Spanish for Cruisers: Language Skills for Boaters
Duration: 8 - 1 hour sessions
Date: Mondays & Thursdays, Aug. 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30 at 20:00 Eastern or 17:00 Pacific
Instructor: Kathy Parsons
Course Fee: $120 - SSCA Members / $145 - Non Members
Spanish is the most common language (after English) that you will encounter cruising. A basic ability to communicate in Spanish along with an ability to recognize and speak cruiser-related vocabulary and phrases will make your time in Spanish-speaking countries easier and much more rewarding.
This webinar is designed for the person with little or no Spanish who wants to be able to communicate in Spanish in the typical experiences a cruiser encounters. You will be learning in the most efficient way possible: Every lesson is built around cruising scenarios. You will learn to recognize and respond with the exact words and phrases you will be using to clear in and out of port, make radio calls, communicate with marinas, boatyards and repairmen, provision in local markets, etc.
Here are some of the skills we will cover in these 8 sessions:
- Basic Cruiser Survival vocabulary
- Conversational Skills - How to Chat up the Locals
- Understanding spoken Spanish and responding
- Dealing with Money and Numbers, Shopping
- Techniques and Vocabulary for Finding Your Way Around – ashore and on the water
- Boating and Maintenance vocabulary; finding boat parts and arranging repairs
- Using sentence and question starters to easily build your own sentences
There will be handouts and between class assignments to help you develop the skills covered in the class. You will develop custom dialogues for describing your boat and crew, personalized crew lists, and practice listening to boating-related audios by native Spanish-speakers.. You will get personal feedback on your assignments so that you can feel confident that you are communicating what you mean to communicate. If you can’t attend every class – don’t worry! You will be able to listen to the classes online later on your own schedule.
Here are some comments from cruisers who have attended:
Thank you so much for the wonderful classes. You've given us such a great start on learning Spanish and we are determined to continue working with all the super helpful materials you've provided. That last class was amazing - it's like a light bulb came on when you showed us how to put the verbs together with the mini-conjugations we had already learned and open up a whole world of being able to communicate in sentence form!”
I can't even begin to tell you how fantastic I think you are for all the effort you are putting into teaching us Spanish. To say you are going above and beyond all expectations I had for the class would be a terrible understatement. We are very excited about the opportunity to continue to work on our Spanish language skills.”
You have a knack for making it easy to pick up and learn the language.”
You are a terrific teacher and we look forward to seeing you share your vast knowledge in future SSU classes. I can hardly wait until we have some experience under our belts too!”
This has been a terrific class. I hate to see it end.”
Great class.Your style and method is fantastic.Tom, thanks for steering SSU to explore new classes like this.”