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About Kathleen B.

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Menlo Park, CA
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German is a spoken language, so being able to speak it well is important. I work on building vocabulary, grammar, reading and writing. For students who are planning to travel in German-speaking countries (Germany, Austria & Switzerland) we can also work on survival: basic words & phrases for travelers, and listening/understanding when spoken to.

About Kathleen
I am a classically-trained opera singer. I have a Bachelors and Masters in Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy (teaching), and have sung professionally in the U.S. and Europe. I have sung Opera, Operetta, Musical Theater and Concerts, as well as choral and cantorial singing. I have been a finalist and winner of vocal competitions in both the United States and Europe.
I have been teaching voice since 1980, and have worked with students of all ages, from 14 to 75. I have also directed and designed for musical theater and opera. Because I love singing, I want to bring that to my students as well, whatever kind of music they want to sing. I love children, but I do not work with girls or boys younger than 14.

In addition to music, I also teach English (ESL), Accent Reduction, German, U.S. & World History. I have my CBEST C
redential And ESL Certification. I do private tutoring and teach classes.

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I believe that learning how to breath is the key to good singing. After 3 months of study, my students will have learned how to breathe, which improves both their singing and speaking voices. Good breathing is the key to good singing and a healthy voice. With a healthy, well-trained voice, my students can be valuable members of any vocal ensemble, and enjoy their singing, For solo singing, good breathing is most important, whether singing opera, musical theater or pop music, because it gives a beautiful, full quality to the voice.
I always begin a lesson with warm-up exercises, to check breathing and vocal placement. Once the (vocal) engine is warmed-up, then we begin to sing. I try to get to know my students, so that, together, we can choose music that will enable them to reach their goals and is both fun and challenging for them to sing.

In addition to music, I also teach English (ESL), Accent Reduction, German, U.S. & World History. I have my CBEST Credential And ESL Certification. I do private tutoring and teach classes.

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Separate studio with Piano
I have a MacBook Pro laptop computer + stereo speakers, to provide recorded accompaniment, when necessary.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If a student wishes to have on-site lessons, I require that a piano or keyboard be available for the lessons.
I usually travel with my MacBook Pro laptop computer & stereo speakers, to provide recorded accompaniment, when necessary.

*** Specialties ***
I am a trained opera/oratorio singer, but I teach Broadway, Pop, choral and classical singers.

I have had many international students who didn't speak English well. Music is an international language that helps me communicate with all of my students!
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Elizabeth (Betsy) June 3, 2016
· Singing · In studio
I took away a whole array of new strategies and techniques to help preserve my voice and to increase my range. What a surprise- I had no idea I could sing so high!! Kathleen is a wonderful teacher and a really super lady. I'll be back for more lessons in the fall.
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Nadia N. August 10, 2015
· Singing · In studio
My daughter is really enjoying her voice lessons. Kathleen is a talented, caring teacher and knows how to make the process effective and fun for my daughter. My daughter loves being able to choose the songs she wants to learn, and this collaborative process keeps her quite interested and inspired.
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Leah Y. L. May 6, 2014
· Singing ·
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Mrs. B is a wonderful and dedicated teacher who focuses diligently during class sessions. She thoroughly explains terms and technique and is friendly and sociable. Her extensive knowledge of languages comes extremely useful in Italian arias and other folk songs as to explain the meanings of words and to convey motion. Her classes are enjoyable and fun, while still being comprehensively academic.
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Kathleen B.

Menlo Park, CA 94025
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About Verónica V.

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Hialeah, FL
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German Professor with in-depth knowledge of listening, reading, speaking and writing. My thirty years of struggle and love for languages will be the key to your success. . I hold a Ph D in linguistic sciences and I have taught all levels-ages and many nationalities with great results. Pedagogy is the profession I love and I will make sure you get the best of our sessions.
Whether you want to learn a second language because you are about to take an important trip/ test, venture on vacation or because you are a Lover of the linguistic world I am the who will help you to achieve yours goals..

About Verónica
German-Spanish Linguistic Professor and Translator with in-depth knowledge of listening, reading, speaking and writing. My thirty years of struggle and love for languages will be the key to your success. I am a passionate Spanish and German speaker, who enjoys passing on my knowledge. I hold a Ph D in linguistic sciences and I have taught all levels-ages and many nationalities with great results. Pedagogy is the profession I love and I will make sure you get the best of our sessions.
Whether you want to learn a second language because you are about to take an important trip/ test, venture on vacation or because you are a Lover of the linguistic world I am the who will help you to achieve yours goals..
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Salem A. May 14, 2016
· German · Online
Veronica has started teaching German to my 12yo son and 7yo daughter. She has adapted her style very well to each child. In the case of my daughter, who is less willing and often distracted, she has had to try a few things to truly engage her. I am so thankful for her perseverance.

Veronica has a relaxed, friendly and cheerful demeanor. My kids respond well to her.

Thanks, Veronica!
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Courtney S. April 13, 2016
· German · Online
Veronica is so patient and makes you feel at ease quickly. Taking language lessons with her is extremely fun!
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Joanna S. March 30, 2016
· German · Online
I am taking both German and Spanish lessons with Veronica. She is an experienced and intuitive teacher who masterfully blends conversation, grammar and vocabulary building, adapted to the student's level. She provides rich resources for study and practice, based on the latest methods of language instruction.
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Verónica V.

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About Wolfgang S.

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San Antonio, TX

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What is my approach? First of all, I listen carefully. I believe it is important for an excellent job to know precisely what my client wants to accomplish. Understanding this is the prerequisite to reach the goals of the student. There will be a permanent interaction between my client and myself to monitor the progress, eventually speed up the tempo or, if necessary, to slow down.

There is no dogma; there is only one main criterion: success.

About Wolfgang
I spent two decades of my professional life teaching English in Germany, authoring and co-authoring textbooks for the English classroom.
During my stay in the US, I had the opportunity to develop curricula for teaching German in public schools as well as private schools and wrote articles in the field of German literature. Undoubtedly, my academic background (MA in German and English and a Ph.D. in the field of education) helps me to provide solid work for my students.

What is my approach? First of all, I listen carefully, very carefully. I believe it is important for an excellent job to know precisely what my client wants to accomplish. Understanding this is the prerequisite to give good advice, guidance and then, of course, a plan, a kind of strategy to follow in order to reach these goals.

There is no dogma; there is only one
main criterion: success.
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Tabatha S. January 22, 2018
· German · Online
Wolfgang helped me believe in my confidence to reengage in learning German after 20 years wothout lessons or practice. He is thorough, patient and encouraging. I look forward to future lessons
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Duane August 1, 2017
· German · Online
Most highly recommended! I found Wolfgang to be an excellent German instructor for me. As a mature (50+) professional I was looking for a native German with perfect mastery of English and impeccable teaching credentials. Wolfgang fit that description perfectly. He tailored the lessons to my needs and made them fun. Along with the excellent language lessons, I really enjoyed his stories about life in Germany, and especially his hometown of Berlin. Thanks to Wolfgang I am much farther along my journey of learning to speak German.
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Duane February 16, 2017
· German · Online
Great first lesson. Wolfgang made me feel very comfortable and I am convinced will be able to take me to the next level in my journey to learn the German language.
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Wolfgang S.

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About Chaz Ronald B.

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Los Angeles, CA
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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 (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 and Italian with his Italian friends.

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 fluency to teach all the above languages in addition to Tagalog and Cebuano (Visaya). He

About Chaz Ronald
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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Mark January 8, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Really great vocal teacher. He's very patient to his students. He goes on all the topics about singing. He's really good at helping his students prepare for a song. He doesn't waste time on any unnecessary practice. He teaches his students how to practice at home. I learned a lot of singing terms from him as well. Overall, I think he's a great vocal coach.
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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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About Diane C.

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San Francisco, CA
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Using books and online materials, I guide students through grammatical rules, vocabulary and pronunciation, using cultural examples as illustration.

About Diane
Bonjour! Hello! Hallo!

I have been teaching on and off for many years, usually on a one-to-one basis; I taught teenagers and adults. I tailor my lessons to each student's individual needs and I am always ready to go above and beyond the basic lesson. I try to make learning a language fun and alive, through news, stories, and songs.

My method is to provide grammar (very important in French), vocabulary, conversation, reading, and translation in every lesson, and show how important each component is to the whole. I am overjoyed when my students start conversing without need for translation - even if there are errors!

My graduate educational background is in architecture, followed by an MBA in finance. My mother tongue is English; but I learned French at the age of nine when I attended my first French school. I have a French high s
chool diploma (Baccalauréat) and architecture degree, and I am certified to grade French exams from A1 through C1 (university level). Currently I teach after-school, coordinate a museum visit program (en français) and manage a French exam center.
I also attended high school in Germany, in a German high school, for several years, so I am fluent and am now also teaching. Learning languages was a necessity in my childhood. I love to learn, even if by adulthood, it is more difficult to become fluent in a new language. I think the fact of being a lifelong learner helps me better understand my students' needs.

As an avid reader since childhood, my spelling has always been excellent, and I worked as a proofreader. I look forward to helping my students reach their language goals.
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Don H. March 25, 2019
· French · Online
Once again, Diane has proven an exceptionally effective French instructor. She is conversant in American idioms and offers the French equivalents with ease. I am in awe of her ability to motivate and instruct.
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Jimmy T. February 10, 2019
· French · Online
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Bergen January 26, 2019
· French · In studio
Diane is very professional. I had my first class with her and she carefully accessed my level before she decided what area I should be focused on next. Highly recommended.
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Diane C.

San Francisco, CA 94107
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About kat H.

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Sarasota, FL
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can provide references and recent background check. Reviews show quality of my work and will keep your kids coming:)Tutoring: Reading, Sciences, German, Spanish, French, and Math from Adults and 2nd- 8th grade. I have over 20 years experience. I have multiple academic degrees. I am willing to tutor small groups, offering discounts.At my house, and/or do 2 hours at a time, I can offer a discount.Or I come to a home,or meet you in a library.

About kat
can provide references and background check. Reviews show success quality of my work and will keep your kids coming:)Tutoring: Reading, Sciences, German, Spanish, French, and Math from Adults and 2nd- 8th grade. I have over 20 years experience. I have multiple academic degrees. I am willing to tutor small groups, offering discounts.At my house, and/or do 2 hours at a time, I can offer a discount.Or I come to a home,or meet you in a library.
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Shree February 7, 2018
· French · In studio
Dr Hester is Very very welcoming. My son loves The way she teaches him. Dr Hester makes him feel very comfortable in asking questions. He has started liking the subject and gained a lot of confidence since he started going to her. She is also very accommodating with time and week of the day. She is very very prompt at answering emails. I would give her a 5 star.
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kat H.

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About Isabel L.

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Smyrna, GA

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I have experience with languages and grammar, and I know that everyone learn in a different way, for some people is easier than for others. My challenge is to find what is easier for you.

About Isabel
I love teaching, but I hate boring classes, so I always try to do different things to get the goal, which is learning. I also try to keep focus in what the student wants with class, be able to communicate, or improve grammar, writting, everyone is different, learn different and also want different things.
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Dee H. April 7, 2019
· French · Online
Isabel was very kind and a very engaged instructor. We are looking forward to additional lessons.
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Marielena S. April 3, 2019
· English · Online
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My English class with Isabel is very good. In my label she speak to me and from there she take the misteka I made and start to teach me the right way to use the adjective and or verb. I can said She Isabel it’s a wonderful teacher.
By the way she teach me how pronounce better the worlds with less accent.
I’m very happy with my teacher Isabel. 😊😊
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Sophia D. February 28, 2019
· French · In home
Isabel is an amazing teacher, I’m looking forward to working with her on French for the the rest of the year! She is so sweet and hands on. Highly recommend 💚! Thank you Isabel!
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Isabel L.

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About Diana H.

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New Britain, CT
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Hello! My name is Diana and I'm a native German speaker currently living in the United States. I love sharing my culture and language with others, as it is a great way to connect with people. I can help you prepare for tests, get ready for your next vacation, improve your grammar, or whatever else you might be looking for.

About Diana
Hi, my name is Diana and I'm a native German currently living in Connecticut. I have lived here for almost 10 years now.
I have experience teaching young children, teenagers, as well as adults and I would love to share my knowledge of the German language and culture with you. Please feel free to send me a message with any questions you may have.
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Alfredo A. June 8, 2018
· German · In home
Very good instructor! Bery patient and helpful!
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Alexia May 8, 2018
· German · In home
Diana was one of the best tutors I have ever had the pleasure of learning with. She is extremely kind and thoughtful, bringing something special to every encounter. She is also one of the most timely people I have ever met, never showing up less than ten minutes early. She encouraged me every step of the way and never made me feel as though I was learning at too slow of a pace. Her sense of humor is also amazing, making tutoring feel more like hanging with an old friend. Give her a chance to be your tutor and I can guarantee you will not regret it.
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Dan May 7, 2018
· German · In home
Very patient teacher, encouraging and friendly. Highly recommended.
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Diana H.

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About Titilayo A.

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Peachtree City, GA

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I am a native German speaker, born in Vienna, Austria to Nigerian parents. I have lived and worked in Nigeria, West Africa; London, United Kingdom; Waageningen, The Netherlands and currently work for a major United States Airline as a German speaking Flight Attendant. My background and life experiences have given me more exposure than the average person, and I am excited to help other people learn, expand their travel horizons and generally develop a sense of appreciation for different cultures and peoples.

About Titilayo
My name is Titilayo, and I am a native German and English speaker. My name is Yoruba and means eternal joy! I have lived in Austria, Nigeria, England, the Netherlands, and now in the US. I am an international flight attendant for a major United States airline, and have had the privilege of travelling around the world meeting people and experiencing different cultures. I would love to share and learn with you!
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Bintou Kamara March 26, 2019
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I have known Titilayo for over a year now and she is a phenomenal individual full of life. She is such a great help in many aspects. She is approachable, patient and super generous. As a friend and a student, my German language skills would improve in no time!
Thanks T!
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About Meghana L.

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Madison, AL

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7 years experience teaching German language to beginner, intermediate and advanced level. Classes focus on standard German reading, listening, writing and speaking with the focus on grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary and communication. Audio, video and books will be utilized depending upon the learning style and needs of the student/s. Conversational German, open to intermediate and advanced level students, will focus on communicating in German in daily situations like in the office, supermarket, restaurant, family gatherings to name a few. German for school students will be open to beginners and students who already know German and need to revise.

About Meghana
I am German language tutor, self motivated and passionate about German, German culture and above all teaching. I have a Masters degree in German and 7 years of teaching German as foreign language. My classes focus on speaking, reading, writing and listening standard beginner, intermediate and advanced German. Various learning tools including books,practice problems, audios, visual aids like pictures and videos, games will be used in order to make the classes interesting and fun and fit the student's learning style and requirements. Classes are open to all who are beginners, those who already know a little bit of German or who speak good German and want to speak and practice their German language skills.
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Meghana L.

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