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…

German for Beginners Part 3 in Penzance – sign up for September

The next part of my Penzance beginners course with Cornwall Adult Education Service will continue in September on Wednesday evenings from 7 – 9 pm.

Please come and join us if you know a little German already and would like to learn more. Classes involve a lot of speaking, listening and interaction, giving you the confidence to use the language in real life situations.

To sign up, please ring Cornwall Adult Education on 0300 1231 117  or email

You can also enrol online.

If you want some German practice before September please take a look at my facebook page German and Spanish St Just.

Learn a language for your trip abroad

I am offering the following 5-week short courses in June/July. Time and place to be agreed with other course participants. If you are interested, please contact me, stating your preferred days and times and location (Pendeen, St Just or Penzance). The first session will be FREE and then you can decide whether to sign up for the following 4 weeks (£28 for 4 x 1 hour sessions). The classes will have a focus on speaking and listening and include games, role plays, listening activities, and structured pair work activities which will build your confidence for using and understanding the language abroad.

Spanish for holidays/travel

You will learn

  • how to order drinks and tapas
  • how to ask for information
  • how to book into a hotel/guesthouse/campsite
  • how to understand prices, opening times etc.
  • how to buy tickets for travel

German for beginners

You will learn

  • how to introduce yourself and ask simple questions
  • how to understand and use numbers 1-100
  • how to negotiate a conversation (ask someone to repeat, slow down etc.)
  • how to order drinks and cakes in a café
  • how to pronounce German words




German for Beginners Part 2 – Penzance

Learn German in Penzance this Spring

I’m pleased to say that Cornwall Adult Education Service are offering another 5-week German course in the Skills for Life Centre at Penlee Park. The course starts on 22nd April 2015 and takes place on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 pm.

Topics covered

This course follows on from German for Beginners Part 1 and we will be learning how to ask for places in a town, understand times and prices in German, buy tickets for travel, and talk about your family.

New learners welcome

Learners who did not come to the first part of the course are welcome, though some prior learning in German will help you.

To enroll phone Cornwall Adult Education on  0300 1231 117.

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.

New German class in Penzance for 2015

Learn German in Penzance

Beginners German, a 5-week course running through Cornwall Adult Education Service, will start on Thursday 15th January in the Adult Education Centre in Penlee Park, Penzance (behind the library).

This is a great chance to get a grounding in the basics of German without having to sign up for a full 10 week course. The 2 hour classes will have you speaking in German right from the start and give you the grammatical tools you need to introduce yourself, hold a simple conversation, ask for information and order food and drink. Sign up through Cornwall Adult Education 0300 1231 117 or email