After teaching French and Italian at secondary schools, Catherine Bruzzone spent 10 years at Pan Books, developing language learning and children's activity books, including the Breakthrough series of home study language courses (now published by Macmillan) and the Learn Together series of home study workbooks for parents and children. Though Catherine spends a lot of her time helping other people to learn languages, she loves to learn new languages herself. Her two children, Lucy and Annie, are bilingual in English and Italian and she has dabbled with Turkish and Arabic, passed a GCSE in Spanish, got to grips with Mandarin Chinese to visit Lucy when she was teaching in China in 2001 and is currently learning Welsh. It's all great fun but sometimes it's hard to find the time to practise! Luckily, in 2002, Annie spent some time teaching in Chile, which made her brush up her Spanish again.