Who we are...
Meet the LivelyLanguages team!
Founder and French/Spanish facilitator
I am an enthusiastic linguist who loves getting others to speak in French and Spanish. I have taught these languages up to A level for over twenty years, and am a published author and an examiner for a national exam board.
After developing the innovative speed-dating technique ten years ago, I have never looked back... the conversation groups are really fun!
Having lived in both France and Spain, I know the countries very well in terms of geography, customs and culture and love going back to visit.
I grew up with a fascination with languages as my grandfather was Gibraltarian and would often say a few words in Spanish to me.
Whilst studying Spanish and French at university, I took a job as a tour guide in Europe and ended up spending a summer in Lake Garda after I was told "you speak Spanish and French, you'll soon pick up Italian"! Good job I took the job because nearly all my subsequent jobs on leaving University required me to speak Italian!
I have a particular interest in regional accents and love trying to guess the Spanish region someone comes from.
A French native with a degree in English and Spanish from Toulouse University, I have always been passionate about languages, and that's why I moved to Brighton 13 years ago. I have been a language tutor for several years in France and England.
Learning and speaking foreign languages is a real journey that opens up new perspectives and amazing possibilities.
I really enjoy facilitating LivelyLanguages' sessions. Angela’s method is fun and efficient and allows you to gain confidence and fluency thanks to the idiomatic expressions.
Speaking various languages has been part of me as far as I can remember! I was brought up bilingually in the US and Germany and then went on to study French and Spanish at Heidelberg University.
My professional life has revolved around languages, first as a translator in Germany, then as a French & German teacher and A Level examiner and for many years as Head of Languages at a sixth form college. I travel frequently to France, Spain and Germany and am an active member of Petersfield Town Twinning Association.
I enjoy the Lively Languages method which combines a nice structure to learning whilst maintaining a flexible, vibrant approach to speaking.