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Getting Inspired: Spanish Lessons in Tucson!

Taking Spanish lessons in Tucson? You're in luck, because this southwest city has no shortage of places to get inspired. Visit the following places to immerse yourself in Hispanic history, taste authentic Mexican dishes, and meet native speakers.

 

Barrio Anita

90 percent of the historic Hispanic neighborhood that is Barrio Anita was built in the first two decades of the 20th century, and today's residents still honor that heritage with a tiny, long-running street market that sells freshly made Mexican favorites. The Anita Street Market is famous for its fresh flour tortillas, and as you wait in line for your turn to taste their perfection, don't forget to admire the adobe walls and flat roofs that line the streets.

Burritos, tacos, pints of homemade salsa and other authentic treats are also available here. Surrounded by Spanish architecture and the scent of authentic Mexican cuisine, it's hard not to be inspired for your Spanish lessons in Tucson. If you're interested in experiencing more of the community's history, walk a few blocks to David G. Herrera and Ramon Quiroz Park, which features a tile mural of the neighborhood's families and former leaders.

La Mesa Tortillas & Tamales

La Mesa Tortillas & Tamales is a Tucson treasure has three locations, and each one features an extensive menu of authentic, affordable Mexican food. Test your budding Spanish skills with the owner and his family, who brought their top-secret tortilla recipe with them when they immigrated to Tucson. Their handmade tortillas are good enough to get a menu all to themselves, with unique sizes, textures and ingredients to fit specific dishes. For example, their thin mesa corn tortilla is recommended for casseroles or enchiladas and their medium flour tortillas for quesadillas and burritos. You can even snack on jalapeno tortillas or pre-fried tortilla strips.

Of course, the menu also features hot tamales, quesadillas, tacos, nachos and other freshly made Mexican staples. They even offer extensive instructions for storing and heating your tortillas, and for reheating your tamales to achieve the best possible taste. Ask for the Spanish-language version to make sure it's a real learning experience.

El Charro Café

The same family has owned El Charro Café since 1922, making it the country's oldest Mexican restaurant with continuous ownership. Founder Monica Flin was a Tucson trailblazer, and not just because she was a Mexican woman who owned her own business; she was also the chef, hostess and server, and she invented the chimichanga right in the original restaurant's kitchen.

Monica's recipes came directly from the Sonoran Desert region of northern Mexico, but she integrated a variety of local ingredients and cooking traditions for a truly innovative, Tucson-style menu. Today, this fusion restaurant stays true to her original vision, and it consistently receives nationwide press coverage and top industry honors as a result.

¡Platique!

The ¡Platique!(http://www.meetup.com/Platique/) Meetup group speaks exclusively in Spanish (or en español, as organizer Lou Lampe insists you say). The goal is total immersion, but the atmosphere is casual; there are no lessons or lectures, just conversations. Supplement your Spanish lessons in Tucson by joining the conversations at weekly meetings (reuniones). Some attendees are Spanish teachers and others are native speakers, but you'll also find peers who need to brush up on their skills.

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Tucson is teeming with authentic Mexican cuisine, so if you've exhausted these inspirational options, try the rotating menus at Café Poca Cosa and Tucson Tamale Company, both of which use exclusively local ingredients. Guadalajara Original Grill is a larger, more festive option with live music every night, colorful Mexican murals covering every wall, and authentically dressed servers who make your salsa table-side.

 

Whatever your goals for Spanish lessons in Tucson are, getting out and experiencing the city’s culture should be at the top of your to-do list!

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I am fluent in English/Spanish, originally from Venezuela. I have been teaching for 14 years various subjects. I like to taylor the lessons to the student's needs and their personality. I enjoy making the classes enjoyable and also structured for them to learn. I look forward to helping you learn Spanish!

About Rose
I graduated from the University of South Florida where I received my BA in Theatre performance & Communication with a minor in Dance. In 2011 I finished studying Music Recording at St. Petersburg College, where I focused on Singing/Songwriting. I trained at NYU with the Aquila acting company in classical theatre, and I also trained with TVI Acting studios in Los Angeles in Film and television.

My Music and Performance experience started when I was 6 singing in choir, school productions, and taking piano lessons. I continued on with group ensembles, musical theatre shows and later on touring with the Spanish Lyric Theatre in Both English and Spanish in throughout Florida after college.

I have been teaching one on one and group lessons for 15 years in various subjects, Including Music, Dance, Theatre, Academic Tutoring (Eleme
ntary/Middle School subjects: English, Writing, Reading, Math, Social Studies, Reading, Writing, Learning Skills, Civics, French, and test preparations), and Culinary Lessons.

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*for travel to location lessons please contact me prior to booking to check location and availability, due to designated areas I already have established teaching and only travel to.

Cooking Lessons I conduct online, and all subjects can be done online also.

I like the combination of relaxed and goal oriented. I like to get to know my students and learn about about expectations and goals they have for themselves. Then I set up a plan that will help them achieve their goals and get them closer to what they want from their lessons. I take into consideration their interest, style, and help them to find their unique learning style.

I do have some guidelines for parents and students. If the student is a minor, I ask that the parent be in the house for the lesson. I also ask that the lesson be performed in the Living room or Music Space.
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Rose is awesome!
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Rose was very friendly, patient and knowledgeable. Love her communication style. She is professional, yet puts you at ease. Highly recommend Rose!
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I have more than ten years of experience teaching Spanish and English as a Second Language (ESL). I guarantee my students a successful class thanks to my passion for teaching, my patience and my enthusiasm.

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Hola,

Thank you for taking the time to read my profile!

Spanish is my native language and I've always been fascinated by its grammar, its phonetics and beauty in general. But learning other languages has also being one of my passions. I am fortunate to be proficient in two languages (Spanish and English), but knowing a few others has given me perspective that became a tool for another of my passions: Teaching!!!

I strongly believe everyone is capable of learning Spanish. That's why I guarantee my students I can teach them not only what they want but also what they need.
Every student is different and that's why I personalize each of my classes. I have 15+ years of experience teaching adults, teens, children, big groups, families, etc., not only in the US but also in Mexico and other countries (online). My teaching method has
been recognized and awarded by organizations like the Erie Neighborhood House in Chicago, and the DuPage County Health Department.
I enjoy teaching because there is no better satisfaction that helping others to accomplish something they considered almost impossible; I will be happy to help you get there!
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Aryn September 14, 2018
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Adriana is the perfect teacher - she loves teaching and languages and has a great talent for understanding her students and their unique needs. Even after our first lesson, I felt very comfortable with her, and appreciate that she tailors the lessons to what is important to me! Every lesson I learn something new, and she has been very encouraging along my journey! I would recommend Adriana to anyone at any level who wants to learn Spanish. :)
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Adriana was very well prepared and put me at ease. She focused on exactly what I needed!
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Valeri July 20, 2017
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Addy is awesome! Really made me feel like I can do this!
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I have taught Spanish in a class setting as well as private lessons. I create specific syllabi according to the student's needs. I focus on what their needs and weaknesses are in order to improve their Spanish skills.

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I consider myself a highly creative individual who likes to help others learn skills that will be useful to their future.

I have been in the same situation and also see myself as a professor in the future and this gives me the opportunity to experience teaching first hand.
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I take a communicative approach to teaching languages, making sure you feel comfortable communicating in Spanish and helping you with grammar and pronunciation along the way. I can help with conversational Spanish, grammar, pronunciation, AP Spanish prep, and/or vocabulary. As a PhD student in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching, I bring my expertise to the lessons to make learning hands on and interactive for all ages, both in person and online.

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Hello, bonjour, hola! I'm Natalie and I've been tutoring for eight years and formally teaching for four years. I've loved helping students meet their goals in French, English, and Spanish, and I look forward to helping you.

I hold a B.A. in French and Chinese and an M.A. in French Linguistics, both from University of Florida. Currently, I am a first year PhD student in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching. As such, I am truly centered on helping you achieve your language goals from traveling abroad to passing a language test to communicating in your work or school environment. My flexibility and enthusiasm coupled with individualized lesson plans will help increase your confidence in communicating in other language(s).

I'm dedicated to help you becoming bilingual or proficient for travel needs in another language. Bilingualism
not only makes you smarter, as you have to learn to switch in between languages and inhibit one while using the other, it also makes you less likely to get Alzheimer's or dementia (New York Times, 2012). So what are you waiting for? Let's get you on your language learning journey today! Bon voyage! Buen viaje!

Note: I will be co-leading and teaching a study abroad program in Paris this summer (June-July), so will have slightly different availability and will be 6 hours ahead of Eastern Time (9 hours ahead of Pacific). Please contact me if you're interested in lessons and we will find a time that works for you!
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Natalie is really a good teacher; patient but challenging. Fills the lesson to the last minute with information.
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Hola, soy un maestro de español para alumnos de nivel intermedio y avanzando. Me puedes ver en persona o en línea. Me gusta usar temas de actualidad por medio de podcasts, videos y artículos en mi instrucción. Vivo en Tucson, y en persona usualmente me veo con clientes en cafés o bibliotecas.

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I've taught Spanish in a wide range of formats from classroom Spanish courses for High School students to one-on-one lessons with Professionals that want to increment their cultural knowledge and be up-to-date in current events in a specific Spanish-speaking country. Films, music current events in Latin America are recurrent materials in my lessons as well as anecdotes from my childhood in Mexico.
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The first time I've really began to understand and speak a language. Great instructor with a lot of patients. I'd highly recommend Adrain to anyone interested in learning Spanish.
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hola! Aunque soy nativo de la lengua (nacido en Madrid) dispongo de un bachelor y de un máster de enseñanza de español. Me adapto a todos los niveles desde los gustos y preferencias de los alumnos. Mi trabajo con diplomáticos de los EEUU me exige un nivel de resultados que transmito en mis clases. He enseñado tanto a niños como a adultos por más de 10 años. En mi enseñanza no hay objetivo que no se pueda alcanzar ya que mis clases son dinámicas, fluidas e interesantes. Hasta pronto

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Hello, I love sharing my culture, and even though I work with people all around Latin American countries my passion is about Spanish, more specifically from Spain. I promise that in my class you will never get bored while you are learning
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Welcome everybody!
Ready to have fun? There are no wrong questions here and all ages are welcome.
I personally know how frustrated it can be to learn another language but I am here for you to help you get through this course together.
You will be learning Spanish grammar, pronunciation, spelling, vocabulary, composition, and dialogue. I have experience in teaching Spanish in Peru where I am originally from.
I want my students to reach their maximum potential while having a great time! Shoot me a message, Let's get started!

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Welcome everybody!
My name is Betty. I am originally from Peru. I am ready to work with you and have a great time together learning Spanish. I am very passionate about teaching and love connecting with students. There are no wrong questions here and all ages are welcome.
I personally know how frustrated it can be to learn another language but I am here for you to help you get through this course together.
You will be learning Spanish grammar, pronunciation, spelling, vocabulary, composition, and dialogue. I have experience in teaching Spanish in Peru where I am originally from and occasionally give lessons to my neighbor's children.
I am not teaching full time as I am currently pursuing a degree in Nursing at this time but from my experience, being bilingual has helped me connect and help many people in many ways.
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I have been studying Spanish for 10 years. I grew up speaking Spanish, and I studied abroad in Sevilla, Spain! Tutoring sessions are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. Not only will you be speaking Spanish in no time, but you will be building a strong foundation of reading comprehension, conversational skills, listening comprehension, pronunciation, and more. ¡Vamos! Let's get started!

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I am a born and raised Southern California girl, with a Latina "alma" (soul), according to my nanny, but I love living in freezing Minnesota. It was difficult to say goodbye to sunny CA and In-n-Out, but the challenge of moving here was well worth it. For me, moving to St. Paul was like moving to a foreign country. People are friendly, the weather is incredibly different, and the lifestyle is more grounded. It's a wonderful change from my life spent in California, but I'm always excited to go home.

I studied abroad in Sevilla, Spain in Spring 2018!

My dream, since I was little, was to create change in the world. I want to help others and make a positive impact. Find out more about me and my goals by getting in touch.
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