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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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About Kelly H.

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Tarzana, CA
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About Kelly
I am an experienced speech-language professional who is specialized in the area of accent reduction and modification.

Contact me for a free pronunciation screening or to book a training session with me TODAY!

If you've ever felt that people are more focused on your accent than on what you are actually saying...I get it! This can feel frustrating. But don't worry because I know that accent reduction training can make a difference for YOU!

If you are already proficient in English yet sometimes feel misunderstood by your clients or coworkers, accent reduction training is worth your time.

Gain confidence and gain control of your voice.

Learn to reduce your accent in as little as one week!
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Kelly H.

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About Jackie D.

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Chula Vista, CA
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Currently, I tutor students from different countries, including Colombia, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Korea, and Peru to help them in college and business. In Peru and Mexico, I taught ESL full-time to adults, college students, and high school students. The classes ranged from basic English where the students had little to no English experience to advanced business conversation among nearly fluent ESL speakers.

About Jackie
Hi there! My name is Jackie, and I have nearly 20 years of experience in teaching. All of my students, meaning a perfect 100%, have improved their grades by at least one letter grade, if not more, and passed every one of their tests and exams. I help all my students reach their goals.

The feedback I often receive from my students is that I made learning an enjoyable experience—they want to work harder to advance quickly in their classes. All of my students agree that I have a lot of patience and turn even the most challenging lessons into ones of positivity and encouragement. I provide critical feedback in the most constructive of ways that help the students reach conclusions on their own. I enjoy being there to support and guide their experience.

Basically, I love teaching. I'm enthusiastic yet patient, and I absolutely adore helpi
ng kids and adults alike learn. It's such a sense of accomplishment when my students show off their terrific grades. I see the same look in my students’ eyes regardless of age—that pride that shines from within, that exuberant smile, like they can conquer anything. I want my students to keep that pride for a long, long time.

Right now, I’m working on self-publishing a Spanish conversation textbook for beginning students and am writing an intermediate-level Spanish conversation textbook. I've also written several academic articles published online. When I’m not teaching, I enjoy traveling, playing with my cat, and swimming.

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Jim G. February 19, 2018
· Spanish · In studio
Jackie is an excellent teacher. I would recommend her to anyone who wishes to either learn Spanish or improve on the Spanish skills they already have
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Paige December 15, 2017
· Spanish · Online
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Jean Charles November 21, 2017
· English · Online
Jackie is a very very good teacher. No comment!
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Jackie D.

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About Marie F.

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Pacifica, CA
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I am a certified ESL teacher. I received my CELTA certification from University of Cambridge. This is considered one of the top two ESL certificates worldwide. My classes are designed with your interests and goals in mind. I teach every student differently because every student learns differently. I teach speaking, reading, writing, listening, pronunciation and academic and professional writing. I have worked students from elementary school through PhD students and adult professionals.

I love the English language and I am always enthusiastic about sharing my knowledge with my students. My most important goals as a teacher are to make sure you achieve the highest possible English level and that you enjoy studying English with me.

About Marie
I have been an educator for more than ten years. In that time, I've taught and tutored English, Language Arts and Spanish to students from elementary to PhD level. I also help students study for the SAT, ACT and TOEFL tests and coach students through the college and graduate school application process. I love teaching and learning. I am patient, enthusiastic and dedicated to my students.

My teaching philosophy can be summed up in a few words : learning should be fascinating, relevant, individualized and fun. Helen Keller said, “ A well-educated mind will always have more questions than answers.” My goal is to help my students ask the questions that will lead them to deeper understanding. The poet Mark Van Doren said, “The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” In our lessons, I will help you make discoveries that will ins
pire you to keep learning.

When I’m not teaching, I love reading, exploring the California coast, writing poetry, meditation and singing loudly.
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Marie F.

Pacifica, CA 94044
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$42 / 30-min

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.

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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
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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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About Loren P.

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Euless, TX

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I teach English as a second language. With me you will learn how to sound like a native speakers and pick up great conversational skills and transitions.
One thing I love about teaching is bringing the arts into the process of learning. We may sing in the language and even paint to help learn. I've taught younger than Kindergarten all the way to adults, so feel comfortable that you'll grow in advanced conversational skills, as well as, beginner vocabulary. Let me highlight that I'm passionate about "phonetics," which is the study and classification of speech sounds. In other words, you are going to learn how to sound like a native speaker when you take my class.

About Loren
I'm an artist, musician, and language aficionada. I have a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Georgia, graduating with honors as a Magna Cum Laude in Spanish and French Linguistics. I am fluent in both languages. One thing I love about teaching is bringing the arts into the process of learning. We may sing in the language and even paint to help learn. I've taught younger than Kindergarten all the way to adults, so feel comfortable that you'll grow in your conversational skills, as well as, beginner vocabulary. Let me highlight that I'm passionate about "phonetics," which is the study and classification of speech sounds. In other words, you are going to learn how to sound like a native speaker when you take my class.

Why do I like to bring art and music into the learning journey? Let me tell you one of the biggest secrets I've dis
covered. Art and music can allow you to make a joyful memory, which takes the fleeting moment into the longterm part of your brain, causing you to remember more and put it into what you call "muscle memory" all because you're happy!

Speaking of the arts, I play guitar, ukulele, charango, piano, and I sing! I've been a musician since 2000, and I've successfully turned a hobby into something my husband and I have been doing full time for several years. For beginners, something that works best is taking a song that you LOVE and turning it into your anthem on the instrument of your choice. So pick your song and message me!

Last but not least, I'm a painter. Painting is my favorite part of any day. About my childhood, I can candidly say I had the best stepmom. She would let me take her enormous canvases, oil paints, and brushes and just let me at it. Of course at first they were all of my hand prints and rainbows, but she got me curious, and eventually we started going to museums. I've seen Vangogh, Monet, Divinci, Picasso, and many more as they toured through our city. I began to study their techniques and grow my gift. My "Mama Sue" gifted me a hunger for creativity and excellence, and I can't thank her enough. Painting with me, you will grow in your technique, skill, and confidence, and pick up a little artist history along the way.

I'm looking forward to meeting you and helping you accomplish your dreams!
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Charissa May 24, 2019
· Acrylic Painting · In studio
Loren is a delight! She taught me how to create a beautiful floral painting step by step. She gave enough instruction to learn proper technique but gave me enough space to allow me to be creative with my painting. I highly recommend Loren to teach you how to create beautiful acrylic paintings!
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Autumn May 7, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Loren is the best! She is amazing with kids! She has worked with my 6 year old son on the guitar and ukulele. She has so much patience and is incredibly caring. She has even helped me learn a few things!
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Madison V. April 9, 2019
· Ukulele · Online
Wonderful lesson. My daughter is so excited to be doing the online lessons. Loren has excellent communication and follow through before and after the lessons.
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Loren P.

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$34 / 30-min

About San P.

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Alameda, CA
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I have been teaching English as a Second Language both in Spain and in the US for more than 12 years.

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I am an Elementary Spanish teacher working at a public school in East Oakland since 2015.
Before that I taught for 8 years in Barcelona.
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San P.

Alameda, CA 94501
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$50 / 30-min

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