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Member Profile: Isabel, from Gran Canaria (Spain)

Published on
June 5, 2020
Updated on
April 24, 2023
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Written by
Alastair Budge

Meet Isabel M. Rivero, from Gran Canaria. A published author and a proud new member of Leonardo English.

Member Profile: Isabel, from Gran Canaria (Spain)
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Isabel M. Rivero

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I was born in Gran Canaria (Spain) in 1971 and I still live here.

Can you tell me a bit about yourself?

I am a very busy woman with almost no free time: I have been working for 28 years, I have two daughters and a partner and I do all the housework at home.

I am also a published author; I have been writing books about natural remedies for health for two and a half years.

Due to my situation, I don't have time to attend an English course, so I’m learning by listening to podcasts while I’m doing other things (driving, cleaning, cooking, playing sports…)

How long have you been learning English?

Apart from the subject of English at school, back when I was a child and a teenager, I did a semipresencial Basic English course in 2008 for eight months (Basic I). And in 2010 I did the second course (Basic II).

Three years ago I started a basic and intermediate English course on my own while I drove to work and returned home, listening to an audio course.

What have you found to be the hardest thing about learning English?

For me, the hardest thing about learning English are the phrasal verbs and the speaking (although I am aware that the reason is not having had the opportunity to speak in English with someone).

What's your main goal for improving your English?

I want to improve my English for many reasons:

  1. I love the English language. 
  2. I love England. 
  3. It’s very useful for traveling abroad. 
  4. When I retire, I would like to live in England. 
Learning English in Shaftesbury
Isabel in Shaftesbury

Why did you decide to become a member of Leonardo English?

In January 2020 I started listening to podcasts in English and I discovered “English Learning for Curious Minds”. As a curious mind myself, I enjoy learning interesting things and stories while I do other things. 

I think it’s a very good way to improve my language skills, and I have been a member of Leonardo English since April. With the help of the key vocabulary and the transcripts on the website, I am increasing my vocabulary, and thanks to the shadowing I am improving my pronunciation.

What's your favourite English Learning for Curious Minds episode (and why)?

At the moment, my favourite episode is “Guy Fawkes //The man who tried to blow up Parliament” because I like to know about historical facts of England.

Alastair from Leonardo English says

It's great to welcome Isabel, and it's clear that she is making great progress already. She was a little skeptical of shadowing when she first started, but I'm thrilled that she is now seeing how effective it is. Great work Isabel!

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