Noticias de Junio 2015.
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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.
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Upcoming Level 1 Class:


Wednesday evenings from 5:45-6:45pm 

Class begins May 6th and goes for 14 weeks total ending on August 12th meeting at the Whole Foods on Hillsboro Pike in Nashville. Class will not meet on June 17th.  (1 spot open for late starter)


Upcoming Level 2 Class:


Wednesday evenings from 7-8pm

Class begins June 24th and goes for 16 weeks total ending on October 14th meeting at Whole Foods in Nashville. Class will not meet on October 7th  (2 spots open).

Tuesday evenings from 6:10-7:10pm

Class begins April 28th and goes for 16 weeks total ending on August 28th meeting at Whole Foods in Nashville.  (3 spots open for late starters)


Upcoming Level 3 Class:

Thursday evenings from 6:45-7:45pm

Class begins March 19th and goes for 14 weeks total ending on June 25th meeting at the Panera Bread in 100 Oaks in Nashville. Class will not meet on May 14th. (2 spots open for late starter)


Upcoming Level 4 Class:

Next Level 4 Beginning in August. Email for details.

Monday evenings from 5:45-6:45pm

Class begins April 27th and goes for 14 weeks total ending on August 10th meeting at the Panera Bread in 100 Oaks in Nashville. Class will not meet on Memorial Day May 27th nor June 1st. (1 spot open)


Upcoming Level 6 Class: 

 Monday evenings from 7-8pm

 Class begins June 15th and goes for 14 weeks meeting at Panera Bread in 100 Oaks in Nashville.  (5 spots open)


8 Week “Grupos Dinámicos” con Pedro G.:

Tuesday evenings from 5:45-7pm

5 dates remaining in current session: 6/9, 6/16, 6/23, 6/30, 7/7 (1 spot open for late starter).

Great fit for intermediate and advanced speakers wanting some extra speaking practice! Good fit for students who have completed level 3 or 4 and higher. Email for more information.

Next 8 week session starting on July 14th. 

Femke W. - 3rd
Keri B. - 4th 
Lisa R. - 10th
Seth T. - 10th
Megan S. - 14th
Liz T. - 15
Fred K. - 15th
Rafael O. (PROFESOR) - 20th 
Laurie F. - 21st 
Stanley M. - 25th 
Laura M. - 25th
Caroline B. - (PROFESORA) 27th
Aaron J. - 28th
Mark L. - 29th 

Spanish Tip of the Month

Check out the 6 U.S. cities that are now offering the option on the Ride Share App "Uber" to request a Spanish-speaking driver:

Article about Uber en español


Spanish Phrase of the Month

salir bien = to go well
salir mal = to go badly
  • ¿Cómo salió? - How did it turn out?
  • salió bien. - It turned out well.
  • salió mal.  - It went badly.
  • Todo va a salir bien. - Everything is going to work out.

junio 2015

noticias de junio

¡Buenos días a todos! 
Here is what you'll find in this month's newsletter:
  • 2015 Spring Group Classes
  • Introducing our new Spanish teacher, Amaia Aguirre
  • Announcing: New Medical Spanish Class 
  • Student Exchange in Spain Opportunity for July & August
  • Cheekwood Spanish Nights, August 7th
  • Feliz Cumpleaños
  • Spanish Tip and Phrase of the Month

Introducing our new Spanish

teacher, Amaia Aguirre


We couldn't be more excited about the newest addition to our team of amazing teachers! Amaia Aguirre comes to us from Spain and is experienced in working with children as well as adults. We are working on getting her schedule booked up and she is currently accepting new students and groups (of all ages)! Email Emily D at with age, current Spanish level, part of Nashville you live/work in and your availability if you would like to work with Amaia or if you have questions!

Click link to see:
Amaia's full biography and photos on website


Student Exchange in Spain

Opportunity in July

Interested in living in Spain for the month of July or August and making a new friend? This opportunity is too good to pass up! It would be ideal for a younger single female.  In short, a young professional named Claudia that is wanting to come practice English would come and stay with you at your house/room for the month of July and you would go stay with her and her family in Spain for the month of August (or viceversa).
Name: Claudia
Profession: journalism student

Lives in: Asturias (Spain)

Exchange: July-August

Offer: She offers her house, food, and a Spanish immersion course with her and her family for a month.
What she expects: The same thing, in English, here in Nashville. You and her would be together for two months, one in Spain and one in Nashville.

What is the perfect fit for her?: A female between the ages of 18 and 25 years old with a passion for learning Spanish!
Interested? contact Pedro at


Announcing: New Medical

Spanish Class


The anticipated medical Spanish class for intermediate and advanced speakers is here and we have one spot left in this class.

Mondays from 5:40-6:40p.m. meeting at Whole Foods on Hillsboro Pk in Nashville (Green Hills), 12 weeks starting on June 8th through August 24th taught by Pedro García. $205 ($17 per class)

Email us at for more information, class syllabus and detailed weekly activities or to see if this class would be a good fit for you and your current Spanish level. 

Brief Description:

This class is designed for people who already can communicate in Spanish at an intermediate or advanced level and are looking for more practical application, to learn medical vocabulary and phrases to use directly in a medical setting with patients. 

The first 8 weeks you will learn and practice the different parts of a patient visit and the final 4 weeks will be role playing (receptionist, nurse, medical provider, laboratory, patient, etc.) a complete patient visit from the time they enter to the time they leave including patient education. We'll provide all of the information for the students to play their "roles" for common patient encounters such as: diabetes, hypertension, upper respiratory infection (flu/cold/sinusitis), stomach virus/diarrhea and an adult annual physical exam.  


*We will be offering a medical Spanish class for beginners in the future, don't worry! If you would be interested in a beginner medical Spanish class, please email to let us know and we'll add your name on the list of those to notify first when it is ready.



Mark your Calendars: Cheekwood Spanish Nights

More details to come next month regarding a student and teacher Spanish Lessons with Emily D meet up but mark your calendars for August 7th for a very special night at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens Spanish nights!

Friday, AUGUST 7th from 6-9pm

• Duo Sudeste | classical Spanish guitar
   6:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Literary Garden 
• Live poetry inspired by and written exclusively for the exhibition presented by Southern Word 
   6:00 pm, 6:30 pm, & 7:30 pm | Herb Garden 
• Trilingual Poetry Reading presented by Vanderbilt’s Graduate Department of Spanish
   7:00 pm | Museum of Art – Learning Gallery 

• Flamenco 
   8:00 pm | Herb Garden

June Student Spotlight

Hazel Thornton

1) ¿Cómo te llamas?
​Hazel Thornton​
2) ¿Dónde vives?
Green Hills​ (Nashville, TN)
3) ¿Dónde trabajas?
​League of Women Voters​
4) How long have you been studying Spanish with SLWED and who is your teacher? 
Five months, Rafael Ojeda​
5) Where would you like to use your Spanish?

6) What advice or words of encouragement would you give to someone who is just starting to learn Spanish?
Be patient and don't try to learn too much at once.  Accept that compared to any other language, some aspects of Spanish will be harder, and some will be easier. Approach the learning process as an adventure.​
7) What is your favorite Spanish singer or band or favorite Spanish song? 
​Pa' Bailar (Siempre Quiero Más) by Bajofondo
8) What countries have you traveled to or would you like to visit?
I have traveled to Mexico and Costa Rica​.  I would like to visit Cuba. 
9) How have you used your Spanish?
I haven't really used it yet.
 Any interesting stories how it came in handy?
No, but I could share an anecdote: a few years ago in Mexico, I went around saying, "Yo cielo, mi español es muy malo". The statement was intended to be an apology (Lo siento) for my pitiful broken Spanish. I got some quizzical looks in response.  At my first lesson with Rafael, I learned the English translation and had a good laugh!   I am looking forward to the day that my Spanish proficiency will actually be at the "handy" level. 
10) What is your favorite thing about learning Spanish with SLWED?
I like going at my own pace in private lessons. I took a year ​of classroom Spanish in high school​, but my studies with Rafael are much more thorough. I can ask lots of questions.  Also, the textbooks and power points are quite clever.
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