YESNYOU – 3 Minutes With…Georgina!

Spy manSpy womanHave you ever wondered about who is on the other end of the phone in a telephone class? Have you ever wanted to know a little bit more about your Face to Face trainer?

Just who are these mysterious people?!

Cuckoo clockWhen I was a kid I always used to imagine that at the end of every school day my teachers would go into a cupboard and silently wait until the next morning, when they would emerge like characters in a Swiss clock. If I ever saw one of them outside of school time it was like seeing a rare (and often dangerous) animal on a safari: exciting, but also tremendously scary.

So in an effort to dispel some of that fear in you, in the coming months I’ll be spending some time with some of our trainers. Three minutes to be precise. I’ll be asking them a few questions about who they are, how they came to be English trainers and what other things they like to do when they aren’t making the world a better place through English training.

Georgina Tremayne EdThis week I’ll be talking to Georgina Tremayne, who is not only an excellent English trainer, but also a good friend of mine.

Let’s start with a little bit of background information:

Georgina currently lives in Barcelona with her husband Hunter. In the photo opposite, Georgina can be seen with her arm around a mannequin. This mannequin shares at least one characteristic with Hunter; they both have a fondness for hats.

In her professional career Georgina has worn many hats herself. That’s an English expression meaning that she has had a variety of jobs. And she’s lived and worked in a variety of places; most notably in London, New York and now in Barcelona.

I met her when I started to perform in plays here in Barcelona. Georgina has produced (meaning ‘paid for’) four plays that I have appeared in. We can immediately assume, therefore, that she is a lady of infinite patience.

So let’s hear directly from Georgina in a recorded interview. You can find a transcript of the whole recording below the Audioboo file.


Al: So this is 3 minutes with Georgina…starting now.

Georgina: Hello, I’m Georgina, and I’m going to tell you about why I teach English over the phone. I chose to do it because I like the language, it’s my native language, but it also means I don’t have to travel so from a personal point of view it’s very convenient to work from my home office, and work with business people who really do benefit from having a phone session for practicing for conference calls. Things like that. I think it’s also useful to be able to build in not just the exercises but to really depart from the grammar books, to have real communication, use real language in everyday situations and to really get to know the learners a little bit more, so we can introduce all of our personal lives into real situations.

Barcelona beachI’m based in Barcelona because I was living in New York for over a decade, which was also on the sea, but the climate is terrible, and I’m European, so I thought I’d move here and sit by the Mediterranean. I like the sea.

The other things that I do, which helps working on the phone sessions is that it allows me to structure my day in such a way that I can do other things. I also work for a diabetes technology company called Social Diabetes. We won the UNESCO award for the best mobile application back in 2012 (sic), and I was introduced to them because I wrote the application for the award which we actually won. So, since then I’ve been working with them on a pro bono basis and now I’m being paid by them to, really, do their writing for communications around the world. It’s really interesting to me, I think it’s a real social need and I think we have a social responsibility to do things like this – but I do like to be paid as well!

So the other things that I do which tie in with writing is I do some editorial work, writing foreign direct investment articles for Times of India, Fortune magazine, Time magazine and the Economist, and I also do theatre. So, I write plays for the theatre.

Currently I’m writing three plays a month, which are going to start here, in Barcelona, and perhaps we’ll get to Madrid at some point. They’re these fifteen minute plays, they’re at a place called Minitea3, so it’s M-I-N-I-T-E-A and the number 3, dot com ( It started in Madrid, I believe, and they brought it to Barcelona, they’re putting them on in Spanish but now they want to go into English, and I contacted them just at the right time, so we’re starting on the first of May.

And that’s what I do! Thanks.


It’s difficult to imagine where she finds the time to teach English, isn’t it?

In the middle of the interview Georgina mentioned her work with Social Diabetes. You can learn more about the company and their extremely important work at, and even watch Georgina in action speaking about the subject at TEDx below.

The presentation was given in front of a predominantly Spanish audience, so Georgina is careful not to go too fast!

Pretty impressive, isn’t it?

That’s the kind of quality trainer you can expect at YES!

Take care of yourselves until next time,


Don’t forget to leave a comment below or on our facebook page! And if you live in the Barcelona area and are interested in English language theatre follow this link to find out more about Minitea3 –


Wonder = To think about something speculatively
Kid = Child
Emerge = To move out of something and become visible
Character = A person in a play, book or film
Rare = Unusual or uncommon
Tremendously = Very
Dispel = To make a doubt or feeling disappear
Fear = An unpleasant feeling brought on by the threat of danger or pain
Background information = Additional information about someone or something’s past
Fondness = A sensation of liking or desire, similar to love
Plays = Theatre performances


This time we’re going to focus on the present perfect tense. We use the present perfect to talk about situations that began in the past that have a current result or impact. We also use it to talk about experiences that we have had in life.

It is formed using the auxiliary verb ‘have’ and a past participle.

For example: I have been to France twice. She has been to France three times.

Look at these examples from the blog:

Have you ever wondered about…?”
Have you ever wanted to know…?”
“…Georgina has worn many hats…”
“…she’s lived and worked in a variety of places…”

In questions, you can see that a very common format is to include the word ‘ever’ when we want to know about general experience. It is the same as saying “in your entire life”.

In fact this structure is used as a popular drinking game at university in the UK. The game is called “I have never…”, or sometimes “Never Have I Ever…”, which is an emphatic way of saying “I haven’t ever…”.

If you would like to learn how to play the game, follow this link: Drink Responsibly.

Naturally, I can assure you that I have never played the game myself…



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