Your Personal Trainer for Languages
Not a Language Teacher
I don`t teach people languages I coach them through the learning of the language. Some people choose to do this independently and some with a tutor who specifies in that particular language. Despite what I`ve said not all language teachers are bad.
I coach people from all over the world who are excited about speaking a foreign language. I work with them regularly to support their learning.
From overcoming blocks, to drawing up learning schedules, and even finding native speakers to practice with I`m your go to Superwomen! No I don`t have the costume. You can then apply this knowledge to any language you learn.
Hi I`m Kelly, I live near Cambridge in the UK. I help people like you who desperately want to speak a foreign language but hate studying and have blocks around their learning.
Some of My Super Powers
Seeing different ways of doing things.
Creating a supporting environment for people to grow, learn, and understand themselves.
Being Friendly and open
Putting people at ease quickly.
I care about my clients and their goals because their goals are also mine. I understand how much it pains them that they have not yet reached them. I want people to achieve their goals, reach their full potential, have no regrets, and live the life they dream of.
It`s important to me that people who have a love for languages learn them. I believe in learning each other’s languages we gain a deeper appreciation for each other. We cross not only language but cultural borders and create friendships that we otherwise could not.
Looking back I guess there were always signs of my love for languages and cultures. As a child I would read atlases and travel brochures instead of story books and invent secret languages with my sister. I loved listening to Spanish music on our holidays to Spain though I could`nt understand it. Even now I enjoy songs in foreign languages, probably more so than in English.
Not Fitting the Mould
I studied French and German at school but like my clients I didn`t fit the mould of a language student and so I was discouraged from pursuing this path. Instead I went into the performing arts which sparked the creative thinking that I bring into my coaching. It gave me the opportunity to live and work abroad in France with people and languages from all over the world. To meet my now husband, a South African, and travel to South Africa regularly. Most importantly it allowed be to keep in touch with my love for languages, and be surrounded by them. I now spend my time learning languages and helping other people to speak the languages they dream of. Languages for me have always been a way to explore the world further. I believe when you learn the language you get a far deeper insight into the country, culture and people.
School didn`t prepare me
Whilst living in France I realised studying a language at school to pass an exam was one thing, but being able to understand and speak with natives was a whole other ball game. My 10 years studying French at school had`nt prepared me at all, and I felt lonely and isolated. When I tried to speak people would look at my strangely, not understand me, or say
“That`s really formal, no one speaks like that”
and “Don`t over pronounce your words”
and most frustrating was “Oh we never use that word, it`s really old fashioned”
I was frustrated with the teaching I`d received at school, so when in 2015 I decided to learn Afrikaans, one of the languages of South Africa I took a completely different approach. In just over two years I`ve achieved an ability I never came close to after 10 years of French at school. I`ve never had a problem being understood by native speakers, and work with my clients to ensure they do the correct things to enjoy the same success.
My work in the performing arts led me to becoming a qualified teacher. Teaching for 19 years and running my own ballet school. I became interested in the psychology of learning and saw the difference that understanding an individual`s learning style had. I became frustrated with the restrictions of classroom teaching and found my love for coaching people one to one.
I was a teacher and I hated it!
Yep, I didn`t fit in because I`m not some serious crusty old-school teacher with no sense of humour, who believes there is only one way to learn. Oops I might get in trouble for that! Oh well never mind someone had to say it. I`ve always been someone to think outside the box, a creative thinker. To question how we do things and find better ways. For my clients this means when they come up against a block in their learning, or a method that just isn`t working, I`m able to see a multitude of ways for them to move forward and change up the learning. I`m not stuck on the thinking that there`s only one way, and we must stick to it whether or not it`s right for the learner because that`s how it`s always been done.
I won`t do all the work
“Give a man to fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime” – Chinese proverb.
It`s much more beneficial to give someone the skills to do something rather than do all the work for them. It doesn`t help them in the long run. What I did love about teaching was the coaching aspect. Showing people how to learn and find the answers to problems themselves. To become independent learners. This has shaped my business today and why I choose to take a coaching approach rather than be a traditional language teacher.
My Clients appreciate having someone to support and keep them accountable. They benefit by enjoying the learning and so actually do reach their speaking goals, and reach them quickly. Instead of feeling they`re proud and confident in themselves as language learners. Some finally feel they belong in their communities and can start to build friendships and relationships leading to an improved quality of life, especially on an emotional level.
If you`ve enjoyed reading about my story and think I could be the best person to help you click below to head over to the SERVICES PAGE to find out how I help people and what problems I can solve.