"A confident and very capable language tutor. "
- Laura, San Dimas, CA on 11/3/14
I am very pleased with the tutoring that Thomas has provided me in every lesson. He is patient, kind, fair, and very helpful. I really like how careful he is to make sure I understand not only the words we're speaking, but also how they are really used in the real world, and in what dialects. And, there is no breezing over the accent or colloquial language, which I believe are the most critical parts of communication. Furthermore, I speak another similar language that in the past has inhibited my ability to learn this new language. Thomas not only recognizes where I might get confused, he attacks the possible difficulties head-on. He speaks both languages and instead of my other knowledge getting in the way, Thomas has made it an asset. I feel lucky to have a tutor so knowledgeable in so many languages. I would highly recommend Thomas for learners who want an in-depth language learning experience.
Thomas replied on 11/11/2014
Laura D, it is truly a pleasure working with you as your tutor in Brazilian Portuguese. Only because of your excellent knowledge of Spanish do we make comparisons between the two languages when it is absolutely necessary to avoid confusion and expedite the learning experience. You are to be commended for your desire to dominate both of them.
Thank you very much.
"Understands My Goals"
- Dan, Garland, TX on 1/29/15
I have been attending class with Thomas about once a week for a couple of months now.
I am presently working for a company that has decided to enter the Latin American market with our engineered construction materials, and having a history of speaking Spanish over the years, I have the chance to drive that initiative. I minored in Spanish in my university days and had the opportunity to get pretty good at it in the construction business. However, over the last 6 or 7 years, I have had less chances to keep my skills honed and as a result have lost some of it. I went to Thomas with the goal to regain my conversation skills and be able to sell my goods in a Spanish-speaking environment.
But having so much personal experience in various Latin American business, he knew that I also needed to understand the nuances of dealing with other cultures in a business environment. So instead of giving me some words and phrases to use while doing a power point presentation, he is guiding me towards a higher understanding of what it will take to be successful in a variety of business and cultural situations. So I am on my way from being the novel blue-eyed gringo who can throw down some tex-mex to a businessman from the US who can work his way through the maze of challenges of building meaningful business relationships in an environment that is much different from home.
I have already experienced the difference our time together has made for me based on the ease I have recently experienced in dealing with Spanish speaking clients over the phone which have resulted in some purchase orders and invitations to get down to Costa Rica, Lima, and Santiago for some direct discussion on how to move forward. If you need some guidance increasing your comfort level and abilities to do business on a one-on-one basis (and people always buy from people...) in Latin America, I highly suggest giving Don Thomas a call and getting on his teaching schedule.
"Very interesting and smart"
- Jian, Dallas, TX on 1/27/15
Thomas is really a nice and smart guy who can always come up with some ideas that help you better learn English in an efficient manner. Besides in his class, he never stops trying to make the studying environment interesting so that you are willing to thoroughly involve yourself in every content he builds exclusively for you.
Thomas replied on 1/28/2015
A pleasure to work with you. Your English is good and with your approval we will wok together to make it even better so that you may express yourself at a higher conceptual level.
"Excellent Tutor, Really Knows the Latin American Business World Too"
- Desiree, Richardson, TX on 1/26/15
Thomas is absolutely fabulous. I'm a business person needing to brush up on my Spanish for my job. Thomas totally tailored my lessons for my abilities... No cookie cutter approach there. He's astute, picking up on where I needed to focus and offering lessons geared specifically to me. Furthermore, he's extremely dependable and professional. If you email or call, you'll get a response quickly, and he'll try his best to accommodate your schedule.
Thomas replied on 1/27/2015
Your comments are very appreciated - it really is a pleasure working with a native English Speaker who speaks Spanish as well as you do - lots of luck in your new executive position dealing with the southwest of the US and Mexico - I am positive you will be very successful.
- Pat, Dallas, TX on 1/5/15
I liked Tom from the first time I talked with him on the phone. He is enthusiastic and makes learning fun. We have had three lessons now and based his willingness to adapt to what I need instead of making all students fit one mold. I believe that I will be speaking Spanish confidently in short order. I'm so glad that I found his profile on WyzAnt.
Thomas replied on 1/6/2015
Hello Pat and thank you for the kind words.
You brought a great amount of knowledge to the Spanish class with you, and I will use that as a base to increase your Spanish proficiency as painlessly and as quickly as possible.
It's a pleasure working with you.
"Wonderful, worry-free tutoring experience!"
- Vikki, Rowlett, TX on 12/21/14
My son needed help with French II and Mr. R. has certainly helped him! My son's confidence and grammar skills were lacking, but after working with Mr. R., he is much more confident and his grades have risen steadily. Mr. R. has been very fair with tuition since we have to travel a ways to get to him. He is also quick to respond to emails and very communicative about the lessons. Using this service has been easy, hassle free and very worth the money. I will definitely use this service again if need be and would recommend it to others gladly!
Thomas replied on 12/22/2014
Thank you for the comments about the improvements your son has made in French. His effort was outstanding. It would be my pleasure to continue to work with him as he advances in his French studies.
"Very passionate about teaching!"
- Duane, Plano, TX on 12/19/14
I have accompanied my Spanish speaking co-worker for several of his tutoring sessions with Mr. R, who is working with him to improve his English conversational skills. From my observations he is very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, dedicated and passionate about teaching. He is very much in tune with the particular needs of the student and customizes each lesson to their level. He not only presents the lesson material but presents it in a manner that makes it very interesting. We are very satisfied with Mr. R and would highly recommend him to anyone.
Thomas replied on 12/19/2014
Thank you very much for the kind words about the English language classes. It's a pleasure working with both you and your Spanish speaking co-worker. His English continues to improve after every session thanks to his personal study efforts and desire for self improvement.
- George, Addison, TX on 12/16/14
I'm currently working with Tom on my Spanish conversational skills and filling in grammatical weak spots. Tom is supportive, knowledgable and has an engaging teaching style. The hour passes quickly. This is exactly what I was looking for.
Thomas replied on 12/17/2014
Your comments are greatly appreciated George - you have a very good base from which to continue your Spanish studies. My compliments both to you and your former Spanish instructors.
"Five Stars For This Spanish Tutor!"
- Vicky, Plano, TX on 12/12/14
There is no word to express my appreciation to a great Spanish tutor that my son has with Mr. Thomas for more than 4 months. If anyone is looking for a Spanish tutor, I would like to recommend him. As my knowledge, he teaches other foreign language too. (I tested him once for speaking French language and he impressed me! I did not test him on other languages because I know only French...). If you would like to test him with any other language, you won't regret it because he is very fun and adorable.
Thomas replied on 12/16/2014
Thank you, Vicky, for the kind comments. Your French really is very, very good. It's a pleasure to work with your son and watch him progress in his knowledge of Spanish. I am certain he will get an A grade this semester.
- Mie, Dallas, TX on 11/8/14
Thomas is a helpful, kind, wonderful teacher. We are so appreciate to have tutoring with him. Thank you.
Thomas replied on 11/11/2014
Thank you very much, Mie H., for your kind words and comments. I am looking forward to working with your Japanese speaking son to advance his knowledge of American English as he progresses with his studies in the USA.
"Primera Clase Exitosa (Successful First Class)"
- Fernando, Irving, TX on 10/25/14
Iniciando las clases de inglés con ilusión. pronto se verán resultados con mi nuevo profe de inglés que estoy seguro que avanzara en mi ingles.gran conocedore de las tecnicas de aprendizaje y un virtuoso de las lenguas latinas(i began my English classes very excited) very soon we will see the results with my new English teacher, I am sure I will advance much quicker with him. Large knoledge of teachings technics and Latin language s.
(Starting English lessons with enthusiasm. I've had early results with my new English teacher. I'm sure I'll advance my learning techniques and a master of the Latin languages ??[I began English classes very excited.] Very soon we will see the results with my new English teacher. I am sure I will advance much quicker with him. Large knowledge of teaching techniques and Latin languages.)
Thomas replied on 10/29/2014
Gracias mil por las palabras tan amables - vamos a ver lo que ocurre mas tarde despues de la temporada del noviazgo.
A sus ordenes.
Tomas Rizzo di Misa
(Thank you very much for the kind words - Let's see what happens after the getting to know you period is over. At your service, Thomas Rizzo)
"Helpful tutor; identified my strengths and weaknesses"
- Rachel, Frisco, TX on 9/6/14
Thomas is an experienced TOEFL, ESL teacher and you will see this if you talk with him once. He was prompt to send me feedback about my essays and provided holistic and detailed advice to improve my abilities in different areas. I got to learn what I need to practice more to improve my English skills. He is patient and provides me with great examples of speaking, pronunciation and American English.
Thomas replied on 12/17/2014
Thank you Rachel very much for your kind comments. You worked very hard on your degree as well as your American English usage to obtain your present teaching position here in Texas. Good luck with your advancement within the school system where you now work.
"Knowledgeable, Easy-going, and Extraordinarily Helpful"
- Aaron, Fort Worth, TX on 8/16/14
I've only had one session with Tom so far, but his confidence and hybrid textbook/conversation style of teaching makes learning Spanish effective and enjoyable.
Thomas replied on 8/20/2014
Aaron, it is a pleasure working with you in your quest to achieve fluency in not only Medical Spanish but in the Spanish language and its associated culture itself.
Thank you for the opportunity.
"Great Spanish Tutor"
- Craig, Argyle, TX on 8/1/14
Señor R. is excellent. Patient, clear, interesting, and knowledgeable are just a few of many words I could use. My daughter and I are having a great time learning Spanish from Tom.
Thomas replied on 8/3/2014
Thank you Craig for the kind words. It's lots of fun working with both of you as you learn spoken Spanish and the culture of both Spain and the Americas.
- Dylan, Euless, TX on 7/7/14
Tom is a fun teacher. My wife is a Portuguese speaker who is learning English. Tom has done a good job assessing her level and teaching accordingly. I highly recommend him.
Thomas replied on 7/13/2014
Thank you for the kind response it's a pleasure working with both of you.
"The best tutoring experience I have ever had!"
- Benjamin, Garland, TX on 6/24/14
Even after only one session, it is clear to me that Thomas R. is supremely knowledgeable on a wide variety of topics, well-versed in the histories and cultures of multiple languages, and absolutely confident with any kind of person. My first hour working with him was the best hour I've ever spent working on Italian. I cannot wait until the next meeting!
Thomas replied on 6/29/2014
Thank you for the kind words Benjamin - it's a pleasure working with you online in Italian.
"A good listener and attentive in getting detail information"
- Esther, Mesquite, TX on 6/23/14
Mr. Thomas was very patient in gathering detailed information to find out what my needs are. I was able to gain a lot of information in our first meeting. I highly recommend him.
Thomas replied on 6/24/2014
Thank you for the kind comments and I wish you every success in your new role as a Medical Practitioner at the MASTERS LEVEL.
"Perfect Tutor "
- Sivaprasad, Duluth, GA on 6/19/14
I have seen many tutors in my life, but none of them have ever been perfect. Thomas is the perfect tutor who can help you achieve your goals. He understands his students and keep plans according to their requirements. Thomas responds to your emails or phone calls on time. Thank you.
Thomas replied on 6/23/2014
It's a pleasure working with you - I wish you lots of success with raising your TOEFL scores from their now good levels to even a higher standard. Thank you for choosing my services.
"Great tutor for our child!"
- Cara, Rowlett, TX on 6/15/14
We brought our 4 year old to Italian lessons with Thomas. He did a wonderful job preparing our son for Italian preschool for when we move overseas. Our son learned letters, numbers, colors, and conversation skills in fun and interactive ways. Even my husband was able to pick up a lot in a short period of time! Our son loved visiting with Thomas and would talk about him during the week. We highly recommend Thomas as an instructor and we will miss him while in Italy!
Thomas replied on 6/24/2014
Thank you very much for allowing your son to study Italian with me prior to you relocation to Italy. The assistance of both you and your husband by participating in the class really helped to motivate him to both learn and have fun simultaneously. Please tell your son that MOMO says hello and is saving a balloon for him.
- Biju, Irving, TX on 5/26/14
I am taking ESL class with Tom and he is a great tutor. His ability to assess student learning, analyze outcomes, and adapt instruction to meet student needs are awesome. He is very patient and makes his student comfortable and gives full support to his student to achieve his student's goal. I am very lucky to have Thomas as my instructor.
Thomas replied on 5/27/2014
Thank you very much Biju for the kind words - it's a pleasure working with you either in person or on the Wyzant online network. I'm positive you will meet your American English goals
"Very knowledgeable and experienced! "
- Lewis, Dallas, TX on 5/18/14
I had Thomas as a teacher who taught us the basics of Spanish. He is very knowledgeable and experienced and knew how to teach us the basics of Spanish in a way we could understand. I have recently began to use him as a tutor to become fluent. Well worth the money!
Thomas replied on 5/18/2014
Thanks for the kind comments, Lewis. Your progress in Spanish is truly amazing. I wish you lots of continued success with your new transportation ventures.
"Great tutor! "
- Andrea, Richardson, TX on 4/10/14
Me and my wife both decided to study Portuguese because we have plans to visit Brazil for the upcoming World Cup. We also thought it might be useful for when we need to interact with Brazilian folks for our jobs. We found Thomas with WyzAnt and have had a great experience so far. He is fun to be around, very well organized, and has a well structured class.
He is very passionate about tutoring and has a wide knowledge of different languages and different accents. He also has many life experiences to share from the countries he has visited or worked in. Without any doubt, I will recommend Thomas.
Thomas replied on 5/2/2014
Thank you very much for the kind comments. Your progress, that of both you and your wife, has been outstanding. You will do great at the World Cup in Brazil. My pleasure to work with you both.
- David, Dallas, TX on 4/9/14
He knows many languages, teaches very well, with a deep understand of the language and culture of Brazil, knows where English speakers get in trouble and works on ways to learn.
Thomas replied on 5/2/2014
David, it is a pleasure working with you. Thank you for the kind comments and my best to your wife, the doctor from Brazil, who I am sure is checking your homework. Always a pleasure.
"Fun To Work With And Very Patient"
- Cathy, Dallas, TX on 3/11/14
I have enjoyed working with Tom for several years. He always amazes me with his knowledge of Spanish cultures worldwide and his many travel experiences. I particularly enjoy learning about various country's customs, facial expressions, and body language that make learning a language so much more interesting than doing it from a book or computer program. He knows how to pace the lessons based on the students ability and even speak faster or slower based on my comprehension. He is very patient me and always helps me learn how to say things better or find ways to remember the vocabulary. Since he knows several other languages as well and I have a history with French, he understands when I get mixed up with the French words or grammar. I really enjoy working with Tom and would recommend it for people wanting to learn Spanish at any level - beginner through advanced.
Thomas replied on 3/12/2014
It is a pleasure working with you on your Spanish journey, and rest assured we will work out this thing with Canadian French. After all, you are from there (Canada), and I really did work in Quebec. It's just a matter of time before you will be ordering everything that there is on a Mexican restaurant menu completely in Spanish. Thank you very much.
"Makes Learning Spanish Fun!"
- Cindy, Dallas, TX on 3/9/14
Thomas is a wonderful tutor. I decided to try to learn to speak Spanish as an older adult. He goes slowly when I need it and gives very clear explanations. The materials he provides are interesting for adults so my enthusiasm continues. I am amazed that I am actually starting to speak Spanish in class! For anyone looking for a Spanish tutor, I highly recommend Thomas R.
Thomas replied on 3/10/2014
Thank you very much for your continued support of my language classes and your continued desire to improve your spoken Spanish.
You certainly are doing very well. Always a pleasure to have your participation.
- Cynthia, Allen, TX on 3/7/14
Learning a language is not just learning the words. It must also be learning about the people with whom you wish to speak. I hadn't realized the importance of that until meeting with Thomas. I know I will achieve my goal with Thomas to help me.
Thomas replied on 3/8/2014
Doctor - your comments are greatly appreciated and I hope my training abilities will live up to your expectations for both you and your patients.
Thank you very much.
"I didn't know they made tutors like this! "
- Jessica, Lewisville, TX on 3/6/14
A few months ago I was plateauing in my language learning and half-heartedly searched for an Italian tutor. I stumbled on WyzAnt and Thomas' profile. Based on his reviews & credentials I knew I had found someone that could help me, but what I didn't know was how much fun I would have during our sessions. Thomas is brilliant; he knows so much about everything and I love coming to our sessions. Not only has he helped me with Italian but he's also taught me so much about the history of the language. He has a lot of experience in teaching language and knows how to curtail his lessons based on your current level and needs. I never worry about where we're going in our lessons, each week when I arrive he has a lesson planned. He's very energetic and enthusiastic during our lessons, he makes it fun and interesting. After Italian I'd love to study another language with him. He's one of those people you love being around, I could talk to him about anything and he'd be able to teach me something. Can't say enough great things about him and his tutoring. I'd go everyday if I could! Grazie Thomas!
Thomas replied on 3/8/2014
Your comments are overwhelming and I appreciate them very much.
However, remember an instructor is only as good as the finished product - you. Your Italian speaking ability is progressing very well. Thank you for the praise and I am positive the finished product will be speaking Italian 'MULTO, MULTO, BENE'.
- Brian, Dallas, TX on 2/23/14
Tom is one of those teachers that you just get excited being around - so knowledgeable, so energetic, and who can really teach because, as the saying goes and is so true, especially in his case: "he has been there and done that" with real world experience. The other thing that is great about him is that he is tailoring his instruction to my personal level and desires. Tom is the best!!!
Thomas replied on 2/24/2014
Brian it's a pleasure working with you once again in French. Also, it's wonderful to hear that your daughter now lives in Europe traveling between France and Switzerland for business -
I really remember your anxiety when you first tried to learn French to go to her wedding in France - well let's lessen your worries even further as you get ready to visit the French grand kids. Truly a pleasure and thank you for the kind comments.
"More Than Vocabulary and Grammar"
- Hal, Irving, TX on 2/3/14
Lots of teachers can give you vocabulary and grammar. You don't even need a teacher for that -- you can find those in books. Thomas makes languages come alive, teaching what you need to (quickly) begin speaking -- but also providing insight into the culture of those who speak the language, the history behind those people, and how the language is really spoken. Someone who lacks that insight may give you the skeleton of a language but you won't know (and you won't know that you don't know) the fullness of a living language.
Thomas replied on 2/9/2014
Thank you very much for your kind comment about both my Spanish tutoring ability and knowledge of Hispanic culture and History. I wish you much success in choosing your Spanish speaking destination be it Costa Rica or Ecuador.
- Sam, Dallas, TX on 1/11/14
Tom has just begun to help my daughter with French 3. He has been so helpful and patient with her. What my daughter likes most is how engaging Tom is. His knowledge of the language, cultural and how he shares that keeps her interested in what she"s learning. He is always prepared. With Tom's help and guidance my daughter was able to bring her grade up and finish with an A. She is very pleased and will be continuing to use Tom's tutoring help throughout this year.
Thomas replied on 2/9/2014
Thank you very much for your kind comments about my French tutoring ability and knowledge of both French and French Canadian culture. Congratulations to your daughter for the A in French last semester and let's try for A + this semester.
- Zainab, Plano, TX on 1/6/14
We had our first class with Thomas last week and really liked his way of teaching and the warm, friendly and light hearted manner in which he teaches. We look forward to learning French from him!
Thomas replied on 2/9/2014
Thank you for your kind comment about my French tutoring abilities. I am positive that both you and your husband will successfully pass the French language interview you will soon have for official entry into Canada and its work force.
- John, Fort Worth, TX on 1/2/14
Thomas is a very good instructor and worked very hard to meet my requirements. I requested my classes to be completely in Spanish except to clarify words and concepts I am not familiar with, to assess my comprehension of conversational Spanish, to review an immediate need to ensure I can relate technical and business concepts appropriately in Spanish and to provide input on the most appropriate steps to become conversational in Spanish. Thomas exceeded my expectations in the first conversation.
Thomas clearly has a deep understanding of Spanish and knows how to best relate business and technical concepts in Spanish for those students seeking to expand their business and technical language skill set. I highly recommend Thomas to anyone regardless of their language level.
Thomas replied on 2/9/2014
Thank you very much for your comments about my Spanish tutoring capability and bilingual speaking proficiency in Spanish-English. I am positive your new office in either Mexico or Chile will be a tremendous success with completely bilingual personnel to increase both customer satisfaction and enhance profitability.
"The Best Spanish Tutor in Dallas!"
- Rishma, Allen, TX on 11/11/13
My daughter is a Senior and was having a challenging time with AP Spanish IV.
We were fortunate to find a tutor in Mr. R. Besides his tuition rate being quite reasonable, he is an extraordinarily talented linguist. His profile is there for us to read. But what struck me the most is that he is a Fulbright Fellow, and that too, a *double* Fulbright Fellow, being thus awarded both, by France and the United States! This is one of the most prestigious, difficult-to-get awards and only students of extraordinary merit and dedication earn them.
This dedication readily exhibits itself in Mr. R's tutoring. He is a consummate master of Spanish teaching. He is also very patient, explains difficult vocabulary and grammar in a lucid manner and has a great sense of humor!
Mr. R is simply a warm, wonderful person and a linguistic guru. My daughter and I are very glad to have met him.
Thomas replied on 11/14/2013
Thank you very much for your kind comments and good luck to your daughter with her future academic endeavors.
"Just what we needed!"
- Joe, Plano, TX on 10/12/13
My husband and I just spent two weeks in Italy. Spending the time with Thomas to learn the basics of Italian was the best thing we did before leaving! It's true most people in the large cities speak English but in the smaller cities, not everyone does! We were able to say all the basics (hello, how are you, etc.) in Italian. For those Italians who spoke English you can just tell they appreciate the gesture of communicating what we could in Italian. For those times when there was no English, we were able to muddle our way through far better having spent time with Thomas than if we hadn't.
If you are traveling to Italy (or need Spanish instead!), I would highly recommend contacting Thomas for classes. The workbook and CD we received were the perfect compliment to 'class time' too. Thomas is passionate about what he does and it comes through in his classes. He is very easy to work with too. It was a great experience and we couldn't have had a better teacher!
Thomas replied on 10/16/2013
Thanks for the kind words and the endorsement. I am very happy that your trip to Italy was a great success and that the time you spent with me in preparation studying Italian proved both pleasurable and valuable.
Please consider my services for more Italian study or when you decide to travel to Spanish speaking South America, Portuguese speaking Brazil or France or its territories in the French speaking Caribbean.
Thank you very much. Tom R.
- Elizabeth, Dallas, TX on 10/4/13
Very understanding, you can tell he has many years of experience in tutoring. He knows where to start in teaching me a new language and knows where to start again for a language I've been studying for years.
Thomas replied on 10/15/2013
Hi Matthew A:
Thank you very much for the kind comments and observations. You come well prepared for beginning to advance your knowledge of Spanish to that of fluency and I will get you ready also for your future study program in one of the ITALIAN SPEAKING REGIONS OF SWITZERLAND. It is a pleasure working with you.
- Ossodongarti, Dallas, TX on 7/31/13
I was very pleased to have Thomas as tutor for my son. Thanks to his professionalism and patience, Thomas has helped my son regain confidence and overcome his shyness. I was very surprised by Thomas' talent and teaching methodology when he kindly allowed me to attend the first two lessons with my son. I have was amazed to see him use different ways to let my son reach out and ask questions, give his opinion on different topics. I would recommend him to any parent who is looking for a talented Tutor with a very rich and strong background. Thank you very much Thomas for your kindness, professionalism and I wish you all the best.
Thomas replied on 10/15/2013
Your comments and observations of my language teaching methodologies are greatly appreciated. Working with your French and Mandarin Chinese speaking son to introduce him to American English was challenging but not very difficult. The reason for the lack of difficulty obviously was the support I received not only from your son but also from you and your wife. Thank you.
I am looking forward to working with him again when he returns to the United States to continue his studies.