Not for one minute did I see this coming when I typed out my New Year greetings just a few months ago. Now here we are, in complete lockdown in most countries – in survival mode – focussing on staying safe, healthy and sane and looking after each other. We’re all enduring hardships in work and family life. And that’s the lucky ones who haven’t had to deal with something far worse! I don’t wish to undermine the gravity of this crisis in any way, but we need to find and share the benefits, so this can change us all for the better.
Luckily work goes on, but it really wasn’t good timing for our new homestay programmes! One very brave Frenchman persevered with his training for ten days in early March. I won’t forget my last day of freedom before the restrictions, exploring the city of Bristol and beautiful Gloucester cathedral with him! His course came to a dramatic end when president Macron made his memorable war speech and my student had to make a speedy repatriation.
Most of my online students are continuing with their classes, and I’m very grateful that I was already well prepared for hosting Zoom parties😀 So I thought why not blend the two and set up a fun English Conversation Club for the lockdown.
I’m also offering special rates for one-to-one coaching sessions. A lot of people I know are reflecting on their lives and reassessing what they want in future. Some are finding the confinement very challenging. Coaching can support people through these difficult changes.
As I’ve been feeling a bit blue lately, I decided to I finish off this update with some phrases containing the word blue.
Do leave your comments below or get in touch with your questions, thoughts and concerns. I’d love to hear some of your stories, so call or email me.
I sincerely hope we’ll all be on the road to recovery by the next newsletter and wish you lots of good health, optimism and creativity.
ZOOM CONVERSATION CLUB
Practise fluency, get corrections and tips and have some fun together
The first session is free so you can try it out. If you like it, you can sign up and book more.
I’ll invite you and two other learners I know at your level to a one-hour Zoom meeting. If you have one or two friends you’d like to invite, then we can have private groups.
We’ll talk about different topics of a light and entertaining nature and I’ll give you corrections and tips. I really want to make it enjoyable and useful. Let me know some times when you’re free. How about 11.00 or 18.00 BST depending on your time zone and availability, once a week?
Last but not least, given the current economic difficulties many of us are facing, I want to make it affordable too. We can decide on a price when you get in touch.
COACHING FOR CHANGE
Life, communication, relationships
As many of you know, I am a qualified coach and work in English with many advanced speakers of English as well as native speakers.
In fact most of my clients have started as language students and moved onto coaching.
I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce you to my coaching activity and programmes through my new website:
I’ve added a special offer to encourage anyone who is interested to give it a try. Again, I don’t want price to stop anyone.
PHRASES with the word BLUE
until one is blue in the face
For ever, or a hopelessly long time
I can ask her till I’m blue in the face, she just won’t listen.
once in a blue moon
He doesn’t like going out. He goes to the pub once in a blue moon.
out of the blue
Suddenly or unexpectedly
I hadn’t been in touch with an old school friend for years, when out of the blue I heard her voice calling my name behind me.