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Hands-down, the Best Tutor I've Ever Had!Shadman, 54 lessons with AustinI'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...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.
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.
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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
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
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