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About Lars R.

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Petaluma, CA
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I am experience in translation and interpretation, having held many bilingual jobs and taken numerous classes in both English and Spanish. I am an active member of my community interested in overcoming language barriers.

About Lars
I began to teach guitar at 16 years of age. I have taught seven- to 60-year-old students in a wide variety of styles. From age 12 to 21 I took private guitar lessons regularly. Now, I have a lesson every once in a while. I studied jazz guitar primarily with Randy Vincent, one of the San Francisco Bay Area's greatest guitar players. Aside from teaching lessons as a job, I have played guitar in many concerts and continue to do so. Before moving to San Francisco for university studies, I gained a lot of experience and valuable education with guitar. I played in the jazz bands in Junior High and High School. I went to four years of a week-long summer jazz camp called Jazz Camp West, where I took classes, played open mics and had fun with many musicians, making some good friends. I hold BA degrees in Music (Jazz Guitar) and Spanish, as well as
an MA in Music, from San Francisco State University. By now, I am confident in working with whatever musical material students offer! Thank you.

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I am a laid back teacher, but I definitely expect students to practice what I suggest they practice. I advise that students use method books or sheet music of some sort, and I will certainly make notes for them and create materials they can learn from. I always teach based on the goals of the student and what type of music they enjoy, but I also like to guide the student in a direction I think would benefit them. I usually introduce music to play right away, conforming of course to the skill level and interest of the student. I now a play seven-string guitar that differs from the standard six-string guitar in that it has one string lower than the low E of a six-string. It will be practical to aide students by accompanying with a bass range instrument.

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Guitar
My guitar roots are mainly Jazz, but I am always happy to employ a very wide range of styles. I work with both modal and tonal musical styles.
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Norberto cabrera August 24, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Great teacher very patient
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Darlene V. August 3, 2018
· English · Online
Lars is very patient and he goes into details explaining all my doubts. He also knows Spanish very well.
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Emma December 23, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Very patient with me.
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Lars R.

Petaluma, CA 94952
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$22.50 / 30-min

About Marc Z.

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Emeryville, CA
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About Marc
My strengths are in Music Composition/Theory as well as in languages (English, Portuguese, and Spanish). I am honest and encouraging to students, providing guidance and support as well as all the necessary information relevant to their needs. Critical feedback is essential in order to grow. I have experience tutoring English to native and non-native speakers. I have experience teaching guitar and theory.
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Marc Z.

Emeryville, CA 94608
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$35 / 30-min

About Qin L.

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San Francisco, CA
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I have been an ESL student when I was small. I know learning a different language is a hard thing and it takes time to accomplish the goal. Instead of using stressful way to learn, I will make my students learn in a fun way and gain much more knowledge from the experience.

About Qin
Hi, there! My name is Qin and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2003 and have loved helping my students learn English, Chinese, and better in communication with others. I'm a fun and patient, and my teaching style is learn as you play, I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Qin L.

San Francisco, CA 94134
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$35 / 60-min

About Matt G.

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Pensacola, FL

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I've been tutoring and teaching ESL now for 10 years. I use apps and educational activities and games to engage students in learning English. I am committed to seeing students improve and love seeing their confidence increase with their ability.

About Matt
I went to Pensacola Catholic High and graduated in 2003. I then attended and Auburn University, where I became a Christian, and graduated in 2007. Once I finished, I went overseas to teach English and do missions. I taught in Thailand from 2003-2007 and then in China from 2012-2016. I have been teaching since that time and am back home now to get my Master's degree in TESOL. I enjoy teaching people and watching their confidence grow as they learn new skills and develop new abilities. My teaching style is relaxing but challenging; as much as possible, I encourage and motivate students to have a love of learning, not just of this subject but of learning in general.
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angelis March 8, 2019
· Mandarin Chinese · Online
Excellent, Excellent, Excellent! He cares about his students. Very accommodating. My son has a hard time being focused but he has managed to stay focused on his lesson and is always looking forward to his next one.
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Irina February 16, 2019
· Mandarin Chinese · Online
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Bob January 24, 2019
· Language · Online
My son has been working with Matt for the last 4 months to continue learning Mandarin. Matt has been fantastic. Even after a long week of school, my son looks forward to working with Matt on Saturday. Matt not only has a great personality he is VERY punctual and responsive. He is genuinely committed to helping my son progress and offers great guidance to support his development. I would HIGHLY recommend Matt for anyone looking to learn Mandarin.
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About Dianne N.

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Fremont, CA
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I hold a Masters Degree in Education with an emphasis in Bilingual/Bicultural Education. Prior to earning my masters degree, I was a bilingual educator for six years. In addition, I have conducted research in language acquisition and have been trained using research based learning strategies.

About Dianne
Hello, I am a certified teacher and also an engineer. My main goal as an educator is to help students realize their true potential. Beyond helping my students complete homework or learn a new skill I provide them with tools for success. I teach my students so they can take charge of their learning.

I hold a Masters Degree in Education with an emphasis in Bilingual/Bicultural Education. Prior to earning my masters degree, I was a bilingual educator for six years. In addition, I have conducted research in language acquisition and math and have been trained using research based learning strategies. I also hold a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked six years in this field.

I work with students all ages. I am available for homework, homeschooling, and enrichment activities. Before meeting with my students, I gather the ne
cessary information in order to create a lesson plan that will meet the student's specific needs. I have extensive experience in curriculum design. My approach to teaching is student-centered. I use a variety of methods to ensure that students are active participants in the learning process and get the most out of instruction.

I have worked with students with special needs including, learning disabled, ADHD and gifted and talented. When planning my lessons, I make sure that the activities included are appropriate for the student and use students feedback in future planning.
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Dianne N.

Fremont, CA 94538
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$45 / 30-min
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About Isabela D.

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Fort George G Meade, MD

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I am a Certified Interpreter in five languages with the US Defense Language Institute Monterrey, California.

English is my third language but I didn’t stop here. I taught my mother and so many others tips on how to learn this language faster.
If you speak a Romantic language, even better; I’ll find “anchors” to help you connect the dots and allow you to find English words faster.
If your native language is not among the Romantic ones, don’t despair (though my assumption is that you stopped reading by now). Mentors are critical, and I’ll teach you ways to find balance, consistency, and discipline in learning English as a Second Language.

About Isabela
I'm an enthusiastic learner even after 19 years of formal education (two Masters, one Bachelor) earned on two continents continued by US military education in various forms, and formally tested student who needed to document skills that were not formally captured on paper (like the foreign languages I know).

I love interacting with people and pass on my knowledge from five visited continents, instill love for learning and continuous curiosity for any subject out there. Nothing is impossible when you set your mind to it. Failing once doesn't mean that you'll never win (proof in my athletic years and life ever since); determination, hard work, self-motivation and a good supporting system can bring to reality even the most insignificant dreams that we believe may not come true, and especially those in which we passionately trust.

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lieve in breaking down a goal into objectives, assigning tasks to each one of them, and then sticking to achieve them.

I'm a Certified Instructor with the Department of Homeland Security. My hobbies include practicing foreign languages by speaking them, learning about cultures and slangs, etymology, watching foreign movies, traveling internationally, taking photos, reading (a lot), carefully planning with room for error and impulsive decisions (to take the boredom out of things), meeting with life long friends, drawing, painting, and spending time outdoors for inspiration.

I'm elated at the opportunity of brainstorming with you and giving you tools to be an independent learner.
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Kate March 14, 2019
· Drawing · Online
During our time with Isabella, Isabella has displayed great talents in teaching our daughter with various art techniques, history and music. I’m impressed with Isabela’s wealth of knowledge. I am absolutely confident that Isabella would be a great fit for your child if you are seeking artist to teach your child. Bin & Kate
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Adam Owenby March 10, 2019
· French · Online
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Benjamin March 3, 2019
· Italian · Online
I thought I was just going to learn some words and sentences in Italian but it turned out to be a complete cultural experience. Today we listened to the magnificent Pavorotti and discussed his lyrics. My horizons continue to expand.
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About khora E.

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Oakland, CA
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I have been a teacher for over 10 years and teaching is my special mission and purpose. My goal is to make learning easy and give each individual the special attention they need. I want you realize your highest potential.

About Khora
As a teacher, I teach you to tap into your natural talent and cultivate the highest version of yourself.
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khora E.

Oakland, CA 94612
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$75 / 30-min

About Matthew H.

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Walnut Creek, CA

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I have been teaching English as a second language for about 2.5 years. I began as a teaching assistant and volunteer english teacher in Israel in 2016. Since then I have taught English online to students in China for about 1.5 years. I’ve taught students between the ages of seven to seventeen. My lessons focus on student development and growth. Regardless of their current english level, my goal is to reinforce what they already know and expand on it by providing new knowledge. Every step forward is rewarded and each lesson focuses on a small and easily digestible piece of the English language starting with the 50 most commonly used English words. Should a student have no prior English exposure, my goal is to give them a bedrock upon which other lessons can build. My preferred method is to teach online but I am also prepared to conduct lessons in person. Above all, I always look forward to having new students!

About Matthew
I am a part-time online teacher specializing in teaching english as a second language and history. I graduated from Curry College in May 2014 with a B.A. in Politics and History and a minor in English. I subsequently completed a 10 month ESL fellowship in Israel from September 2015 until July 2016. I began teaching online to Chinese students in August 2017 through the company of 51talk and was promoted once during my time with them. Currently, I teach online both through that company though also offer my own lessons which I design and use.

My lessons focus on specific words and how they are used. For example the most common word in the english language is the word "the." My corresponding lesson focuses on basic sentence examples using that word and also offers the student the opportunity to construct their own. I have similar lessons f
or "that," "this," "or," "of," and many others. My ultimately goal is to give the student a basic understanding of the 50 most common words in the English language upon which future lessons can build. More advanced lessons are available upon request.

In addition to English, I am also adept at History. I have always been fascinated with the subject and enjoy assisting others with historical assignments. In addition to graduating with a degree in history, I also gained the Politics and History award of my college upon graduation and studied the History of the Italian Renaissance for three months in Florence Italy in 2010. I am adept at essay writing and historical research.
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Leona March 3, 2019
· ESL · Online
Matthew’s sheer level of excitement, passion, and devotion to each student is something I have never seen before. He seeks to motivate every student in a way that leads to the best results from each, and his mastery of ESL is quite incredible. I highly recommend Matthew as a tutor.
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Matthew H.

Walnut Creek, CA 94598
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$21 / 30-min

About Kyra K.

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San Mateo, CA
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Are those basic ESL classes not helping you improve? Do you want more confidence and fluency when speaking and writing English? Communicate beyond the textbooks with Kyra! Using cutting edge realia such as Netflix, clients develop the listening and speaking skills necessary for their transition into the California lifestyle.

About Kyra
Kyra Kelley is a language coach training clients in English as a Second Language. With her international career spanning 5+ years of teaching and developing curriculum, Kyra brings engaging, innovative language acquisition techniques to her clients.
She has also received the Berlitz Bravo Award for enthusiasm, creativity, and dedication put into the development of a specialized intensive ESL curriculum at Berlitz Corporation in Beverly Hills, California.
With a Master of Teaching from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Hawaii Pacific University, both linguistic and business ideologies are fused together into structured and personalized learning programs for clients.
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Kyra K.

San Mateo, CA 94403
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$100 / 60-min

About Renee S.

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Oakland, CA
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I have experience teaching all levels of ESL, from beginning to intermediate. I have been teaching adult students for 25+ years (5+ in ESL). I teach writing/speaking/listening/grammar/reading. I currently teach ESL at a university in San Francisco.

About Renee
I have been teaching adults for many years, including ESL, Business Research and Statistics, and Psychology. I have a Mater's and a Ph.D. in Psychology and a Master's in Teaching English to Students of Other Languages. I currently work at a university teaching ESL and have had great reviews from students. I'm happy to answer any questions you have!
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Renee S.

Oakland, CA 94611
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$50 / 30-min

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