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San Gabriel, CA

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Solid formal education and some practical experiences

About Clifford
'Dr. Cliff,' a part-time college/university professor, teacher and tutor with 5 master's and 3 doctoral degrees in a variety of topics: Mathematics, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Management Information Systems, MBA, Leadership, Education and Administration. He has always used proven educational techniques to instruct undergraduate students, graduate students and school children/teenagers (K-12). In addition, Dr. Cliff is a Certified Tutor by American Tutoring Association and National Tutoring Association (Math); he holds California Teaching Credentials in Math (CSET I,II,III), Business (I,II,III), and Educational Technology/Computers (I,II); he is a Sylvan Certified Teacher in Math and Arts/Language K-12.

Dr. Cliff believes that, although many professors and teachers do an admirable job in the classroom, many students
and children do not learn well in traditional institutions. Many students and children don't respond to the assembly line nature of most institutions. He believes that a student's or child's strengths and natural abilities need to be the foundation of learning. Dr. Cliff often warns against a "cookie cutter" approach to educating students, teenagers and children. You or your child is seen as an individual, and natural strengths are identified and built upon. Therefore, individual one-on-one tutoring or help is the key approach to each student who has any challenges difficulties in a given subject.

In today’s environment and economic challenges, with shorter budgets for the education, larger classes sizes and pressure of performing well in all kind of standard tests, I often see many students lacking true knowledge and skills in a given subject, since they cannot get individualized attention during the class session. That’s where a tutor comes into the picture, not only uncover major “holes” in students’ knowledge set but also teach students how to study, how to learn and through proper guidance “fill” those knowledge and skills holes.

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California Southern University: Member of the Faculty Senate, Member of the Curriculum Committee, Member of the Personnel Committee, Member of the IT Committee, Core/Lead Faculty, Business & Management.
Northern University: Commencement Speaker, MBA/DBA programs, 2008-2013, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau.
California Institute of Advanced Management: Guest Lectured and Honored Speaker, MBA programs, May, 2012, El Monte, CA.
Pacific State University: Commencement Speaker, MBA/DBA programs, 2007-2012, China and Singapore.
California American University: Commencement Speaker; 2004-2009, China.
California Southern University: Commencement Speaker, Graduation Ceremony, 2011, Irvine, CA.
Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) - International Institute of Business Analysis, 2013.
DETC Evaluator – The Distance Education and Training Council, 2012.
ACICS Evaluator – The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Scools, 2012.
BPPVE Auditor – California’s Bureau for Private, Postsecondary and Vocational Education, 2000.
Senior Global Partner – The Academy of Business Strategy; 2012.
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing: CSET Math (I, II, III), Business (I, II, III), Preliminary Education Technology (I, II), 2010-2012.
Certified Site Reviewer/Auditor, Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education, California, 2002.
Certified Professional Tutor, American Tutoring Association and National Tutoring Association, 2011.
Educate, Inc.: Sylvan University – Certificate of Mathematics Content Proficiency for Directors of Education; May, 2010
Tier I California Preliminary Administrative Credentials, 2006.
University of Southern California, Graduate level courses (master’s) in Systems Engineering/Management, 2005-2006.
Certified School Director, Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education, California, 2004.
California Community College Lifetime Teaching Credential, 1993.

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HIMS (Healthcare Information & Management Systems), CPHIM (Certified Professional Healthcare Information Management); 2013.
Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) - International Institute of Business Analysis, 2013.
Security Innovation, Certificate in Enterprise IS/IT Security – part of the CISSP prep; 2012.
L. A. County: Certified HIPAA Professional (CHP) training; 2012.
Senior Global Partner – The Academy of Business Strategy; 2012.
Harvard Business School, Certificates in: Leadership & Management, Creativity and Innovation, Global Business and Technology, Business Acumen, Communications, Marketing, Strategy, Technology, Leading Change; 2010.
Master’s Certificate in Project Management, George Washington University/ESI, 2009.
Disney University, Training and Certificate in ITIL Service Management; 2009.
ESI Int’l Executive Education in: Contract Management, Business Analysis, Information Systems Security, Business Intelligence, IT Service Management/ITIL, ROI Methodology, Intercultural Management, Internet/Digital Marketing, Sales Force Management, Supply Chain Management, Leadership, Negotiations, Business Process Management, Business Sustainability, Enabling Technology.
George Washington University Master’s Certificate in Project Management, through ESI classes, 9/2009.
CMU/SEI, S/W Architecture Professional Certificate, 2006.
Delivered College/Corporate Training: Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA), Systems Engineer (MCSE), Professional/Application Developer (MCPD/MCAD), Solution Developer (MCSD), IT Professional (MCITP); 2004-2007.
S/W Architecture Professional Certificate, CMU/SEI, 2006.
Member Board of Directors, National Management Association, 2005.
Scrum Alliance: CSM, CSP and CST, 2010.
Project Management Institute - PMP certification., 2010.
Malcolm Baldrige and Balanced Scorecard training; Software Cost Estimation training; Developing Software
Architectures for Multi-platform and Network Centric Environments/Operations training, 2005.
Six Sigma Black Belt Certification, JPL, 1996-2002.
Certified Information Systems Auditor, Information Systems Auditing Association, 2000.
Certified Project Manager, American/National Management Association, 1999.
Certificate in Supervisory and Management Skills, National Management Association, 1991. Extensive PMP teaching.
Certified Quality Analyst, Quality Assurance Institute, 1990.
Certified Computer Programmer, Institute for Certification of Computer Professionals, 1989.
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Isabel A. December 8, 2017
· Algebra · In home
Clifford is absolutely FANTASTIC. I like the way he related to my son, and made it easy for him to learn. I was even surprised that I was able to learn a little Algebra!
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Leighton R. August 20, 2017
· Grammar · In home
amazing professor easy to work with and is understanding
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Josethine L. August 24, 2015
· French · In home
Very detail and nice, my daughter love it.
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Clifford K.

Clifford K.

San Gabriel, CA 91775
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About Ronald Chaz B.

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A graduate with a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Education with majors in Spanish (Native Speakers' fluency) and German
( Native Speakers' fluency) in Language, Literature, and History, and Piano/Vocal Performance (Music); and minors in French Studies (Advanced Language and Culture), Italian, Linguistics, and Interpreting/Translation.

He has spoken German and Spanish since the age of 11 due to his German upbringing with a German step-father as well as his Hispanic background from his real father. He also studied at
Die Hochschule der Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Wien, Osterreich (Vienna, Austria) and has been active in the Latino communities in the USA. He speaks Spanish at home, Italian and French with his friends. He regularly keeps in contact with friends that reside in Calabria and Nice.

He has a B.A. and M.Ed. (majors in Spanish, German, Music (Vocal/ Piano Performance); minors in French, Italian, and Interpreting/Translations ). He is fluent-native speaker ...

About Ronald Chaz
As a music and foreign language education specialist Ronald structures and restructures educational programs for leisure, college matriculation, and as degree course components administered by the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Testing-USA), ACT (American College Testing), HSC (Higher School Certificate-Australia), Trinity College London (external studies dept for Music, Speech, Drama, and English as a foreign language), the Certificate of Merit program (MTAC), and other music examinations boards such the R.S.M. and R.C.M. His subjects of expertise are: Music Theory, Composition, Piano and Vocal Performance - taken up in either English or as a Music program immersed in language programs in either Spanish, Italian, or German; and language courses from Beginner's to Advanced Conversational / Literature in English, Spanish, Italian, and German;
as well as French from Beginner's through Advanced levels.

He is a graduate with a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in EDUCATION in the fields of Music, Spanish and German Literature, with a minor in Linguistics, French, and Italian Studies from UNSW (University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia).

He is fluent (native speaker fluency) to teach Music in language immersion programs in these languages: English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Tagalog, Cebuano (Visaya).

He also has advanced students with an Associate Degree (A Mus TCL) and B Mus candidates teaching at much lesser rates.
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Maria J. February 17, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Excellent! knowledgeable, friendly, easy to follow. Great introduction for a total beginner.
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Angelika April 1, 2016
· Vocal Training · In studio
I have taken lessons with Ronald since I was 6, I am now 23. In my 17 years of taking lessons I have learned to play piano, sing and am proficient in music theory. In the more recent years I have even had the opportunity to teach music through Ronald. Throughout the years, I have experienced and witnessed the patience and kindness Ronald consistently shows his students. He encourages his students to become better and shares in their enthusiasm due to their accomplishments. Ronald genuinely cares about his students and is dedicated to making sure his students improve. I fully recommend Ronald for students who have parents who want to be involved in the learning process and especially for young children who are just starting out. Ronald works well with families, includes parents every step of the way and is very patient with young students helping them learn in an open and encouraging environment.
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Sarah March 8, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Mr.Chaz is really dedicated to his profession. He started to teach my seven year old son over one year ago and he has motivated him to sing his best and he started piano with him last year which has been a phenomenal experience for my son. Chaz really focuses on the detail, theory and groundwork necessary to excel in music. If you are lucky enough to get your child started with him you will never regret the experience. He is simply the best! My son sings all the time now and loves to play piano. I am so happy for my son to have found someone to expand on his talents!
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Ronald Chaz B.

Ronald Chaz B.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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About Marie K.

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I have extensive background in French and I enjoy teaching in a dynamic Fun Immersion method.

About Marie
I came recently to U.S. And I was tutoring languages back in my country for 8 years. I hope to build a good reputation here too with my students. I'm so patient toward kids, and I like to innovate methods to engage early learners (songs, stories, game...)
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Josiah O. February 24, 2018
· Arabic · Online
She is an amazing instructor! I have seen huge improvement immediately on my son. She makes learning so much fun so my 7 year old son is always looking forward to her class. He learned more with her in a few classes then he did in private school. Highly recommend her
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Shreya January 11, 2018
· French · In studio
Extremely patient and encouraging with beginning students. She makes the classes fun and interactive.
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Laura Youngberg October 7, 2016
· Arabic ·
Marie did a wonderful job working with our clients' children for an Arabic Language and Culture Camp at the Iraqi Mutual Aid Society. She was professional, organized, compassionate, and creative. She was very cooperative with me and children loved her. I would recommend her for any position she applies for.
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Marie K.

Marie K.

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About Monique A.

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I've been teaching French for six years and my students have gone on to improve their grade substantially. Within the first few lessons, you'll get a better understanding of the material learned in class or if you are a new beginner, you will be able to read and speak basic French. I use different grammar and reading books depending on your level and make you practice with speaking and written exercises to vary the learning process. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I would be thrilled to meet you!

About Monique
Bonjour!
My name is Monique and I am a native French speaker. I have been tutoring high school and college students for six years now. I am also a French instructor with Berlitz Language Center. I share my love of the French language by helping students master the difficulties inherent to the study of a new language. Their success is my pride and reward and my goal is to make them achieve the best results.
I will be happy to meet you at the location of your choice whether it is your home, the library, a coffee shop or another convenient location.
I look forward to meeting with you soon.
Au plaisir!
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Deane July 7, 2017
· French · In studio
I want you to know Monique is an excellent teacher and she has patience that is very easy to replace to. She does not pressure but still gets the lesson across very well. I will be gone for a few month but when I return I will have her again thank you DeaneKnowles
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Monique A.

Monique A.

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About Céline E.

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I'll provide individualized classes depending on what are the student's weaknesses and strengths. French is my first language so I can teach from basic grammar lessons to advanced conversations on specific topics. We can also study literature or subjects you might be interested in, like politics, or anything related to the French culture.

About Céline
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I was born and raised in Paris and have been giving French lessons on Takelessons for a year now. Prior to that, I was a French teaching assistant at Tufts University leading group conversations for undergraduate students in Somerville, Massachusetts. I now study in Copenhagen, Denmark, but continue to teach online and to bring students from beginner to advanced level. It's always very rewarding to have casual conversations with students who started not knowing a word of French!
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Charles V. January 9, 2018
· French · Online
Celine was superb; conscientious; patient; knowledgeable; sense of humor. I gave only four stars today because this was just our first lesson. I am confident that before our experiences are over, she will have earned her fifth star.
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Mac January 6, 2018
· French · Online
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Yvonne October 4, 2017
· French · Online
Celine has been working with me for the last few weeks on improving my verbal skills and reviewing grammar with me. She is extremely patient, has a good sense of humor, and really tries to adapt each class to meet my specific needs. It's great to work with her!
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Céline E.

Céline E.

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About Natalie A.

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I have a BA and and an MA in French and have studied abroad in both France and Québec. This is my fourth year teaching French to elementary, middle, and high school students as well as college students and adults. Within the first few lessons you'll feel yourself increasing in proficiency with an immersion French method. With my individualized lesson plans, you will feel prepared for your oral presentation, next trip to a Francophone country, or your new job.
As a PhD student in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching and current University of Arizona instructor, I bring my expertise to the field to make learning hands on and interactive for all ages, both in person and online.

About Natalie
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).
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Lauren A. January 25, 2018
· French · Online
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Helene (. January 22, 2018
· English · Online
Great experience. Natalie is very good at getting the best out of her student.
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Eric January 22, 2018
· French · Online
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Natalie A.

Natalie A.

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About Claire B.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Claire is a fluent French speaker having mastered the language through education as well as complete immersion in the French school system and culture. Lessons are fun and catered to your individual needs!

About Claire
I am a professional singer, actress, writer and producer hailing originally from the emerald isle of Ireland. I have performed internationally on various musical tours and shows (Grease, West Side Story, Chicago, Mario Lanza Anniversary Concerts, Normandy Nights, High School Musical, A Star is Born, Fame) gracing the renowned stages of my home country, Europe and the United States.

I am currently based in Los Angeles where I sings as lead vocalist for vintage jazz cabaret group The Beauties enjoying residencies in Beverly Hills and Hollywood as well as guest performances at some of the cities hottest events and locations (Sofitel, 424 Beverly Hills, WeHo Halloween Carnavale, French Tuesdays, Le Petit Paris, Andaz, Dirty Laundry, Spaghettini)

I am the current voice instructor of Barbizon, Hollywood teaching at LA Center Studios for
5+ years. I am also the head vocal coach for Hollywood Performers Academy at LA Center Studios, a K-12 program for gifted students working in the entertainment industry while simultaneously completing academic requirements.

In 2016 I founded the Prep Performs program at Prep Academy, a renowned after-school program in beautiful Hancock Park. Here I teach students age 6-18 in voice, acting, public speaking, personal development and debate.

I can't wait to share my skills with you enabling you to tap into your talent and share it with the world!!!
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Manon February 2, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Love Claire! I am a dancer by profession but was looking to learn to sing on the side. Claire has been wonderful! I have really enjoyed all of my lessons with her & am looking forward to continuing with singing! I would highly recommend. :)
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Debbie January 19, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Claire's the best! She's always upbeat and encouraging. She's great at explaining things and is super patient with a beginner like myself. You couldn't ask for a better teacher. Our sessions are always so fun and I'm sad when they end.
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Danielle January 18, 2018
· Singing · In home
claire was very personable and creates a very comfortable atmosphere. Also she is able to give me great practical lessons that I can easily apply to my singing. I always look forward to our sessions as they are so much fun and I can hear the improvement with each passing week!!
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Claire B.

Claire B.

Los Angeles, CA 90004
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$42 / 30-min

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West Hollywood, CA
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My name is Ghislain, I am 25 years old and have a Master degree from the Conservatory of music and dance of Paris. I'm originally from Nice, South of France and arrived in California in September with a full scholarship to study dance at UCLA.

I have taught French to foreigner people in France since I was 18 years old (my mother has been doing that for over 30 years now) and since I arrived here to adults and students.

Through private lessons I can help you get ready for exams and midterms, help you improve your french or just offer you to have a conversation with a native speaker. I love my culture and would love to share it with you if you are interested.

About Ghislain
My name is Ghislain Grellier,I was born and raised in Nice and I lived and Study for ten years in Paris, France. I arrived in the US in September to study as a master student, dance composition at the University of Los Angeles California. I am currently choreographer at Le Rapt Invisible in France.

I have taught French to foreigner people in France since I was 18 years old (my mother has been doing that for over 30 years now) and since I arrived here to adults and students.

Through private lessons I can help you get ready for exams and midterms, help you improve your french or just offer you to have a conversation with a native speaker. Let's share about French culture!
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Caroline January 11, 2018
· French · Online
Ghislain is an awesome teacher ! I wanted a native teacher and I couldn't have asked for better. I'm learning so much and I cant wait for my next lesson !
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Ghislain G.

West Hollywood, CA 90069
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About Soleine T.

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My strong interest for languages oriented me towards a "Literature Baccalaureate" for which I studied - among other fields - German, English, Ancient Greek and Latin, and graduated Summa cum Laude in 2010. After high school, I went on to study for five years at Sciences Po Paris, France's elite school for social and political sciences.

Learning about the hidden history of words and the construction of sentences has always fascinated me, and I strongly believe that this is what makes the difference between a regular native speaker, and one who can actually transmit his knowledge of the language. Writing and speaking a proper french is not enough. When it comes to teaching, one has to be able to explain the "why" behind each word, idiom and grammatical rule, because that is how we remember best. Combined with a burning desire to understand movies, songs and books in their original version, this method makes wonders. Because as my best teacher once told me : “ We get into a culture ...

About Soleine
I'm a native of the south of France who loves everything that comes with learning and teaching a new language, ranging from basic grammar to literature, including oral conversations about pop culture.

My strong interest for languages oriented me towards a "Literature Baccalaureate" for which I studied - among other fields - German, English, Ancient Greek and Latin, and graduated Summa cum Laude in 2010. After high school, I went on to study for five years at Sciences Po Paris, France's elite school for social and political sciences.

Learning about the hidden history of words and the construction of sentences has always fascinated me, and I strongly believe that this is what makes the difference between a regular native speaker, and one who can actually transmit his knowledge of the language. Writing and speaking a proper french i
s not enough. When it comes to teaching, one has to be able to explain the "why" behind each word, idiom and grammatical rule, because that is how we remember best. Combined with a burning desire to understand movies, songs and books in their original version, this method makes wonders. As one of my best teachers once told me : “ We get into a culture through its language, and we get into a language through its culture.”

Grateful for francophiles' interest in my native tongue, I'd welcome the opportunity to help you sharpen your skills and clear seemingly obscure concepts. Along the way, I hope to be able to communicate with you my keen interest for the French history, its twists and turns and important figures.

But first and foremost, I will adapt the content of my lessons to reach YOUR specific goal, wether it is to chat with friends, understand the news, or even get a job !
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Adélie February 1, 2018
· French · In home
Soleine is the best french teacher you could get ! Not only she speaks perfectly, but she also is a great pedagogue. I recommand her without a doubt. Try it, you will see how learning french can be both easy.. and a pleasure !
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About Anais N.

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French lessons are unique with me because I am a French native speaker. I've lived 15 years of my life in Paris, France. I have also lived in Congo, Africa where the national speaking language is French.
Thus, I will be able to give good tips and insight on how to master this language. I am dynamic and energetic, So I think that I will be able to ​bring life to the learning of a foreign language.

About Anais
Hello, I am an Undergraduate student at California State Univerisity Long Beach. I'm from Paris, France, but I've been traveling a lot around Europe and Africa.
I've always thought that the best way to learn a language is to have someone from that country to whom you can talk. Hence, I think I am the best fit to teach French to other because I have lived most of my life in France. I went to elementary school and middle school in France; then on top of that I obtained my High school diploma in France.
No matter your level in French, I am really patient and I am excited to help someone to master that beautiful language.
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Anais N.

Long Beach, CA 90840
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