“We focus on ACTIVE learning versus passive learning. Spaniards have been learning languages passively since school began, with a big focus on grammar, memorization, worksheets and test preparation, which has led to generations of people who have studied English their whole lives but still don’t feel comfortable communicating in English in social or professional contexts.”
“Key to a successful renovation, is finding a reliable and skilled team of workers, and getting expert advice on negotiating the local bureaucracy, which can be time-consuming and tricky to work out for newcomers.” Graham Collins, Interior Designer
“Diverse Learning has one mission: To be the top learning center in Europe for multilingual children who learn differently.” Emily Kunze, Founder Fundación Diverse Learning
“When I first visited Vincerola I was especially intrigued by the fact that one of the classroom teachers, Achmed who comes from Egypt, is deaf and solely communicates with the children in sign language. When Ella joined the nursery interacting with Achmed was quite a challenge for her and it took her some time to understand that she needed to communicate with him in a completely different way.”
Just north of Barcelona, stretching from Mongat to Malgret de Mar, the Maresme Coast is home to great beaches, Modernista architecture, historic village centres, sports facilities, nautic clubs, wineries and restaurants. Here you will find a few family-friendly highlights.
Dutch artist and mum Onke Truijen talks about her journey from hippy Ibiza to cosmopolitan Barcelona
“When we’re at school and with friends we only speak Italian; at home with our parents we speak English. We both find it easier to express ourselves and think in English, even though we use Italian more throughout the day.” Twins Mia and Cara talk about their life in a small village in Perugia.
“Cycling along Paseo Marítimo and been crowded and uncomfortable while the route we took back through the city was really enjoyable. There were very few cyclists, the cycle paths were set apart from the cars in most places and the streets were spacious and tree lined.”
“My advice to others thinking of relocating is to have about 3 times as much money as you think you’ll need. Also join any local expat groups on social media before you arrive – the members have a wealth of information.” Maya Mackenzie on relocating to Barcelona.
Are you a solopreneur or small business owner abroad? Struggling how to market or position your business? In a new series for Mumabroad, Emma from La Piccola Agency heads up a Marketing Clinic to address those challenges. In this first feature Emma provides 10 practical tips to writing great website copy.
“The challenge is to know and recognize when your baby is mature enough to develop his own healthy and independent internal sleeping skills. Around the 4 month mark most babies work on a big developmental milestone which affects their sleep as well.”
“To be truly bilingual, I believe a child needs to be able to read and write in both languages, as well as to be able to speak both. By being fully bilingual children have more options. If they decide at a later date to work or study in the UK, having recognised English language skills is a definite advantage.” Sue Aitken