Noticias de May 2016
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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!
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Upcoming Level 1 Classes:

*Tuesday 90 min. lesson from 4-5:30pm with Pedro* 
Starts on June 7th and goes for 16 weeks ending on October 4th meeting at the Whole Foods in Green Hills. $25 per class. No class on 8/9 or 8/16 (5 spots open).

Thursday evenings from 5:30-6:30pm
Starts on March 24th and goes for 16 weeks ending on July 28th. Class will not meet on 6/16 or 7/14 meeting at Panera Bread in 100 Oaks on Powell Ave (1 spot open for a late starter)

Upcoming Level 2 Classes:

*Wednesday evenings from 5:45-6:45pm*
Starts on June 15th and goes for 16 weeks ending on October 5th. Class will not meet on June 22nd meeting at Panera Bread in BRENTWOOD at 782 Old Hickory Blvd. (5 spots open)

Monday lunch lesson from 12-1pm in BRENTWOOD  Class to begin March 7th and goes for 16 weeks ending on July 11th meeting at the Well Coffeehouse in Brentwood on Old Hickory Blvd. No class on 4/4, 5/30 or 7/4  (3 spots for late starters)

Wednesday MORNINGS from 8-9am
Starts on March 16th and goes for 16 weeks ending in July meeting at Dose Coffee Shop on Murphy Rd. (2 spots open for late starters)

Upcoming Level 3 Class:

*6 Week Conversational Interim between levels 2 and 3:

Monday evenings from 5:45-7pm (1 hr and 15min. class)
Level 3 starts on June 15th and goes for 16 weeks ending on October 17th meeting at the Whole Foods in Green Hills. Class will not meet on 7/4, 8/8 or 8/15 (3 spots open).

Tuesday LUNCH lesson from 12-1pm
Starts on March 15th and goes for 16 weeks ending on June 28th meeting at the Whole Foods in Green Hills. (2 spots open for late starters)

Upcoming Level 5 Class:

Wednesday evening lesson from 5:45-6:45pm
Starts on May 11th and goes for 16 weeks ending on September 7th meeting at the Whole Foods in Green Hills. (2 open spots)

8 Week Grupo Dinámico con Pedro García.:

Tuesday evenings from 5:45-7pm 
Great fit for intermediate and advanced speakers wanting some extra speaking practice! Good fit for students who have completed level 5 or higher. Email for more information. 

Next 8 week session starting in July 2016. Email for more information. 


Private Lesson Availability

Mieke F. - 4th
Lynde M. - 6th
Karen L. - 8th
Bo H. - 10th
Erin M. - 12th
Lena C. - 13th
Sofia Q. - 15th
Rhonda C. - 15th
Christian L. - 18th
Don S. - 24th
Ed M. - 26th
Cami S. - 26th
Erin M. - 28th
Georgia H. - 30th

Spanish Tip of the Month

See how many Spanish (and we bet there are some in English that you may not know) idioms you already know and learn some new ones! 

May 2016

noticias de mayo

¡Buenas tardes!
Here is what you'll find in this month's newsletter:
  • Classes: 2016 Spring Group Classes & Private Lesson Open Time Slots
  • 6 Week Challenge: The Power of Positive Language by Emily Daniel
  • We're Hiring!: Seeking Spanish Teacher
  • 6 Week Conversational Interim: Between Levels 2 and 3
  • Feliz Cumpleaños: Mayo
  • May Instagram Theme: En la Clínica: Verbos
  • Spanish Tip of the Month: Spanish/English Idioms
  • Student Spotlight of the Month: Elisa Green

 The Power of Positive Language 6 Week Challenge

by Emily Daniel

One of our 5 Guiding Principles at Spanish Lessons with Emily D is:

We aim to delight our students with a successful and enjoyable learning experience. Our teachers provide a safe space for students to make mistakes while building confidence speaking. Learning a language is a vulnerable journey and we must remember to show grace and kindness to others and ourselves throughout the process.

Our teachers do their best to provide a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for students because we believe that the brain is so much more receptive to learning when a person feels safe and supported. Are you providing a safe and supportive learning environment for yourself?  Stress, anxiety, embarrassment, anger and negative emotions stop us from learning.

There are all kinds of reasons in life why those emotions may be showing up that are beyond Spanish lessons but we believe that when learning Spanish you will have better results and a more enjoyable experience by addressing negative emotions and reframing them by using positive language instead of trying to push through frustration, embarrassment or stress.

With all of the uncomfortable moments, new words, sounds and phrases that naturally come with learning Spanish, how do you talk to yourself throughout the process? Are you hard on yourself? Are you a perfectionist with expectations that are too high? Do you focus on your weaknesses while downplaying or not being proud of yourself for your strengths and progress? 

Learning a language brings us back to an almost child like state. You are learning how to speak, write, read and understand a whole new language for the first time. Despite your current Spanish level, adopt a beginners mindset and treat yourself like you would treat a child who is learning to speak, read, write, understand English for the first time.... with grace, patience and kindness.  

6 WEEK CHALLENGE: For the rest of May and the month of June, I invite anyone that would like to accept the Power of Positivity Language Challenge to email me and let me know that you are in. I'll send you a weekly email on Mondays with some practical tips and encouragement to help with the accountability aspect through June 30th. The goal is to try the challenge for yourself and to see if by the end of the 6 weeks your mindset and overall language-learning experience is more positive and productive.

The challenge is geared for Spanish students, but anyone is welcome to participate! 

1. When you catch yourself having a negative or unhelpful thought, write it down. Come up with a way to reframe that thought using more positive language. Write everything down and keep it handy so that you have your tools available to combat negative or unhelpful thoughts when they come back. 

2. Experiment with intentionally changing the words that you are using. More to come on this during the challenge:
3. We have very rarely heard students being hard on each other but it is almost a daily occurrence to hear a student say something negative or unhelpful about themselves.

Optional accountability piece: 
If you are in a group class, tell your classmates and teacher about the challenge and that you are participating. Ask them to hold you accountable and that if they hear you being hard on yourself to ask you to please reframe the unhelpful/negative to something positive. Ask your classmates to see if any of them would like your accountability to help them reframe a negative/unhelpful thought they said about themselves to something positive. In private lessons, let your teacher know that you are participating in the challenge and would like their help to stay accountable.


Email Emily D. to sign up for the 6 week Power of Positivity Challenge.  (Click on email link and answer the questions that appear.) 

As cliché as it sounds... there truly is power in positivity. 

¡Estamos contratando! We're hiring!


We are in the process of conducting interviews for our next Spanish teacher. If you know someone that is a fun, organized and relational Spanish teacher that may be interested in a job with flexible hours (part-time and can work up to full-time if desired), we'd love to hear from them! 

Link for more information and where to send resumes:  

6 Week Conversational Interim Between Levels 2 and 3:

Has it been a little while since you have taken level 2 and want to brush up and get some practice before you start level 3? This 6 week interim will be the perfect chance for former student to jump back in and current students to get a breather from studying and homework and put everything into practice before starting level 3.

Monday evenings from 5:45-7pm (1 hr. 15 min. class) with Pedro García

Class begins June 13th and goes for 6 weeks total ending on July 25th meeting at Whole Foods in Green Hills. $20 x 6 weeks. Class will not meet on 7/4 (3 spots open).

May Student Spotlight

Elisa Green

"Elisa es una estudiante responsable y divertida, la perfecta combinación para triunfar en cualquier meta que se proponga."

--Pedro García, profesor de Elisa

1) ¿Cómo te llamas? Me llamo Elisa Greene.
2) ¿Dónde vives? Yo vivo en Nashville, cerca del barrio "12 sur". 
3) ¿Dónde trabajas? Yo trabajo en la escuela de farmacia en la Universidad de Belmont. Enseño clases a los estudiantes farmacéuticos y en una clínica que se llama "Siloam Family Health Center".
4) How long have you been studying Spanish with SLWED and who is your teacher? 
I started taking lessons with Amaia last summer, then began a group conversation class with Pedro this Spring.
5) Where would you like to use your Spanish?
I currently work with many Spanish-speaking patients through my role at Siloam. Although there are interpreters available, there is always a shortage, so being able to speak directly to the patients without waiting for a live interpreter to become available or using a phone service is a huge asset. The conversation always feels more natural and fluid that way, which can help patients to feel more comfortable and hopefully have better health outcomes. One of the most common requests is for me to teach someone with diabetes how to take their medicines. There is a good bit of showing involved, which is difficult to convey with a phone interpreter. Amaia has helped me to practice this topic over and over until I've become very comfortable discussing it in Spanish. It's so encouraging to be able to put it to use and see the results of my studies while I'm still learning.  
6) What advice or words of encouragement would you give to someone who is just starting to learn Spanish?
Don't be afraid to say things incorrectly or sound silly! Ask for clarification rather than just smiling and nodding when you are confused.  
7) What countries have you traveled to or would you like to visit?
I've traveled to Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Guatemala, and Spain. I would love to go to South America someday. Amaia highly recommends Peru! 
8) How have you used your Spanish? Any interesting stories how it came in handy?
 It actually comes in handy a lot when I'm working with interpreters. Being able to follow the conversation on both sides, even if I don't understand every single phrase, really improves communication and understanding.   
9) What is your favorite thing about learning Spanish with SLWED?
I love the flexibility  - that no matter where you are in your life or goals for language learning there is an option for you. I feel like SLWED has been willing and able to meet me where I am and help me move forward!

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