Spanish Teacher with Methods that Actually Work
Spanish Teacher with Methods that Actually Work
Hello, my name is Austin. After attending school at Columbia University in NYC, my wife and I have dedicated ourselves to volunteer work. We have been living outside of the USA for about 5 years now in Bolivia. My wife is a native Spanish speaker, and most think I am as well. With help from friends and AWESOME techniques that I came across, I was able to become fluent in Spanish in about a year while in the USA. I feel so bad for so many Americans who spend so much money on Spanish...
Hello, my name is Austin. After attending school at Columbia University in NYC, my wife and I have dedicated ourselves to volunteer work. We have been living outside of the USA for about 5 years now in Bolivia. My wife is a native Spanish speaker, and most think I am as well. With help from friends and AWESOME techniques that I came across, I was able to become fluent in Spanish in about a year while in the USA. I feel so bad for so many Americans who spend so much money on Spanish lessons and still can't actually speak it. The way most teachers and famous programs teach appeals to many who don't like to do work, but they don't end up being able to actually speak Spanish. The methods I use to teach actually work. Contact me, and I'll tell you about it. After the first lesson, you will see what I mean.
I'm 30 years old and have been tutoring/teaching for over 10 years. I've tutored at Barkely Elementary School in Phoenixville PA, at Phoenixville High School, at Barnard College in the NYC, and for a company called "Ivy League Tutors" in NYC where the only tutors were students of an Ivy League university. My approach to teaching Spanish is different from most. Most harp on the fact that memorization is not the most important part to learning a language, that you can learn by conversation instead. However, if you never memorize the verb conjugation patterns in the beginning, you will never reach the conversational stage of Spanish. That's why in other countries there are jokes about Americans speaking Spanish that center on two things: 1) their terrible accent and 2) their inability to conjugate verbs correctly. So, instead of focusing on teaching you numbers, phrases, and vocabulary in the beginning of our lessons, I will focus on teaching you to do something that rarely Americans learning Spanish can do, conjugate the verbs in ALL the various necessary tenses. Once you can do that, you will actually be able to form your own sentences and practice the language by speaking, that is, more naturally learning the other parts of Spanish. But it all starts with the verb conjugations.
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Hands-down, the Best Tutor I've Ever Had!
I've been having tutoring sessions with Austin for the last couple of weeks now and I can already see an improvement in my ability to understand and speak Spanish. He's a highly knowledgeable and patient tutor, and even when I make a mistake, he'll explain what to say and then connect it back to what we're already talking about. In that way, Austin is also really thorough, and makes sure that I understand a concept before moving on to something new. I also found his teaching style to be unique and really helpful, in that we'll actually have a conversation in Spanish, which would lead to a lesson or how to fix this or that. Although somewhat unorthodox, I found it extremely helpful, since I not only learn grammar, or verb conjugation, but I actually get to practice what I learned in real conversation. Since I've always been one to focus on the real applications of things, using real conversation is really helpful and makes the lessons all the more engaging and exciting. The pacing of lessons is also really nice and I'm often surprised by how much we actually cover in an hour every week. He's, hands-down, the best Spanish tutor I've ever had and I'd highly recommend him to anyone trying to learn or become better at Spanish.Shadman, 54 lessons with Austin
Austin is a great tutor
My daughter has a great lesson with Austin. He’s a very knowledgeable, patient and encouraging tutor. Highly recommend Austin for anyone looking to learn or improve their Spanish skills!Yekaterina, 8 lessons with Austin
Amazing Tutor, Fun and Effective Teaching Style
Austin has been incredibly helpful in teaching me Spanish. He has a very unique style that makes the material fun and intuitive. Every lesson seems to build off the last and in just a few sessions, I was already seeing significant progress. I'm really glad I found Austin!Ethan, 14 lessons with Austin
Super knowledgeable and patient tutor!
Austin continues to help me take my Spanish to the next level. He patiently explains things in a very understandable way. I’ve used other tutors on this platform and have found Austin to be the best fit for me. I dork out over grammar in English so it’s fun to dork out over it in Spanish too.Scott, 21 lessons with Austin
Effective tutor with a customized approach
Austin is teaching me Spanish and it has been a great experience. He has organized my lessons in a way that has been very helpful for my specific needs and to strengthen my weaknesses. His approach is effective and he is a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend him to anyone learning or refreshing their language skills.Elizabeth, 33 lessons with Austin
Performed in a pinch
My son was coming up on his final in Spanish II and had failed every test for the semester. He was in real danger of failing this class and not graduating (he was a Senior). Austin agreed to work with him last minute and stayed in contact to make sure we were getting what my son needed out of him as a tutor. My son loved Austin and worked with him well. He feels like he can really understand the grammatical Spanish that his teacher neglected to teach him. He made the second highest grade in the class on the final after spending most of the year making one of the lowest. There's a joke at the high school for the last 10 years that you have to cheat to get a passing grade in this class. My son refused to do so. This really built his confidence. We will be discussing using Austin as a regular Spanish tutor once he gets back from his Senior Trip with his dad.Mandy, 3 lessons with Austin
Austin was very knowledgeable and helpful for my teenage daughter in Spanish 3. We would definitely recommend using Austin for any level of Spanish. We were able to book him last minute which was awesome! Thank you, Austin!Christy , 2 lessons with Austin
Great tutor for beginners
Austin is a very engaging and motivating tutor with high positive energy. Austin wastes no time in getting to the core focal points of each lesson, giving sort of a "crash course" feel. I find this to be really refreshing compared to your regular, boring "textbook" tutors. You can clearly see he is passionate about his work and wants to see you learn and progress. I have had lessons with a few other tutors before, but he is by far the best.Robert, 6 lessons with Austin
He's very patient and helpful
I'm new at learning Spanish and I feel that Austin is the best. He's patient, awesome and knows what he's doing. This doesn't even cover all about my lesson experiences, so try him for yourself and you'll understand!Dawn, 50 lessons with Austin
Amazing Engagement Techniques for 11 Year Old
I thought my 11-year-old son would hate Spanish tutoring. I was 100% wrong. Not sure what his special sauce is, but my son looks forward to his time with Austin, feels like he’s really making progress and is even enjoying conjugation! We highly recommend Austin!Lisa, 23 lessons with Austin
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