It is really nice to get comments like this one. I enjoy my job and I am glad the students can see it.
“Thank you so much for the classes that you delivered – they were really excellent – it is obvious you put a lot of time and thought into preparing them.”
Un articulo muy interesante,
Bilingualism can help to ward off the mental ageing process
It’s long been understand that actively exercising the brain can ward can help people to remain sharper in old age and lessen the effects of senility. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, bilinguals exercise their brains automatically as they switch from one language to another. According to one study, the onset of dementia was delayed by 4 years in bilinguals compared to monolinguals with dementia. (Paradis, J., Genesee, F., & Crago, M. (2011). Dual Language Development and Disorders: A handbook on bilingualism & second language learning.)
You can still learn a language as an adult!
Many people feel they cannot learn a new language when they reach a certain age. Countless studies reveal that while our ability to hear and understand a second language becomes more difficult with age, the adult brain can be retrained to pick up foreign sounds more easily again. According to research by UCL, the difficulties that adults have in learning languages are not biological, but perceptual. Given the right stimuli, then, even adult brains can overcome the habits they have developed to effectively crowd out certain sounds and learn new ones. Moreover, while the effects are not as pronounced as with people that learned a second language from an early age, learning a language in adulthood can stimulate and protect the brain into old age.
This week the improver’s courses did the house topic. They learnt lots of new vocabulary! Here is one of the activities that they did, asking each other for the name of the object and where they can find it in the house. There are lots of opportunities to practice the language and have fun.
Have a look at my Facebook page “Spanish Fun Courses” where you will find many interesting things related to Spain from videos to recipes and songs to events, all with the aim of helping you to learn Spanish, have a look and you might discover something new. I hope you enjoy!
What a great week it has been!
It has gone really quickly which is a sign of how good it was. Nice to see everybody back and a few new students as well – welcome to you all. Everybody is ready to learn more and progress further. A new year and new challenges ahead but as always we can do it together.
– New Spanish for Holiday Course –
Planning your holidays to Spain! Would you like to be able to order a drink and a tapa or understand a Spanish menu? This course is aimed at learners wishing to study Spanish at a basic level in order to communicate when on holiday. Here is the feedback of some students:
“Perfect for beginners. The course is fun, enjoyable and relaxed. Everyone is encouraged. Montse is so patient. I have gained so much confidence to speak Spanish home and abroad. I have met some lovely new friends. We all share, learn and work together.”
“I enjoyed every lesson. Good teaching style. Never bored. All lessons interesting and fun. Lots of hand outs. Great teacher treats everyone the same. Gained in confidence speaking and understanding. I recommend Spanish, you won’t be disappointed!”
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you need any further information. Looking forward to hearing from you.
These are the follow up courses starting in January. If you are interested in joining one of them come along for a trial session and if you like it join us. The pace of the lessons is very relaxed and friendly. We work with reading, writing and listening skills, and always encourage students with their speaking skills. It is lovely to see how students help and support each other.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you need any further information. Looking forward to hearing from you.
Hola a todos, I went to see the ” A Falla For Lancaster” on Friday, the first I have seen live. But I also got the bonus of seeing how they prepared a paella and tasted it too (for free). A couple from Valencia came to the event to cook 4 paellas each one to serve 125 people. I am going to show some videos and photographs that I took on the evening. I had a chat to the lad that prepared the paella and he told me that the Valencian paella has chicken, rabbit and green beans – although this one did not have the rabbit. – and no chorizo at all. I really enjoyed watching him doing it and of course tasting it later.
Half term has arrived! It has gone quickly and it is because we have been doing lots on things. Revising, consolidating, learning new things and speaking to master Spanish – one thing that I encourage students to do from the very beginner’s courses to the higher levels. Also listening will help you lots! Listen and read, then say out loud to practice – every day 10 o 15 minutes. It will improve your pronunciation and your listening skills. Well done for all your work and effort!
A few weeks into the courses and the response has been great. Students start to get to know each other creating a pleasant atmosphere for everybody to relax, work and enjoy the lessons. It is lovely to see how students help each other and everybody contributes with their tips and suggestions on methods and resources that work for them. I find this very useful. Every student is an individual, they work in different ways and that is what I find so fascinating about teaching – no two courses are the same and no two students are at the same level. I am also learning all the time. Each student prefers a different learning style, has a different personality and approach, so I try to adapt to their needs. We make a good team and work through together. Thank you to you all and keep up the good work.
¿Qué tal el lunes? Yo bien, una clase esta mañana, una esta tarde y otra esta noche. Los lunes enseño mucho español.
I hope you all had a good weekend and enjoyed the beautiful weather. We have started another month “octubre” with the “otoño” in full swing. Enjoy your week!
For those of you who have done the Spanish pronunciation for the first time this week ( za, ce, ja, lla, ña, etc.) and for the rest who keep trying their best with it, here it is an interesting English poem with all the various sounds that the language has. So if you have mastered them and you speak all of them, I am sure you can do the same with the Spanish sounds. So keep practicing and you will master them too. I know you can do it!
A new Improvers Course is starting in Clitheroe. I am so pleased that so many people want to learn Spanish. I definitely don’t think that English people are lazy and they don’t want to learn a new language. Thank you to you all for wanting to learn Spanish. MUCHAS GRACIAS.
What a week!
Preparing for the enrolments/open events and answering the enquiries I had, but it has been worth while. Really happy on how many people want to learn Spanish and they are all looking forward to it. Also how many returning students that want to get better and better all the time. As always I am going to do my best to take you forward.
There are still places available on some courses, contact me if you would like to join one. Looking forward to seeing you all this week.
Today is the day. Come along to find out about the courses that I run, read my student’s feedback, have a look at the books used in the courses, or to ask me any questions. We can discuss any concerns you might have about joining the course. I feel it should be more like a group of friends getting together to learn Spanish and have a good time. That is my aim that you learn Spanish and enjoy it at the same time. I hope to see you on one of my open events.
Hola a todos,
I hope you all had a great summer. I had a superb holiday in the south of France with my two favourite boys. I practiced my French and repeated lots of times “I only speak a bit”, but I was pleasantly surprised how much I understood and remembered. It reminded me of the examples that you give to me while you are in Spain trying to speak the language. The reward of being understood and the appreciation from the French people made it worth while.
Now back to Spanish. Ready for another year of new and returning students, problems and challenges, and above all the enjoyment of seeing your progress. Getting things ready for the new courses starting very soon, looking for new resources and finding ways to improve my teaching skills to offer you the best I can.
So if you are ready I am too. Let´s have another great year.
Looking forward to seeing you all very soon.
These are a few moments of this year’s courses. One of the reasons why I love my job is because the lovely people I meet. From young to mature students they are all keen to learn and do their best. They help each other and work together to progress at the same time. They learn and have a laugh as well, because you need to have fun and enjoy while learning. I learn at the same time. You clever people keep me on my toes and motivate me to keep doing my job the best that I can. So enjoy your summer break and I am looking forward to seeing you all in September. WELL DONE TO YOU ALL.
WELL DONE TO ALL MY THURSDAY BEGINNERS GROUP!
The class finished last Thursday with some food brought by everybody to celebrate the end of the course. Sorry that everybody wasn’t there (we missed you) but we had a good time revising all topics covered in the course. MUCHAS GRACIAS for your lovely comments, I do appreciated them and I am so glad that you have enjoyed it and that you will be back next September. In the meantime have a great summer and KEEP REVISING!
Another fantastic Beginners Course has finished this week. A group of students who have done really well and made good friends too. Here is a comment from one student “The games are fantastic with so many different resources. I’ve made some lovely friends and really look forward to the class. I enjoy the group work and the listening exercises. The Christmas lesson was very interesting. I love learning about the Spanish culture”. Thank you for your feedback, I really enjoy my job and it is good to be appreciated. Have a great summer, keep practicing and see you in September.
The level is for people who have a good knowledge of Spanish. In each lesson there will be a period for students to build confidence in their speaking skills. There will also be a grammar topic and written exercises with various other activities. As always my aim is to make each lesson enjoyable, encouraging students to work together, creating a pleasant atmosphere where learning is fun. If you are interested let me know.
Today is Montserrat day in Catalonia – 27th of April – and this is what my sister sent me, to wish me Happy Montserrat day. I love my name!
Hola a todos,
First week back after the Eater Holiday and it has gone really quickly.
As always after a break students need a bit of time to switch on to Spanish again. I know how important it is to revise every day even if it is only 10 or 15 minutes. I know we all have busy lives but finding that moment would make a big difference; maybe in the morning while you getting ready – listen to some CDs or radio, or at lunch time, while your do some housework, or book that time simply because you want to improve your Spanish. You will be benefit from doing it.
Hola a todos! I hope you all had a good Easter break.
I went to visit my family and practiced my Spanish. I noticed when I was there that when people said things that were incorrect or I asked them the same questions that you all ask me and sometimes they couldn’t give me an answer. I came to the conclusion that when we learn a language in a classroom it is quite different from what local people use in their everyday lives. Neither of them are incorrect. It made me realise that a language is more than communication – it is being able to understand the ins and outs, the expressions, the colloquialisms even the use of grammar. I think it is fascinating although it doesn’t make it easy for you (or me). I wanted to share my thoughts with you and say that if you are able to communicate even in a limited way that this is the first step forward. Let the rest come as you progress and don’t try to understand everything. I am still learning myself after years living in England so if you feel that you are improving steadily then that is the right way to go. I will try as always to help you but I won’t have all the answers.
Hasta la próxima semana.
A quick note to all my students to say WELL DONE for trying your best this term. Sometimes it is not easy and takes time to understand that topic or that grammar point. It is a sign that you are progressing and going further with your Spanish. “It is amazing what you can do when you try”, so keep up the good work! Have a fantastic Easter and see you soon.
Hola and welcome to my new students on the Thursday Beginners Course that started this week. Another lovely group that did really well on their first session. Everybody joined in with the activities and the feedback at the end of the lesson was positive. Still places available for anyone who want to join us!
Why should I Learn Spanish?
If you speak Spanish you can communicate with almost 500 million people worldwide. Imagine how many friends you could make! And if you are traveling in Latin America or Spain, a little knowledge of Spanish will go a long way. And of course, if you are planning to retire or relocate in a Spanish speaking country, Spanish is a must in order to get the most out of your new life.
The wonderful thing about learning Spanish is that it is never too late. Whether you come out here as a teenager, as a young professional, as a parent or as a retired person… you can learn Spanish.
More importantly the natives love people who are attempting to learn their language, and it does not matter how silly you feel trying to speak, because all Spanish speaking people will help and encourage you in whatever way they can.
Learning Spanish is an incredibly fulfilling experience. Once you start to get a grip of the language you begin to appreciate its beauty and its roots and discover that many of the words are indeed similar to your own language.
Many of us have memories of learning languages at school. The fact is that methods have changed enormously. These days, learning a language can be a lively and upbeat experience. It is the sort of language that you immediately start to see results with.
Hola from Montse and welcome to SPANISH FUN COURSES. I am looking forward to sharing your company and helping you to learn Spanish. Hasta pronto.
Hola a todos y Feliz Año Nuevo!
Ready to start again and see you all. I hope you all had a great Christmas and recharged your batteries. We are going to learn new things, keep revising and trying our best to improve all the time for all my courses and levels. You teach me a lot too and set me new challenges, which I try to respond to. So let’s go to work together and as always have fun. Hasta pronto!
The first week for some of my courses! Nice to see back my existing students, and lovely to hear that they are pleased to be back and looking forward to learning more Spanish during this coming course.
Also so nice to see many new students joining the courses. Paul Pickles who joined the Intermediate course sent me this e mail afterwards “Hola Montse, it was nice to meet you and the group, a very welcoming experience. I look forward to improving my Spanish skills with you over the coming months.”
I love my students, every time someone joins a class – they always make that person welcome. Thank you for that.
Welcome everybody to SPANISH FUN COURSES and I am looking forward to sharing your company, answering your questions and helping you to improve your Spanish.
STILL TIME TO JOIN A COURSE!
THANK YOU VERY MUCH to everybody who came yesterday to the open event at Accrington. Courses are filling up but still a few places available for anyone who wants to learn Spanish, a new hobby or make new friends. I would love to hear from you!
THANK YOU VERY MUCH to everybody who came on Monday to the open event at Clitheroe. I met nice people and a few joined the courses. Still places available for anyone who wants to learn Spanish, a new hobby or make new friends. I would love to hear from you!
Hola a todos. Another exciting year ahead!
I always look for new methods and resources to improve my teaching. I wish I had more time because there are so many things to look at and try. As always I will do my best in making the lessons enjoyable and fun as well as learning at the same time.
What is your challenge for this year?