UPDATE: 5th September 2021 — I’m back! I’ve just had a great summer break with my family. I look forward to seeing all my great ChatterStudents again. -------
I’m Mark and I come from Australia , but I now live in the UK . I live in the beautiful seaside city of Brighton. I grew up in Melbourne and visited London in 1996 for a holiday. I never went home!
I’ve been trying to learn languages for a long time. I started learning German 13 years ago, and Spanish 10 years ago but didn’t learn very much until I started using Chatterbug.
I loved Chatterburg so much that I decided to be a tutor , to help other people on their language learning journey. I love being able to chat with people all over the world .
In my life I have travelled a lot of the world , and everywhere I travelled I would spend months learning the language before I went.
I spent three months learning Spanish before travelling to Colombia in 2009 , and I kept going by learning a little bit of Greek , French , Bulgarian , Khmer , and I even learnt Bahasa Indonesia when I was at school.
I am a teacher in a school, and teach Digital Media , Science and also Business Studies . I am a senior manager, so I also manage our Careers Programme, our 6th form (in the UK that’s the older students aged 16-19), and all the IT systems .
I love bike riding , and there is lots of beautiful countryside near Brighton where I can spend hours with my friends riding (and drinking coffee )
I love music , and learning a language has been a great way to find out about music from around the world. I love finding out about the newest bands and Brighton is a great city for seeing “The Next Big Thing” in a small venue.
I completely love learning languages and I understand the stress and difficulties of trying to learn a new language, particularly having the confidence to speak. The Chatterbug live lessons are a great place to build confidence speaking and being able to make mistakes and get better and better each time. I know how hard it is to go from learning some grammar and vocabulary to being able to speak, so the lessons with me are always supportive and a safe place to learn at your own speed.
I have been teaching for over 20 years, so hopefully I know what I’m doing!