University of California, Berkeley (German and French)
University of California, Berkeley (Master's)
University of California, Berkeley (PhD)
Hello, future tutoring students! I am an experienced and enthusiastic foreign language tutor. I tutor German, French and Spanish. I visit Germany nearly every year to keep in touch with the language, the culture, and good friends; usually, this involves a visit to France as well! I have also studied in Austria, Quebec, and Spain. As a native Californian, Spanish is all around me, affording me frequent opportunities to use the language. I can teach you my native language, English, as well. I can help you through a class you are taking in high school, community college, or at a university. I love to travel, and one of my greatest pleasures in tutoring is to help students prepare for exciting trips where they can put their German, French or Spanish into action! Related to my strong interest in foreign languages are my knowledge of many of the languages of Europe, even those I don't teach (I can at least get by in Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Italian, and Portuguese; I can read Dutch and Icelandic, and I have a basic vocabulary in Czech), my experience as a freelance translator of German, French and Spanish, and my academic background in linguistics. I taught German and linguistics at the college level for many years.
Are you wondering what I do when I'm not tutoring? I am a lifelong amateur classical musician, playing the flute in a community orchestra and singing in a community choir. By the way, I can teach you to pronounce a variety of languages, so my language skills do come in handy here as well. Other than that, I love to swim, I love to read, and I love my cats. I often speak German to them. You already know that I love to travel. I can't wait to meet you!
I am a native speaker of American English. Born in San Francisco, I have spent most of my life in the San Francisco Bay Area. I am a trained ESL teacher and have tutored and taught ESL. In my university job teaching linguistics, I often taught future ESL professionals about the structure of English as well as about the overall nature and structure of language.
The languages of Europe are truly my academic passion. I learned Spanish first, which is probably quite typical in California schools. I added French in high school, and then German. I had such an excellent German teacher that the language soon became my best foreign language. An opportunity to study in Germany right after high school came through winning a language contest, and during college, I had summer jobs in Germany and France. I completed an undergraduate double major with honors in German and French. During my studies for the Ph.D. in Germanic Linguistics, my doctoral minor was French Linguistics. I studied as a Fulbright Graduate Fellow in Austria, and as a scholarship recipient in Germany on several occasions, both during my student years and later for professional development. While teaching linguistics later at San Jose State University, I also became a student there and completed undergraduate coursework in Spanish, including a summer language course in Santander, Spain. Understanding grammar and structure comes naturally to me, and my musician's ear and my linguistic training allow me to speak my languages with a pronunciation often deemed native!
I am looking forward to setting up lessons with you! Please contact me with any questions you have and we can work around your schedule (and mine). I have many hours available to work with you! Hello, future tutoring students! I am an experienced and enthusiastic foreign language tutor. I tutor German, French and Spanish. I visit Germany nearly every year to keep in touch with the language, the culture, and good friends; usually, this involves a visit to France as well! I have also studied in Austria, Quebec, and Spain. As a native
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