Hi, I’m Maria Fernandez. I’m a native Spanish speaker and I’ve learnt most of the English I know as an adult.
I used to have the same problems you’re having today with English pronunciation. To improve my accent, I had to train myself to distinguish and produce the 45 English sounds.
Through personal practice, I’ve created a technique that will help you improve your English accent fast and to the highest level.
I use that technique in all my English courses and 1-to-1 lessons.
11 things about Maria
- I’ve been learning foreign languages on a daily basis since I was a child. Regardless of how busy I am, I always study for at least two hours a day. So far, these are my levels: Spanish: native speaker. English: near native. French: C2+. German: C1. Italian: C1 (C2+ in listening comprehension). Portuguese: B1 (B2 in listening comprehension). Japanese: B1 (500 kanji).
- I’ve studied British and American English pronunciation for more than twenty years. I strongly believe that, with the right lessons, you can improve your accent fast. I’ve written about my English learning journey in several articles. Here’s one: Confessions of a language lover: my journey to English fluency.
- I’ve been teaching languages for over two decades. To date, I’ve got more than 5000 hours of language teaching experience.
- I have a degree in History from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain). In my spare time, I love learning History in different languages: English, Spanish, French, German and Italian.
- I have a master’s in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh. Literature is my biggest passion.
- I live in Edinburgh (Scotland, UK) with my husband, Simon King, a Professor in the Linguistics department at the University of Edinburgh. He gives me great advice for my English lessons.
- I’ve written and published this Spanish learning course.
- I’ve written and published this other book: Fluent in Spanish. I’ve also translated the Sherlock Holmes story A Scandal in Bohemia – Un escándalo en Bohemia, and a guide to the Book of Kells, El libro de Kells. (Disclosure: some links lead to Amazon & I may get a commission for sales, at no extra cost to you.)
- When I’m not studying or teaching languages, I’m often riding a bike or hillwalking. You can follow my adventures on my travel blog.
- I love reading, cooking, listening to audiobooks, cycling, travelling, and music. For thirty minutes a day, I practise the piano. I’ve got a long way to go, but I love it. Playing an instrument has always been one of my dreams.
- In both my private and professional life I stick to a magical principle: I don’t believe in the word “impossible”. This is how you pronounce it, although hopefully you’ll never need it:
In the next topic I show you how to make the most of this English pronunciation course.