Meet Fiona

I understand that learning a new language is difficult.

English is a challenging (and fun) language

I’m Fiona

In South Africa, we have eleven official languages.  When I qualified as an English teacher, competence in Afrikaans was a requirement.  It was difficult.

I only just passed.


I was born in Britain, of an English mum and a Scottish dad.  My father spoke a little Gaelic and kiSwahili, but at home we only ever spoke in English.  Other than at school, I had little exposure to a language other than English.

English is my mother tongue.  I am a first language, native English speaker.

I write idiomatic English and speak English with a neutral accent.  South Africans and visitors to the country often ask if I’m from Britain.  Honestly!  You can hear me speak in the video below in which I tell you a little more about how we’d work together.

Because my parents emigrated to sunny South Africa, when I was little, I grew up here.  Now I live in a village in the winelands.  Not far from Cape Town.  In McGregor, I live in The Sandbag House.  In my spare time I cook and I write.  You can read my writing here, and also find out a bit more about my professional background.

Back to the language stuff

I now speak Afrikaans that’s only just passable.  I am not a comfortable reader or writer in the language.

Why is this important?

Because when I say

I understand that learning a foreign language is difficult

I really do!

English is difficult

At different times over the years, I’ve tried to learn isiXhosa, French and Spanish.  Because I am no longer exposed to these languages, my competence is less than rudimentary.  In any of these languages.

In case you’re wondering:  I have a Bachelor’s degree in English and Geography, a post graduate diploma in Education and an advanced certificate in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language.

Contact Fiona to discuss your English learning needs