Who am I?

Hello there! I’m Leandra, the founder of English with Leandra. I’m a native English speaker from the beautiful island of Barbados in the Caribbean. I love learning about languages and culture while teaching others to socialize and fit in with native English speakers.

Your Story And Mine

Let me tell you more about my story.

I studied French all the way up to University and won several awards for great work in French over the years. Even graduated with first class honours!

So when I decided to move to Martinique, to work as a language assistant in 2013, you can say I had an advanced level of French.

But guess what? I struggled to socialize even though I spoke French well. I struggled to fit in.

Why?

I was never taught how to make small talk or have casual conversations in French, so interacting with native French speakers was challenging.

I felt uncomfortable and awkward since I didn’t know how to be natural and spontaneous in French conversations. As you can imagine, I made a ton of embarrassing mistakes.

I bet you weren’t taught about everyday conversations in your English classes at school either. Am I right?

It’s only when you start living around native English speakers that you begin to notice certain things.

And we all know what happens when you make cultural faux pas, say the wrong thing or not say anything at all because you don’t know how to respond naturally. You get these strange looks like if you’re the 'weird expat'!

Don’t worry, it’s not your fault and you’re definitely not a weirdo. You just weren’t taught to have real-life, casual conversations with native English speakers.

That’s where I come in.

I can teach you conversational strategies in English that you can use at work or at any social event you’ve always wanted to go to (but were too shy to attend!).

So you won’t be mistaken as rude.

And you’ll finally stop feeling misunderstood and labeled as the weird expat.

Fun facts about me

  1. I’m a huge TV buff but my favourite show of all time is Survivor. If you’re French, you’ll know that Survivor is the English version of Koh-Lanta but it’s way more interesting. Promise!
  2. I’m a big fan of costume jewellery. I have earrings in almost every colour you can think of.
  3. I love purple.All shades of purple: lilac, plum, mauve. Check out my wedding pic. Can you tell how much I love purple?
  4. I love travelling to tropical destinations. And yes, I know my country is a tropical destination but since I live and work here, there’s not much relaxation for me. And in case you’re wondering…”No. I don’t live in a hammock under a coconut tree.” LOL

Want to learn more about how you can socialize and fit in with native English speakers?

Yup! Teach me how!