Our online lessons couldn’t be delivered without the work of our amazing Spanish tutors! They are all fluent speakers as well as being very experienced students, with some of them having studied the language for over 10 years. With all of this knowledge, they’re very well equipped to teach you how to speak Spanish. Learn a bit more about each teacher here.
Spanish-speaking countries I’ve spent time in: I studied Economics for 2 months in La Habana while living with a Cuban family. I then spent 7 months in Bogotá, Colombia, working as a waiter and then studying, including travel around the country. Finally, I was in Mexico City for a month working at a refugee hostel, before road tripping around the country.
My experience studying and teaching Spanish: I’ve studied Spanish for 9 years now. I decided to study Spanish over other languages after falling in love with Shakira!
Favourite Spanish word/ phrase: ‘O sea’ – meaning “or rather”, it’s a phrase used all the time in Latin America and adds a nice bit of fluency to your Spanish.
My show/ film recommendation: ‘El Príncipe’ – an amazing Spanish thriller series.
My experience with Spanish: My father is Bolivian so I was brought up bilingually. I was taught Spanish grammar and how to write in Spanish during my Spanish A-Level and with a degree in Modern Languages and Cultures. I’ve been doing private language tutorials and tutoring on for over 5 years now.
Spanish-speaking countries I’ve spent time in: I lived in Salamanca, Spain for 6 months as part of my Year Abroad and I have been living in La Paz, Bolivia since September 2019.
Favourite Spanish word/ phrase: ‘Aprovechar’ – to make the most of.
My show/ film recommendation: ‘La Ciénaga’ – a fantastic Argentinian film by Lucrecia Martel.
Spanish-speaking countries I’ve spent time in: I worked in a travel company in Costa Rica for 6 months, which gave me the opportunity to travel all around the region. Also travelled to Nicaragua and Colombia, encountering many local accents, cultures and foods along the way.
Experience studying Spanish: I started studying Spanish in Year 9 and have not stopped since. I did GCSE and A-Level and am now studying at university.
Favourite Spanish word/ phrase: ‘Mae’ – a uniquely Costa Rican word which can be used in so many different contexts. Can mean ‘mate’, but also any kind of exclamation from surprise to annoyance to happiness.
My show/ film recommendation: ‘Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios’, directed by Almodóvar.
Spanish-speaking countries I’ve spent time in: I studied at university in La Habana, Cuba for 3 months while living with a Cuban family. I then worked as an intern for an NGO in Bogotá for 3 months. I have worked for 2 months at a bilingual school in Santiago de Chile, while again living with a native family. I have also completed a language course in Salamanca.
Spanish studying experience: I started learning when I was 12, and have been learning ever since, including studying Spanish at university.
Favourite Spanish word/ phrase: ‘Muchacha’ – its fun to say.
My show/ film recommendation: ‘Velvet’ – it’s quite cheesy and dramatic but I love it!
Spanish-speaking countries I’ve spent time in: I spent my Year Abroad in Argentina and Perú: 4 months in Chaco Province as a British Council teaching assistant, a month travelling around Argentina and Perú and then a month in Buenos Aires. I spoke Spanish daily but also delivered presentations and classes in Spanish as part of my role.
My experience studying and teaching Spanish: I’ve studied Spanish since my first year of university. This has included the traditional university teaching process as well as private lessons during my Year Abroad to deepen my understanding of the language and taking the CELU exam.
Favourite Spanish word/ phrase: ‘Pavonearse’ – to show off/ parade around.
My show/ film recommendation: ‘El Marginal’ – an Argentinian TV series you can find on Netflix.
Spanish-speaking countries I’ve spent time in: I lived in Barcelona for 4 months, studying Modern Spanish language and Culture at university there and integrated myself as much as possible. I was also lucky enough to be able to travel to Tarragona, Madrid, Granada and Cordoba. Before this, I’d been on family holidays to Mallorca where I made a strong effort with the language.
My experience studying and teaching Spanish: I’ve studied Spanish for 7 years, getting the top grades at GCSE and A-Level. I’m currently a Spanish Finalist undergraduate at Durham University.
Favourite Spanish phrase: ‘Nunca te acostarás sin saber una cosa más’ – You learn something new every day!
My film recommendation: ‘Relatos Salvajes’ by Damián Szifron, a black comedy made up of six short films.
Spanish-speaking countries I’ve spent time in: I worked for 4 months as a translator in Barcelona. I then spent 3 months in Bogotá completing an internship in a startup through Intern Colombia. I also worked as an English teaching volunteer in Lima, Perú for 2 months, before travelling around the country alone for 4 weeks.
My experience studying and teaching Spanish: I started studying Spanish 10 years ago, and since I started it has been my favourite thing to learn. This included 4 years at university. I have also been a Spanish tutor for over 3 years.
Favourite Spanish word/ phrase: ‘Un quiquiriquí’ – it means a “cock-a-doodle-doo”!
My show/ film recommendation: ‘El Internado’ – a Spanish TV drama series involving students at a boarding school.
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