I am from Canada, and I have been teaching languages for many years. If you want to know more about my professional career, click here.
I had the idea to create Real Spanish because of my own experience learning Spanish. I had been studying in Spanish classes for many hours, but when I arrived in Spain, I often felt very frustrated because I didn't understand what people were saying, and I found it very difficult to express myself. I started watching movies and TV shows online, making good use of the back button, and subtitles in English or Spanish - although I was puzzled that the subtitles often did not match what I was hearing! At Real Spanish we have solved that problem.
I enjoyed learning because the material was so fun and informative. I improved my vocabulary, and learned a lot of new words and phrases. At the same time, I learned a lot about the history and culture of Spain, as well as other Spanish-speaking countries.
I realised that this method could also help many other people, so, with the help of Gema, I started to develop scripts for the virtual lessons, based on film and TV clips. Over time, we fine-tuned the concept, and began working online with professionals from various countries to create the video lessons. It has been a great experience - a whole new way of working for me. I hope you enjoy Real Spanish as much as I have enjoyed creating the lessons.
If you'd like to learn more about how I got the idea for Real Spanish, see the video below.