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Irina H.

Native Russian speaker, certified German and Russian teacher

Native Russian speaker, certified German and Russian teacher

$50/hour

  • 166 hours tutoring

  • Cleveland Park Washington, DC 20008

About Irina


Bio

Hi, my name is Irina!

If you need to study German or Russian to help with your career growth, to study/work abroad, for language tests, or just for your personal satisfaction….then it would be my pleasure to embark on that journey with you. For me, each new student’s enthusiasm is a source of inspiration that propels me to new heights.

I am a native Russian speaker, and graduated from Pyatigorsk Linguistics University, one of Russia’s top-notch linguistics universities and research...

Hi, my name is Irina!

If you need to study German or Russian to help with your career growth, to study/work abroad, for language tests, or just for your personal satisfaction….then it would be my pleasure to embark on that journey with you. For me, each new student’s enthusiasm is a source of inspiration that propels me to new heights.

I am a native Russian speaker, and graduated from Pyatigorsk Linguistics University, one of Russia’s top-notch linguistics universities and research centers. My specialty is teaching German and English as a second language, and I also received a second M.A. in teaching Russia as a foreign language from the Pushkin Russian Language Institute in Moscow.

Over my more than 20 years in teaching, I have trained people of all stripes for all kinds of career and personal goals: for communication with foreign partners, to improve their grades at school, or to pass university entrance exams. I work as a language instructor at a Washington language institute, where I gained a lot of experience teaching Russian, German, and cross-cultural awareness to U.S. government employees.

While teaching, I rely on not only my extensive experience, but also try to keep up to date with the latest textbooks, methodologies, multi-media programs, and other tools for teaching foreign languages.
My teaching approach is comprehensive, and includes all the components of language: phonetics (working on correct pronunciation), grammar, vocabulary, listening comprehension, reading, and speaking fluently. However, regardless of a student’s age, I also make every effort to organize lessons in different formats so that they are not monotonous.

I would be happy to hear from you!


Education

M.A. in teaching German and English as a second Language
undergrad
M.A. in teaching Russian as a foreign language
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $50
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Travel policy: Within 0 miles of Washington, DC 20008
  • Lesson cancellation: 3 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 8/12/2015

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Corporate Training

German,

German

I am a professional teacher of German, having received an M.A. in teaching German as a foreign language at one of Russia’s top-notch linguistics universities and research centers. I love helping people become immersed in the German language and gain an understanding of it since it is the key to a magnificent culture and, to a large degree, to Central Europe as a whole. As an individual tutor, I taught high school students who were getting ready to take their entrance examinations for admittance into the linguistics departments at Russia’s leading universities. Many of my students now have successful careers as professors, translators, journalists, and managers in multinational corporations. Last year two of my students passed their DaF tests (German as a foreign language test for admittance to German universities) and were admitted to the Vienna University of Economics and Business. In a Russian pedagogical university, I taught German to freshmen, sophomores, and third-year students for 10 years. Besides teaching, I developed teaching methodologies for classes designed to improve students’ spoken and written German. I was chosen to be in an international delegation for an educational exchange to Germany with the goal of subsequently implementing international educational standards. Besides all this, for 9 years I worked as a translator in Moscow in the office of a major German equipment manufacturer, and have hands-on, real-world experience participating in the everyday life of a German corporation – along with participating in international conferences in Dusseldorf, Cologne, and Munich. I prefer using textbooks and multi-media materials published by the leading German publishing houses Hueber Verlag, Klett Verlag, and Schubert Verlag, that have been endorsed by the Goethe Institute and Fridrich-Schiller University, Deutsche Welle materials, and also those which I developed.
Russian

Russian

I am a native-born Russian who has an M.A. in linguistics and over 12 years' worth of overall professional teaching experience. Being very familiar with the teaching methods used to teach Russian as a foreign language, I employ a wide range of techniques to make a complicated language both understandable and fun to learn. My experience includes teaching Russian in a multinational French construction company as well as teaching Russian in the foreign languages department at a pedagogical university in Russia. Here in America, I have been teaching Russian to many government workers, from total beginners up to advanced speakers, as well as preparing them to take Russian proficiency tests for various goals.

Language

German,

German

I am a professional teacher of German, having received an M.A. in teaching German as a foreign language at one of Russia’s top-notch linguistics universities and research centers. I love helping people become immersed in the German language and gain an understanding of it since it is the key to a magnificent culture and, to a large degree, to Central Europe as a whole. As an individual tutor, I taught high school students who were getting ready to take their entrance examinations for admittance into the linguistics departments at Russia’s leading universities. Many of my students now have successful careers as professors, translators, journalists, and managers in multinational corporations. Last year two of my students passed their DaF tests (German as a foreign language test for admittance to German universities) and were admitted to the Vienna University of Economics and Business. In a Russian pedagogical university, I taught German to freshmen, sophomores, and third-year students for 10 years. Besides teaching, I developed teaching methodologies for classes designed to improve students’ spoken and written German. I was chosen to be in an international delegation for an educational exchange to Germany with the goal of subsequently implementing international educational standards. Besides all this, for 9 years I worked as a translator in Moscow in the office of a major German equipment manufacturer, and have hands-on, real-world experience participating in the everyday life of a German corporation – along with participating in international conferences in Dusseldorf, Cologne, and Munich. I prefer using textbooks and multi-media materials published by the leading German publishing houses Hueber Verlag, Klett Verlag, and Schubert Verlag, that have been endorsed by the Goethe Institute and Fridrich-Schiller University, Deutsche Welle materials, and also those which I developed.
Russian

Russian

I am a native-born Russian who has an M.A. in linguistics and over 12 years' worth of overall professional teaching experience. Being very familiar with the teaching methods used to teach Russian as a foreign language, I employ a wide range of techniques to make a complicated language both understandable and fun to learn. My experience includes teaching Russian in a multinational French construction company as well as teaching Russian in the foreign languages department at a pedagogical university in Russia. Here in America, I have been teaching Russian to many government workers, from total beginners up to advanced speakers, as well as preparing them to take Russian proficiency tests for various goals.

Summer

German,

German

I am a professional teacher of German, having received an M.A. in teaching German as a foreign language at one of Russia’s top-notch linguistics universities and research centers. I love helping people become immersed in the German language and gain an understanding of it since it is the key to a magnificent culture and, to a large degree, to Central Europe as a whole. As an individual tutor, I taught high school students who were getting ready to take their entrance examinations for admittance into the linguistics departments at Russia’s leading universities. Many of my students now have successful careers as professors, translators, journalists, and managers in multinational corporations. Last year two of my students passed their DaF tests (German as a foreign language test for admittance to German universities) and were admitted to the Vienna University of Economics and Business. In a Russian pedagogical university, I taught German to freshmen, sophomores, and third-year students for 10 years. Besides teaching, I developed teaching methodologies for classes designed to improve students’ spoken and written German. I was chosen to be in an international delegation for an educational exchange to Germany with the goal of subsequently implementing international educational standards. Besides all this, for 9 years I worked as a translator in Moscow in the office of a major German equipment manufacturer, and have hands-on, real-world experience participating in the everyday life of a German corporation – along with participating in international conferences in Dusseldorf, Cologne, and Munich. I prefer using textbooks and multi-media materials published by the leading German publishing houses Hueber Verlag, Klett Verlag, and Schubert Verlag, that have been endorsed by the Goethe Institute and Fridrich-Schiller University, Deutsche Welle materials, and also those which I developed.
Russian

Russian

I am a native-born Russian who has an M.A. in linguistics and over 12 years' worth of overall professional teaching experience. Being very familiar with the teaching methods used to teach Russian as a foreign language, I employ a wide range of techniques to make a complicated language both understandable and fun to learn. My experience includes teaching Russian in a multinational French construction company as well as teaching Russian in the foreign languages department at a pedagogical university in Russia. Here in America, I have been teaching Russian to many government workers, from total beginners up to advanced speakers, as well as preparing them to take Russian proficiency tests for various goals.

Ratings and Reviews


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5.0 (47 ratings)
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Reviews

Simply the best!

Irina listened to what I wanted to get out of my lessons, found fun and dynamic resources to help me with my learning, and even assigned homework so that I could practice between lessons! She is so experienced and really takes the time to explain things thoroughly! I highly recommend her to anyone looking to get thorough and knowledgeable lessons!

Amy, 8 lessons with Irina

Highly skilled tutor

This is a review for a course of 20 lessons in German. Irina is gifted at teaching, and prepares for the lessons thoroughly taking account of student's needs. I am impressed by her dedication, indeed her devotion to teaching, is generous with her time, researches exercises to precisely address the student's weak points, and her experience and anticipation of needs makes her highly effective. She is punctilious in her follow-up, and is always pro-active. Highly responsible and caring in her attitude.

Saumya, 18 lessons with Irina

Keeping it real

Irina knows how to focus on the right things to get you speaking Russian or to improve where it is needed

Sam, 5 lessons with Irina

Great tutor!

I have had a few. None were like her. She had patience and she made it fun to learn. This is a very hard language. I gave her five stars because out of the other four teachers she actually made me learn something! Thanks Irina!

Phaedra, 11 lessons with Irina

Well organized teacher

One of my biggest frustrations with language learning is tutors who expect their students to make the lesson plans and know how to study a language. Irina asked me my goals but then gave me specific homework assignments and well structured lessons. She's the best Russian teacher I've had so far - I highly recommend her!

Amy, 2 lessons with Irina

Helpful tutor especially for a total beginner- very well trained!

Irina taught me the basics of pronunciation and gender. She is very good at providing structure and a foundation for learning.

Leah, 4 lessons with Irina
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Irina H.

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