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 nearly three 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.
Founder of LivelyLanguages
and runs the Farnham, Elstead, Godalming, Guildford and Petersfield groups
I love languages and speak French, English, Spanish, Arabic and some Berber. I am half French and half British, and have lived in both France and the UK. I also spent eight years teaching in the Arabic-speaking world. I came back to the UK in 2010 and passed my CELTA diploma at St Giles College, Brighton and this is where I now live and teach.
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.
Runs the Hove groups
Runs the Haslemere French group
I am française de souche, d’origine lyonnaise, but have lived and taught in the UK for many years. I am passionate about my language and culture and love sharing that knowledge with others. Having learnt English, I totally ‘get’ learning a foreign language and love pointing out inconsistencies between English and French .