Although I was born in the UK, I come from a family of mixed heritage and I believe that this has helped open up my mind to wanting to learn a language, travel internationally and find out more about people’s cultures.
Since school, I have always had a love and natural flair for Spanish, however it is only more recently that I have been able to realise my passion to teach this fantastic language to children. I have lived, worked and travelled to various Spanish speaking countries which has totally given me an appreciation of how widely spoken a language it is, and I am very excited to share this with our future generation and especially now with a young son of my own! I get such a sense of genuine satisfaction from hearing children singing a song , or saying a phrase in Spanish, especially of their own accord.
Generally the younger you are, the less inhibitions you have which helps children to speak a different language without worrying about pronunciation, how they sound etc. which, as we get older, we become more aware of. My only regret is that I wish I had learnt Spanish from a younger age and hence my offering, Spanish4kids.
I was born in Bogota, Colombia, the place where I grew up. At the age of eight I discovered that I really enjoyed my English lessons and I loved anything to do with the English culture. I also lived in Spain for twelve years where my boys were born, finally settling in England where my daughter was born.
We have all heard how important it is to introduce a second language to children while they are young, well I have experienced this first hand and I realise how true this is now. My two teenage sons are bilingual and my younger daughter is learning lots.
This was my inspiration, motivating children to find out about other languages, other cultures, other lifestyles, interests, and being open to learning more and expanding their knowledge, understanding and international connections with the world.
I love seeing and hearing the little ones sing along and come up with words in Spanish, as well as inspiring young adults with some more complex vocabulary for a GCSE or an A Level assessment. Equally rewarding is holding conversation sessions with adult students who have an interest in the language and the Spanish and Latin American culture, and who would like to gain more confidence when they speak.
Where are our Spanish lessons?
Online (via Zoom)
Bishops Waltham Infant School, Bishops Waltham (Monday's)
Bishops Waltham Junior School, Bishops Waltham (Tuesday's)
Kingsworthy Primary School, Winchester (Tuesday's)
St Peter’s Primary School, Winchester (Wednesday's)
Weeke Primary School, Winchester (Thursday's)
Club zoom sessions Monday's at 4.30pm
We also privately tutor children from St Bede’s, Winchester, St Swithuns, Winchester, Berrywood, Hedge End and Sherborne House School, Chandler's Ford
Read our customer reviews.....
"I couldn't recommend Pippa enough, the way she engages with my daughter has been great, and even through the tougher times of Covid lockdown kept her interested in learning Spanish.
I am very happy that Pippa was able to return to school for the face to face lessons, and although these are on hold again, we will continue once the restrictions have been lifted, and can't wait to start our 4 year old off on her Spanish adventure."
"Marcela is a fantastic teacher and very knowledgeable. Whilst the zoom lessons always had structure, she was really good at letting them flow naturally, adapting them based on the questions I was asking or things I wanted to know more about. Marcela is very personable and friendly and I really enjoyed my lessons with her."
Kate (adult student)
"Pippa teaches my 6 and 9 year olds Spanish. She is a wonderful teacher - very encouraging and patient with the kids. My children enjoy their lessons and find them fun rather than a chore which is down to Pippa’s lesson planning. I think it is a very useful skill for the children to learn and will really benefit them in the future. I can’t recommend her highly enough."