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Andrea Martinez has been working with City Language School for over a year and is very popular with our students She is a big fan of Dublin and spends a lot of time cycling around the city centre and around Dun Laoghaire.

“Even if the weather is bad,” she says, “cycling always lifts my mood.”

We were lucky to sit down with her briefly last week and find out more about her favourite books, TV and podcasts.


“There’s a great podcast called Words that Burn by Ben Collopy,” says Andrea. “Ben is also an English teacher, in another Dublin school. His podcast is dedicated to poetry. He picks one poem for each episode and analyses it. The episodes are only fifteen minutes long and his accent is very clear, so it’s ideal for students.”

This episode on great Irish poet Paddy Kavanagh

“As a book I really love Dubliners by James Joyce. It is a book of short stories although it may be challenging for some students, I really liked the connection to the streets of Dublin and the way the characters are portrayed in each of the stories.”


“I know others have mentioned it before but I’d recommend any of the Louis Theroux documentaries,” says Andrea. “They are all very relevant and raise awareness about social issues. Theroux is very approachable and the conversations/interviews are quite easy to follow.”

Your Language School in Dublin City Centre

City Language School is right in the heart of Dublin City Centre. Dublin is the proud and vibrant capital of Ireland and with its cosmopolitan and modern feel, it has repeatedly been voted Europe’s friendliest city by Trip Advisor. Dublin boasts strong links with literature, music, dance and storytelling. As you walk through the streets of Temple Bar, you can absorb the musical tradition which spills onto the streets from the many bars and restaurants; truly a city of enormous beauty! Dublin is surrounded by breath-taking natural scenery that will leave you with lifelong memories. It is perfectly located on the eastern coastline of Ireland and is a convenient gateway to the rest of Europe.