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Noticias de Marzo 2017
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Spanish Lessons with Emily D is a team of qualified and personable Spanish teachers based in Nashville, TN. We specialize in teaching conversational Spanish to adults of all levels through individual lessons and small groups in private and corporate settings. Our fun and effective language-immersion methodology paired with our unique curriculum empowers and equips students with the tools and confidence to be able to SPEAK SPANISH!
Spanish Lessons with Emily D website
 

Instagram Theme of the Month:
 


 
¡Todo sobre los perros! Featuring local Nashville dog walking and sitting business: The Dog Shepherdess
 
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Level 1 Classes:


Level 1 on Tuesday evenings 5:30-6:30pm with Caroline
Starts on May 9th and goes for 16 weeks ending on September 5th meeting at the Panera Bread in 100 Oaks in Nashville. Class will not meet on July 4th or July 25th. (6 spots open)

Wednesday evenings from 6-7pm with Caroline
Class begins March 15th and goes for 16 weeks total ending on June 28th meeting at the Whole Foods at Hillsboro Pk in Green Hills (2 spots open for late starters)

 

Upcoming Level 2 Classes:

Monday afternoons from 3-4pm 
Class begins May 8th and ends on August 21st meeting at the Panera Bread on Old Hickory in Brentwood (open spots)

Thursday evenings from 6:45-7:45pm 
Class begins May 4th and ends on August 17th meeting at the Panera Bread on Old Hickory in Brentwood (open spots)

Wednesday evenings from 6:35-7:35pm
Class begins January 4th and ends on April 19th meeting at the Panera Bread at 100 Oaks at 2534 Powell Ave in Nashville. (2 spots open for late starters)



Level 3 Class:

Tuesday LUNCH BREAK from 12-1pm with Caroline
Class begins May 9th and goes for 16 weeks total ending September 5th meeting at the Whole Foods in Green Hills in Nashville. Class will not meet on 7/4 or 7/25. (1 spot open for late starters)



PARA LOS PRINCIPIANTES / INTERMEDIOS:

PRINCIPIANTES: Beginners Conversación y más (12 weeks): Mondays evenings from 5:45-7pm with Pedro

Class begins April 10th and goes for 12 weeks total ending June 26th meeting at the Whole Foods on Hillsboro Pk. in Nashville. This class is perfect for supplemental speaking practice and support for Level 2-4 students. Classes are fun, dynamic, and different each time based upon the needs of the enrolled advanced students. There are no books or required studying for these classes. $20 per 1 hr and 15 min. class (4 spots open). 



CONJÚGATE 12 Week Class (Principiantes/Intermedio)

Monday evenings from 7-8pm with Pedro

Class begins May 1st and goes for 12 weeks total ending on July 17th meeting at the Whole Foods in Green Hills on Hillsboro Pk. (6 spots open)

See website for description of Conjúgate class, class structure and the 12 verb tenses it covers.


 

INTERMEDIO: Intermediate Conversación y más (12 weeks): Wednesday evenings from 5:45-7pm with Pedro

Class begins April 26th and goes for 12 weeks total ending July 12th meeting at the Whole Foods on Hillsboro Pk. in Nashville. This class is perfect for supplemental speaking practice and support for Level 4+ students. Classes are fun, dynamic, and different each time based upon the needs of the enrolled advanced students. There are no books or required studying for these classes. $20 per 1 hr and 15 min. class (4 spots open). 



INTERMEDIO (Levels 3-4): Conversación y más on Wednesday evenings from 5:45-6:45pm in BRENTWOOD
Class begins March 1st and goes for 16 weeks total ending on June 21st meeting at the Panera Bread in Brentwood on Old Hickory Blvd. Class will not meet on March 20th. This class is perfect for supplemental speaking practice and support for any intermediate student. Classes are fun, dynamic and different each time based upon the needs of the enrolled intermediate students. Many students prefer to stay in this group until they are ready to move up to the Avanzado: Conversación y más group (2 spots open)
 

CONJÚGATE 12 Week Class (Intermedio/Avanzado) Wednesday evenings from 4:30-5:30pm with Pedro
Class begins January 25th and goes for 12 weeks total ending on April 12th meeting at the Whole Foods in Green Hills on Hillsboro Pk. Practice and nail down all of the Spanish verb tenses in a fun and engaging Spanish immersion class (3 spots open).


PARA LOS AVANZADOS:

AVANZADO: Conversación y más (12 weeks):Tuesday evenings from 5:45-7pm 

Tuesday evenings from 5:45-7pm with Pedro

Class begins April 11th and goes for 12 weeks total ending June 27th meeting at the Whole Foods on Hillsboro Pk. in Nashville. This class is perfect for supplemental speaking practice and support for any advanced student. Classes are fun, dynamic, and different each time based upon the needs of the enrolled advanced students. There are no books or required studying for these classes. $20 per 1 hr and 15 min. class (3 spots open). 


Private Lesson Availability

 
Febrero
Sheila M. - 1st
Rachael H. - 2nd
Natalie S. - 2nd
Evan M. - 3rd
Michael W. - 3rd
Megan R. - 4th
James T. - 4th
Rachael E. - 7th
Emma L. -8th
Debbie R. - 10th
Tom M. - 11th (PROFESOR)
Bethany D. - 16th
Randi B. - 17th
Pedro G. - 17th (PROFESOR)
Suzan G. - 18th
Jason D. - 20th
Russell M. - 20th
Chad B. - 25th
Brad P. - 25th
Regina P. - 26th

Marzo
Chelsea L. - 1st
Mike T. - 1st
Erin T. - 3rd
Honey H. - 4th
Arin A. - 4th
Janna W. - 5th
Kayla B. - 5th
Alden W. - 8th
Angel D. - 12th
Leslie L. - 20th
Liza C. - 21st
Matty K. - 22nd
Mike B. - 22nd
Shane P. - 22nd 
Easom C. - 24th
Elisa G. - 26th
Elizabeth M. - 27th
Emily D. - 28th (PROFESORA)
Wren F. - 30th
Keener B. - 31st

 

Tiempo Libre at TPAC, SLWED Student Discount


Three-time Grammy nominated Cuban music group Tiempo Libre is made up of seven young Cuban musicians who individually fled Cuba for freedom, and upon reuniting in the Miami got together during their “free time” (“tiempo libre” in Spanish) from recording with other artists to perform the Cuban music that they loved. Since their formation 15 years ago Tiempo Libre’s members have been on a mission to serve as ambassadors to their Cuban culture. The seven childhood friends have made a name for themselves through standalone concerts across the U.S. and worldwide, as well as collaborations with leading orchestras across the U.S. The band has appeared on The Tonight Show as well as Live from Lincoln Center, Dancing with the Stars and virtually every entertainment program on Univision and Telemundo.

Tiempo Libre provides audiences with an exciting environment to immerse themselves into authentic Cuban culture. Experience these amazing musicians celebrating their culture as audiences get to hear Spanish in a fun and relaxed context.

Click here for discounted tickets:

SLWED Student Discount: Buy 1 get 1 ticket free


 

Spanish Tip of the Month



 

Some well-known children's stories translated into Spanish and spoken by a native Spanish speaker. Great for kids... and adults too! Read along in Spanish or English.


Children's Stories in Spanish
 

Marzo 2017

Noticias de Marzo


¡Buenas tardes!
Here is what you'll find in this month's newsletter:
  • Spanish Camp with Emily D: A Fabulous 1st Event!
  • Seeking Nashville Host Families for Basque Students in July 2017 for students ages 14-19
  • Tiempo Libre event at TPAC: SLWED Spanish Student Discount
  • 2017 Spring: New Group Classes & Private Lesson Open Time Slots
  • Feliz Cumpleaños: Febrero y Marzo
  • Instagram Theme: Todo sobre los perros
  • Spanish Tip of the Month: Children's Stories en Español
  • Student Spotlight of the Month: Melanie Crotty


Spanish Camp with Emily D tuvo éxito

 

 


Our first year of Spanish immersion Camp on February 25th was a success!



We had four cabin groups of beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Every single camper was brave and open to putting themselves out there to try their best, have fun and meet new people in their second language. 


Some feedback we received from campers that attended:

"Inventive and supportive to language usage"

"Impressive, fun, comfortable, interesting, beneficial, great way to practice, authentic, multi experiential"

"organized, educational, variety of activities.. unique opportunity to challenge yourself"

"fun fun fun! inspiring, encouraging, supportive"

"a good experience to meet new people who are studying Spanish and learn in a new fun way"

"welcoming, engaging, fun, creative, delicious"

"It's a great chance to get out of your comfort zone in a safe and fun environment, without having to get on an airplane...and have fun while doing it."

"I'm very impressed at how holistic the camp was for the first one. It was very well thought out, creative, fun and all the instructors were inclusive and genuine with the experience. All levels were able to expand their skills."







Each small cabin group had 2 guías 


Artes y Manualidades con Zoraida y Emily Cate

It was a full day. In the morning we had a presentation from Rafael about Cuba in an interview style, we learned from the entertaining Pedro's Top 10 Most Common Grammar Mistakes, Colombian arepas for lunch, 6 different merit badges, hilarious skits in Spanish, Bingo, cerveza and delicious Paella from a Valencian chef, amazing performances at open mic and so much more. 

Yoga en Español con Ana


We hope to see you at Spanish Camp with Emily D next year!





Nashville Host Families Needed for Basque Students in July 2017 for students ages 14-19

Interested in hosting a Basque student giving your child the opportunity to travel to the Basque Country (Northen Spain) next summer?

One of our Spanish teachers, Amaia Agirre is the local coordinator for LARRABETZU CULTURAL EXCHANGES student program, a private enterprises exchange, looking to find host families for Basque students from July 2nd to July 30th, 2017. They are so glad to share with you “Larrabetzu Cultural Exchange 2017” their upcoming language and cultural immersion program between Nashville, TN and Larrabetzu (Basque Country-Spain).

They are hoping that you and/or someone you know may be interested in providing a home for the students. The host families will need to submit an application and commit to provide a private and full furnished bedroom, board and transportation. They will receive $350.00 to host a student for a month to help with expenses. The student will be responsible for all personal expenses and health insurance coverage. It would be preferable that the host families have at least one teenager at home.
The objective of this program is to share the experience of living abroad while learning a new language. To facilitate this, we are willing to collaborate with families in Nashville, TN and the province of Biscay (Basque Country- Spain) asking the families to encourage their children to travel and also to host Basque and North American students in their homes. This program is set up as a cooperative between the two communities, where families will reciprocate hosting students. Outdoor trips, field trips to cultural celebrations, sporting events etc. will be organized for the students.
We will be happy to provide more information and the student´s profile to anyone who may be interested . We are up against a tight deadline to find an appropriate home, so any help or leads you can provide will be appreciated.
Thank you so much. Muchas gracias.

Amaia´s contact information:
Amaia Agirre
615-881-4576  Sarri15@hotmail.com


 



Melanie Crotty, Nivel 4

"A lot of people starting a new language late in life just barely brush the surface and learn enough to get by and then give up.  But, Melanie has an inner drive that pushes her to excellence.  She is a challenge to challenge.  I really have to think about what I can do to challenge her during our lessons because she is always so well prepared and such a fast learner.  Sometimes we have even skipped ahead in the curriculum because she just gets it so well.  Her memory recall is also incredible.  She can hear a word once and then uses it the next class!  I have really enjoyed watching her skills and confidence develop.  Already, only after a year she can talk to anyone about almost anything in Spanish.  I'm so incredibly proud of her!"

-- Melanie Gordon (Spanish Teacher)

 
1) ¿Cómo te llamas? Me llamo Melanie Crotty.
 
2) ¿Dónde vives? Vivo en Nashville, Tennessee cerca de Lipscomb University.
 
3) ¿Dónde trabajas? Soy jubilada. Antes de la jubilación, era una bibliotecaria de servicios para niños y adultos en una biblioteca pública en Nueva Jersey.
 
4) How long have you been studying Spanish with SLWED and who is your teacher? I have studied with Melanie Gordon since January 2016.
 
5) Where would you like to use your Spanish? I would like to volunteer as a tutor in ESL classes in a faith based or other non-profit organization. 
 
6) What advice or words of encouragement would you give to someone who is just starting to learn Spanish?
Learning a language is a progressive, brain muscle memory sort of learning.  Plan to give at least 40 minutes a day to learning the language.  Trying to cram in 4 hours of study the night before class is less effective than hitting the books/flashcards every day.  Also, be kind to yourself and celebrate the seemingly smaller victories…they add up over time!
 
7) What countries have you traveled to or would you like to visit?
I have visited Austria, Italy, Israel and England, but the most inspiring journey was to Peru where our group not only toured the sights but also were privileged to live for a week in a school in Lima as well as spend a day with students living in an orphanage in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the outskirts of the city.
 
8) How have you used your Spanish? Any interesting stories how it came in handy?
I visited an English class at Grandview church of Christ last spring and was paired with a young woman struggling to learn English.  Although it was a bit challenging to communicate having little experience with each other’s first language, it ended up being a lot of fun, and I think it was very encouraging for both of us.  
 
9) What is your favorite thing about learning Spanish with SLWED? I love the flexibility of SLWED!  Last year, I decided to travel around the United States in a motorhome. For my first trip, I planned to “fly” south for 4 months with the other retired “snowbirds,” who flock to the shores of Alabama and Florida each winter.  The wonderful thing is that I have not missed a single class as I have been able to tuck myself into my “casa rodante” during class time with a cup of fresh coffee and my computer each week to practice speaking and learning Spanish with Melanie.  Getting to travel AND keep up with my classes online with SLWED has been a bit like having my cake and eating it too.
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