Noticias de junio 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 6:45-7:45pm
Class begins July 7th and goes for 12 weeks total meeting at the The Well Coffee House (near Lipscomb University) 4002 Granny White Pk Nashville, TN 37204. Pending: Class will not meet on August 4. (1 spots open).
Thursday evenings from 5:30-6:30pm
Class begins August 7th and goes for 12 weeks total meeting at the Panera Bread in 100 Oaks in Nashville. Class will not meet on October 17.  (6 spots open).
Thursday evenings from 6:45-7:45pm
Class begins August 7th and goes for 12 weeks total meeting at the Panera Bread in 100 Oaks in Nashville. Class will not meet on October 17. (6 spots open).


Upcoming Part 2 Classes:

Wednesday evenings from 5:30-6:30pm
Class begins May 28th and goes for 12 weeks meeting at the Panera Bread in 100 Oaks in Nashville. Class will not meet on June 18th (3 spots for drop in students). 

Upcoming Part 3 Class:


Upcoming Part 4 Class:

Class starting in July - email for more details.

6 Week “Grupos Dinámicos” con Pedro G.:

*Current class in progress. Email for details of next class!

Kendall M. – 6th
Sabrina O. – 7th
Shelly H. – 8th
Shane Y. – 8th
Cathy G. – 19th
Rafael O. – 20th (maestro)
Bob W. – 25th
Caroline B. – 27th (maestra)
Aaron J. – 28th

Spanish Tip of the Month

Check out the website called Mil Cuentos. It is children from Central America narrating brief stories in Spanish. Great practice for all ages and just plain adorable.


Noticias de junio.

Is it July already?! Well we slacked off on bringing you the news for June, so here it is....
  • Summer Group Classes Starting
  • Introducing the two newest SLWED teachers
  • Feliz Cumpleaños
  • Student Spotlight – Izzy Swart, age 12

Introducing the two newest SLWED teachers:

You may have wondered, how do we find these amazing Spanish teachers? One way is through a strict and rigorous interview and observation process.
A special thanks to the “assistant to the founder” conducting the interview heard here:

Click to hear interview
Now without further ado we are excited to introduce to you guys the two newest team members, Rafael and Caroline. You are going to love them!

Rafael Ojeda grew up on the beautiful island of Cuba before moving to Miami where he lived for over 30 years.  He and his wife Zoraida, moved to Nashville in 2013 to be closer to their granddaughters and enjoy the unique mix of adventure and southern charm that Nashville offers. 

From his own experience, Rafael knows that learning a new language can be exciting and fun when you approach it with a little bit of courage and a great sense of humor. 

He loves Emily D’s unique approach to helping people learn Spanish and make real progress at their own pace. He believes that great conversations are one of life’s best pleasures. Being able to have real world conversations with people in a new language is a much better goal that memorizing lists of words that are soon forgotten.


He plays Alto Saxophone and enjoys singing soulful classics in English or Spanish.
His favorite Spanish word is Reina which means Queen and is his nickname for his wife Zoraida.
He is an avid Salsa dancer and loves other kinds of Latin dancing too!
He loves Photography and enjoys taking pictures of nature and historic places.
He likes enjoys the outdoors and loves camping.
He considers himself trilingual, having mastered Spanish, English and Miami’s Spanglish.

Although born in Tampa, FL, Caroline Bumpus has lived in Nashville, TN all her life. She studied Spanish at Lipscomb University. She had the opportunity to study abroad in Costa Rica for a semester in 2007, and also after graduating in 2009. In 2010 she moved to Ensenada, Mexico for a year to work with Baja Missions, a non-profit that works with the local churches in the Baja Peninsula. She has been to Ensenada, Mexico 50+ times to work with the churches there and The City of Children, an orphanage that takes care of 100+ children. For the past 3 years she has been teaching Spanish to elementary and middle school children at Ezell Harding Christian School in Antioch, TN. She will continue to teach there part-time while also teaching private and group lessons with SLWED.
Caroline has traveled to Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic. One of her life goals is to travel to all of the Spanish-speaking countries.
Her hobbies include: working out, walks with friends, drinking coffee, traveling, reading, and hosting a cooking club with friends.
One of her favorite travel memories is learning to dance on a rooftop in Havana, Cuba.
She has a dog named "Pants".
She is a pro at spoiling her nephew Andrew.
Her favorite Spanish group is "Maná" and her favorite Spanish word is  "tranquilo" which means "calm" or "calm down".




Izzy Swart

Nashville, TN


*Note about Izzy: He is the youngest student that we have working in our adult conversational program. Él es tan inteligente y trabaja muchísimo. Estamos orgullosos de ti. ¡Buena suerte en California!
¿Cómo te llamas?
Me llamo Izzy. 
¿Dónde vives?
Ahora vivo en Nashville pero voy a mudarme a California este mes.

¿En qué trabajas? 
Soy estudiante.

How long have you been studying Spanish with SLWED and who is your teacher? ¿Cuánto tiempo has estado estudiando español y quién es tu maestro/a?
Un año. Estudié por un año con maestra Bevin.

Where would you like to use your Spanish?
Quiero usar mi español especialmente cuando viajo a otros países.

What advice or words of encouragement would you give to someone who is just starting to learn Spanish?

What is your favorite Spanish singer or band or favorite Spanish song? 
No tengo cantante favorito porque no escucho mucho la música latina. Mi "band" favorita es Portishead.

What countries have you traveled to or would you like to visit?
Nunca he ido a otros países pero quiero ir a todos!

What is your favorite thing about learning Spanish with SLWED?
Me gusta mucho el idioma español.

Other Comments?
helado favorito- mint choc chip
pasatiempos favoritos- leer, escalar en CLIMB Nashville, y software development PYTHON
palabra favorita- rompecabezas
comida favoita- Pho (vietnamese) o sushi
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