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Hunter College (Psychology Languges)
I grew up and went to college in Switzerland, where I studied German, French, Italian and Spanish. I went to work for the diplomatic service and had a chance to live in Florence, Italy, Beijing, China and finally came to the US. It is here that I truly became fluent in English and attended Hunter College to pursue a second degree in psychology.
I have used my language skills in various jobs as international liaison in banking and product development as well as in written and spoken translations and interpretations. I was a translator in court cases as well as at trade fairs. I have also tutored individual students, as well as created language programs for special interest groups (i.e. children or older adults). Currently I teach Italian at the local college bringing the culture of that beautiful country into the classroom together with grammatical declinations.
My whole family lives in Europe and I visit them every year, which keeps me close to the events and lifestyles of Europe.
About 15 years ago, I trained as a professional actor in New York City. I studied Meisner and Stella Adler, as well as voice, movement and accent for 4 years. My love for the theater has brought me to be part of numerous theatrical productions off and off-off Broadway. I have also been featured in a few independent movies and commercials (in one I played an Italian professor).
I truly enjoy teaching and bringing a language or a character to life. I believe we learn better if we can involve all our senses and imagine ourselves in the culture that represents a particular language. I grew up and went to college in Switzerland, where I studied German, French, Italian and Spanish. I went to work for the
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Luisa came for my very first Italian lesson and had me immediately engaged in conversation for nearly an hour. I had previously only worked on my own with Rosetta Stone and some Italian workbooks. Luisa filled in the gaps with her clear command of the language. Though I imagine she would be completely adept at more formal study of the language, she easily adapted to my immediate need to practice conversational skills to help me more deeply enjoy my upcoming holiday in Italy. She was very professional but also very charming and had me at ease in no time so that I felt I could do my best. I eagerly look forward to our next session.
My experience with Luisa R. has been phenomenal. She is a wonderful teacher and tutor, and extremely knowledgeable regarding many languages. I would highly recommend her to anyone on the site. Thanks!
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I grew up in the German part of Switzerland and went to college there. I have worked as an interpreter in German and have taught corporate executives and other individuals how to speak German. From becoming comfortable with the language to understanding the cultural nuances, a German lesson opens new horizons.
I am Italian and grew up in Switzerland, speaking Italian in the home and studying its grammar and literature in college (in its original language). I have lived in Italy for several years and have taught Italian at the college level here in the US. From children to adults who want to explore Italian culture through the language, I enjoy sharing my knowledge and love of the language.