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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.
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.
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.
Thank you for the kind response it's a pleasure working with both of you.
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!
Thank you for the kind words Benjamin - it's a pleasure working with you online in Italian.
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.
Thank you for the kind comments and I wish you every success in your new role as a Medical Practitioner at the MASTERS LEVEL. Tom
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.
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.
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!
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. TOM
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.
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 Thomas
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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'. Grazie tante.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Thank you very much for your kind comments and good luck to your daughter with her future academic endeavors.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ossodongarti M: 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.
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