Noticias de febrero 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:

Monday evenings from 5:45-6:45pm
Class begins January 20th and goes for 12 weeks total meeting at the Panera Bread in 100 Oaks in Nashville. (1 spot open for drop in student)
Wednesday mornings from 9:15-10:15am
Class begins January 29th and goes for 12 weeks total ending on April 16th meeting at the Panera Bread in 100 Oaks in Nashville. (4 spots open for drop in students)
Wednesday evenings from 5:30-6:30pm
Class begins February 26th and goes for 12 weeks total ending on May 14th meeting at the Panera Bread in 100 Oaks in Nashville. (5 spots open)
Saturday mornings from 9:30-10:30am
Class begins February 22nd and goes for 12 weeks total through May 10th meeting at the Panera Bread in 100 Oaks in Nashville. (6 spots open)


Upcoming Part 2 Classes:


*There is a pending Monday night Part 2 Class in March. Email for more details.

Upcoming Part 3 Class:

Monday evenings from 7-8pm at the Panera in 100 Oaks. Class begins February 17th and goes for 12 weeks total.  $15 per class (2 spots available).

Upcoming Part 4 Class:




6 Week “Grupos Dinámicos” con Pedro G.:

*Current class in progress. Next round will start on March 18!

Sheila M. – 1st
Lisa B. – 3rd
Mark D. -  3rd
James T. – 4th
Sarah H. – 8th
Zoe C. -  9th
Conrad W. – 9th  
Tom M. – 11th
Pedro G. – 17th
Liz D. – 18th
Rebecca G. – 22nd
Felicity Haugen – 22nd

Spanish Tip of the Month

One of our fabulous students Shanell H. discovered a language lab on the back cover of the new edition of the Advanced book for our levels 5-8. It also has some great practice from the first 1-4 levels as well, check it out! 

The website is  and the free practice app you can find in your App Store it's called, Language Lab McGraw-Hill. 



Noticias de febrero.

SLWED has been busy. Sorry this month's newsletter is a little late. ¡Feliz Día de Amor y Amistad! In this month's newsletter you'll find:
  • New Classes Starting (including a Saturday morning class!)
  • Student Article by Tim Shaver
  • Common Mistakes in Spanish
  • 6 week “Grupos Dinámicos” – New Class 
  • Teacher Spotlight – Lindsay Richardson

New Conversation Groups for intermediate/advanced speakers – 6 weeks 

“Grupos Dinámicos”


We are so excited to finally be able to offer group classes for our advanced and upper intermediate speakers with Pedro García! Our first round of 6 week classes are going on right now and the next set will begin on March 18th. Classes are different each session, dynamic, fun, and personalized to each unique group and will not be using books. Please email Emily D. for more info. on these classes that will run for 6 weeks on Tuesday evenings.
Next 6 week session beginning on March 18th, Tuesday evenings at Whole Foods in Green Hills.
Upper Intermediate/Low Advanced: 5:45-7pm
Advanced: 7:10-8:25pm


Student Article 

By Tim Shaver

I studied Spanish in college in the early 70’s and it was a terrible experience. I worked very hard on the subject and spent many hours studying the course but just barely passed with the lowest possible passing grades. It was so bad that in my college yearbook under my picture was the caption “Will have a great career if he stays out of Spain and South America.”

Last fall I was in a discussion with one of my very good friends and we were discussing classes that we did poorly in during college.  I shared my experience with her. She challenged me to try again and I decided to accept the challenge. I looked at a number of different programs trying to find one that would work for me. I purchased an audio program from the Pimsleur Approach that I use to and from work every day and I have lessons from SLWED twice a month. I love it. I am learning faster than I expected and enjoying it so very much.

I plan on travelling to Mexico and South America in the next year and expect to be able to use and enjoy my new language skills. My Spanish instructor is Bevin Beers who is so good to work with and so very patient. I recommend her and SLWED to anyone who wants to enjoy learning Spanish.

Common Mistakes in Spanish

Making mistakes as you learn a second language is going to happen. It is a natural part of the process. Being corrected and learning from those mistakes will help you realize mistakes and not form bad habits. Here are some of the more common mistakes that the SLWED teachers hear on a regular basis. Do you know all of these?
  • “Actually”: Actualmente (Actualmente really means currently)
  • “Actually”: De hecho
  • “I realized”: Realicé (Realicé really means I carried out or I accomplished.)
  • “I realized”: Me di cuenta (from the verb darse cuenta)
  • “I’m looking for a good restaurant.”: Estoy buscando por un buen restaurante. (the verb buscar = to look for and you don’t need to insert por after it.)
  • “I’m looking for a good restaurant.”: Estoy buscando un buen restaurante.
  • “The problem”: La problema
  • “The problem”: El problema (it’s masculine!)
  • “I don’t remember”: No me recuerdo
  • “I don’t remember”: No recuerdo” (not a reflexive verb)
  • “My head hurts”:  Me duele mi mano
  • “My head hurts”: Me duele la mano (mi mano is redundant)
For more common mistakes in Spanish check out this helpful link: Common Mistakes in Spanish



        Lindsay Richardson 

                   Nashville, TN



1.   How long have you been teaching with SLWED?   I have been teaching since July 2012, and it will be 2 years this summer.

2.   How many students do you currently teach? Hm…good question.:)   I currently teach around 7 groups, plus private adult/kid lessons. Grand total of students is 70 per week.  What percentage adult and what percentage children?  It is currently about 60% adults and 40% kids.

3.   How did you learn Spanish and what do you do to keep it up?  I started learning Spanish when I was 6 years old because I was a missionary kid in Chile and Argentina. I practice speaking spanish with friends who are native speakers, listen to Spanish music, and read "People" magazine in Spanish. Sometimes I also watch movies or cheesy tv shows in Spanish :) 

4.   What is a fun fact about you that your students may be surprised to know? I have traveled to more countries than states and I've taken other language classes including modern Greek and Chinese. Currently my friend and I have a small local side business in photography, called "twelve16photography".

5.   Where do you want to travel to next? ITALY!  It has been my dream for a long time to learn Italian too.

6.   How is teaching with SLWED different than a job in the classroom?  I have been on both sides and I can say that teaching with SLWED is extremely personal and effective. I love the one-on-one teacher-student relationship and it is very rewarding as a teacher to see the progress that students make in a quick amount of time. My schedule is flexible and everyday is different. The classroom can be a challenge for teaching/learning because of such a large quantity of students, various learning styles, personalities, etc. With SLWED, I am able to cater to the specific needs of each individual student depending on their learning goals…. Plus it's a lot of fun!
Tell us about your students…  Wow, where to even start?!  I might be biased, but I have the most amazing students!  It has been one of the coolest things to meet so many new people here in Nashville (and some in other states virtually) who share a common interest in learning languages, and as a result networking,connections and relationships have been formed in the process!  Each and every student is so different and unique, and I could not ask for better students. :) 
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