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SPANISH FOR CRUISERS was written "in the field" by Kathy Parsons, experienced cruiser and language teacher.
Kathy Parsons
Who is Kathy Parsons?
Why did she write this book?
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Who is Kathy Parsons?

Kathy Parsons

s/v "Hale Kai"
Kathy is living and sailing
aboard s/v Hale Kai ...

Kathy Parsons has taught Spanish to boaters throughout the Caribbean.

She has lived aboard a sailboat since 1989 and has sailed throughout the Caribbean and Central America. She has served in the Peace Corps in Central America and worked on development projects in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Her wide-ranging teaching experience also includes organizing adult literacy classes, teaching English to Nicaraguan high school students, and providing computer training to businesses and government agencies including NASA. She has degrees from Harvard University and the University of Texas.

Both SPANISH FOR CRUISERS and FRENCH FOR CRUISERS benefit from her extensive experience making complex topics easy to understand and apply.

Kathy spends most of the year aboard her sailboat Hale Kai but makes time each year to speak at selected boat shows and gatherings.

She is the founder of the website Women and Cruising, which provides advice, inspiration and resources for women cruisers.

See also:

Kathy Parsons' mission: learn the language (and teach it to cruisers)
(on the Women and Cruising website)
Kathy's podcast on the Furled Sails website




Why did Kathy Parsons write SPANISH FOR CRUISERS?

In 1996 while sailing in the Western Caribbean, Kathy started teaching Spanish to her fellow boaters who were frustrated by their inability to communicate. Her students said: "Your approach is so easy - You should write a Spanish for Cruisers book to help other boaters." And so it began, as she roamed through the hardware stores, boatyards and anchorages, "researching" the words and phrases used in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean.

She wrote SPANISH FOR CRUISERS aboard her sailboat, publishing it in 2000. It quickly became a standard reference aboard cruising yachts.

Kathy says:

“I’ve seen how frustrating it is for most cruisers to communicate in Spanish-speaking countries. Dictionaries and travel phrase books don’t have the specific boating and mechanical vocabulary and phrases we need.

Ideally, you want to feel comfortable maintaining and repairing your boat with the help of the local economy. You want to be able to take advantage of the inexpensive, skilled labor and often excellent local materials available in these countries. You want to handle projects smoothly to give you more time to enjoy the countries you came to visit.”

Kathy Parsons in Santo Domingo

Kathy "researching"
in Santo Domingo

As boaters started using SPANISH FOR CRUISERS, they soon made another request: "This is great - So now do French too!".

Kathy Parsons' mission: learn the language (and teach it to cruisers)
(on the Women and Cruising website)


About Aventuras Publishing

SPANISH FOR CRUISERS and FRENCH FOR CRUISERS are published by Aventuras Publishing Company.

Aventuras Publishing was formed in 1999 by Kathy Parsons to publish practical books for yachtsmen and world travelers. Aventuras Publishing books are distributed by Paradise Cay Publications.



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