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About Clifford K.

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San Gabriel, CA

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****Dr Cliff requires that you contact him through the Ask-A-Question feature prior to booking lessons with him. Please be sure to provide him with the following:

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'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), Busin
ess (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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ACADEMIA
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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Brandon A. August 26, 2018
· Latin · In home
Great teacher, kind and funny!
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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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Clifford K.

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San Gabriel, CA 91775
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About Daniel G.

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San Diego, CA
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Music lessons should be fun and focus on what you want! I am willing to travel to you or welcome you to my studios: Reseda pr Canoga Park. I travel to homes San Diego and Los Angeles Counties.
What is your goal? School or Church choir? Musical programs?Learn to Cantor or lead songs at Church/Synagogue? Disney careers, rock/pop bands? Becoming a professional or just for personal enrichment!! I am able to help you move closer to reaching that dream!!! I am a graduate of USD with a B.A. in Philosophy with an emphasis in musical performance. I also hold a Masters degree, completed California Teaching Credential Curriculum from Chapman University and completed Doctoral Studies at Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. I studied voice, guitar and piano classes throughout grade school, high school, college and post-graduate
training. I specilized in vocal training with Robert Austin and in San Francisco with Richard Nichol of the Garcia-Marchesi Institute. I sang with the Palm Beach Florida Opera Company. I am a tenor with a 3.5 octave range. I also sang and performed in Musicals and Operas and Sacred Oratorios from Maui to Florida. I am the proud "dad" of two high school aged children who are excellent students!
I teach voice (beginner to professional levels), guitar (acoustic and electric: beginners to Intermediate) and basic piano. I have been teaching private lessons for 7 years. I also offer voice or guitar classes at St. Cecelia's School of Music in Canoga Park, and privately in my home Reseda. I focus my instruction on "correct" breathing and proper singing. My time-tested techniques will improve and protect your voice from injury.and produce a beautiful tone and wonderful performance. I teach guitar chords, reading standard musical notation as well as tablature. For beginning piano students of all ages I teach you how to read music, play scales, strenghten your finger strength and play cords and song.
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Ben R. July 31, 2018
· Spanish · In home
Daniel was a great instructor to learn with, he was very kind and likable as well as being a good teacher with a great understanding Spanish with an emphasis on spoken Spanish over academic Spanish. Daniel was a great teacher I would recommend to anyone.
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Nelson January 10, 2018
· Piano · In home
Daniel understood exactly what my goals and abilities were. He presented the first lesson in an easy-to-understand manner. I am excite to work with him.
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Caroline M. August 8, 2017
· Guitar · In home
If I could give 10,000 stars I would! Daniel is an amazing, ( incredibly patient), fun, great teacher! He is charasmatic and is able to make everything fun so you never feel like you're bored! He is so kind, and I would recommend him to anyone and everyone who wants to learn guitar!
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Daniel G.

Reseda, CA 91335
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About Erol G.

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Panorama City, CA

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***AREAS NORTH OF CENTRAL SANTA CLARITA ARE DIFFICULT TO SERVICE PHYSICALLY/ ADDRESSES WITHIN REMOTE AREAS (no public transit or bicycle access) DIFFICULT TO SERVICE PHYSICALLY***

***lesson cancelations and schedule changes need to be submitted through your Takelessons.com student website. It is difficult for teacher to handle multiple informal requests***

My style and attitude toward teaching is a balance between subject delivery and reflective, supportive interaction. I seek to enable current research on education for busy, yet goal-driven student interests. This is done through customized online lessons coordinating the experience with optimal resources and tools. Examples are helping ESL students to monitor their own phonic issues with dedicated software/feedback, guiding German students through conversational dialogues, and ta
iloring Excel and related productivity lessons for particular prerequisites.

Due to my limited funds, I do not have direct experience with the Adobe suite, but I have extensive knowledge of related, free distributions that are transferable. Possibly the only dedicated PhD for E-Learning on the TakeLessons server, I am member of the Association for Language Learning, located in Leicester, UK.
My most popular subjects are as follows:

North American English Pronunciation Practice for ESL (NAEPP-ESL) or Accent-Reduction:
*****Each Online Lesson with Free Video & MP3 recordings, and about 50 GB onedrive folder for lesson files*****

Carefully following Burkkowsky's (1969) multi-media method, I have taught this subject for over five years for public and private causes, such as library, individuals, and language schools. German Language and Culture:
*****Each Online Lesson with Free Video & MP3 Recordings and about 50 GB onedrive folder for lesson files*****

Microsoft Excel:
***It is recommended students own or have regular access to a personal computer after 2002 in order to get the best benefit***

Typing:
***It is recommended students own or have regular access to a personal computer after 2002 in order to get the best benefit***
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Lidia C. November 12, 2018
· German · In home
I need help with German grammar and pronunciation and he is helping me with the subject.
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Giulia November 1, 2018
· Accent Reduction · Online
Erol is really nice and a great teacher. He understood what we needed to work on right away. I also like the software that he uses during his lessons, it makes it easier to understand where I'm mistaking pronunciation.
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Awaleh October 30, 2018
· Accent Reduction · Online
Even one day its not enough to say something , but anyway I have met the right person who at the first point showed me where I needed to improve and I loved how he was prepared and organized with the right materials. I would recommande at anybody to join Erol. Great Teacher. Best Instructor.
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Erol G.

Erol G.

Panorama City, CA 91402
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About Janet P.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Are you ready to start learning Spanish?
My name is Janet and I have been teaching Spanish for over 15 years. I am very passionate in my ability to connect with other people and provide 100 % value in a comfortable, warm, friendly fun environment. It's a lot of fun to learn a new language. I take all levels of students, travels just wanting to take a few lessons for the holiday, whatever it is you need. I also offer "live" skype sessions. :-) Reach out to me today and book your session.
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Janet P.

Janet P.

Los Angeles, CA 90016
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$15 / 30-min

About Marjan Z.

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Panorama City, CA
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About Marjan
Hello everybody,
My name is Marjan. I am a qualified French Teacher and Tutor. I have a bachelor's degree in French and a Master's degree in French Literature.
I have several years experience teaching and tutoring French to many age groups from children to adults.
Whether you are currently studying French in school and need help with your studies or plan on going to France or Quebec for an extended stay and need help with basic French or more, I can help.

My policy:
Please inform me of any cancellation 24 hours prior to the beginning of the class, if not I'm afraid I might charge you for your late notice! that I hope it doesn't happen. Thank you very much!
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Layla M. September 27, 2018
· Farsi · Online
Marjan is an excellent teacher - she is very pleasant and knowledgeable. I feel like I am getting excellent instruction and learning to speak read and write Farsi. I highly recommend her as a teacher - you will not be sorry!
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Christopher C. September 3, 2018
· Farsi · Online
As a Farsi instructor, Marjan is second to none! She makes Farsi so interesting and fun to learn and I always look forward to our classes. I am truly glad that I chose Marjan as my Farsi instructor and I would recommend her to anyone interested in learning Farsi.
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Johnathon August 9, 2018
· Farsi · Online
I had my first lesson with Marjan yesterday and it was wonderful! She balanced getting through the material well without overwhelming me while balancing being personable as well. She also had prepared written materials that she emailed which was very helpful to study. Looking forward to more lessons!
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Marjan Z.

Panorama City, CA 91402
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About Mariana I.

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Irvine, CA
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My name is Mariana and I am a native Bulgarian. My passion is languages. I have a Bachelor's in French with an emphasis on language teaching. I've been tutoring for years. I can help your child getting better grade at school. I provide lessons on writing, reading, speaking, and grammar.I have worked in France on international projects concerning history, education, culture.
I am also an artist, professional cross stitch designer, member of the Maryland Federation of Arts and the Annapolis Arts Alliance. The cross stitch painting is my other passion. I can teach you how to create a masterpiece and turn your photos into cross stitch.
I am enthusiastic and looking forward to working with you!
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Laurie July 21, 2016
· French · In studio
Mariana was a great tutor. I am an adult with little experience speaking French. I enjoyed our conversations and she made learning the language very enjoyable. I hope to continue.
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Rachel G. June 12, 2015
· French · In studio
Mariana has been an incredible instructor. I came to her as an adult with no previous understanding of French. Her passion for teaching and knowledge of not only the language, but the culture as well, are unparalleled. She immediately made me feel confident by including conversation in our first lesson. I could not have asked for a better introduction to French. I highly recommend Mariana as your first choice for French!
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Mariana I.

Mariana I.

Irvine, CA 92606
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$25 / 30-min

About Natalia A.

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Sherman Oaks, CA

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If you are considering learning Russian language, I must say, you are a brave and adventurous person. It is a rather complicated language and you might have one of few purposes which will define the best method there to teach you:
1. If you plan to travel to St. Petersburg or Moscow, and need to pick up conversational Russian, we can certainly do that in needed period of time. We can practice dialogues, train comprehension skills, even work on your accent, if you wish!
2. If you have a business in Russia or any post-soviet countries and need Russian for negotiations, document translation purposes, simply for comprehension, we can build up the needed vocabulary and you are good to go!
3. If you are an intermediate student, and need to freshen up your Russian, maybe learn some specific grammar or industry related vocabulary, or just beco
me more confident in speaking – we can do that too – I always come up with new ideas to talk about, so there will be no time to get bored:-) Keeping both of us interested – you in learning and me in teaching is one of my goals.
4. If you are new to US, and need to improve your English for work or studies, we can work on grammar at your level, expand your vocabulary and work on conversational skills. I'm taking beginner to intermediate students. Step by step assistance with learning English is required when you are a beginner. From my experience of learning a foreign language, grammar of the language is usually best explained by a non-native speaker, who went through all the steps himself are and knows all the obstacles a learner can meet on the way of acquiring a new language.
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Dennis September 13, 2018
· Pre Algebra · Online
I'm commenting for my daughter. She had a great first session with Nataliia. I met Nataliia briefly at the beginning and was instantly impressed and amazed with her talents. Great tools and very patient. Look forward to more lessons.
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Charles September 12, 2018
· Russian · In studio
Loved Natalia's methods. I will definitely continue and learn this beautiful language eventually.
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Verónica September 12, 2018
· Russian · In studio
Im happy with Natalia, have been learning Russian with her for a few months now, and can speak Russian to my surprise:)
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Natalia A.

Natalia A.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
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$50 / 45-min

About Belen V.

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South Pasadena, CA

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About Belen
I'm a music composer/songwriter originally from Ecuador, who is also a life-long ice figure skater. I graduated with a masters degree from Berklee College of Music Valencia, in the Scoring for Film & TV program. I obtained my Bachelor's degree in Contemporary Music back in Ecuador, as well I I studied piano and Portuguese (as part of my love for Brazilian Popular Music).

I'm teaching again because I'd love to contribute with my skills and connect with new people in their learning experience.

Ice skating taught me discipline, patience and perseverance in life. As I my body reached injuries from years of skating, I'm not training anymore, I hope to translate my passion for this sport through teaching and supporting other skaters. All ages welcome!

My love for songwriting and singing is combined with languages. In our language cl
asses we will learn from culture, history and research of the customs of different south American countries. We can also develop project that involve learning songs in Spanish (and/or Portuguese). We can also practice a lot of conversation about your favorite topics!
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Alek P. July 3, 2018
· Film Scoring · In studio
Belen is patient, skilled, and friendly. She makes the class fun and practical. It’s an added bonus that she can explain musical concepts to me in both English and Spanish.
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Finn July 3, 2018
· Spanish · In studio
Our boy Finn is beginning 5th grade and needs to continue practicing his Spanish with a native speaker. Belen was great with him and he's looking forward to his weekly sessions.
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Belen V.

Belen V.

South Pasadena, CA 91030
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$40 / 30-min

About Cindy F.

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Culver City, CA

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Cindy is a native Spanish speaker and fluent English speaker. Additionally, she studied French for over 8 years. She is a driven Latina who loves her background and is excited to help others learn and embrace new cultures.

She began tutoring 17 years ago (Spanish, French, Math and Science) while in High School and continued to do so intermittently throughout college while she was earning her degrees (B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with minor in Theater Arts form the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a M.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh) and after as a working professional.
Aside from tutoring Spanish, she has experience tutoring the following subjects:
Algebra - Geometry - Pre Calculus - Physics - Dynamics - Mechanics

She recently moved from Pittsburgh PA to Los Angeles in order to continue to
grow her acting career.
She splits her time between her family and working as an actress, working on her own productions (radio show and film) and independent films.

She loves working out, movies, cultural events and embracing diversity.

She also enjoys working with kids because it allows her to show them that there is so much more to an Engineer.

She is a former president of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers - Western Pennsylvania Chapter. Through this organization they were able to create opportunities for kids K-12 and college to experiment and learn about the different opportunities in the STEM field during Engineering-Week at the Carnegie Science Center.
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William N. August 18, 2018
· Spanish · In studio
Cindy's extensive knowledge of Spanish was clear from the start. English is her second language but my children couldn't tell. She has an excellent way of breaking down Spanish for children and adults (I listened in and learned a couple of phrases).
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Cindy F.

Culver City, CA 90230
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I am a native Italian Language teacher with more than 20 years of teaching experience. I am a teacher, translator and interpreter. I have a B.A. in Foreign Languages and Literatures from the University of Milan and Venice in Italy. I am from Castelfranco Veneto, a Medioeval town in Northern Italy near Venice, Italy. I reside in Beverly hills,, CA. I teach Italian language, literature, art, history, Italian culture, Latin and cooking to adults and children in two schools in Los Angeles and I teach privately as well. I personalizes my classes based on my clients' level, needs and interests. I teach grammar through conversation making the learning process fun. If you want to learn Italian language like a native Italian and want to know about Italian culture, history, art and lifestyle I can help you. Being a native teacher I provide regular
exposure to clear, fluent speech, a richness in knowledge in grammar, vocabulary and idioms, a correct pronunciation and insight into the cultural nuances of the language. Also, If you are planning to visit Italy for work or vacations and want to learn basic Italian and know the cities to visit, where to stay, what to see and do while there, I will help you.
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GINA O.

Beverly Hills, CA 90211
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$67 / 60-min

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