Tag: Language


What the %$@$# are they talking about - Deciphering boat speak


Book Review – Mariner’s Guide to Nautical Information, by Priscilla Travis.  Cornell Maritime Press

It is fair to wonder if there is any lingo more alien to a newcomer than the jargon of sailors? “Boat speak” appears to be English (most of the time), but so many terms consolidate reams of meaning and process.  How’s a …Read more

Events and Seminars

Learn 'Spanish for Cruisers' the easy way: Online with author Kathy Parsons, Sept 26-Oct 17

spanish for cruisers eclass


I will be offering a SPANISH FOR CRUISERS webinar through Seven Seas U September 26 – October 17  (6 online evening classes on Mondays and Thursdays)!

If you are cruising to Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Cuba,  or Spain this season, this course will give you an excellent jump start on  Spanish.

You will …Read more

Take Your Passion Cruising

Kathy Parsons’ mission: learn the language (and teach it to cruisers)


My big passion as I have cruised has been exploring language and culture. I have always loved getting to know other cultures: it is what drew me to the Peace Corps in the 1970s and part of what drew me to cruising almost 15 years later.

Cruising provides a perfect pace for getting to know …Read more


Marcie Lynn speaks French (and Spranglish) in French Polynesia

We asked Marcie …

How are you doing with your French in French Polynesia?

I took French in high school and university and I was really looking forward to speaking French again in French Polynesia.

I got out my refresher books and studied mostly every day from Juan Fernandez, Chile to our arrival in the Iles …Read more