Autumn, Herbst, Otoño 2015

So, time for an update…

Autumn has brought several new students to the Centre of Pendeen wanting to learn Spanish for their holidays (to Cuba, the Canaries, and mainland Spain). I must confess to a slight touch of envy when I hear of all these plans, but I have been travelling too, albeit from the comfort of my laptop – translating texts about Colombian peace talks and about a Spanish gastronomy conference for my part-time translation course. Translating really helps me keep in touch with the language and learn about other cultures or specialist fields (including, for example, how to eat a sea urchin).

The 4 week Spanish for Beginners course has now finished, but we will be continuing from November 2nd, and new students are very welcome to join us. If you would like to join but are a complete beginner, please feel free to contact me and we can arrange some catch-up sessions. Mondays 6.45 – 7.45 pm.

The Spanish for Improvers class is going strong and we have been working on our verbs as well as practising asking for tourist information and honing listening skills. Sometimes using a foreign language is all about guesswork and negotiation rather than grammatical accuracy, so we have practised listening out for key words and phrases and using the context to guess what the message is. It may just be that you need the message to be repeated or spoken more slowly (más despacio), so that that string of seemingly incomprehensible syllables starts making a bit more sense. If you are interested in joining this class, please get in touch. Mondays 5.30 – 6.30 pm.

While you are at the Centre of Pendeen you can pick up a bargain second hand book (they have several thousand for sale) or even some useful kitchen equipment in their “Kitchenalia” sale. And if Spanish is not for you, you could try Tai Chi or Scrabble…

New Beginners Spanish Course at the Centre of Pendeen

Learn the basics…

Numbers, greetings, introducing yourself, negotiating a conversation and knowing how to pronounce Spanish words.

Understand and speak from the start

We will focus on listening skills and speaking, to build your confidence in using Spanish on your holiday or in future classes.

4 – week course

The course runs for 4 weeks and will hopefully give you the taste for learning more! The course costs £28 which works out at just £7 for each session.

When and where?

Monday evenings 6.45 – 7.45 pm at the Centre of Pendeen starting mid September (provisionally 21st September 2015).

Small class size

The maximum number of students is 6, which means I can respond to the needs of the individuals within the group. So if there is something you would particularly like to learn, or you need extra help or practice with an aspect of the language, just let me know.

About the tutor

I am a PGCE-qualified teacher of MFL (Modern Foreign Languages) with more than 8 years’ experience of teaching languages to adults and children, both in Spain and in the UK.  Please contact me on  or 01736 787905 if you would like to reserve a place on the beginners Spanish course, or if you have any further questions. ¡Hasta pronto!

Spanish in Pendeen

We are looking for more people to join our small, friendly improvers Spanish group in Pendeen.

Held on Wednesday evenings from 5.30 – 6.30 pm at the Centre of Pendeen, this class will suit you if you know some of the basics of Spanish already.

We have recently started looking at how to talk about past events in Spanish.

Please contact me for more information.

The class costs £7 for one hour, and your first session will be free so you can see if the class is right for you.

Wednesday night German in Penzance

I’m really happy to say that this course will now be going ahead starting Wednesday 25th February 2015.

So Wednesday nights are now German night: 4.45 – 5.45 is beginners German in the Centre of Pendeen and then 7 – 9 pm is a beginners German class in Penzance, run through Cornwall Adult Education.

To sign up for the Penzance course (you still have time) please contact Cornwall Adult Education on 0300 1231 117.

Right, I’d better get planning….

Why learn a language?


Speech bubbles with reasons why people want to learn Spanish or German

Why learn German or Spanish?

In the first class I like to ask learners why they want to learn German or Spanish. Shown above are just a few of the answers they give.

Get speaking right from the start

Many people learnt a language at school and now want to take it up again, or learn a completely new language. Others did not really enjoy language learning at school, but are motivated to give language learning a second chance. Often they feel their knowledge of grammar is OK, but they want to be able to speak and understand more confidently.

Travel, friends and holidays

A lot of people are enthusiastic about the country where the language is spoken and may have visited and got a taste for the culture and want to go back and chat with the locals or friends over a café con leche or a Weissbier.

For business

I have several learners working in the hospitality industry, who want to be able to communicate with their guests. Here in West Cornwall we have a huge number of German visitors, thanks partly to the popularity of the German produced TV adaptations of Rosamunde Pilcher novels shown on a Sunday evening in Germany. Filmed in Cornwall with a German cast, these shows draw thousands of German tourists every year to visit the landscapes and houses made famous in the programmes.

Classes tailored to your interests

Whatever your reasons, I will take them into account when planning your lessons and if there is something you particularly want to learn then let me know, and I can plan it into a future lesson.

And if you have no particular reason and just want the fun and challenge of learning a new language, then that’s fine too!

Look under the Spanish or German tabs to find details of current classes in St Just, Pendeen and Penzance.


Spanish and German at the Centre of Pendeen

Spanish and German at the Centre of Pendeen

I will be running FREE taster sessions at the Centre of Pendeen, so you can see whether learning a language is something you’d like to do, or to check which level is best for you. Please come along!

Beginners German, Wednesday 14th Jan, 4.45 – 5.45 pm.

Improvers German, Wednesday 14th Jan 6 – 7 pm.

Beginners Spanish, Monday 19th Jan 5 – 6 pm.

Improvers Spanish, Monday 19th Jan 6.15 – 7.15 pm.

Please contact me for more information.

Spanish and German at the Centre of Pendeen

I’m really happy to be running Spanish and German classes at the Centre of Pendeen in the New Year.

Free taster sessions

Provisional dates and times are below and I will be offering FREE taster sessions in January so that you can see whether you would like to join the class.

Spanish beginners – Mondays 5 pm – 6 pm
Spanish improvers – Mondays 6.15 – 7.15 pm
FREE taster sessions Monday 19th January 2015

German beginners – Wednesdays 4.45 pm – 5.45 pm
German improvers – Wednesdays 6 pm – 7 pm
FREE taster sessions Wednesday 14th January 2015

I really hope you’ll come along and try a session!

Centre of Pendeen

We will be using the small meeting room at the Centre, which also runs a huge range of other activities, groups and classes as well as the farmers’ market every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month. So if languages are not your thing, maybe you could try patchwork, yoga, scrabble or bowls.

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