Courses

Everything you need to know about OnLine Language Learning for kids

Earlier this year in February I launched my On Line Spanish classes for children aged 7-11 years.  These six-week courses have been running successfully at maximum capacity (with a waiting list) for two terms now.  For those (parents aswell as children) who have never tried On Line learning the whole prospect can be somewhat daunting, seem un-natural and well down-right scary. I’ve written this blog post to answer some of the most common questions I get asked by parents & students as well as to try to address some of the issues surrounding On Line Language Learning for children and how to make the most out of Online language lessons.  Continue reading “Everything you need to know about OnLine Language Learning for kids”

Resources for adult learners

The Pros (& Cons?) of OnLine Language Lessons

I’ve been teaching Spanish here in the UK for almost five years now and am thrilled to see the number of students I teach increase year upon year. Since the beginning of 2016 I started to transition existing students over to OnLine lessons and offer OnLine lessons as a first option to new students.  Some students embrace the change, others are more reserved.  But what are the Pros and Cons of OnLine teaching? And why do I recommend it over face-to-face in person lessons? This blog post answers those questions… Continue reading “The Pros (& Cons?) of OnLine Language Lessons”

Latin America, Uncategorized

Easter in Argentina: Music & Tradition

In South America Easter Week; Semana Santa is one of the most anticipated holidays.  As Argentina is predominately a Catholic country there are many regional and local celebrations all over the country during Semana Santa.

In Argentina pascua is celebrated as the resurrection of Christ with carnivals, music and dancing aswell as traditional food.  Music with the Charango is played.  The charangoguitarra criolla” is a small Andean stringed instrument, which originated in the Quechua and Aymara populations in post-Columbian times. The instrument is widespread today throughout the Andean regions of Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, northern Chile and northwestern Argentina.  The tuning of the Charango is very similar to a ukulele, you can use the familiar ukulele chords to play it. The scary part about the charango however is that it is traditionally made from the shell of an armadillo! Continue reading “Easter in Argentina: Music & Tradition”

Resources

Five Ways to practice speaking Spanish for free.

How can I practice my Spanish without paying for an additional course?

This is a question I get asked a lot by my Spanish students, from beginners through to advanced speakers.  Exchange programmes can be expensive and are only usually for a few weeks of the year and if you’ve already signed up for a course the last thing you want is to be paying for an additional conversation course. What you need when you’re learning a second language is plenty of practice and consistency.

So, in this blog post I provide some methods that will get you practicing your Spanish every day and won’t cost a penny (except for maybe the odd coffee). Continue reading “Five Ways to practice speaking Spanish for free.”

speekee review

The Speekee® Accelerate Programme: An OnLine Spanish course for kids!

Wowzers! Here it is folks…my concluding post about the Speekee Accelerate Programme. What a journey we have been on with this – it’s been ¡fantástico!

If you’ve only just joined us, worry not as at the end of this post you will find links to the blog posts covering our year-long Spanish learning programme with the Speekee Accelerate Programme. Continue reading “The Speekee® Accelerate Programme: An OnLine Spanish course for kids!”

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Speekee® Accelerate Review: Weeks 33 – 36

Weeks 33 & 34

This unit covers restaurants and is mainly about food and drink. We set up a restaurant and gave it a name. Then used the workseets for some role play. We used the following vocabulary:

¿Qué quieres para beber?” (What do you want to drink?)

“Gracias” (Thank you) replying with “De nada” (You are welcome). Continue reading “Speekee® Accelerate Review: Weeks 33 – 36”

Reviews

Speekee® Accelerate Review: Weeks 27 – 32

Weeks 27 & 28

Audio files have now been added to the entire programme which is great as it gives additional listening practice to each video.

As a change to the previous videos, week 27 is a silent movie about being in a fairground. We discussed the different types of rides, which are our favourites and which go “rapidamente”, “arriba” and “abajo”.  We set up an obstacle course at home to practice the words “arriba” “abajo” in Spanish.  Continue reading “Speekee® Accelerate Review: Weeks 27 – 32”

Latin America, Resources for children

The Day of The Dead Festival

The Day of The Dead (El Día de los Muertos) Festival in Mexico is celebrated on the 1st and 2nd of November each year. On these dates people remember their loved ones who have passed away. Sound a bit morbid? Well it’s not at all. Tombstones are decorated with yellow flowers, candles and photos.  A special kind of bread called “Pan de Muertos” is baked on this day also and children eat “sugar skull” sweets. Music is played and the cementaries come to life with sounds of laughter and chatter and the aroma of freshly baked bread. It is a celebration of peoples lives.

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Mexican cementary lit up by candle light

Continue reading “The Day of The Dead Festival”

Children's literature, Uncategorized

Am I Nearly There Yet? (¿Ya Estoy Llegando?)

I’m so excited to be writing this post…it’s an exhilarating time for me as I announce the launch date for my first bilingual children’s book with acclaimed author Jude Lennon.

“Am I Nearly There Yet?” (¿Ya Estoy Llegando?) Follows the adventures of Frida a Monarch butterfly as she makes her migratory journey down to Mexico for the ‘Day of the Dead Festival’. But, Frida is a day dreamer. She wasn’t paying attention and the other butterflies have left without her. Who will help Frida find her way? And, will she get to the festival on time?

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Continue reading “Am I Nearly There Yet? (¿Ya Estoy Llegando?)”

Courses

On Line Spanish Conversation Workshop

Following the success of my last Six-Week On Line Spanish Course I have designed a two-hour conversation workshop in which beginners can improve the speaking and listening skills gained in previous courses.  Tickets are just £35 per person and are available via EventbriteContinue reading “On Line Spanish Conversation Workshop”