This Friday, October 18th we are going to watch Flamenco at La Kina coffee house.  This will be the first of our two community outings.

Here's the address, phone number and website:

3456 Cambie Street. Phone# 604 875 1998.


I've made reservations for the usual class time of 6:30 pm for those who want to take advantage of their happy hour - which goes until  7.

The flamenco dancers start at 8:30 pm so we'll have time to socialize and try some tapas...

Nos vemos el viernes!



Books I’ve used to teach Spanish (and that you can use too)


Hola Amigos y Amigas,

I’ve been teaching at the West End Community Centre in Vancouver for almost 5 years.  I love teaching this beautiful language to such an amazing group of students. Each semester I aim to bring interesting facts, cultural information, and useful phrases that you can use on your travel adventures.

This year we’ve added two community activities as part of our cultural learning, these are El restaurante and a visit to watch live Flamenco. Join us for another semester of fun-based learning.   Ole!

In our classes we build a foundation with a bit of simple grammar, the alphabet, and then add opportunities to practice inside the class and outside. Then use this website for learning support, it contains sections with worksheets, class lessons, learning tips and what’s happening in the community.

Following is a list of books I’ve used for teaching this class. I’d like to list these here for you to consider as learning resources, in addition to the ones you’ll be given in class and/or on this website.  Please note the comments are subjective and based on personal experiences (mine and my students).

Great book, easy to follow but a little academic, it’s packed with material you might find hard to do on your own. Great book if you want to continue learning at an academic level. Comes with a very useful language Lab app, also has flashcards, helps you customize your study and quickly see where you may need to spend more time.

We used this book last summer for a condensed 6-weeks class.  It has a good format and easy to follow instructions.  This book has words used in Spain so remember if you are travelling to Latin America, look up their equivalent. This book also comes with a free App you can download from the google app store. Nice!

I love these series! The book characters are based on real life students whose travels and humorous stories are shared with all – very relatable.   The only drawback, is that the book comes with a CD and not everyone has a CD player.

You can purchase these at the Langara bookstore.  Just remember to buy them before school starts as they order these for their own students.

Another fantastic resource that will take you to an intermediate level.  I love the learning tips in this book, I’ve posted these in the learning resources section.

and off course, we can’t forget…..

Easy and practical, it contains a CD and you can probably find this one at a second-hand bookstore, remember those? That’s where I found mine!

Books I’ve used for the intermediate or more adventurous learner:

Contains over 100 articles in Spanish with a bilingual glossary on the left side of the page, so you can build your vocabulary.  The stories shared provide information on the diversity of peoples found in Spanish speaking countries.

There you have it, there are other books in my ever-growing library – but whatever book, App or method you choose to support your learning, enjoy! And and don’t give up, perseverance is key to learning a new language.  Mucha suerte amigos, hasta luego!



I know a fantastic local Spanish teacher here in Vancouver. She is now retired but we can still enjoy her stories and ability to teach!

She has put her many years of language teaching experience to compile a fun set of lessons into a book called Soleado.

This book has been used at VCC, UBC and Langara and it takes you through basic all the way to intermediate levels.

On her sol educational website, she offers videos, lessons and practice examples.

You can even learn to make Sangria! Enjoy!


Shows you can use to learn Spanish

A lot of times it's easier to learn a language by immersing yourself - what's an easy way to learn? by watching movies.

Watch any of the following shows online to listen to Spanish and be entertained by stories and the histories of the people.

(Remember to watch the show in Spanish and turn on English subtitles)

Simon Bolivar (Netflix)

Fantastic historical drama set in the 1800's - learn about the independence of Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia

Xica da Silva (Youtube)

The story of the first group of Portuguese in 1700's Brazil - a tremendous love story between Xica and her "comandante". Xica was warning: this show has strong scenes and it takes place at the time when slavery was still part of their lives

Jane the Virgin (Netflix)

I just love this show! it's funny, it's heartwarming, and set in Miami what more could you ask for?

Grand Hotel (Netflix)

Fantastic love story! This is Spanish from Spain, you'll get a different flavour of Spanish than what you get from the Americas. It's Titanic but in Spanish 🙂

Online learning resources


A language website and application; the most popular one and free.


VPL’s digital online language learning resources.  You will need a Library card.   It ” provides access to online learning materials for 80 languages…Many languages have up to ten 8 week structured courses.  Pronunciator also includes lessons for children, downloadable audio lessons, PDF phrase books and thousands of songs” Vancouver Public Library

English/Spanish dictionary

This is the link to the Collin’s Spanish dictionary


For more advanced learners, this is a link to the ¨Real Academia Española¨. online dictionary in Spanish only.  This website also provides information for those interested in learning about the history and/or changes made to the Spanish language.