More than 3 years ago a deep interest was awoken within me.
One that has given me the opportunity to see the world with fresh eyes, to ask questions, look for answers, make mistakes, and learn how to think like a little kid again — discovering and rediscovering sensations, emotions, feelings, ideas, and thoughts — defining and reimagining many of my capacities and limitations as a human being.
I found this interest in the study of languages, but in particular — the Spanish language.
And with it I’ve discovered a new world so rich with life, people, culture, art, music, history and diversity that I feel now more so than ever I’m obligated to experience. So much so that I feel the only logical next step for me is to take my studies outside of the classroom and throw myself headfirst into this vast new world spanning more than 2 different continents among more than 20 different countries.
Sure, I could give you the usual spiel everyone else says about the importance of learning Spanish, of learning a second language, “how good it’ll look on your resume” or “how beneficial it’ll be to your employer.” But frankly, it’s just so much more than that.
Language is alive.
And when you take on the challenge of learning a second language, of learning Spanish, that language and everything it represents becomes alive within you…
This life has driven me to create this website: Tellittomewalking.com (Tell-It-To-Me-Walking.com) or Dímelo Caminando
It is my attempt to reconcile this curiosity, this widening interest and passion of mine as I travel my way through Latin America, starting with Colombia and Ecuador, and now Chile, in order to create connections with the people, to immerse myself in their world, and to study language as it’s spoken day-to-day.
I want to use what I learn along the way as a tool to not only try to understand how language reflects a people’s connection to their homeland but to also experience and share how each country and its people give life to their language and culture.
I’ve also created a podcast series, Dímelo Caminando, the audio lesson counterpart of Tellittomewalking.com, in which I’ll focus on exploring different aspects of latin american Spanish and culture through interviews and short conversations with experts, local slang masters, teachers, students, and travelers from all over the Spanish speaking world.
Within each episode I’ll highlight different linguistic, cultural, and historic themes unique to each region and country I visit with the main goal of helping you learn a little bit about the varieties of Spanish spoken throughout Latin America. Moreover, I will include different learning tips and tricks, new vocabulary, as well as mini lessons and explanations for difficult grammar concepts in each show’s conversation transcript notes.
Overall, Dímelo Caminando is an ongoing Spanish language learner’s diary, my diary, in which I hope to share everything I’ve already learned and will continue to learn along the way.
Consider it somewhat of a language learners way station, a point of contact for students, teachers, and travelers to share our stories, knowledge, tips and tricks — to help other mutually, so we all rise together.
I aim not only to inspire a love for travel and encourage wanderlust in you, but also urge you to pursue a deeper understanding of different cultures through language – to help you create more meaningful connections with people of different backgrounds, and ultimately, yourself.
As German medical doctor, polyglot, and lifetime language learner Bernd Sebastien Kamps once wrote,
“Languages are formidable windows to the beauties and mysteries of the human odyssey. Pushing them wide open is among the most gratifying moments in life.”
A little more about me:
My name’s Jamie Killen.
I grew up in a monolingual household in the oh-so green and oh-so tree covered city of Ann Arbor, Michigan. (If you got a mitten, put it up!)
I first came into real contact with the Spanish language by trying to defend the honor of mi preciosa madre from the most creative, vulgar insults thrown at me by Mexican dishwashers in various restaurants and kitchens I’ve worked in over the years.
After learning just about every Mexican grosería under the sun, I found myself wanting more.
And then in winter of 2009 I took my first ever “official” Spanish class at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.
From that moment on I was hooked.
Along with my university studies, I quickly began to consume every Spanish language learning resource I could get my hands on, and I went on to achieve my bachelors degree in Spanish and Journalism, graduating with the Fall class of 2011 (What, what!).
Since then, I’ve lived, worked, traveled and photographed all over Colombia, Ecuador and Chile — officially knocking down 3 of 21 spanish-speaking countries I plan on visiting throughout my lifetime as a language learner.
As of now, the road has brought me to the great country of Chile where I continue to travel, connect, photograph, pursue the study of Spanish, and create content for this website.
If you have any questions related to spanish language learning, Dimelo Caminando, travel, photography, anything — Please don’t hesitate to reach out!
You can send me a message through the contact page or shoot me an email me at Jamie@tellittomewalking.com
Muchisísimas gracias por leer, escuchar, y caminar conmigo. Gratitud hasta el cansancio…