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Austin G.

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Spanish Teacher with Methods that Actually Work
Spanish Teacher with Methods that Actually Work
Austin G.

4,334 hours tutoring

Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

4,334 hours tutoring

Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

About Austin


Bio

Hello, my name is Austin. After attending Columbia University in NYC, my wife and I have dedicated ourselves to volunteer work. We have been living outside of the USA for about 9 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...

Hello, my name is Austin. After attending Columbia University in NYC, my wife and I have dedicated ourselves to volunteer work. We have been living outside of the USA for about 9 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.

I'm 34 years old and have been tutoring for over 15 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.


Education

Columbia University
undergrad

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $54
  • Rate details: The charge for a lesson will go through without 24 hours notice of cancellation or if student is 10 minutes late without any notice at all.
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 3/18/2017

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have spent much time during the past 9 years or so in Bolivia adapting my extremely successful method of teaching Spanish to teaching English. The combination of focusing on verbs and controlled conversation allows students to learn English even faster because the verb conjugations are not as complex. Literally after a few lessons, my students can already be speaking English, conversationally.
Spanish

Spanish

If primarily you just want a good grade in your class, any tutor would probably suffice, including myself. However, I am really excited about teaching ones who would really like to learn to dominate the language in a short period of time. I really believe that in 14 weeks if you have the right attitude I can give you all the tools you need to be able to become a fluent Spanish speaker without the need of a tutor anymore. Just to give you an overview about the difference in the way I would teach you and the way most others would is that I will focus on helping you to be able to CONJUGATE verbs in all the various necessary tenses as quickly and easily as possible so that you can get to the conversational stage of Spanish quickly. Once you can conjugate verbs, you can converse, and from there you will naturally be able to learn other things (the alphabet, numbers, time, phrases) that most teachers spend a lot of time on in the beginning. This error in most people's method of teaching is part of the reason why it is extremely rare to find an American who can speak Spanish to the point that many native Spanish speakers can't tell he or she is American. I know exactly how everything connects from English to Spanish and the best way to explain it because I've already been through it and have succeeded.

English

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

I have spent much time during the past 9 years or so in Bolivia adapting my extremely successful method of teaching Spanish to teaching English. The combination of focusing on verbs and controlled conversation allows students to learn English even faster because the verb conjugations are not as complex. Literally after a few lessons, my students can already be speaking English, conversationally.

Homeschool

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have spent much time during the past 9 years or so in Bolivia adapting my extremely successful method of teaching Spanish to teaching English. The combination of focusing on verbs and controlled conversation allows students to learn English even faster because the verb conjugations are not as complex. Literally after a few lessons, my students can already be speaking English, conversationally.
Spanish

Spanish

If primarily you just want a good grade in your class, any tutor would probably suffice, including myself. However, I am really excited about teaching ones who would really like to learn to dominate the language in a short period of time. I really believe that in 14 weeks if you have the right attitude I can give you all the tools you need to be able to become a fluent Spanish speaker without the need of a tutor anymore. Just to give you an overview about the difference in the way I would teach you and the way most others would is that I will focus on helping you to be able to CONJUGATE verbs in all the various necessary tenses as quickly and easily as possible so that you can get to the conversational stage of Spanish quickly. Once you can conjugate verbs, you can converse, and from there you will naturally be able to learn other things (the alphabet, numbers, time, phrases) that most teachers spend a lot of time on in the beginning. This error in most people's method of teaching is part of the reason why it is extremely rare to find an American who can speak Spanish to the point that many native Spanish speakers can't tell he or she is American. I know exactly how everything connects from English to Spanish and the best way to explain it because I've already been through it and have succeeded.

Language

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have spent much time during the past 9 years or so in Bolivia adapting my extremely successful method of teaching Spanish to teaching English. The combination of focusing on verbs and controlled conversation allows students to learn English even faster because the verb conjugations are not as complex. Literally after a few lessons, my students can already be speaking English, conversationally.
Spanish

Spanish

If primarily you just want a good grade in your class, any tutor would probably suffice, including myself. However, I am really excited about teaching ones who would really like to learn to dominate the language in a short period of time. I really believe that in 14 weeks if you have the right attitude I can give you all the tools you need to be able to become a fluent Spanish speaker without the need of a tutor anymore. Just to give you an overview about the difference in the way I would teach you and the way most others would is that I will focus on helping you to be able to CONJUGATE verbs in all the various necessary tenses as quickly and easily as possible so that you can get to the conversational stage of Spanish quickly. Once you can conjugate verbs, you can converse, and from there you will naturally be able to learn other things (the alphabet, numbers, time, phrases) that most teachers spend a lot of time on in the beginning. This error in most people's method of teaching is part of the reason why it is extremely rare to find an American who can speak Spanish to the point that many native Spanish speakers can't tell he or she is American. I know exactly how everything connects from English to Spanish and the best way to explain it because I've already been through it and have succeeded.

Most Popular

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have spent much time during the past 9 years or so in Bolivia adapting my extremely successful method of teaching Spanish to teaching English. The combination of focusing on verbs and controlled conversation allows students to learn English even faster because the verb conjugations are not as complex. Literally after a few lessons, my students can already be speaking English, conversationally.
Spanish

Spanish

If primarily you just want a good grade in your class, any tutor would probably suffice, including myself. However, I am really excited about teaching ones who would really like to learn to dominate the language in a short period of time. I really believe that in 14 weeks if you have the right attitude I can give you all the tools you need to be able to become a fluent Spanish speaker without the need of a tutor anymore. Just to give you an overview about the difference in the way I would teach you and the way most others would is that I will focus on helping you to be able to CONJUGATE verbs in all the various necessary tenses as quickly and easily as possible so that you can get to the conversational stage of Spanish quickly. Once you can conjugate verbs, you can converse, and from there you will naturally be able to learn other things (the alphabet, numbers, time, phrases) that most teachers spend a lot of time on in the beginning. This error in most people's method of teaching is part of the reason why it is extremely rare to find an American who can speak Spanish to the point that many native Spanish speakers can't tell he or she is American. I know exactly how everything connects from English to Spanish and the best way to explain it because I've already been through it and have succeeded.

Other

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

I have spent much time during the past 9 years or so in Bolivia adapting my extremely successful method of teaching Spanish to teaching English. The combination of focusing on verbs and controlled conversation allows students to learn English even faster because the verb conjugations are not as complex. Literally after a few lessons, my students can already be speaking English, conversationally.

Summer

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have spent much time during the past 9 years or so in Bolivia adapting my extremely successful method of teaching Spanish to teaching English. The combination of focusing on verbs and controlled conversation allows students to learn English even faster because the verb conjugations are not as complex. Literally after a few lessons, my students can already be speaking English, conversationally.
Spanish

Spanish

If primarily you just want a good grade in your class, any tutor would probably suffice, including myself. However, I am really excited about teaching ones who would really like to learn to dominate the language in a short period of time. I really believe that in 14 weeks if you have the right attitude I can give you all the tools you need to be able to become a fluent Spanish speaker without the need of a tutor anymore. Just to give you an overview about the difference in the way I would teach you and the way most others would is that I will focus on helping you to be able to CONJUGATE verbs in all the various necessary tenses as quickly and easily as possible so that you can get to the conversational stage of Spanish quickly. Once you can conjugate verbs, you can converse, and from there you will naturally be able to learn other things (the alphabet, numbers, time, phrases) that most teachers spend a lot of time on in the beginning. This error in most people's method of teaching is part of the reason why it is extremely rare to find an American who can speak Spanish to the point that many native Spanish speakers can't tell he or she is American. I know exactly how everything connects from English to Spanish and the best way to explain it because I've already been through it and have succeeded.

Examples of Expertise


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Ratings and Reviews


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5.0 (1,327 ratings)
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Reviews

Knowledgeable and patient Tutor.

Austin started out, teaching me some of the basics of learning Spanish. He was very patient and was genuinely hoping that I would pick up the tools that I needed for the language.

Annette, 3 lessons with Austin

Very knowledgeable

Austin makes learning interesting. He is very motivated and has a plan for every lesson and at the same time is able to quickly adjust to the needs of the student.

Sarah, 8 lessons with Austin

Great tutor!

Austin is great!! Very patient, engaging and very helpful in helping me improve my Spanish. Each lesson is tailored to me and is always a good mix of new concepts and reviews. Recommend highly!

Mark, 45 lessons with Austin

Great, Knowledgeable Spanish Tutor

Austin has been very effective with helping my daughter improve her Spanish skills. She is taking Spanish 4 and has seen an improvement in her speaking abilities. He is a very supportive and personable tutor. I would highly recommend Austin, his teaching style is very effective.

Lilian, 25 lessons with Austin

Engaging, knowledgeable and effective Spanish Tutor

Austin has tutored two members of my family: a high school sophomore (Spanish 1 and Spanish 2) and a college student. Both students describe Austin to be really engaging, his teaching methods are much preferred over the usual classroom environment and they both have really benefitted by having his help. He's very positive and his approach delivers excellent results. I highly recommend Austin for Spanish tutoring!

Brian, 57 lessons with Austin

Engaging and knowledgable tutor

Austin worked with my son taking Spanish 2. When he started with Austin he was failing Spanish. Austin gave clear instructions on what he needed to work on to improve his skills and his grade. He even went above and beyond to break down the lessons and study guides that my son would send him from his school. His technique of engaging him in regular conversational Spanish gave my son the confidence and practice he needed to pass his final exam.

Randi, 50 lessons with Austin

Encouraging, Friendly and Knowledgeable

Austin has been a great tutor! From day one he has helped me feel more confident when speaking Spanish. I appreciate his unique approach of focusing on learning proper conjugation and sentence making which helps when you are actually trying to have a real conversation in Spanish. I am looking forward to more lessons and my improved Spanish speaking skills!

Ashley, 3 lessons with Austin

Knowledgeable and effective teacher

Austin has a great approach to teaching the language and making you conversational. I have tried other resources and felt like things didn't stick, but after only a couple sessions with Austin I was able to remember things and piece them together. Definitely recommend for anyone who actually wants build a strong foundation and progress in the language!

Ricki, 8 lessons with Austin

Effective and Fun Lessons

Before finding Austin I was so frustrated by my lack of progress I was ready to quit. Austin teaches in a completely different way and it is very effective. Over the course of a 5 lessons I have learned three different tenses, increased my vocabulary without flash cards, and become more confident in having conversations with native speakers. I would absolutely recommend Austin for anyone who is struggling with Spanish or wants to start off learning on the right foot.

Erin, 55 lessons with Austin
Hourly Rate: $54
Response time: 1 hour
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