slow Spain produces podcasts for advanced learners of Spanish
After many years working in the cinema business as the co-ordinator for a state film and TV promotion network, later in the MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona), and running her own flower taller (workshop) in the centre of Barcelona, Ana decided that it was time for a radical change. She moved with Chris to Alcampell, which she describes as a cross between the middle of nowhere and an urban centre, for its many services.
Since being with Chris she has had ample opportunity to observe, and deal with, at first hand the phenomenon of visitors who have studied Spanish without acquiring fluency. She also more than held her own with the barrow boys of Portobello Road market whilst living in London. Ana is a born communicator whose natural enthusiasm and spontaneity are infectious. Her “Botifarra Parties” at the Cannes and Berlin film and TV festivals are legendary. With so much experience of communicating to a vast variety of people, Ana is the perfect person to get you communicating in either of her two maternal tongues – Spanish and Catalan.
15 years of English teaching plus 10 years of translating and material writing and his own personal struggles with Spanish and Catalan have given Chris ample experience of language learning and usage. Arriving in Barcelona with not a word of the two official languages of Catalonia, he ate the same thing every day for a month (bocadillo de tortilla francesa) as it was the only thing he knew how to say and once ordered polla con patatas (penis and chips) instead of pollo con patatas (chicken and chips). His language skills have improved somewhat since then.
Chris co-founded Guiri Total, Barcelona’s first multi-lingual magazine, and worked on the Barcelona council’s first web-site. After almost achieving success in the music business, he met Ana. According to Chris life in Alcampell is like a mix of Northern Exposure and Lake Wobegon – but with better food. Having got over the handicap of being born in a small, (then) industrial town in the English midlands, he has lived in Bath, Bristol, Amsterdam, London, New York, Chicago, Barcelona and Madrid before coming to rest (for the moment) in Alcampell.