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Learning Spanish in English – for any nationality!

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Learning Spanish in English – for any nationality!

Maybritt and Roar Gaustad are from the south of Stockholm in Sweden and moved to Spain four years ago at the age of 68.

Maybritt was a musical director whilst Roar was an engineer working for Swedish
Television.  Both had learnt languages at school and thought that Spanish would be easy for them.  As Maybritt said optimistically to her husband:  “Just give us two year in a proper language school and we will manage quite well.”   But it was not that easy!

They made several attempts with various schools and teachers.  “One teacher was very nice but wanted to chat to us in Swedish, leaving us with most of the lesson to do for homework.  We learnt many lists of new words.  I remember I could say nearly every part of the human body by heart, but as I only use a few of them daily the rest are at the back of my mind again.”

After two years they could understand a newspaper, follow the TV news and understand most of it
 when a Spanish neighbour spoke to them with a tongue as rapid as a castanet!  But they could not communicate back.  “The words were not there when we needed them!” said Maybritt.  “We started to wonder if there was something wrong with the two of us.  Are we too old to learn? Why is it so impossible?”
We were nearly going to give up when we heard from our English neighbours about Jane Cronin who was teaching 200 people at the same time in the Music Palace in Torrevieja.   We were curious about Jane Cronin’s "magic" way of teaching.  How on earth could she manage to bring knowledge to 200 people at the same time?”
Maybritt was so anxious to get two places on Jane’s course that they went to sign on at 6 o’clock in the morning with a beach chair and a blanket.  By the time the office opened there was a huge queue around the corner.   Today it is all much easier as Jane’s lessons are in Los Arcos Restaurant, Torrevieja and you can go there to enroll and pay.
Maybritt remembers:  “What an experience!   From the first moment in the room we felt so relaxed.  Jane Cronin was already there on stage preparing the equipment and chatting to us at the same time.
 We expected the first lesson to be far below our level – but it was exactly what we had missed before! Basic things - properly explained and repeated - a warm and humorous voice treating us all with respect, whatever country we came from, whatever knowledge we had or didn’t have before.”

After attending Jane’s courses our self-esteem is now so much better and we have enough confidence to go out and speak!   When my husband had an appointment for his car in the Spanish garage for the first time he managed to tell them what was wrong with our car and he also understood their reply!

We think that many Scandinavians and other nationalities are struggling like we did.  We would like to encourage you not to hesitate just because the courses are taught using the English language.  Jane Cronin does not have a difficult accent or dialect, and her marvellous body language will help you - she
not only "speaks" the lessons, she "acts" them.

 “As a teacher myself I am interested in the learning process and I am often very critical but Jane Cronin is one of the best educators I have ever met”.

Subscribe to comments feed Comments (6 posted)

EILEEN 23 January, 2013 06:40:59
have tried to access your web site rom newspaper ad, but cant.
what and where are lessons in roda from 25 jan please
need all info
Jane 12 October, 2009 08:59:15

I am still waiting for the go-ahead from San Pedro town hall to start my level one and two courses with the Universidad Popular. I have a meeting with them on Wednesday when hopefully I will have final details. I will advertise these on my website as soon as I can.

Duncan Mullen 09 October, 2009 12:00:52
When is the next basic survival spanish course in San Pedro Del Pinatar
Jane Cronin 04 September, 2009 09:55:57

The information about the courses are now listed in the classified section of this site on this link.,103,tutors%2C-languages-.htm

Best wishes,

john oconnor 04 September, 2009 05:38:59
Can you please tell me where and when the spanish lessons are conducted.


John OConnor
Steve Hall 04 September, 2009 03:21:11
I have worked with and been taught by Jane Cronin - the ultimate professional in a world of amateurs.

¡Mucha suerte a todos! MajBritt och Roar, "Lycka till",
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