Neither was I kemevez. I'm just speaking as a parent. Asp - something I've just thought of: has the Venezuelan girl been exposed to Spanish Spanish at all ? I don't know how much "proper" Spanish language and culture they are exposed to in South America - it could be like saying how much British language and culture do North Americans really get. I don't know how many Americans would know, for example, that we call a sidewalk a path. That could be a bigger obstacle for her.