What’s happening?

New September Courses

Our new September Courses have been released. We have some exciting new venues: Lewis School in Palmerston Road, which is a purpose built private language school. We are also using the meeting rooms of the White Star Tavern, and Harbour Lights Picturehouse. There is a new BSL course, and many…

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Holiday Courses – Hooray!

Our first 'Holiday Spanish' course happened in Portsmouth on Saturday: "I thoroughly enjoyed it. Ruth was very patient and helpful." - Chrissie, Portsmouth. "Really enjoyed the Spanish class with Ruth on Saturday, I think we all did." - Jacqueline, Portsmouth. We have lots of these short, intensive holiday courses happening…

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Useful websites for Spanish learners

Spanish language learner Sarah Burton has reached a level of fluency in Spanish and regularly attends the Spanish conversation group at the Trago Lounge on Thursdays. She recommends a few websites offering graded texts and audio in Spanish for learners of different levels: http://www.practicaespanol.com/ This one is done by one of…

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January Courses half term break

We are delighted to have 8 weekly courses running this January: Monday French Beginner 2 with Catherine Tuesday Spanish Beginner 1 with Luna French Beginner 1 with Tine Wednesday Italian Beginner 2 with Tecla Italian Intermediate with Giulia German Beginner 1 with Camelia Spanish Beginner 2 with Luna Thursday German…

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Great site for French learners!

If you are a learner of French, I have FANTASTIC NEWS! There is a great website to help you both learn and practise your French grammar. It is free: https://www.french-test.com/ Even though I lived in France for 4 years, the site informed me I was pre-intermediate (the cheek of it!),…

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New Venue

We are delighted to announce we are running classes at a new venue in Southampton. It is the wonderful Mettricks cafe in the old town of Southampton, who have agreed to host: Russian beginner course on Tuesday evenings Italian intermediate course on Wednesday evenings   This beautiful venue is the…

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Read a book (from the library)

Our local library has a great selection of foreign language books. When learning a language, one of the best ways to progress is by reading. It helps you to better understand the nuances of the language and to see how native speakers formulate sentences. You don't even need to spend…

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Rote Learning

I found out this morning that the ancient Jewish education system consisted of learning the Torah (well, the first four books of the old testament) by heart! Children would study this until they were 10, and nothing else. The proficient scholars would then go on to learn the next books,…

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September Course Teachers

The September language courses continue with our excellent teachers from the spring term: Luna teaches the Spanish beginners' courses. She has a Masters in teaching Spanish as a foreign language, and is a delight. Tine teaches the centrally located French beginner course and the continuing intermediate course. She teaches French…

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September Courses started!

Our September courses are off to a flying start! We have beginner Spanish courses, Italian courses, French courses and German courses running at Bitterne and Central Southampton venues (Bedford Place). We also have a French intermediate course at the Old Chemist at the Bitterne Triangle, taught by Tine and an…

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How to learn a new language

      Apparently children learn languages best, but that doesn’t mean that adults should give up. Here's how to make a success of it: Get real. Decide on a simple, attainable goal to start with so that you don’t feel overwhelmed. German translator Judith Matz suggests: “Pick up 50 words of a language…

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September Courses

We are delighted to announce our September courses! The timetable above details the language classes we are offering in 3 venues around Southampton from mid September (two weeks after the children go back to school). There is a huge selection of classes to choose from. We have courses in Spanish,…

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Spring language courses

We are extremely pleased that three language classes have run in the Southampton area for the first Spring term. We have a Spanish Beginner course at Cobbett Road Library in Bitterne, a French Intermediate course at the Old Chemist in the Bitterne Triangle and an Italian Beginner course that started…

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Languages for Business

Speaking someone else’s native language helps us to communicate effectively, enhancing business and trade. It’s not just the European languages that are useful these days. According to the 2012 Pearson Education and Skills survey, 71% of employers have a need for language skills and 49% are increasingly recruiting from outside…

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