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Maria-cristina Y.

Spanish, ESL tutor and Etiquette Consultant

Ewa Beach, HI (96706)

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My name is Cristina. My first language is Spanish. I have taught Spanish for over 20 years in private and public schools in the main land and Hawaii. I have taught middle and high school age students. I believe that in order to master a language, one must learn the culture along with the language. I graduated from University of Berkeley. I also teach teen etiquette, and was certified by The Protocol School of Washington.

Why do young people need Etiquette or Social Skills? "Our world is flat” is a term used by New York Times columnist and author Thomas Friedman. Many political and social economic barriers have been removed and huge technological advances have been made. In his book he explores what that means about changing how we do business and how we operate in a globally competitive society. We live in a casual society (Hawaii) and need to know how to interact in formal settings.

We live in a flat world and need to interact on a global arena. A nationwide study was conducted by Weber Shanwick and Powell Tate in partnership with KRC Research on “Civility in America”. They concluded that the "majority of Americans view the erosion of civility in human interaction”.

According to the polls, 91% believe that “business leaders should set an example and be careful to always behave with civility”. “Over a third of CFOs (Chief Financial Officers) interviewed said that other than in their office, their most successful meetings were conducted at a restaurant.”

Appearance and mannerism will display your social skills or lack of them. Good social skills open doors of opportunity in work, college, and social interaction.

What is the reason that people with better experience and greater job knowledge fail promotion to those who seem less qualified? Many times, it is because of their people skills and lack of refinement.

One survey of CEOs across America found that one-third of the respondents declined to hire someone because of poor etiquette and nearly one in four had fired someone for lack of manners.

Whether we are business leaders, blue-collar workers, up and coming professionals or students, it is important to be on the cutting edge and know etiquette protocol.

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Maria-cristina’s subjects

ESL/ESOL, Spanish
Elementary Education:
ESL/ESOL, Reading, Spanish
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, Spanish


My name is Cristina, my first language is Spanish. When I came to the United States, they did not have ESL programs. Therefore, I was immersed into the English language. It was sink or swim. I learned to speak English and then later learned the grammar and culture. Right out of college, I taught English as a Second language to elementary school children. I was able to use ESL teaching material and my personal experiences. It was very rewarding to see my students excel and be able to communicate in the English Language in a very short time period.


I taught my daughter how to read at the age of 4 (she is in college now). Presently I am tutoring a per-kindergarten student. I like to use phonics and Dolch words. Dolch words are 220 sight words that are the most common in children’s literature. There are per-primer, primer, and level 1-3.
I believe that that the combination of phonics and Dolch sight words will facilitate young students to read with success.

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UC Berkeley (Ethnic Studies)

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Social StudiesTeaching Degree (Other)

Excellent tutor! My 7 year old boy has been receiving tutoring services from Cristina for over 3 months and I'm amazed by his knowledge of new vocabulary. She's working on his conversational skills and is very patient with him. Being a native speaker herself, I know that he is learning from the best; not only in pronunciation, but also with non-verbal language and cultural cues. Cristina is highly recommended! ...

— TRACY from Aiea, HI on 9/6/12);

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Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

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