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Learning Spanish 1 on 1 (Sydney)

Camino(s) past & future
CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF Sarria to SdC
(May 2016)
CF SJPDP-SdC
(May 2018)
VdlP (2022?)
Need some classes?

On my first couple of Caminos I have to confess I was rather lazy in learning Spanish.

So I'm trying to learn a bit for our next one. What prompted me, is that as the 'boss' is travelling with me, she will feel more comfortable booking accommodation a day ahead. I managed this well 50% of the time using booking.com, but at other times had to rely on others to make calls for me. (Yes I know there are other options such as emailing etc)

But I really wanted to be able to call a place myself and make a booking over the phone, to give us added flexibility.

Enter José from Ponferrada..... ;) Now living in Sydney.

I came across Jose online when looking for Spanish lessons. I wanted to do some intensive face to face lessons rather than online or in as class. I'm really time poor as I work 6-7 days a week. And I'm terrible at sticking to schedules....... So I just wanted to learn specific things. No need for 'La Plume de ma Tante'! (a la School French)

José does 1 on 1 classes at his home in the City I think, but as I live out a bit, we came to an arrangement that would have him coming to my office on a Saturday morning.

The classes have been great. José is a great guy and lots of fun to study with. And he has tailored the classes to meet the needs of a Camino Pilgrim. So we are just doing essentials. Greetings, buying things, booking accommodation, asking directions, ordering meals etc. Also doing a few verbs and tenses.

Yesterday we spend 30 minutes going over menus that I had photographed along the way and José was explaining all about the various dishes, how they are cooked, local specialities etc. Wow there are some we just have to try, as we had no idea what they were.....

A couple of weeks ago we spent some time going over the maps in Gronze, skipping along from St Jean to SDC picking out place names to practice. Heck, some of those I would never ever have guessed how to pronounce.......

Yesterday he went into the next room and I had to call him to make a Hotel booking! I have to do that every lesson now!
Very imaginative.......


Lots of fun and very effective. Just thought I would mention it as another option to learn a bit of Spanish.
Not the cheapest option of course, but still. One of the benefits of learning this way, is all the cultural insights you get along the way. What's considered rude in Spain, how to ask for things or complain about things......'politely' etc.

I'm not sure if he wants to take on more students. I can ask if anyone is interested.

Afternote. I did ask, and he is. I can PM his details.
 
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Camino(s) past & future
CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF Sarria to SdC
(May 2016)
CF SJPDP-SdC
(May 2018)
VdlP (2022?)
But can you understand the answers?:p;):p

I have to say, that booking Hotels on the phone is the hardest way! (re understanding)
José had me booking face to face, constructing emails etc.
And as a plan C almost, (last option) got me doing phone calls.
Because you can't see the person it makes it harder to understand what they are asking.
But I'm learning to listen for keywords rather than understand the whole reply..........

Interesting to see how it works out. :rolleyes:
 

M2404D

Maureen Sydney Australia
Camino(s) past & future
Past : July ( 2013 ) , 2014,2015,2016,2017,
Future : 2018
Need some classes?

On my first couple of Caminos I have to confess I was rather lazy in learning Spanish.

So I'm trying to learn a bit for our next one. What prompted me, is that as the 'boss' is travelling with me, she will feel more comfortable booking accommodation a day ahead. I managed this well 50% of the time using booking.com, but at other times had to rely on others to make calls for me. (Yes I know there are other options such as emailing etc)

But I really wanted to be able to call a place myself and make a booking over the phone, to give us added flexibility.

Enter José from Ponferrada..... ;) Now living in Sydney.

I came across Jose online when looking for Spanish lessons. I wanted to do some intensive face to face lessons rather than online or in as class. I'm really time poor as I work 6-7 days a week. And I'm terrible at sticking to schedules....... So I just wanted to learn specific things. No need for 'La Plume de ma Tante'! (a la School French)

José does 1 on 1 classes at his home in the City I think, but as I live out a bit, we came to an arrangement that would have him coming to my office on a Saturday morning.

The classes have been great. José is a great guy and lots of fun to study with. And he has tailored the classes to meet the needs of a Camino Pilgrim. So we are just doing essentials. Greetings, buying things, booking accommodation, asking directions, ordering meals etc. Also doing a few verbs and tenses.

Yesterday we spend 30 minutes going over menus that I had photographed along the way and José was explaining all about the various dishes, how they are cooked, local specialities etc. Wow there are some we just have to try, as we had no idea what they were.....

A couple of weeks ago we spent some time going over the maps in Gronze, skipping along from St Jean to SDC picking out place names to practice. Heck, some of those I would never ever have guessed how to pronounce.......

Yesterday he went into the next room and I had to call him to make a Hotel booking! I have to do that every lesson now!
Very imaginative.......


Lots of fun and very effective. Just thought I would mention it as another option to learn a bit of Spanish.
Not the cheapest option of course, but still. One of the benefits of learning this way, is all the cultural insights you get along the way. What's considered rude in Spain, how to ask for things or complain about things......'politely' etc.

I'm not sure if he wants to take on more students. I can ask if anyone is interested.
Hi I would be really interested. Can u ask him if he is taking in new clients, I am close to the cbd
 

HedaP

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances starting SJPdP Sept/Oct 2015, April/May 2017
Well done, you. Fantastic idea! As you wellknow, any Spanish at all helps to connect with locals.:D Are you also learning the alphabet? My real name doesn’t translate well into Spanish and I usually have to spell it out when making a booking. I find it challenging at the best of times but especially if at the end of a long day when tired!:p:p:p
 

Michael Gray

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino France (2015 and 2016)
I'd certainly be interested, but I live in the Southern Highlands of NSW, Berrima. Will he travel?
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF Sarria to SdC
(May 2016)
CF SJPDP-SdC
(May 2018)
VdlP (2022?)
I'd certainly be interested, but I live in the Southern Highlands of NSW, Berrima. Will he travel?

Probably. but you would need to discuss covering travel time and costs.....
That's what I did.
Travel time to Berrima and back would be a fair bit I imagine...

I PM'd his email address.
 
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Camino(s) past & future
CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF Sarria to SdC
(May 2016)
CF SJPDP-SdC
(May 2018)
VdlP (2022?)
Well done, you. Fantastic idea! As you wellknow, any Spanish at all helps to connect with locals.:D Are you also learning the alphabet? My real name doesn’t translate well into Spanish and I usually have to spell it out when making a booking. I find it challenging at the best of times but especially if at the end of a long day when tired!:p:p:p

Yes, he had me spelling my name in lesson one! :eek:
Though Robin became Roberto for ease of comprehension ;)

But my last name has a Y in it :( that is pronounced i griega :rolleyes:
https://www.spanishdict.com/guide/spanish-alphabet-pronunciation

Rattling off your phone number and email address is handy too.
 

LindaH

Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdP to SdC May/June (2016)
One of many mistakes on my first Camino in 2016 was learning how to ask how much things cost, but not learning enough numbers to understand the replies! I'm now using two apps to learn more Spanish, Duolingo and Coffee Break Spanish, but do get a bit frustrated learning all the names of the animals in the zoo and other less useful things for Camino purposes. Can't really complain as the apps are free and definitely helpful!
 

spanishblackboard

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
(2020)
Need some classes?

On my first couple of Caminos I have to confess I was rather lazy in learning Spanish.

So I'm trying to learn a bit for our next one. What prompted me, is that as the 'boss' is travelling with me, she will feel more comfortable booking accommodation a day ahead. I managed this well 50% of the time using booking.com, but at other times had to rely on others to make calls for me. (Yes I know there are other options such as emailing etc)

But I really wanted to be able to call a place myself and make a booking over the phone, to give us added flexibility.

Enter José from Ponferrada..... ;) Now living in Sydney.

I came across Jose online when looking for Spanish lessons. I wanted to do some intensive face to face lessons rather than online or in as class. I'm really time poor as I work 6-7 days a week. And I'm terrible at sticking to schedules....... So I just wanted to learn specific things. No need for 'La Plume de ma Tante'! (a la School French)

José does 1 on 1 classes at his home in the City I think, but as I live out a bit, we came to an arrangement that would have him coming to my office on a Saturday morning.

The classes have been great. José is a great guy and lots of fun to study with. And he has tailored the classes to meet the needs of a Camino Pilgrim. So we are just doing essentials. Greetings, buying things, booking accommodation, asking directions, ordering meals etc. Also doing a few verbs and tenses.

Yesterday we spend 30 minutes going over menus that I had photographed along the way and José was explaining all about the various dishes, how they are cooked, local specialities etc. Wow there are some we just have to try, as we had no idea what they were.....

A couple of weeks ago we spent some time going over the maps in Gronze, skipping along from St Jean to SDC picking out place names to practice. Heck, some of those I would never ever have guessed how to pronounce.......

Yesterday he went into the next room and I had to call him to make a Hotel booking! I have to do that every lesson now!
Very imaginative.......


Lots of fun and very effective. Just thought I would mention it as another option to learn a bit of Spanish.
Not the cheapest option of course, but still. One of the benefits of learning this way, is all the cultural insights you get along the way. What's considered rude in Spain, how to ask for things or complain about things......'politely' etc.

I'm not sure if he wants to take on more students. I can ask if anyone is interested.

Afternote. I did ask, and he is. I can PM his details.

Hi Robo! Nice to meet u :) if u want to learn spanish we are an Spanish Academy in Sydney, and u can try one trial class for free, to see if u like. Classes are so funny and spanish is the second language on the world. ¡Estaremos encantados de verte por aquí! (We will be happy to see u here!) lol
 

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