Winning the Olympics wasn’t all fun and games; it was also a lot of hard work, she says,
“The Olympics not only measure your Spanish language level but also to test your knowledge of Spanish and Latin American history and culture. The topics are announced, you have about a year to prepare, and then you have to give it your best shot!
I studied a lot to get ready but I wasn't just sitting and repeating vocabulary: I usually read book and articles, listen to Spanish music and, to get used to speaking Spanish since I don't have the opportunity often in Poland, I read aloud. I also practice at school, where I’m in the bilingual section, so I also have the opportunity to practice speaking with my teachers.
My teachers helped me so much; they organized additional classes and gave me tons of additional materials to read at home. I have three Spanish teachers in language, literature, and History and Geography of Spain and they are all so great!”
The competition was tough and narrowed down to 10 extremely competitive finalists: the final competition was held on April 17th and, after hours of giving it her all against some of Poland's fiercest Spanish speakers, Natalia won!