Noticias de Diciembre 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.
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Upcoming Part 1 Classes:


Monday evenings from 6:50pm-7:50pm

Class begins January 5th and goes for 14 weeks total ending on April 6th meeting at Whole Foods (Green Hills) in Nashville. (4 spots open)

*The DESPACITO class will go at a slower pace (good for students that have a harder time retaining material quickly AND/OR don't have as much time to study during the week). If you are interseted in this type of class, email to be put on the list to be notified when it is scheduled. ¡Gracias!

Tuesday evenings from 6:10pm-7:10pm

Class begins January 6th and goes for 14 weeks total ending on April 14th meeting at Whole Foods (Green Hills) in Nashville. Class will not meet on March 10th. (4 spots open)


Upcoming Part 2 Classes:

Current classes in progress and are full. Keep checking back or email to be put on list to be notified of next scheduled class.


Upcoming Part 3 Class:

Monday evenings from 5:45-6:45pm

Class begins December 1st and goes for 14 weeks total ending on March 16th meeting at the Panera Bread in 100 Oaks in Nashville. Class will not meet on December 22nd or 29th. (1 spot open for late starter)


Upcoming Part 4 Class: 



Upcoming Part 5 Class: 

Monday evenings from 7-8pm

Class begins January 5th and goes for 14 weeks total ending on April 6th meeting at Panera Bread in 100 Oaks in Nashville. (1 spot open)

Upcoming Part 6 Class:

Monday evenings from 5:40pm-6:40pm

Class begins January 5th and goes for 14 weeks total ending on April 6th meeting at Whole Foods (Green Hills) in Nashville. (2 spots open)


8 Week “Grupos Dinámicos” con Pedro G.:

Tuesday evenings from 5:45-7pm

Next 8 week session starting on January 6th. The 8 class dates: 1/6, 1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24.

Great fit for intermediate and advanced speakers wanting some extra speaking practice! Good fit for students who have completed level 3 and higher. Email for more information.
Paul P. - 1st
Michael S. - 3rd
Megan T. - 11th
Xylina B. – 14th
Nielah B. - 15th
Lindsay R. - 16th (MAESTRA)
Sara B. - 18th (MAESTRA)
David T. - 18th 

Craig C. - 20th
Chloe M. - 29th

Spanish Tip of the Month

Kayla, one of our advanced students, shared this website with us and we are excited to be able to share it with you guys! This website has MULtIPLE and GREAT grammar games and practice activities that are broken up into beginner, intermediate and advanced categories. Try doing one or two per day for the next couple of weeks!
Grammar Games


Noticias de diciembre

¡Feliz Navidad a todos! 

Here is what you'll find in this month's newsletter:
  • 2015 Winter Group Classes Starting
  • Christmas Specials
  • Vocabulario y frases para La Navidad
  • Cartas a Papá Noel
  • Feliz Cumpleaños
  • Student Spotlight – Paul Panek

Christmas Specials!



We are excited to offer our first ever Christmas special and discount offer on group and private lessons! We will be running this special through December 24th. Give a gift of Spanish lessons or take advantage of the discount for yourself. Let us know if you have any questions or clarifiers about these specials. 
  • Buy 4 private or virtual lessons (at the month pass rate) and get 1 lesson free. One per person.
  • Buy two 14 week group classes, get the second one 20% off.

We have gift certificates available for private lessons, virtual lessons & group classes.
*10% of all gift certificate sales will go to Siloam Family Health Center in Nashville, TN.

Vocabulario y frases para
La Navidad

I hope you have a merry Christmas! ¡Espero que tengas una feliz Navidad!
What are you doing for Christmas? ¿Qué haces para la Navidad?
How was your Christmas? ¿Cómo fue tu Navidad?
Christmas Eve Nochebuena
Santa Claus Papá Noel
Gifts, presents Los regalos
Christmas tree árbol de Navidad
Wrapping paper papel para envolver
Stocking El calcetín
Mistletoe El muérdago
Gift giving Intercambio de regalos
The north pole El polo norte
Reindeer El reno
Ornaments Los adornos


Cartas a Papá Noel


Here are some pretty cute letters to Santa (including spelling errors) and funny responses from "Papá Noel":

"Yo quiero una bata, una muñeca 'American Girl', un reloj." -- una estudiante de SLWED

Querido Papá Noel. 
Llevo tres años pidiéndote un camión de bomberos. Por favor, este año traeme un camión de bomberos. 

Querido Luis: 
Me molestan los rompebolas, así que, disculpame por favor. Cuando estés dormido voy a incendiar tu casa. Así podrás tener en tu hogar todos los camiones de bomberos que quieras. 
Con amor, 
Papá Noel 

Kerido Papá Noel: 
Me gustara un gujete del espazio pala navidad. E zido muy buen nino este año. 
Tu amijo. 

Querido Marco: 
Buena ortografia ¿eh?... Definitivamente tendrás una brillante carrera...¡COMO ESCRITOR! ¿Qué te parece si mejor te 
mando un libro de ortografia? Y por cierto, le voy a mandar el juguete del espacio a tu hermano, por lo menos ¡él sí sabe escribir! 
Tu amigo. 
Papá Noel

Querido Papá Noel: 
Me gustaría una patineta, una bici
un pony y una guitarra eléctrica. He sido muy bueno y no he hecho travesuras. 
Te quiero mucho. Albertito 

Querido Alberto: 
En primer lugar, ¿Cómo es que me quieres si ni siquiera me conoces? Por otro lado, sé que no has hecho travesuras porque has estado en una cama todo el año. 
Papá Noel 


December Student



Paul Panek -- Nashville, TN

 1) ¿Nombre?  Me llamo Paul Panek.
2) ¿Dónde vives?  Yo vivo en Hermitage.
3) ¿Dónde trabajas? Yo trabajo en Genco Inc.
4) How long have you been studying Spanish with SLWED and who is your teacher?  

I’ve been studying Spanish with SLWED since last June. My teacher is Lindsay Richardson. Lindsay has been just excellent. I’ve been very fortunate.
5) Where would you like to use your Spanish?

I wish to use it on a mission trip to a Latin American country within the next year or two. My daughter-in-law and her family are originally from Peru as I wish to converse in Spanish with them on a higher level. There are also some Spanish speakers at my job that I enjoy practicing with on a daily basis.
6) What advice or words of encouragement would you give to someone who is just starting to learn Spanish?

I have a Minor in German, so this is my second attempt at learning a new language. I know that it takes time and determination. Practice, practice, practice. Try to learn a new word every day. Access all of the free language software online and on YouTube. It will definitely get easier as you go and the rewards are endless.
7) What is your favorite Spanish singer or band or favorite Spanish song? 

My favorite Spanish singer is definitely Selena (Quintanilla). She meant so much to so many and still does to this day. I think her music will be around forever.
8) What countries have you traveled to or would you like to visit?

I am retired military and have traveled all over Europe as well as Korea and Japan, but have never visited any Spanish speaking country. I’m hoping fairly soon to visit possibly Mexico or Guatemala on a Mission trip.
9) How have you used your Spanish? Any interesting stories how it came in handy?

There have been a couple of times I have eaten at fast food restaurants where a customer spoke little or no English, when trying to order and the workers spoke no Spanish. It felt really great to be the Spanish\English go between for both. One family was hesitant to allow me to assist them initially, but in the end they were very appreciative. Moments like those give you a great feeling and the motivation to continue to improve your language skills.
10) What is your favorite thing about learning Spanish with SLWED?

The emphasis for this type of Spanish learning is on conversation and listening. SLWED has discovered what most people want in a language learning course. We take the classes for fun and for our own personal goals. Everyone who puts in the effort and study time will definitely see results. I also love that my classes meet at a Panera Bread. Their Hazelnut coffee and macadamia cookies are second to none.
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