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The Spanish Dude (Jordan Ellington)

Jordan went to Barcelona, Spain for the first time in the Spring of 2000.

He immediately saw tons of cured meats hanging from the ceiling…  and seafood with heads and legs sticking out everywhere. But he didn’t try any of it.

He didn’t know what it was. It looked disgusting to him. Foreign.

This memory haunts Jordan to this very day. Because now, he’s absolutely obsessed with Spanish ham. And the more legs, shells, and guts there are on his plate, the happier he is.

Jordan is not formally educated. He has a fluff degree. But no masters. No Phd no specific area of expertise.

Jordan is a traveler.  And he’s spent many of his years in Latin America and Spain. He passes his days perfecting his Spanish, eating fun food, and talking to the people. Never about culture. But always about culture.

Jordan feeds himself by teaching Spanish online. You might know him as The Spanish Dude or Gringo Español. He makes free videos on YouTube, then sells premium courses on his website. Jordan isn’t trained formally as a teacher. He just teaches how he’d want to learn.

And by the comments on FB and YouTube, it’s clear he teaches how others yearn to learn as well.

His tips to become more culturally aware are:

  1. No matter how much you know, you can always improve. Ask yourself how possibly wrong you can be about something.
  2. Say yes to everything; say yes to a coffee, new food, a trip. Say yes.
  3. Discover the Economist magazine preferably in combination with traveling. This will give you actual topics to talk about when you meet new people.

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Chris Smit

I'm passionate about Cultural Difference. I have been helping organizations save time and money when they work Internationally for the last 19 years. I have had the fortunate opportunity to hold lectures, workshops, and consulting projects on this subject World Wide. It has made me understand my own culture much better, and appreciate the differences around the world.
I have a Master's Degree in Organisational Psychology and have lived in the USA, the Netherlands and, currently, in Belgium.
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