Authors

Dan Cross

Dan Cross

Dan is a writer and editor with 10 years' professional experience. He is the managing editor at Language Trainers. He is from the UK and lives in Colombia with his wife and son. Dan speaks Spanish to an intermediate level. He has travelled throughout Europe, the Americas, and Asia. He'll visit Australia once the spiders have left. Dan is a twice shortlisted novelist who primarily writes historical fiction. He is a Fellow of the Historical Novel Society and an associate member of the Society of Authors. Also, he is the associate editor for "Write On!" a print and digital magazine that promotes creative writers and authors from all backgrounds, from all over the world.

Daniel Dawson

Daniel Dawson

Daniel is a freelance journalist who has previously covered the environment and UK politics and current events. He currently lives in Montevideo where he moonlights as an English teacher.

Daniela Solis

Daniela Solis

Daniela is a content writer and ELT teacher who has a passion for languages & food (spicy dishes are her favourite!). She also loves travelling to beach destinations, spending time with her family and pets, and learning Portuguese.

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Elaine Mead

Elaine is a Freelance Writer & English Tutor, with a passion for literature and languages. When not tapping out her latest articles at her laptop you can find her planning her next travel adventures and consuming far too much coffee. Find more of her words and work on her twitter account: @_elainemead.

Felix Funes

Felix Funes

Felix is a freelance writer and language nerd. After getting his B.Ed. in English, he has worked as a writer for clients from all over the world. His love for languages and linguistics has led him to learn Spanish, English, and a bit of Italian; he is currently working on learning Portuguese. In his free time, Felix enjoys reading anything that comes his way and watching soap operas. He is currently living in Argentina but loves to travel when he has the chance.

Jessica Dillow

Jessica Dillow

Jessica Dillow currently lives in Madrid and is a freelance copywriter and author of Be Your Finest Self. She is a vegan yogi who loves to run and read when she’s not in the middle of travelling. Right now she’s only fluent in English, but she loves the process of learning Spanish and French.

Juan Nario

Juan Nario

Juan is a passionate writer and a complete nerd for foreign languages and cultures. After graduating with a major in English, he has been working as a blogger for dozens of clients all over the world. His love of languages has recently led him to collaborate in the translation of plays and poems with independent publishing companies. In his free time, Juan loves taking pictures of people in cafés, reading novels, and watching foreign films.

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Katie Collom

Katie was born in the U.S. but moved to Mexico as a baby where she spent the first 17 years of her life. To this day, her hometown’s biggest call to fame is the local capture of one of the most notorious drug lords in the world. Katie’s first big move overseas happened when she travelled to Cuba to train at the National Ballet School in La Habana. As a life-long expat, Katie has a serious addiction to travel and expat life and has since lived all over the world. Following 3 years of living in Cuba, Katie decided to pursue her love of languages and obtained a dual B.A. from UT Austin in Chinese and Asian Cultures and Languages. Katie then took her passion for ballet and languages abroad and danced and taught in the Philippines and Singapore. During a year-long stint living in Taiwan, Katie gained experience as a language learner, as well as an ESL teacher. She understands the nuances and difficulties of learning a new language and loves sharing tips and tricks with others. The challenges of expat life are something else Katie enjoys exploring and sharing with readers as she learns to balance life as a third-culture adult living abroad. A firm believer in staying connected to your roots, even as an expat, Katie makes sure to get involved with U.S. elections and politics and visits the U.S. every year, as well. Making the transition easier for newbie expats, first-time language learners, and travellers (both seasoned and not) is one of Katie’s main goals in her travel writing. Knowledge is power and travel is addictive, and she wants to combine the two for her readers! Currently, Katie resides in the U.K. where she works as a freelance writer, pet-sitter and dog-walker, and small business owner. Katie is also an aspiring (as of yet) unpublished novelist who enjoys reading, browsing bookstores, and sipping the occasional pint of Guinness at the local pub.

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Kelly Wang

Hi, my name is Kelly, I am a freelance writer and CELTA qualified ESL teacher from the UK. One day, I might even take on the DELTA, though my interests lie in helping individuals rather than managing a staffroom. I've taught as a private tutor in households, bars and cafes throughout Europe, and in a number of classrooms too, preparing students for all kinds of exams, from locally recognized ones to Cambridge certified tests, such as the CAE and IELTS. I've helped students in the labs, board rooms and offices of some of the largest businesses in Europe, as well as in many SMEs and start-ups. My focus is English for a specific purpose (business, for example) and exam preparation. I am yet to have a student fail an exam! I am also a freelance writer, working for a variety of clients covering a range of subjects. My main areas in writing—aside from language and travel—are the health and welfare of animals and the environment. It is always interesting to hear opinions on these as they vary so much from country to country, and make for great conversation starters while in the queue waiting for my latest overnight bus, train, or plane to wherever I'm travelling next. Travelling around Europe has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life. It's been great moving from city to city, learning about different histories, cultures and cuisines! I've learned I like smaller places off the beaten path more than sprawling cities; it's the best way to really get to know the local people. Though this is also true of countries outside of Europe; it is a far different experience spending time in Jilin in northern China than in Beijing, for example! Above all, the main thing travelling, teaching and writing have taught me is that kindness and compassion are the most important things we can learn.