What I find especially cute is how students who Major in our program really resent it when you try to speak English to them outside of the classroom.
When you say hi to them, they give you this churlish look that seems to say, “What are you doing, you weird weird adult person? Don’t you know that I can speak Spanish?”
Then, they start speaking Spanish to you in a very pointed way.
It is very rewarding to see how they come to us with absolutely no knowledge of the language and then end up developing this Spanish-speaking persona that becomes an integral part of their identities.
I just love my job.