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Gabriel G.

New York, NY

$40/hour

Linguist-Chinese, Spanish, and Japanese

In-person lessons

$40/Hour


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Lewis and Clark College - Portland, OR
BA' Chinese and Span
New York University School of Professional Studies
Master's

Education

Lewis and Clark College - Portland, OR (BA' Chinese and Span)

New York University School of Professional Studies (Master's)

About Gabriel

I have been a passionate student of foreign languages since the beginning of my academic career. Ever since I was a child, I have held a deep fascination with languages, cultures, and ways of doing things foreign to my own. The fun thing is, the deeper I go into a foreign culture, the more I realize I have so much left to learn and experience. I have studied a number of languages over the years, and in that time I have been able to pinpoint one of the most effective language-learning tools: immersion. Immersion in a local language and culture ensures that one is learning practical foreign-language skills, rather than just merely technical aspects such as grammar. These opportunities for immersion, extended periods of time living abroad, have allowed me to master the practical, everyday uses of Chinese, Spanish, and Japanese, which were built on the foundation of numerous years of formal language study here in the US and abroad.
I have a Bachelor's Degree in Foreign Languages-Chinese and Spanish-from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. I spent my junior year of college living in Beijing, and since then I lived another two and a half years in that city. This allowed me to master Mandarin Chinese, which is the "local" dialect there in the capital, and is considered worldwide as the official language of the People's Republic of China. My Spanish studies began in 6th grade and continued through my senior year of high-school, which I spent living abroad with a host family in Valencia, Spain. It seemed only natural to choose Spanish as my secondary language for my Foreign Languages degree from Lewis and Clark College. My studies in my third foreign language, Japanese, began during my senior year at college, after I returned from Beijing, and continued immediately after graduation where I left directly for Tokyo and lived there for a year and a half studying Japanese. Therefore, in my language tutoring for all three languages, I bring a level of expertise that has been cultivated through numerous years of formal language education as well as extensive immersion in the local cultures.
I love tutoring because it allows me to focus my attention on one individual student and tailor the lesson to fit their needs. In addition to building an enjoyable and personal relationship with my students, I get to see their language skills improve right before my eyes, which provides me with a considerable sense of accomplishment. In addition, I know that the language skills I am imparting to my students will allow them to participate in and enjoy the adventures of overseas travel and immersion in a foreign culture. These adventures that captured my imagination in my youth continue to do so through present-day, and I feel proud that I can offer similar opportunities for travel and excitement to other adventurous travelers and foreign-language students.
I also have a lot of experience writing academic papers, throughout my college career and most recently during my time as a graduate student of International Affairs at New York University. Thus, I understand how to communicate and explain clearly and consistently when it comes to presenting ideas in a higher-education, academic format. I am also an avid reader, so my vocabulary is quite broad, particularly in my native English, as my Spanish-language skills allows me to identify Latin word roots that are present in modern English words and thus provide me with insight as to the meaning of the word. Examples such as this of linguistic cross-cultivation, not to mention the opportunities for travel and adventure, continue to impress upon me the importance of foreign-language training.
Did you know that Mandarin Chinese is the most widely-spoken language in the world, with almost 1 billion speakers across 12 countries? The next most widely-spoken language is Spanish, with around 400 million speakers across 31 countries! The third most-widely spoken language is English, which has over 335 million speakers, and as the modern *lingua franca* for international relations and commerce, is spoken in over 100 countries across the world! With mastery of these three global languages, you will find yourself capable of communicating with an enormous 25% of the entire global population! That's a lot of territory! Once you have the language basics down, there remains only one question to ask yourself: Where do you want to go? I look forward to preparing you for you own adventure.
I have been a passionate student of foreign languages since the beginning of my academic career. Ever since I was a child, I have held a deep fascination with languages, cultures, and ways of doing things foreign to my own. The fun thing is, the deeper I go into a foreign culture, the more I realize I have so much left to learn and experience. I Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of New York, NY 10002
In-person lessons
English:
Proofreading, Vocabulary
Language:
Chinese,
Japanese, Spanish
Elementary Education:
Vocabulary

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Chinese

I majored in Mandarin (as well as Spanish) for my undergraduate studies. During that time, I excelled in language courses and was given the opportunity to study abroad in Beijing for the entirety of my junior year. This opportunity for extended immersion allowed me to attain a deep mastery of the language, including grammar, pronunciation, and cultural norms. After college I lived in Beijing intermittently for another 2 and-a-half years, perfecting my language skills while teaching English. I am proud to state that my pronunciation is so accurate that when speaking on the phone with native Mandarin speakers, they frequently confuse me for a native speaker as well. I continue to use my Mandarin language skills today in my work as a language-services business consultant and tutor.

Spanish

I majored in Spanish (as well as Mandarin Chinese) for my undergraduate studies, but my Spanish language education starts before that. I was an AP Spanish student through my junior year at high-school, and I lived with a host family in Valencia, Spain for my senior year.

This opportunity for extended immersion allowed me to attain a deep understanding of the Spanish language, including grammar, pronunciation, and cultural and colloquial norms. As with my other language abilities, I place a lot of importance on pronunciation and the ability to speak like a native speaker, which frequently leads to native speakers confusing me for a native speaker as well during phone interactions. I continue to use and maintain my Spanish language skills on a near daily basis in my work as a language-services business consultant and tutor.

Lewis and Clark College - Portland, OR
BA' Chinese and Span
New York University School of Professional Studies
Master's

Education

Lewis and Clark College - Portland, OR (BA' Chinese and Span)

New York University School of Professional Studies (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Gabriel will travel within 10 miles of New York, NY 10002.