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Les V.

Petaluma, CA

$50/hour

European languages and math specialist

20+ Hours
4.9 average from 16 ratings
Hungarian Lesson
— Dean, Marble Falls, TX on 2/2/17

$50/Hour


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French
cal state los angeles
Master's

Education

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cal state los angeles (Master's)

About Les

I grew up speaking Hungarian and German and graduated with a Master's degree in French, taught French at Cal State L.A, math and languages at high schools in the San Francisco area, and Survival French and Italian at various colleges. I love foreign languages and know how to teach them in such a way that the student learns quickly and speaks with a credible accent.

My career has been in sales and management and inevitably it would turn to training. I have trained sales forces, distributors, and end users on all sorts of products at all levels. I greatly enjoy teaching people how to learn, whether it is mathematics or foreign languages. My goal is that at the end of the session the student knows more than at the beginning.

Algebra 1 is probably the most entertaining and easiest branch of mathematics besides arithmetic. It is a series of puzzles and puzzles can be learned.

The most important tool in learning a foreign language is understanding how grammar works. Grammar has patterns that can be applied throughout a language. Once you learn some patterns you can start speaking, writing, and understanding.

I greatly enjoy helping people learn and really enjoy having fun doing it. I find out what you are doing, both right and wrong, what your goals are, and then help you reach them. Please let me know how I can help you!
I grew up speaking Hungarian and German and graduated with a Master's degree in French, taught French at Cal State L.A, math and languages at high schools in the San Francisco area, and Survival French and Italian at various colleges. I love foreign languages and know how to teach them in such a way that the student learns quickly and speaks with Read more

Policies
Cancellation
3 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Petaluma, CA 94954

"Hungarian Lesson"

- Dean, Marble Falls, TX on 2/2/17
Math:
Algebra 1, Geometry
English:
English, Grammar,
Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
Career Development
Language:
French,
German, Hungarian,
Italian
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Business

I have worked as a business professional for over 30 years as a district manager, regional manager, operations manager, and national sales manager working with business to business and business to consumer companies. I additionally took courses towards an MBA in finance, accounting, human resources, sales, and marketing. Finally I have owned 2 startups, a real estate relocation company and complementary medicine distribution company.

Career Development

As a hiring sales manager for 30 years, I have helped individuals write effective resumes, have mentored people in their chosen fields, and have also helped people determine their areas of strength and interest as well as advising them on how to get into those fields and how to interview well. I have also helped people to transition to other industries by capitalizing on generic talents and experience.

French

I have a BA and an MA in French, specializing in 17th and 20th Century literature. I have been a lecturer in French at California State University at Los Angeles. I was the developer of Survival French classes taught in the San Francisco Bay Area at colleges and adult schools.

Grammar

I speak English, French, German, Hungarian, and Spanish and have had to learn advanced grammar in college in all of these languages as compared to the minimal high school levels.

I have also written over 100 term papers, edited 5 computer manuals, and written 2 cook books. I know grammar well!

Hungarian

I grew up speaking Hungarian even before learning English. I have tutored travelers going to Budapest 3 times. I read, write, and speak Hungarian.

A nevem Villányi László és még mindig beszélek magyarúl a növéremmel. Van több Magyar barátom, de a legtöbb sokkal idösebb mint én.

Italian

I have taken four years of Italian in college, taught Survival Italian at a number of San Francisco Bay Area junior colleges, tutored private students, and direct an Italian chorus. I belong to several Italian affinity groups where Italian-only is the rule.

Marketing

In my career, I have been a Marketing Manager for a line of software books as well as Director of Sales and Marketing for a 2 dental companies with sales in the millions.
I have created sales forces nationally and internationally and trained them on how to market the great variety of high tech products.
I have also taken various marketing classes in pursuit of an MBA.

Public Speaking

I have trained sales people to do presentations to large groups of potential customers as well as doing break-out sessions to end users at trade shows.

In my capacity of President of the Petaluma Area Chamber of Commerce a few years ago, I routinely gave speeches in a variety of venues.

As Director of the Coro Allegro Italian Chorus in Santa Rosa, CA, I train singers on how to sing in public.

cal state los angeles
French
cal state los angeles
Master's

Education

cal state los angeles (French)

cal state los angeles (Master's)

Hungarian Lesson

Les was excellent in the first phase of our journey. He jumped right in and began teaching me like he has been doing it all his life. I felt extremely comfortable and that I was going to succeed in my goals. I can't wait until the next lesson.

— Dean, Marble Falls, TX on 2/2/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Travel policy

Les will travel within 15 miles of Petaluma, CA 94954.