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Austin G.

New York, NY

$40/hour

Spanish Teacher with Methods that Actually Work

Background check passed as of 12/13/14
5.0 average from 283 ratings
Hands-down, the Best Tutor I've Ever Had!
— Shadman, Bronx, NY on 11/3/15

$40/Hour


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Columbia University

Education

Columbia University

About Austin

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 2 years now in Brazil and 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. My location is Phoenixville, PA.

I'm 26 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.
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 2 years now in Brazil and 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 Read more

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Cancellation
1 hour notice required

A cancellation fee between 50 percent to 100 percent of the cost of a 1-hour lesson MAY be charged depending on the circumstances if notice is not given at least 1 hour before the lesson.

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of New York, NY 10027
Background Check: Passed

"Hands-down, the Best Tutor I've Ever Had!"

- Shadman, Bronx, NY on 11/3/15

"Through, Well Paced, Knowledgable, Encouraging"

- Matthew, Totowa, NJ on 12/31/16

"Great knowledgeable tutor"

- Zuzana, New York, NY on 12/15/16

"Great tutor! Very patient with kids!"

- Stephanie, Corona, CA on 12/12/16

"Very helpful, passionate and encouraging"

- Sojeong, New York, NY on 11/11/16

"Knowledgable and friendly"

- Meghan, Forest Hills, NY on 9/12/16

"So much better than trying to figure it out on your own"

- Christian, Atlanta, GA on 9/11/16

"GREAT!"

- Elizabeth, New York, NY on 3/22/16

"Excellent Tutor"

- Andros, Yonkers, NY on 3/13/16

"Really helpful, encouraging and patient!"

- Rose, New York, NY on 3/2/16

"Fun and Challenging"

- Hyacinth, Montclair, NJ on 1/31/16

"Best and reliable Spanish tutor!"

- Lena, New York, NY on 12/31/15

"Great tutor"

- Pinar, Pearl River, NY on 12/4/15

"Fantastic Spanish Tutor who really can connect with students"

- Julian, New York, NY on 11/19/15

"Knowledgeable and Informative Tutor"

- Peter, Colts Neck, NJ on 11/16/15

"Great tutor"

- Tamika, South Plainfield, NJ on 10/18/15

"Excellent teacher"

- Jayme, Downingtown, PA on 9/14/15

"Very thorough!"

- Angel, Davidson, NC on 8/28/15

"Passionate, patient and easy to work with"

- DeVan, Atlanta, GA on 6/20/15

"An excellent approach to Spanish!"

- Carl, Phoenixville, PA on 6/19/15

"A+ Tutor!"

- Jeanette, Phoenixville, PA on 5/5/15
Language:
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Spanish

Are you interested in learning to actually be able to speak Spanish fluently or more interested in just getting a good grade in your class? 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. I have 14 lessons written up that I could show you. I also have a website that explains my teaching techniques. 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.

Columbia University

Education

Columbia University

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 un

— Shadman, Bronx, NY on 11/3/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

A cancellation fee between 50 percent to 100 percent of the cost of a 1-hour lesson MAY be charged depending on the circumstances if notice is not given at least 1 hour before the lesson.

Travel policy

Austin will travel within 40 miles of New York, NY 10027.