I am an enthusiastic linguist who loves getting others to speak in French and Spanish. I have taught these languages up to A level for over twenty years, and am a published author and an examiner for a national exam board.
After developing the innovative speed-dating technique over seven years ago, I have never looked back... the conversation groups are really fun!
Having lived in both France and Spain, I know the countries very well in terms of geography, customs and culture and love going back to visit. Angela
Angela Luke is the founder of LivelyLanguages and runs the Farnham, Elstead, Godalming, Guildford and Petersfield groups
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Lynne Burnham runs the Reigate and Redhill groups
I grew up with a fascination with languages as my grandfather was Gibraltarian and would often say a few words in Spanish to me. Whilst studying Spanish and French at university, I took a job as a tour guide in Europe and ended up spending a summer in Lake Garda after I was told "you speak Spanish and French, you'll soon pick up Italian"! Good job I took the job because nearly all my subsequent jobs on leaving University required me to speak Italian!
I have a particular interest in regional accents and love trying to guess the Spanish region someone comes from. Lynne
Sabine Brajoux runs the Hove group
Sabrina Brown runs the Haslemere French and the Elstead German groups
Learning a language offers a different perspective on life. How many times have I tried to explain a word in German, where there simply isn’t an English equivalent? I clicked with languages at school, particularly German – probably because of all the photos in the textbook on Kaffee und Kuchen!. My passion for languages continued, and I studied French, German and Spanish at university and worked in Munich. I now teach all three languages from Year 7 up to Sixth Form. I have always looked to bring the language ‘out of the page’, which is why this methodology so appeals.