So, I DO agree with the idea of total immersion. I also think that finding someone who connects with your culture of origin can be less intimidating, constructive, and encouraging. I'm speaking out of experiences with this, of course. I have seen the effects of bilingual education in Central America and have personally witnessed two different academic situations in Honduras, some Spanish-speaking schools and some bilingual schools. Where did most missionaries receive the better education and learn the language of the country with fluency? ALL (that I have spoken with) said they won it at the Spanish-speaking school.