English Lessons

La Mano Amiga is developing a library of free, research-based English lessons for beginning learners. Lessons build upon a video produced in direct English, and are supplemented with bilingual study guides. Learning takes place online at the student’s own pace—with audiovisuals and with text. English lessons are located in the Spanish-language portion of this site, at this link.


Our thanks go to our producers:

Matt Amaral (Episode 5) Matt is a multimedia producer, communications specialist, researcher, writer and editor specializing in human rights, advocacy, documentaries, and nonfiction issues. He completed his master's degree in international affairs (concentration: media and culture) from the New School University. His media experience includes pre-production, videography/filming, and post-production.

Steven Cancelmo (Episodes 10, 15) Steven is a graduate of California College of the Arts, with a BFA in Film. He loves creating entertainment through any kind of medium and has experience with video editing, directing, producing, acting, and voice acting. Much of his work is influenced by the struggles that he grew up with as a child with ADHD and dyslexia. Having learning differences put him at a great disadvantage when it came to his education, however it also gave him strengths in visual and spatial abilities. Plus,his challenges gave him resilience and perseverance, allowing him to improve his working strategies and his approach to academics. He mainly enjoys putting humor and knowledge into his work, because he loves making people laugh and educating his audience. 

Jeffrey Dallet (Episodes 12 and 14) Jeffrey is an award-winning singer songwriter and now a budding filmmaker. He runs his own production company called Wayne The Pain Productions, along with fronting his own folk n' roll band called The Jeffrey Dallet Band; playing all along the Colorado Front Range.

Blaire Hopkins Hall (Episode 6) Blaire has 16 years of experience in the graphics and marketing fields and nine years of experience as a public school educator. She started her own freelancing business for graphics and photography in late 2013. She has recently become involved with film projects and enjoys the opportunity to combine education, creativity and service. Blaire is always looking for interesting projects; contact her at blaire_h@icloud.com

Pang Yang Her (Episode 13) cherishes stories from friends and family, using them as motivation and inspiration for her work as a videographer, photographer, editor and director. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Filmmaking. Pang’s senior project, To Hold in the Heart, was accepted into the Shorts Corner at Cannes Film Festival 2014 in France and screened at the Milwaukee Film Festival. Her senior project is also on archive at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Pang continues to collaborate with independent filmmakers, production companies and professionals in the city of Milwaukee. She is currently working on her next documentary focusing on sexual abuse in the Hmong community.

Caroline and Christopher McTaggart (Episodes 18, 19) Caroline McTaggart is a political science major and student-athlete swimmer at UCLA. In her free time, she loves to make fun videos for her swim team and other organizations. Caroline and her brother Christopher collaborated on the domesticated and zoo animal videos to spread their love for animals and the Smithsonian National Zoo.

Aanish Puri (Episodes 7,8,11,17) is an amateur videographer who has produced a number of videos for his school and other organizations. He is currently a student at Wayzata High School in Minnesota and, along with his friends (actors) Alex and Noah, he takes part in the National Honor Society.

Angel Salazar Alfaro (Introduction) Angel studied audiovisual arts at the University of Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico. Angel is passionate about cinema, technology, and everything that has to do with audiovisual media. He has practiced boxing for over 15 years and is a coach for this sport at the professional level. Angel has been happily married for five years and has two children whom he adores.

Doug Warnock (Episodes 1-4) Doug received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Central High School of Philadelphia and went on to pursue media studies and production at Temple University. He plans to work in broadcast news with a future eye on directing and cinematography. He is the founder of Pirate Chicken Productions. Thank you also to Doug's actors: Danny Varughese, Dhanya Varughese and Victor Jegede.