously wanting to share my enthusiasm for the Spanish language with children and educators. My passion took me out on a limb to see if I could make language learning fun and interesting for children and also to see if I could bust those old myths that many people and educators shared about second languages causing delays or hindering learning in general.
This journey started to get interesting, as I continued to discover the many benefits of language that were being researched, and noticing that these were happening in my own classes, especially with the very young children – how well they mimic sounds and build on their first language as they discover the new one.
Hola Amigos is in its early stages of development and has its eyes focused on integrating languages and cultures into Kindergartens and Childcare Centres. Sharing our languages and cultures with children creates new ways of embracing and accepting diversity and fortunately we live in a country which is incredibly rich in that.