Noticias de julio 2014.
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Spanish Lessons with Emily D is a unique company that teaches
conversational Spanish to people of all ages in private lessons and small groups through a creative, language-immersion methodology. We teach on-site lessons to employees in corporate settings, as well as virtual Spanish lessons via Webex to individual students all over the country.
SLWED Website

All of the following classes go for 12 weeks, are $15 per class and a maximum of six students.


Upcoming Part 1 Classes:

Thursday evenings from 5:30-6:30pm
Class begins August 7th and goes for 12 weeks total meeting at the Panera Bread in 100 Oaks in Nashville. Class will not meet on October 16th (4 spots total). 
Thursday evenings from 6:45-7:45pm
Class begins August 7th and goes for 12 weeks total meeting at the Panera Bread in 100 Oaks in Nashville. Class will not meet on October 16th (4 spots total).


Upcoming Part 2 Classes:

Monday evenings from 5:45-6:45pm
Class begins August 18th and goes for 12 weeks meeting at the Panera Bread in 100 Oaks in Nashville. Class will not meet on Labor Day, September 1st (2 spots open). 
Wednesday evenings from 5:30-6:30pm
Class begins May 28th and goes for 12 weeks meeting at the Panera Bread in 100 Oaks in Nashville. Class will not meet on June 18th (3 spots open for drop in students). 

Upcoming Part 3 Class:

Monday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm
Class begins August 25th and goes for 12 weeks total meeting at Red Bicycle Coffee Shop in Germantown in Nashville. Class will not meet on Labor Day, September 1st or Columbus Day October 13th (3 spots open). 

Upcoming Part 4 Class:

Monday evenings from 7-8pm
Class begins July 21st and goes for 12 weeks meeting at the Panera Bread in 100 Oaks in Nashville. Class will not meet on Labor Day, September 1st (1 spot open for drop in student or late starter). 


6 Week “Grupos Dinámicos” con Pedro G.:

*Current class (full) in progress. Next 6 week session starting in September – email for info. 
Kathy T. – July 1st
Carolyn G. – July 4th
Hill A. – 5th
Stephen H. – 13th
Lauren S. – 16th
Mark B. – July 17th
Nate M. 18th
Lisa C. – July 19th
Michelle H. – 21st
Sam K. – 22nd
Derek U. – 23rd
Felicia B. – 24th
Patrick C. – 24th
Regina T. – 24th
Carol R. – 24th
Elaine V. – 25th
Lew M. – 30th
Connie A. – 31st

Spanish Tip of the Month

Try listening to a Spanish Podcast while you are in the car, at the gym, or working around the house.

10 Best Podcasts for Language-Learning



Noticias de julio.

The summer is flying by! We hope everyone is having a good summer and had an opportunity to get out there and use their Spanish. Here is what you'll find in this month's newsletter:
  • Summer and Fall Group Classes Starting
  • 5 Tips for Being a Successful Spanish Student
  • Feliz Cumpleaños
  • Student Spotlight – Armond Agassi

5 Tips for Being a Successful Spanish Student

by Emily Daniel



  1. Make learning Spanish a part of your life
Listen to music in Spanish, follow along with the lyrics, and look up any words you don’t understand. Ask your teacher for some suggestions for Spanish groups and singers if you don’t know any. Pandora is a great way to discover new artists that you like as well. When you watch movies and TV shows, put the Spanish subtitles on (you can do this on Netflix and on most TVs) and try to follow along. Or you can explore Hulu Latino and find a new favorite Spanish TV show to watch.
Share any musicians, movies, or TV shows that you like on our SLWED Facebook Page!
  1. Practice with a native speaker
There are lots of Spanish speakers in Nashville. A few ideas to connect with them: volunteering, hiring Spanish-speaking workers, joining one of our 6 week Grupo Dinámcio Classes with Pedro García or attending a Spanish Meet Up group to get some more speaking practice and use what you are learning in your SLWED lessons. Don’t be shy, get out there, help people and make friends!
  1. Recognize that plateaus are a normal part of the learning process 
Anyone who learns a second language will find that at times they make fairly rapid progress, while at other times things seem to be standing still or even going backwards. It is totally normal to reach plateaus during your learning process, so don't be discouraged! If you feel like you are making little or no progress or that you are at a “plateau”, try going over earlier lessons/exercises to see if they are easier now than when you first tried them.
  1. Make your study sessions short, intense and focused
We are ALL extremely busy. Many times we have great intentions to study but before we know it, the week has flown by and we find ourselves cramming the night before the Spanish lesson. Try scheduling time in your calendar for short study sessions. Our most successful students (we have asked them this) tell us that they study in small increments and try to make it a daily or almost daily habit. 15-30 minutes a day, every day, is much more effective and will stick better in your long-term memory than studying for 3 hours in one day. Study in a distraction free location at a time of day when your brain is at its most receptive and alert. Making the most of your time and maxing out your brain 15-30 minutes of focused, intense and distraction free bursts is going to be better than one or more hour of ‘studying’ while you are checking your phone, email or watching TV.
  1. Read in Spanish
If you are an earlier level student, check out some children’s books in Spanish at our local library. The Downtown Nashville library has a fabulous Children’s section of Spanish books and the other public libraries carry books en español as well. Through reading, you will pick up lots of new vocabulary and start to see some of the verb tenses that you are learning. Children’s books are great for visual learning.
For intermediate or advanced students, read or learn about something that interests you. Reading is one of the best ways to reinforce and improve your Spanish level, learn new vocabulary and to see a wide variety of the verb tenses in action. Start out with easier books and work your way up to something harder. An easier read like a young adult novel in Spanish is a fabulous way to begin. Reading out loud is great pronunciation practice!




Armond Agassi

Nashville, TN


1) Name?
Armond Agassi

2) Where do you live?

3) Where do you work?
Caterpillar Financial - Remarketing

4) How long have you been studying Spanish with SLWED and who is your teacher? 
With SLWED for 15 months, teachers have been Lindsay and Pedro.
5) Where would you like to use your Spanish?
Primarily at work and listening to Spanish soccer games.

6) What advice or words of encouragement would you give to someone who is just starting to learn Spanish?
There is a formula that you can use for verbs and the rest is memorization.

7) What is your favorite Spanish singer or band or favorite Spanish song? 
Don’t have one, but have read some Gabriela Garcia Marquez.
8) What countries have you traveled to or would you like to visit?
Travelled to Spain, would like to visit Argentina or Chile.

9) How have you used your Spanish? Any interesting stories how it came in handy?
Yes, on occasion. Interesting story was that I was lost in Miami and spoke Spanish to the locals to find my way back.

10) What is your favorite thing about learning Spanish with SLWED?
The classroom experience is outstanding.

11) Other Comments?
Thanks for working with Caterpillar and partnering with CLC here so I can take these lessons.
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