Darren Kurien (Kez)
3rd December 1974
Background: Born in Wimbledon, to an Irish mother and an Indian father, I studied a BA in Applied Language Studies (French and German), graduating with Double Honours. I worked in several international companies such as Symantec, BNP Paribas and Hewlett Packard with the remit of international financial control. I came to Vitoria-Gasteiz in 2006 after studying TEFL. I’ve been teaching general and business English, also preparing students for Trinity and Cambridge exams, as well as helping kids to speak better English than their parents!
Why I’m an English Coach: Primarily, I love languages, especially English! Succeeding in communication and seeing people improve and gaining confidence gives everyone involved a great deal of satisfaction.
Advice to learners: You’re not learning English to help me, you’re doing it to help yourselves. Our mistakes can help us to get better.
Other interests: Sport, music, nice people and relaxing.
Favourite colours: Red (Liverpool), Green, White and Gold (Ireland).
Favourite book: A good English dictionary.
Favourite movie: Midnight in Paris.
Favourite TV programmes: Once Upon a Time, Perception, Elementary, Orphan Black, The Big Bang Theory, Game of Thrones…
Favourite food: South Indian
Favourite quote: “The English language is like London: proudly barbaric yet deeply civilised, too, common yet royal, vulgar yet processional, sacred yet profane. Each sentence we produce, whether we know it or not, is a mongrel mouthful of Chaucerian, Shakespearean, Miltonic, Johnsonian, Dickensian and American. Military, naval, legal, corporate, criminal, jazz, rap and ghetto discourses are mingled at every turn. The French language, like Paris, has attempted, through its Academy, to retain its purity, to fight the advancing tides of Franglais and international prefabrication. English, by comparison, is a shameless whore.” Stephen Fry
My favourite songs:
I Am The Resurrection – The Stone Roses
If She Wants Me – Belle and Sebastian
Shimmy, Shimmy Y’All – Ol’ Dirty Bastard