FRENCH FOR CRUISERS
in the West Indies
aboard s/v Hale Kai
of the popular SPANISH FOR CRUISERS, she
teaches language skills to boaters from time to time in ports
where boaters congregate.
SPANISH FOR CRUISERS and FRENCH
FOR CRUISERS benefit from her extensive experience making
complex topics easy to understand and apply. She has served in
the Peace Corps in Central America where she developed an appreciation
of the Spanish language and local culture.
an enthusiastic teacher, Kathy supplemented her work in
Nicaragua with a small business cooperative by teaching English
to Nicaraguan students and arranging adult literacy classes.
love of teaching and its challenges led to her later professional
work in providing computer training to businesses and government
agencies including NASA. She has degrees from Harvard University
and the University of Texas.
the last 19 years, Kathy has directed her attention toward
the sea and traveling. She has lived aboard a sailboat since
1989 and has sailed throughout the Caribbean and Central America.
makes time each year to speak at selected boat shows and
She is the founder of the website Women and Cruising, which provides advice, inspiration and resources for women cruisers.
Why did Kathy Parsons write FRENCH FOR CRUISERS?
1996 while sailing in the Western Caribbean, Kathy started
teaching Spanish to her fellow boaters who were frustrated by their
inability to communicate. Her students said: "Your
approach is so easy - You should write a Spanish for Cruisers book
to help other boaters." And so it began, as she roamed
through the hardware stores, boatyards and anchorages, "researching"
the words and phrases used in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean.
She wrote SPANISH
FOR CRUISERS aboard her sailboat, publishing it in 2000.
It quickly became a standard reference aboard cruising yachts.
SPANISH FOR CRUISERS ...
... in her floating office
on board s/v Hale Kai
As boaters started using SPANISH FOR CRUISERS,
they soon made another request: "This
is great - So now do French too!".
FRENCH FOR CRUISERS
during the next several years, Kathy "researched"
FRENCH FOR CRUISERS - in the chandleries,
restaurants and bakeries of the French Antilles. She also sought
out French sailors and marine technicians who worked with her to
provide the best translations of marine and technical terms.
In March of 2004, FRENCH
FOR CRUISERS was published. Within a month of its publication,
cruisers had carried it to the French Antilles, French Polynesia,
and mainland France. Kathy writes:
"Sometimes I think that I wrote FRENCH
FOR CRUISERS so I could make new friends (French-speaking friends)".
Surely, it gives her a great excuse to travel and explore.
Now cruisers have started asking for ... PORTUGUESE
FOR CRUISERS, but Kathy says ..."NO!"
FOR CRUISERS and SPANISH
FOR CRUISERS are
published by Aventuras Publishing Company.
Publishing was formed in 1999 by Kathy Parsons to publish practical
books for yachtsmen and world travelers. Aventuras Publishing books
are distributed by Paradise Cay Publications.
4510 FM 318
Hallettsville, TX 77964