Having grown up with and around Spanish speaking people; her tryst with the Spanish language paved the way towards sharing her love for languages and multiculturalism, through the establishment of IFLaC in 2007. From modest beginnings, today IFLaC is considered as the foremost foreign language academy in Bangalore and one of the finest in the country.
She is an alumnus of Mount Carmel College and has completed her Diploma Superior in Business Spanish from University of Álcala and the Chamber of Commerce, Madrid. She is currently pursuing an International Master’s in Practicing Management from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. She is also a certified Knigge coach from Knigge Akademie, Munich.
She is a bibliophile, a keen scrabble player and is extremely passionate about the environment. She spends her free time engaged in neighborhood environmental issues and traveling the world.
¡Hola! ¡Me llamo Prabha Iychettira!
An energetic member of our team, Prabha has a flair for learning languages and she is proficient in Hindi, Kannada, English and Spanish. She is also on the path to proficiency in German. Her classes never cease to be innovative and fun. She has taught students of various ages and backgrounds with an unchanging vibrant spirit.
Her ability to draw correlations between different languages has led her to design the curriculum at our institute which is compatible with our students. She also keeps in mind the international curriculum and its manifold changes. Also, a yoga and film aficionado, you will find her having animated conversations about books and movies over black coffee or buckwheat salad.
¡Hola! ¡Me llamo Manisha!
Eager to learn Spanish, Manisha joined IFLAC at the start of her language journey nearly ten years ago. Since then she has shared her love for the language with people of all ages as a teacher at the institute. She also currently works with IFLAC on Ideation and Creativity. With a Master’s in Journalism she moonlights as an art writer and storyteller on various publishing projects. A Bangalorean at heart, Manisha is a coffee aficionado who loves driving to new places.
!Hola! ¡Me llamo David Cortés!
David comes from Spain, he was born in Caceres, the medieval city of Extremadura. He studied Tourism, Language, and Linguistics for his Bachelor’s. Having completed his master’s in teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language, his zeal led him on a journey to France, Poland, the U.K., Israel, Tunisia, and China.
He has taught in a plethora of locations which has given him a profound understanding of global cultures. He wishes to do the same here, by learning about Indian culture and teaching Spanish language and culture. Definitely talk to him about AC/DC, Guns ‘N Roses, and Led Zeppelin, as David loves his daily dose of rock and roll.
Sagar came to IFLAC, in 2017, as a top-ranking commerce student but he uncovered his identity as a true polyglot. Other than the usual array of languages like Hindi, Kannada, Sindhi and English, he is proficient in French and Spanish too. He is currently pursuing German and wishes to learn Mandarin in the future.
As a foodie, an entertainer and a social media enthusiast, Sagar can get along with anyone. He has the ability to hold his students’ undivided attention in his classes. His teaching does not end within the four walls of the classroom, we can say that he is perpetually teaching and learning. He has lived and worked in France and has voyaged across several countries of Europe.
Namaste! Naa Peru Sanjana!
From Sunabeda to Visakhapatnam, Sanjana traveled across India as a child. Curious and open to learning new things, she is the lifeline that keeps IFLAC running smoothly. She has been with IFLAC for over a year now and her role as Community Manager entails many different tasks ranging from fielding client calls, coordinating schedules, troubleshooting issues with our LMS software to helping us stay on track with meetings.
Fluent in Telugu and Hindi, Sanjana has also briefly spent time learning German and Spanish. In her free time, Sanjana is a talented singer who can write songs and is currently learning to play the piano. Always up for a challenge, she is a determined community manager to who gets things done.
Valentin is an inspired artist with a flair for languages. He comes from Le Mans, a city in France famous for the 24-hour sports car race. With a Master’s degree in Fine Arts, he is also into audio visual arts, though he practices his art with murals and on canvases.
He also harbors a deep fascination for different cultures and dabbles in cheesemaking. He is keen on learning Kannada and Hindi while imparting lessons in French language. With a paintbrush and an imaginative spirit, Valentin is also a world traveler and an excellent conversationalist.
Salut! Je m’appelle Deborah!
Deborah began learning French during weekends in Alliance Française de Bangalore. She completed her Master’s in Botany, not realizing that teaching a foreign language would be her calling. She closely interacts with her students from different backgrounds which makes teaching French even more of an enriching experience. In her free time, Deborah geeks out over black and white movies, comics and friendly dogs who always come back for her well-known belly rubs!
Anuradha has a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology. You must be wondering how she got into learning and teaching a foreign language. Truth is, she loves challenging herself and trying out new things. What started off as a whim became something that she was deeply committed to; which is, teaching Spanish. Speaking of challenges, she also loves trekking and enjoys being amidst nature. After a busy day, you can find Anuradha de-stressing with a good book and some relaxing music.
¡Hola! ¡Me llamo Vidya!
An IFLAC Learner herself, Vidya ventured into the world of teaching as a way to stay in touch with Spanish. Besides completing her B2 in Spanish, Vidhya is proficient in Kannada and Hindi. A native Kannada speaker, she also leads the conversational classes for Kannada at IFLAC. A proud mother of two, Vidya likes to stay on her toes. When she is not preparing for classes or teaching, Vidya loves to crochet for her friends and family. From beautiful throws for family to clothing for friends, she has been learning this craft for over 5 years now.
¡Hola! ¡Me llamo Ranjini!
Passionate about teaching, Ranjini is a former software professional who quit to pursue her dream. She loves sharing knowledge whether it’s about food or languages. Fluent in Hindi, Kannada and Telugu. Teaching has also been a way for her to stay in touch with the language and grow with it. When she is not preparing for a class, she is experimenting with food in the kitchen and developing recipe cards that she posts on her blog.
Halo! Ich heiβe Smriti!
A student of software engineering, Smriti fell in love with German back in 2005 when she attended class on a break from college. She enjoyed it so much that she has not stopped learning since then. She went on to complete all of her levels up to C2 at Max Mueller, Bangalore. In fact for her C2 she was awarded a scholarship to complete her C2 course in Göttingen, Germany.
Eventually she moved to the US where she explored Spanish through various courses, workshops and book clubs. Proficient in both, Smriti brings her travels and experience as an engineer to her work of technical translations, corporate training and classes. A mother of two, Smriti loves to spend time with her friends, read mystery novels and watch movies.
Halo! Ich heiβe Anuradha Raghavan!
Having completed her BA from Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Anuradha brings to her classes a unique cultural experience. She studied English and German and it started off as a search for better opportunities. Soon, she left her corporate job to pursue this full time as she explains that teaching is always more rewarding, relaxing and above all, interesting.
Halo! Ich heiβe Praveen!
Praveen always had a keen interest in languages and is fluent in English, German, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi and Tamil. After mastering a few of the Indian languages, he started with the German language and then moved on to learning Russian. Post retirement from the banking sector, he decided to take the plunge and teach English and German. He has a disarming smile and is a stickler for correct grammar usage.
Nanna Hesaru Ramesh!
A Karnataka native, Ramesh moved to Bangalore from Davangere for work. A few months after arriving in Bangalore, he started working with IFLAC and has been with us for over 12 years. From generating invoices, managing the institute database to working with certificates and documentation, his role is vital to operations. Fluent in Kannada and Hindi, he also has a flair for languages. He is able to converse in English and has managed to pick up a few German and Spanish words during his time at IFLAC. Curious and always happy to learn, Ramesh is our go to person when we need to coordinate the logistics of a project at IFLAC.
Namaste! Mera naam Jhalak!
Jhalak is from Nepal and came to India in search of work. He is, without a doubt, an integral part of the IFLAC Family. If you meet Jhalak, you’d see that he always has a smile plastered on his face. He not only takes care of our tiffin and coffee needs, checking inventory and ensuring our library is organized–making everyone’s life simpler. Fluent in Hindi and Nepali, Jhalak too has been learning to recognize and read in many languages while organizing our library. Whether an extra whiteboard marker, or an extra cup of coffee, we can always count on him for anything.