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Paola C.

Orinda, CA

$40/hour

Italian, bilingual, patient teacher.

50+ Hours
Background check passed as of 7/24/16
4.6 average from 35 ratings
Very helpful!
— Megan, Berkeley, CA on 3/1/16

$40/Hour


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Cinema Television

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About Paola

Having an Italian father and an American mother I had to grow up bilingual. Half of the family only spoke Italian and the other half English. I grew up in Italy so I know the language and the culture and the differences between living in Italy and in the US. Subtle differences such as when you're offered something saying "yes, thank you" as opposed to "yes, please".

I know first hand the challenges, and benefits, of handling 2 different languages, and as I teach Italian to my adoptive niece, I can see her joy at learning new ways of saying the same things. I would love to share this with others.

I remember my first translation "gig" when I was just 9 years old. In Italy on the bus from the beach with my nonna, there was a lady asking for an English speaker since she couldn't understand the conductor. He needed to confirm her ticket. When nobody else responded I stood up and translated for them to their amazement. On the other hand at 4, after spending 3 whole months in the US, I had forgotten to speak Italian while still understanding it. I learned it back quickly.
Having an Italian father and an American mother I had to grow up bilingual. Half of the family only spoke Italian and the other half English. I grew up in Italy so I know the language and the culture and the differences between living in Italy and in the US. Subtle differences such as when you're offered something saying "yes, thank you" as Read more

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Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Orinda, CA 94563
Background Check: Passed

"Very helpful!"

- Megan, Berkeley, CA on 3/1/16

"Great tutor with lots of patience!"

- Zelda, Pasadena, CA on 9/27/13
Language:
Italian

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USC
Cinema Television

Education

USC (Cinema Television)

Very helpful!

Paola was raised in Italy and peppered our conversation with cultural information that I really enjoyed. She arrived with a printed lesson that we worked on together. She helped with pronunciation and then we reviewed the homework I had done for my full immersion Italian class (I am a complete beginner and our teacher only speaks in Italian!) I feel more hopeful after meeting with Paola.

— Megan, Berkeley, CA on 3/1/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Paola will travel within 15 miles of Orinda, CA 94563.