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Raymond E.

Portage, MI

$50/hour

Russian Language Tutor

In-person lessons

$50/Hour


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Western Michigan University
Internat'l Relations
Western Michigan University
MBA
Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center
Other

Education

Western Michigan University (Internat'l Relations)

Western Michigan University (MBA)

Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (Other)

About Raymond

I currently have approximately 35 years of Russian language experience. My career has included the following:

- Initial language training at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA. Completion: Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Level Courses / 3 years (1977-1979, 1988).
- Additional Russian Language Maintenance coursework over many years while living in Germany for five years (1980-1985) and at Ft. Meade, Maryland (1988-1994).

My work experience has comprised of being a Russian language document translator of both general and technical publications, a consecutive interpreter for private and governmental customers, a transcription specialist for military applications, a joint-service Russian Language coordinator and proficiency test writer for all branches of the Armed Services. I've also been an independent consultant in Washington, DC to support private companies working with Russian business partners and Russian language instructor in both formal and informal settings.

From 1988-1992, I worked in Russia as an Arms Control Inspector/Interpreter for senior level military and government personnel to verify Soviet compliance with provisions of the INF Treaty signed by President Ronald Reagan and CPSU Chairman Gorbachev. My business endeavors took me to multiple locations in the Former Soviet Union for thorough familiarization with the culture and the people. In 1996, I worked with former Russian presidential candidate General Alexander Lebed while he was in the United States for contract negotiations with a publishing company in Washington, DC.

I have more recently traveled to Russia in 2001, 2005 and 2010 for visits focused primarily on traditional slavic interest. During the past fifteen years, I have maintained many social contacts with whom I converse in Russian and attend various community - and holiday type functions. I continuously listen to Russian Internet broadcasting and use all forms of current technical media to enhance my linguistic skill set. I have read the following books in their native Russian script.. War and Peace, Crime and Punishment, Hero of Our Time, and many more. My knowledge of Russian literature is exceptional. I am able to teach the Russian language at the beginning and intermediate levels especially far better than native speakers because.. it is I who had to learn the language from the ground up and I understand the challenge faced by any native English speaker who seeks to master the Russian language.
I currently have approximately 35 years of Russian language experience. My career has included the following:

- Initial language training at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA. Completion: Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Level Courses / 3 years (1977-1979, 1988).
- Additional Russian Language Maintenance coursework
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Policies
Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Portage, MI 49024
In-person lessons
Computer:
UNIX
Language:
Russian

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Western Michigan University
Internat'l Relations
Western Michigan University
MBA
Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center
Other

Education

Western Michigan University (Internat'l Relations)

Western Michigan University (MBA)

Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (Other)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Raymond will travel within 20 miles of Portage, MI 49024.