Thursday, 30 July 2009

News letter for the month of August...

Dear Invasion Members!

Looking at the month ahead!

The Spanish Invasion has been surviving with no income for almost a year! How have we done it?? Well, the Invasion started out as one of my many hobbies... Demand for a website and demand more meeting places took over! Feedback from the meetings has been really great and this has encouraged me to keep going!

I am currently working on an event where we can all get together... I would really like to organise one big party for all the members! So, watch out for September...

The Spanish Invasion - We are a Spanish/ English Language, culture, life, work exchange group!
Its Purpose; for you to meet new people and exchange cultures and languages! (Mainly Spanish and English).

Lingualearn- For all your language softwear -
have a very helpful website...
I have been listening to their language softwear.
Their wide range of language learning products are proving to be useful tools in improving foreign language abilities...

For new arrivals to the Brighton area, I have been working with the National Health Service, to make sure that members are informed! Access to medical attention can be difficult! The Brighton & Hove NHS have would like to make sure that all of you are looked after whilst you are in Brighton.

If you are not registered with a Doctor, there is a Walk-in practice. Please go to - Aspect House, 84-87 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XE. Open everyday 8am - 8pm, including all bank holidays. TEL: 01273 203058.

Events taking place from the 1st August - 31st August.

Eddie and Arantxa are taking care of the Cornerstone event, and I am looking after the Sidewinder and the Guarana bar events!

Members are still enjoying Casablanca! I also hear that every Sunday members are enjoying the Cadela Quartet at the More bar too!

We will be meeting at these places for the rest of the summer and I am also hoping to add another venue to our list in the Hove area!
I have listed all our meeting Spots below...

If you are interested in joining the group its Free to all! The more people who join us, the more discounts will be on offer!!
For more information please go to and click on Blogger.

We have had a great few weeks with The Spanish Invasion! So many people have joined and are enjoying all the invasion meetings...

July 28th - We will be meeting at Sidewinder - Tuesday evening from 8pm until late...

July 30th - We meet at the Cornerstone - Thursday from 8 pm until late.....

We party at Casablanca on a Wednesday night....

We meet at the Guarana bar in the north laines every Saturday morning from 11:00 until 13:00...
We meet here from 11:00 hrs until 13:00hrs. We help members find accommodation, jobs & with Cv's, etc.
If you would like help with any of these come along!
1st August is Pride, everyone will be at Preston Park...
I will be at Guarana bar Saturday, 15th August and every Saturday after that!

We meet at More Bar on Trafalgar Street, every Sunday night! We are there from 8 pm.
Complimentary Calimocho for all Spanish Invasion Members...
Flamenco music - Candela Quartet!

Please contact if you need any more information!

xx Lisa

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Invasion Friendly Accommodation, Schools, Events, jobs....


I have been working hard to find inexpensive accommodation, decent language schools, part-time and full time work for Invasion Friendly members!

If you would like help with any of the above or you would just like to meet more people through The Spanish Invasion! Please send your email address and any questions you may have to

I am also looking for volunteers for the Beachdown Festival! if you are interested in working at this Festival please let me know!

Take care! xx Lisa

About Me

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If you have read my blog and want to know more about me ... please read on!

Where are you from?

The short answer would be the south of England, but this is not strictly true.  I was born in Bahrain, and I've lived in Spain, Scotland and England.  When I worked for First Choice (Tour operator), I was sent to work in Almeria, Tenerife, Malaga, Corfu and Bulgaria! Then I moved to Brighton. I had a great time there and met some amazing people (you know who you are)! From there I moved to Alicante to become a teacher.  I got a better teaching position in Toledo with Cambridge English plus, there I spent my days correcting exams, teaching kids and Adults... and now I am residing in Ciudad Real with my life partner.

Why did you become an English teacher?

I've always liked the idea of teaching, but I figured it was a good idea to get some life experience before trying to teach. So, that's what I did! I have worked in tourism, insurance, marketing, health and safety, bars and restaurants! Work experience gives you heaps of anecdotes and stories to teach your students about real life!

Why did you decide to become self-employed?

Well, it was an easy decision, I wanted the freedom and flexibility to teach English through numerous activities, cooking, wine tasting, playing games, etc.  When you work in a school/academy/college you teach the same thing day in day out, students get bored of sitting down at a desk with a book open in front of them, having done this during school hours as well. Through experience I've learnt that it's easier to learn a language when you actually live it! Kids in Spain learn grammar at school, they know how the language works, but they don't get the opportunity to speak.

Why online classes?

I wanted to be able to teach other nationalities and maybe provide a service to people who can't leave their house, or live out in a small village where they don't have access to a language school. Teaching online is intense, it doesn't suit everyone, but the students I have are happy with the classes.

Are online classes better than in person?

If there is a good internet connection, and the student is keen to learn online, then it can be good, but I wouldn't say it was better than in person. Learning online is intense, you have to constantly pay attention, your teacher is able to provide you with visual aids, class notes, etc. You save money on petrol and you save time! When technology improves, it will be possible to join a group, which should be cheaper for you and give you the opportunity to meet other students from around the world!

How do you fill your time?

Well, I keep a blog for my students, the number of readers are increasing everyday, which is encouraging. I won't talk about politics, religion or any subject which may offend any nationality. It's purpose is to give students something to read, which may interest them. Helping them to learn new vocabulary and expressions. I also teach at a nursery in the mornings, and one evening a week I teach children and their parents together! This gives parents the opportunity to learn with their children, making it easier to practise at home. English can become part of your everyday lives!

My teenage group are new, and I love teaching them!

iFriendly Summer project:

Every year I look into summer camps and the options I have to teach during our long hot summers... I have to say there is quite a wide variety of summer camps here in Spain, United Kingdom and Ireland.  I have worked for the Junta de Andalucia and Combination Languages in the U.K.

I love Castilla La Mancha and I would rather stay and teach closer to home... I think I have found what I am looking for.  A stunning little village not 50 minutes from my City... Saceruela.

This year I intend to set up a summer camp for kids, aged 10 -16 from the local schools and academies. In 2016 / 17 I intend to attract students from the U.K and Ireland, those who want to learn Spanish, so that we can teach both languages together.  This will enable iFriendly to provide activities for both nationalities and give everyone the chance to learn from each other. A similar set up to my 'Invasion Friendly' project in Brighton, where Spanish speakers and English speakers got together every week to learn from each other in a social environment. This will also be available for adult learners, but on weekends throughout the year.

Invasion Friendly "To promote cultural integration and change. Give the word invasion new meaning. A safe way for travellers to learn languages."

Check out this stunning village

I teach English through wine tasting events in Ciudad Real, at Taberna Vinalia Check out our events on Facebook.

From April 2014 to December 2014, I worked on a Tourism project in Toledo, due to the long commute I no longer teach the course.

And last but not least, I teach English online!

For Skype English classes Contact Lisa Jane by email