First and foremost my gratitude goes to our visionary Vice-Chancellor of Pondicherry University, Professor J. A. K Tareen, who without even knowing me granted me his confidence and believed in my work.
I thank my mother, who taught me how to learn my lessons, and whose dedication as a teacher is an example I try to follow.
This book exists thanks to and because of my wonderful students who in spite of their many hours of class, followed the lessons with enthousiasm, always bringing their energy, their smiles and laughters and good humour, and giving me the best of their hearts and souls: Vaishnavi, Supradja, Sameera, Gatha, Nina, Stella, Rishu, Prabhuteja, Kundan, Abishek, Raúl, Rosario, Kartik and Jegajeevan. I thank the students who wanted to learn Spanish but who were so busy with their studies that they were forced to sacrifise their wish of learning to their main studies or occupation.
I deeply thank my sister Yasmine whose work and courage is always an inspirational model for me.
Thoughout my life I have been blessed with the most dedicated teachers: they have given birth to my passion for teaching: Madame Jopeck, Bernard Michaud, Jean-Michel Pasquet, Philippe Gimié, Madame Amiel, Madame Nijole Teiberiene, Michel Chicouène, Jean-Louis and Annick Bohoreau. I particularily thank Mrs Elisabeth Sethupathy, University of Oriental Languages, Paris-INALCO for her patience, her dedication, her souplness and reactivity while she was teaching me Tamil.
I thank all the students who have inspired me to write this book and in particular the above mentioned as well as the students of Lycée Français de Pondichéry.
I thank Mil for designing the cover of this book: you understood exactly what I wanted!
Dedico este libro para aprender el Castellano a mi Abuelita y a sus tres hijas, Mami, Juani y Tere, quienes me enseñaron con mucho cariño y paciencia lo que aquí transmito