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I’m Ana and I’d love to help you ditch anxiety when speaking Spanish for once and for all​

I was born in Murcia, the city of the sun, pasteles de carne, the tapa called marinera and the beer Estrella Levante.

At primary school, I was just a mischievous little girl (sorry, family) who started showing interest in languages. Little did I know then that my life would revolve around languages!

Such passion continued and grew even more at secondary school, where I consistently started learning different languages. And not just that. I started enjoying books, TV shows, films, videogames… everything in those languages. 

I could see how learning languages opened doors for me that I wouldn’t have dreamed about before.

Just like it happened to my adventurous grandad, who emigrated to Germany and deeply inspired me to become fluent in at least one language and get out of my comfort zone.

And the day I realised I could transform my passion into my job, I decided to become a language teacher.

 I completed a university’s degree on English Studies, an extensive course on Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language, and a master’s degree on Language Teaching in Secondary Education.

And with all this knowledge, both as a language learner and teacher, I packed and moved from Murcia, my sunny home town in the southeast of Spain, to the green and rainy Belfast.

aboutme

I'm Ana and I want to help you ditch anxiety when speaking Spanish

I was born in Murcia, the city of the sun, pasteles de carne, the tapa called marinera and the beer Estrella Levante.

At primary school, I was just a mischievous little girl (sorry, family) who started showing interest in languages. Little did I know then that my life would revolve around languages!

Such passion continued and grew even more at secondary school, where I consistently started learning different languages. And not just that. I started enjoing books, TV shows, films, videogames… everything in those languages. 

I could see how learning languages opened doors for me that I wouldn’t have dreamed about before.

Just like it happened to my adventurous grandad, who emigrated to Germany and deeply inspired me to become fluent in at least one language and get out of my comfort zone.

And the day I realised I could transform my passion into my job, I decided to become a language teacher.

 I did a university’s degree on English Studies, an extensive course on Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language, and a master’s degree on Language Teaching in Secondary Education.

And with all this knowledge, both as a language learner and teacher, I packed and moved from Murcia, my sunny home town, to the green and rainy Belfast.

aboutme
aboutme

In Belfast, I started teaching Spanish to English-speaking learners at a secondary and university level.

This gave me the opportunity to see English speakers’ specific struggles with Spanish in depth.

From conjugations and gender to sounds, word formation, unique concepts in each culture, colloquial expressions, the use of tú/usted, etc. 

And far from remaining passive, I decided to make learning intermediate Spanish easier and bring Spain closer to English speakers, regardless of location and timetable.

That’s how ACC Spanish was born.

 

In Belfast, I started teaching Spanish to English-speaking learners at a secondary and university level.

aboutme

This gave me the opportunity to see English speakers’ specific struggles when learning Spanish first-hand and in depth.

From conjugations and gender to sounds, word formation, unique concepts in each culture, colloquial expressions, the use of tú/usted, etc. 

And far from remaining passive, I decided to make learning intermediate Spanish easier and bring Spain closer to English speakers, regardless of location and timetable.

That’s how ACC Spanish was born.

 

  1. If I had to describe me, I’d say I’m hard-working, positive, patient, driven, and adventurous.  
  2. I LOVE reading, from classics and fantasy novels to psychology books.
  3. Helping others, being with my loved ones, and exploring the world are the three things that make me feel happy and fulfilled.
  4. I love learning about history, whether it’s through books, TV shows, films, documentaries, museums, or even vintage fashion, especially 40s and 50s.  
  5. My long-term dream is to be able to travel the word and try as many international cuisines as posible. Imagine doing this in Spanish once you become fluent!
  6. I feel deep gratitude every day for what I have, what I do and who I share my life with as result of struggling with cancer in my family and my own heart surgery.
  7. Since I started learning languages, I’ve learned English, French, Latin, Ancient Greek, and Italian, but I wish I could speak Norwegian or Korean too.
  8. When I’m in Belfast, the Spanish food I miss the most is jamón, salted sunflower seeds (pipas), alioli, Cheetos Pelotazos, gazpacho, horchata, and thick churros.
  9. I love the cold. Whenever I say I love the Belfast weather, everyone gives me a weird look but, honestly, I had my fair share of 44ºC in the summer in Murcia (Spain)!
  10. I used to be a very shy language leaner who thought she would never be really fluent in different languages, but now I happily live in a foreign country, with my Irish partner, teaching Spanish to English-speaking learners. So if you want to be confident too in Spanish, I can help you.

Send me a message through  the contact form

why i want to help you

  • Improve your fluency in a fun and positively challenging way
  • Receive easy explanations for you as an English speaker
  • Speak Spanish all the time (English is an emergency tool)
  • Develop passion for learning, strategies for real contexts and courage with the language in a friendly environment
  • Become comfortable with Spanish to show your personality
  • Ditch anxiety by welcoming mistakes
  • Develop listening and speaking skills for real life
  • Speak Spanish in discussions, debates, roleplays, games
  • Discover present Spanish culture (say bye to clichés!)
  • Have access to Spanish videos, images, articles, books, podcasts, radio, films, TV shows…

Teaching languages is my particular way of helping others when they feel lost or incompetent, in this case because they lack good strategies or the knowledge to achieve their linguistic goals.

But it’s mainly my way of opening doors for people as other teachers did for me, since by speaking different languages you can…

  • get better job or academic opportunities
  • enjoy enriched travel experiences
  • become more culturally tolerant
  • connect with people all around the world
  • become closer to new family members
  • become less shy and manage anxiety better
  • boost your self-esteem and self-discipline
  • understand films, books, and radio in the original language
  • analyse and understand your mother tongue better
  • have a extremely rewarding hobby that can last a lifetime

Two of my goals are (1) to provide as many opportunities for learning Spanish as possible and (2) to help my students become fluent in Spanish in a personalised and meaningful way.

And one-on-one online teaching makes it possible, as I can easily adapt the pace, carefully select suitable materials and activities, and choose engaging topics for every student.

In fact, private online Spanish classes are PERFECT for those who:

  • have busy or irregular schedules 
  • can’t spend a lot of time and money commuting 
  • need a private tutor to target their needs and goals
  • live in areas with few possibilities to learn Spanish
  • feel rushed or slowed down in group classes

Don’t let logistic obstacles stop you from becoming fluent in Spanish. You can achieve your goal from home.

1) I speak English fluently. As a Spanish speaker who learned English as a second language, I definitely understand and can target English speakers’ struggles with Spanish, like differences in grammar and sounds.

2) I understand UK and Ireland cultures. I’m based in the UK and have experienced first-hand cultural differences between the UK, Ireland and Spain. This allows me to transmit cultural information so my students can go to Spain, forget about cultural shock, and enjoy the culture 100%.

3) I know the UK education system. My teaching experience helps me understand how I can complement my students’ learning process if they learned Spanish in a education system highly oriented towards exams.

4) I’m aware of the strong connection between the UK, Ireland, and Spain. These countries are connected by mutual interest in their geography and culture. That’s why I want to bring Spain closer to you so, one day, you can enjoy it on your own without anxiety.

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