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Cynthia B.

Tucson, AZ


Multi-media multi-level Spanish instructor and business Spanish coach

In-person lessons
5.0 average from 245 ratings
A 5 Star Tutor
— Eric, Tucson, AZ on 8/27/11

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Indiana University, Bloomington
University of Madrid, Spain
Graduate Coursework
Indiana University, Bloomington


Indiana University, Bloomington (Spanish)

University of Madrid, Spain (Graduate Coursework)

Indiana University, Bloomington (Master's)

About Cynthia


if you want to have a lot of fun with a multi-media approach to Spanish learning, look no more! Spanish is the main subject I tutor, because I especially love Spanish. My English writing and speaking skills are excellent also, since proofing, clear grammar, syntax, punctuation, and public speaking abilities are important in all languages.

I have taught college Spanish in Spanish-only at the U. of California in Santa Cruz (UCSC), and I have taught 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th grade bilingual classes. Currently, I have six very loyal adult WyzAnt clients who have been with me over a year. I tutor high school students through another national company, and I also have three private classes for groups of adults.

I've lived in Madrid, Southern Spain, and Mexico, and have traveled in Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Puerto Rico. I recently spent two weeks in Spain, where I was focusing on land use, irrigation, and water conservation practices, and agriculture. I spent two weeks in Ecuador last year, and helped with a history study trip to Sonora this past Spring, and I will be doing two more trips in 2016 - one more historical/cultural and one more ecological/cultural.

While living in the Salinas-Monterey area of California I worked sevenyears selling advertising to many Spanish-only clients for Radio Suprema, Inc., a company of three Spanish language commercial radio stations, and later for Comcast (then ATT Broadband). I was their token "gringa" of 24 Hispanic employees at the radio station! Many days I spoke only Spanish all day with our various client-business owners and with our various DJs. I know about a thousand top-40 songs from the last 30 years!

My teaching style is very adaptable to your needs. I have many, many vocabulary activities, conversation practice and grammar practice for adults, bingo, conversation-starters, and twenty questions games in Spanish, short verses that are examples of grammar concepts, and many grammar handouts and exercises because I am involved in writing a textbook.

I am familiar with many of the current textbooks, Pima, and CFSD curriculum, Duolingo and Pimsleur, Rosetta Stone and Behind the Wheel CDs. I also have several current TOEFL practice books.

I have a strong business background in Spanish for adults. I tutored Rotarians and Rotary Group Study Exchange participants going to Spanish-speaking countries. Hispanic clients come to me to learn style, spelling and accent marks. I am the queen of accent mark placement!

Phonetics and speaking accent are very strong points with me. I have a bunch of helpful tips for how to improve your pronunciation and accent both in English and in Spanish.

My schedule is flexible and can probably accommodate your needs. Most late afternoons and evenings and weekends are available. I'm looking forward to working with you!

Hasta pronto,

if you want to have a lot of fun with a multi-media approach to Spanish learning, look no more! Spanish is the main subject I tutor, because I especially love Spanish. My English
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Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Tucson, AZ 85718
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"A 5 Star Tutor"

- Eric, Tucson, AZ on 8/27/11

"Excellent Job"

- Candace, Tucson, AZ on 10/2/15

"Best Spanish Tutor I Have Ever Had!"

- Sheree, Tucson, AZ on 9/1/14

"Very patient and fun!"

- Linda, Tucson, AZ on 2/8/14

"Excellent Tutor"

- Jesus, Nogales, AZ on 1/27/14

"Very patient and she makes learning fun"

- Denise, Tucson, AZ on 10/31/13

"Excellent in every way"

- Thomas, Vail, AZ on 9/28/13

"Professional, fun and effective tutor"

- Cynthia, Tucson, AZ on 8/9/13

"Wonderful Tutor"

- Chris, Tucson, AZ on 6/11/11

"Prepares well customized to my needs; pleasant and patient"

- John, Tucson, AZ on 4/26/11


- Stephanie, Tucson, AZ on 7/28/10
Art History
ACT English,
English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Proofreading, SAT Reading,
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
SAT Reading,
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Study Skills

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ACT English

Reading for content and nuance and making inferences, and of course spelling, and understanding grammar and punctuation (which can make all the difference!! For example: The cowboy eats, shoots and leaves. vs The panda eats shoots and leaves.


I have over 300 hours with WyzAnt tutoring Spanish and a five star rating and many testimonials. In college I was an anthropology minor. Also, a big part of my MA in Mexican Studies was Aztec and Mayan archaeology.
I have studied upper division courses in both cultural anthropology and physical anthropology, and forensic anthropology - (similar to the bone fragment ID process as seen in the TV show Bones) and also archaeology of Mexico and of coastal Indians of California (Ohlone - Costanoan), and have a high personal interest in Latin-based languages and a personal love of philology and linguistics and phonetics. 99% of my tutoring clients with WyzAnt are with adults. Some of our language study involves etymology and linguistics and the history of Spanish and how it relates to Latin (especially medical terms and legal terms) and to other languages and how it has evolved through the centuries with its Arabic influences and American indigenous languages influences.


Having an M. A. in Spanish and Latin American Studies, and being more than fifty years old, I have had an outstanding education in English grammar and writing skills.
I have more than four years' experience teaching English and bilingual Spanish/English to immigrant children in the California elementary school - 2nd grade level, 4th grade level, 5th grade level, and Kindergarten level.
I am an English native speaker with no particular regional accent. Teaching Spanish now for most of my life, I have a keen awareness of how to work with both English and Latin-based language grammar, and how to compare the similarities and contrast the differences.
I have many, many vocabulary and conversation activities that are appropriate for any language and age level. Among them are high quality flashcards of photos and pictures of people interacting in various situations -- a picnic in the park, working together in a mechanic's garage, attending a meeting, etc., stickers and flashcards.

SAT Reading

I have a Master's degree in Spanish and language arts, and I currently tutor job seekers and graduate students who will take the TOEFL exam. TOEFL is the test of English as a second language that many corporate employers and English language graduate schools require for technical and management positions and for graduate studies. TOEFL is much like SAT reading and grammar, only more so!


Depending on YOUR objectives, I generally teach Mexican Spanish with an emphasis on conversational and street styles, and I have a knowledge of young people's slang from working at Spanish language radio stations.

I also have helpful hints for improving accent - not just pronunciation, but the B-V differences, the D - R - soft TH differences, cadence, rhythm, when syllables get dropped or run together, how to do rrrrr, etc.

I'm also familiar with Castellano, Argentine and Uruguayan accents.

Accent marks and spelling? I'm your solution!

Study Skills

Do it once; do it right. Study efficiently!
Have the needed notebooks and reference materials. Be aware of deadlines and plan ahead. Have a place for all your materials.
Read the directions and the fine print!
Ask the teacher so you're sure you understand the assignment!
Feet on the floor, take a deep breath, eliminate distractions, write clearly so you know what every letter is when you go to read out loud.
Proof read out loud everything that you are going to submit. This is absolutely a must for efficiently retaining foreign language pronunciation and speaking skills. Foreign language is like learning a script, which you then ad lib.
Before reading something, first read the attached questions so that you know ahead of time what information you need to look for and remember. Put your materials in the car the night before!
Words of a successful Masters degree graduate, mom, grandmother and small business owner.


Having taught Spanish for many years, I have a complete grasp of the grammar and writing style of my native language, English. Also, years of proofreading have given me an eagle eye for understanding and checking spelling and punctuation and the various rules.

I have a non-accent American English pronunciation suitable for radio/TV voice, which I have done in the past when I worked for radio stations and for ATT Broadband (now Comcast).

My most recent tutoring student passed TOEFL handily. He is a mechanical engineer with John Deere in Mexico who now plans to go to graduate school in Canada to study bioengineering and design prostheses.


Clear, concise writing in several languages has been my career for over 30 years. Also proofreading, copywriting, and translation. I am the queen of punctuation! I can help you with applications, research papers, cover letters, whatever your needs may be.

Indiana University, Bloomington
University of Madrid, Spain
Graduate Coursework
Indiana University, Bloomington


Indiana University, Bloomington (Spanish)

University of Madrid, Spain (Graduate Coursework)

Indiana University, Bloomington (Master's)

A 5 Star Tutor — Cynthia is the best... in every way. Very professional, prompt, knowledgeable, personable with a passion for everything Spanish! I needed private lessons for business and personal reasons and was fortunate enough to find her on WyzAnt. Although she was born a gringa I think her soul is Latin. She loves the language, culture, music and politics of the Latin world. She has traveled and lived it... p ...

— Eric, Tucson, AZ on 8/27/11

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Travel policy

Cynthia will travel within 15 miles of Tucson, AZ 85718.