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 3 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 3 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 29 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.
Austin has shared 1 article on Wyzant Resources.Go to Austin’s resources
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
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, 7 lessons with Austin
My son is looking forward to lessons with Austin!
Austin is a Great teacher! For the first time, I see that my son is excited for his Spanish tutoring! He really explains well and it's very focused. Thank you!Bozenka, 9 lessons with Austin
Great and super helpful
He goes above and beyond--thoroughly explains my mistakes. My Spanish class was mostly online so he mostly helped me with proofreading but it was like having an actual tutor in the room.Fenny, 6 lessons with Austin
Excellent Spanish tutor!
Austin is patient, friendly and has very deep knowledge of Spanish (including some obscure idioms!). He does a great job of mixing interesting conversational topics with grammar review and keeping the learning process engaging. I would highly recommend him for any level of Spanish learner, particularly as he speaks clearly and is easy to understand.Natalie, 30 lessons with Austin
Excellent Teacher. You Will Learn!
This guy knows his stuff, he explains and teaches better and faster than every college professor I've ever had. If you want to learn Spanish - quickly and proficiently - then see if Austin has a slot open for you.Timothy, 22 lessons with Austin
Very patient and helps you to work through things on your own instead of just giving you the answers. It's not just memorization it's conversational which helps deepen your understanding!Titiana, 20 lessons with Austin
Austin was Knowledgeable and Patient with this Parent Too!
Since my 7th-grade son was unavailable for his second session, we discussed my son's year-end school progress report for Spanish instead. Austin explained several strategies to enhance his grammar development, and some challenges with his current school's approach with which I agree. We are planning to continue with Austin to further my son's Spanish during the summer. My son thought very highly of his first session with Austin too.Lorri, 2 lessons with Austin
Great Student Tutor
My son has been working with Austin for the last 5 months learning Spanish. He is a beginner speaker of the language. He looks forward to his sessions with Austin. Austin is very patient and has a great way of working with him to learn to speak basic conversational Spanish. My son can engage in basic conversation - "Hi. How are you? What are you eating today?" And lately, he's been practicing past and future verb tense which he's still learning but has picked up very quickly. Thanks Austin!Daphnee, 47 lessons with Austin
Very Patient and Encouraging
Austin really takes the time to ensure that I understand the material before moving forward. I was able to to put sentences together after just the first lesson. Austin is a really patient instructor who listens very well to his students. The best way to learn a language is by speaking it and Austin expects this during the lessons, but he is far from intimidating. I sincerely look forward to our sessions every week. Would definitely recommend!Ronald, 13 lessons with Austin
Response time: 1 hour