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Online Spanish & Portuguese courses with a twist

Want to pick up a language or refresh your skills but can’t find a course that stands out? 

We’ve got you. Roots Up Languages classes are tailor-made to focus on things you really care about. Whether that’s mastering conversational language for that trip you’ve been planning, learning grammar with recipes or being able to watch Netflix series without the English subtitles… 


Our Classes

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Spanish for Travelling

If you’re the one who’s got a beady eye on Skyscanner for post-COVID getaways in Latin America

Portuguese for Travelling

 If you’re the one in your living room sitting in your swimwear sipping Caiprinhas 

Spanish through Sound

If you’re the one streaming live sets and sending your friends playlists on Spotify 

Spanish on a Plate

If you’re the one trying new cuisines and instigating dinner dates every weekend 


Spanish on Screen

If you’re the one searching Netflix for something decent you haven’t already watched 

Spanish for Work

If you’re the one who’s been offered a new opportunity but needs to speak the lingo…

Why Choose Us

Short & social 


Roots Up language courses take 3 months to complete so there’s no stress about long-term commitments. You can take one course or a couple in conjunction, whatever suits you!

We like to keep classes to groups of 2–5 so you can practice with friends or make new ones…

Once you’ve signed up, you’ll have access to your group’s Whatsapp chat to share resources and ideas. We arrange all class dates and times as a group at the beginning of the course so there’s flexibility in your schedule.


who are we? 

Meet your teacher 

Jessica Dunks

Jessica Dunks


 Hey I’m Jess!  As a graduate of German, Spanish and Portuguese, I’ve been lucky enough to have taught languages at NGOs, schools and study centres around the world over the past 8 years. After stints in Valencia, Berlin, Rio de Janeiro and Medellin, I’m now based in London, UK. I trained as a Modern Foreign Languages teacher at the UCL Institute of Education with a specialisation in Spanish and using music to motivate in the classroom.  My students back in Medellin got me into everything from salsa, bachata and merengue to cumbia and hip hop from the Pacific coast – am a big fan of ChoQuibTown! When I’m not teaching, I run a charity, The Bright Kites Foundation, which offers an international cultural and language programme for Colombian teenagers. 

For me, the best thing about teaching is using authentic content that students can actually relate to and then seeing them grow in confidence over time. That’s why I started Roots Up…


What People Are Saying

I’ve used languages to travel and for my career as an English teacher. Brasil has such an amazing mix of culture that starts with their language. Roots Up classes are interactive, useful and give you the language you need from day 1! Obrigada Jess!”

Tom, London 

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Your questions answered 


How long are the courses?

All our courses are 12 weeks long, that’s one class a week across three months. We will organise a time that suits everyone taking the class, and do aim to be as flexible as possible.

Am I required to do any work outside the course?

      This is completely up to you…

You can find a selection of our favourite language podcasts, TV series, film and fun ways to learn languages in our blog. We will recommend extra language learning at the end of the class, but don’t worry if you don’t have the time!

Which course would you recommend starting on?

We can tailor our language for travel courses to both beginners and those wanting a refresh. Groups are organised based on level so you can all learn at the same speed. 

Can I pay per class or do I have to pay for the course upfront? 

All of our courses are 12 weeks long so we ask for a commitment of that time period. However, how you choose to pay for the class is up to you as we understand that everyone’s circumstances are different. You can pay monthly or upfront via a Paypal link or bank transfer

Can I get a refund if I can no longer attend the course? 

Roots Up Languages will need to receive a written request for a refund from the student (‘you’) at least 7 days before your course or event is due to start in order to give you a refund of the cost.  

We must receive a written request from you via email:

Cancellation fees:

Within 7 days: 100% 

Within 2 weeks – 50% 

A minimum cancellation fee of 15% is applicable.

Roots Up Languages, London, UK.