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Peter Mangiaracina Language Services

About Me

I'm an American from New York City. Now I live and teach in the Canary Islands, Spain. I enjoy reading, writing fiction, computers and the Internet. I also have a great love for the history of ancient Rome and spend a lot of time visiting Rome to explore the ruins and the city! When I'm not working, I play jazz guitar, record videos and photos of the island where I live, and write on many subjects. I speak English, hablo español, e parlo un po l'italiano! I've spent many years teaching and studying how people acquire language and am in the process of making all my discoveries available in the form of slideshows, videos and my blog.

Certified ESL Teacher

I am a psychologist and have taught English for the past 25 years. I have been certified by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (USA). Currently, I teach doctors and other professionals in The Canary Islands, Spain. I have my own natural and cognitive method of teaching, using materials I have developed over the years, many of them available on the Internet for my students. I teach all levels from beginning to conversation, I can help prepare presentations or speeches, assist in professional writing (medical articles, business letters, etc.) and test preparation (TOEFL, First and Advanced Certificates, IELTS).

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A Cognitive Approach

To speak effectively you need to look at language from a “cognitive” perspective. Many English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers spend most of the time asking you to translate from your native language to English. This creates a problem. Making an association between your native language, which already exerts a strong influence over your thought process, with a new language with which you are for the most part unfamiliar, causes you to forget or at best confuse your native tongue with your new language. This causes many syntax errors. For example, my Spanish students frequently say things like, “Tomorrow comes my friend.” Spanish syntax, English words. The problem is much more common than you might think.

We avoid this by teaching “what lies behind” sentences (their structure), for although there are more than one million words in the English language, there are many fewer constructions, with two or three the basis for all the others. If you learn these constructions by practicing them repeatedly, it becomes a matter of just “plugging in” the vocabulary. Learning these structures, from the simplest to the most complicated, should be the primary goal of any language learning process.

What’s New?

December 28, 2017, 2017

My New Podcast!

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My Books

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How Do You Feel is a Spanish-English Guide for Nurses written by yours truly. It includes phrasebooks, dialogs for English practice and a Spanish-English Nursing Dictionary.

It is available at: in a beautiful, full-color layout.
Amazon in a simple text version
Apple iBook Store in a specially formatted version.

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Description: Julius Claudius, recently back from a philosophy education in Greece and full of self-importance, solves the murder of Rome’s most notorious eroticist. He has no choice in the matter; his uncle, the emperor Claudius, has accused HIM of the murder! 

The events in this book take place during the reign of the emperor Claudius, made famous by the I,Claudius TV series from the 1970’s. Anyone who’s seen the series or read Robert Graves’ novels “I,Claudius” and “Claudius, the God” will remember some of the characters featured in this novella, “An Unorthodox Sage”
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