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Ruben A.

Nashville, TN

$40/hour

Enthusiastic Language Coach Specializing in Pronunciation

10+ Hours
Background check passed as of 11/23/14
4.9 average from 14 ratings

$40/Hour


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Univeristy of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Spanish Linguistics

Education

Univeristy of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 (Spanish Linguistics)

About Ruben

Have you ever doubted yourself in conversation in a foreign language? Lacking a little confidence when it comes to speaking? It's time to start making positive first impressions and create your perfect language identity! Ruben is a pronunciation specialist with over 7 years of teaching experience in 5 different countries around the world. On top of speaking 5 languages, he uses examples from YOUR language to make easy and fun associations in another. Whether it's Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Hebrew or even English, you will discover and understand the areas you need to work on most, while receiving professional feedback, both positive and negative.

Ruben is just finishing a Fulbright scholarship, where he spent 9 months working closely with university students in Brazil, effectively enhancing the English program at the federal institution. He also implemented several courses and research programs investigating how pronunciation affects overall language competence and general fluency. If you are serious about your language and want to take it to the next level, you will only be saving yourself time and money by hiring Ruben. Let's show the world how well you know this language. It's like I always say: Accents Speak Louder Than Words...

Maybe I'll be lucky enough to meet you! Let's do this!!
Have you ever doubted yourself in conversation in a foreign language? Lacking a little confidence when it comes to speaking? It's time to start making positive first impressions and create your perfect language identity! Ruben is a pronunciation specialist with over 7 years of teaching experience in 5 different countries around the world. On top Read more

Policies
Cancellation
12 hours notice required

For 2 students - $60 (total) For 3 students - $75 (total)

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Nashville, TN 37203
Background Check: Passed
Music:
Guitar,
Music Theory
English:
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Public Speaking, Vocabulary
Elementary Education:
Vocabulary
Business:
ESL/ESOL,
Public Speaking
Sports/Recreation:
Soccer

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

English

As a native English speaker and professional language instructor, I help students understand both the practical nature of language as well as the deeper meaning. I'm a writer and a creator of language content. I'm a linguist and a polyglot with extreme respect for language and literature. I'm happy to share my passion with you and bring to light things you may not have noticed before!

ESL/ESOL

I have taught ESL and specifically pronunciation to English learners from all over the world since 2007. I speak 5 languages fluently and I use my abilities with language to make unique relationships with words and phrases so you will never forget them! I am a certified in Cambridge test prep for FCE, CAE, and CPE exams, and have a few years of experience preparing students for the TOEFL and TOEFL ITP exams. If you are learning English, you will be in great hands with Ruben.

Guitar

I am an experienced guitar player (both acoustic and electric) with over 10 years of experience. I play by ear, which has allowed me to learn several songs and rhythms just by listening; a skill which has helped me teach in a more simple way - by avoiding too many new terms or music theory.

I specialize in pop, rock, and blues music, but in the end, those are the basics to learn other styles as well. I am educated in advanced music theory, which is a helpful way to make your own music - learning even the most rudimentary patterns. I'm happy to cater to children and adults alike! Let's jam!!

Hebrew

I am fluent in Hebrew. My acquisition started as a child, growing up with an Israeli father, which brought me close to family living in Israel, and helped solidify my language skills on visits and calls with them.

I also lived in Israel in 2009 for a long-term volunteer position teaching English in an elementary school. I spent about 5 months in both Ashdod and Tel Aviv. During that time, I had to lead classes speaking exclusively in Hebrew since the little ones hadn't developed a high enough level of English to understand.

I taught myself most grammar and vocabulary and perfected most of it while living abroad. I'm happy to tutor those just starting out or anyone trying to brush up for a visit to Israel. I specialize in pronunciation, so if you're looking to sound natural and native-like in Hebrew, I am eager to help with that goal!

Italian

After studying Italian for three years at the University of Michigan, I lived for one summer in the beautiful foothills of Marche, eventually receiving a C1 certification (CELI Avanzato). I focus my efforts on employing natural pronunciation and learning common idiomatic phrases to speak confidently, even if it's not perfect. I'm also happy to provide you with some other resources (Podcasts, Online Radio, Videos) that have helped me a great deal with my Italian practice. Let's get started with this, la lingua piĆ¹ bella del mondo!

Portuguese

I've recently finished a Fulbright grant teaching at the university level in Brazil. Having already studied Portuguese prior to this year, my language skills have only been enhanced by the daily use of the language, especially when it comes to pronunciation. Although I mainly speak Brazilian Portuguese, I'm also knowledgeable of the dialects spoken in Portugal and in Southwestern Africa.

Portuguese is an incredibly fun language to speak, and it is growing increasingly more useful in our globalized world. I would love to help you reach your language goals in Portuguese! Vamos nessa!

Spanish

After receiving a Bachelor's degree in Spanish and Linguistics from the University of Michigan, I spent a total of 2.5 years living and teaching in South America (mostly in Argentina). I have native fluency in Spanish and the pronunciation of an Argentine, although I have the ability to teach to most any Spanish dialect. There are many differences across the many varieties of Spanish spoken in the world, but I can help simplify it all for you and focus on what you need most, whether it be grammar, speaking, vocabulary building or even essay writing!

Univeristy of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Spanish Linguistics

Education

Univeristy of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 (Spanish Linguistics)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

For 2 students - $60 (total) For 3 students - $75 (total)

Travel policy

Ruben will travel within 15 miles of Nashville, TN 37203.