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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.

*** Studio Equipment ***
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 ·
Excellent Voice Teacher

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.

Kathleen B.

Menlo Park, CA 94025
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About Henry M.

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San Jose, CA

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40 years of German language knowledge, having lived and worked in both Cologne and Berlin. I'm a certified teacher with a minor in German, having taught at all levels internationally.

About Henry
Award winning journalist and teacher with international experience, having lived and worked in both Europe and the United States. Certified teacher with experience in all levels and with all ages.
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Shaun June 19, 2018
· German · Online
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Jacek March 16, 2018
· English · In home
I am very satisfied and happy
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Blake H. December 29, 2017
· German · Online
The past five months spent with Henry teaching me my second language has been worthwhile. My decision to choose him as my instructor has paid off exponentially. He immediately immerses you in the language and steadily increases your exposure as you gain proficiency. This is exactly what I was looking for in a teacher, someone to push and challenge me to learn but also there when I was having difficulty.

As someone who has zero experience with the German language he definitely provided the firm foundation I needed to confidently continue my studies alone. I have no doubt when the time comes for more lessons I will revert back to Henry.

Er ist ein sehr guter Lehrer!
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Henry M.

Henry M.

San Jose, CA 95113
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About Yana B.

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Professional German language lessons available.
I am experienced, skilled, university-educated German tutor with more then 10 years of teaching experience.
I suggest Individual program for each student suited specially your needs and goals.

German lessons include:
- Proper grammar - tenses, conjugations, cases, genders, declinations
- Accurate pronunciation and accent reduction
- Vocabulary expansion/ conversation practice
-Developing oral speech

About Yana
Hello, students! I am native russian speaker and professional russian and german language tutor. I have Master`s degree in linguistic (German, Russian) and translation. In 2012 I have defended a thesis on topic "Dialects of german language in Germany, Austria and Switzerland". I am offering teaching Russian and German for people of different ages. Usually my lessons include:
- Reading practice
- New Grammar
- New lexic, vocabulary
- Conversational practice
- Developing oral speech
- Accent reduction
If you want to improve your language skills or start studying Russian(German), you will definitely like my lessons that are individually tailored for each student according to the level and interest and aimed at your success!

I offer such language courses:
General Russian (General German)
The general Russsian (German) courses a
re for all levels.
For people, who are starting from zero to those who want to improve their knowledge of the language for different motives e.g. work, study, tourism, socialising or simple interest.
Lessons are customised as much as possible to the specific needs of the individual student, focusing on the areas of greatest difficulty (grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, etc.).
Lessons are organized to stimulate the curiosity and interaction with the student. The strong emphasis placed on conversation and interesting, up-to-date digital support material (texts, explanations, exercises, films etc.) make the lessons enjoyable and most importantly effective.

Russian (German) for specific purposes
The objective of these short, focused courses is to help the student rapidly acquire the vocabulary and phrases to operate in different areas e.g. tourism, hospitality, retail, law, job interview preparation.

Business Russian
The Business Russian courses are dedicated to companies, employees, professionals and people looking for work who need to improve their level of Russian for business needs.
In these classes we will work on communicative skills, to enable the student to communicate successfully in negotiations, interviews, meetings and presentations. We will also work on the written communication such as correspondence, creation of CVs, letters, reports, e-mails.
I will provide you with the language skills you need to feel confident and fluent in all the typical business situations. We focus on topics and supporting materials which are specific to
YOUR world of work and business.
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Mark June 24, 2017
· German · Online
Wonderful online german classes. A lot of fun, and well prepared. Yana has an easy going teaching style, and is fun to chat to. She sets ample homework as requested. We often review material from previous lessons to ensure concepts, grammar and vocab have been learnt. Also Yana gives some great resources to help learn the language.
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Antony June 23, 2017
· Russian · In home
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I am very happy with the Russian lessons I`ve had via Skype with my tutor Yana.
Each lesson she introduces a new topic in a well-planned way with the appropriate vocabulary and with special emphasis on pronunciation.
The lessons are very much as I requested and are proceeding at a pace commensurate with my ability to assimilate the content.
The lessons have been very instructive, at the same time relaxed & fun, so that I have no hesitation in recommending Yana as a Russian tutor.
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David V. July 5, 2015
· Russian · In home
The most interesting and useful lessons I have ever taken. Clever and intelligent teacher! Thank you!
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Yana B.

Yana B.

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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 Tatiana Z.

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Long Beach, CA
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I am a professional teacher of German and I have many years of experience teaching German to different ages and levels. I taught at the university in Moscow.
If you are looking for a fun, flexible, easy to get along with tutor for either German or Russian I am perfect for you. I have been travelling to Germany, Austria, Switzerland for fun and as an interpreter. I have Goethe-Institute certificate which proves my qualifications. German is my biggest passion ever!

About Tatiana
I am a former German professor from Russia who currently lives in America and tutors full time now Russian and German.

I provide a variety of activities for my lessons so you will never get bored. For example, I will use games, interactive conversational lessons, fun warm up tasks, case studies, and even riddles. We will use authentic materials as well. You will learn conversational skills, formal writing skills, and test taking strategies all in a fun manner.

I have a background as as an experienced lecturer, teacher, and tutor in the field of linguistics (general linguistics, history of linguistics, psycolinguistics, social linguistics, gender studies). Since defending my dissertation, I have continued to do research in gender studies in the field of virtual communication and digital text, especially non-verbal communication, soci
al networks and gender-specific communication. However, I have found that my true passion is helping students in one-on-one lessons.
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Chrystine L. June 5, 2018
· German · Online
Great first lesson! Tatiana made me feel very comfortable and moved at my pace, which I really appreciated! Looking forward to my next one.
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Elizabeth June 3, 2018
· Russian · Online
Taking weekly lessons at the high-intermediate level - Tatiana is a fantastic teacher - very good explanations of grammatical concepts and nuances of vocabulary/language - I've noticed great progress in my Russian since starting a few months ago.
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Orshi K. May 21, 2018
· German · In studio
Fantastic first class!
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Tatiana Z.

Tatiana Z.

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About Melda Ina B.

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La Mesa, CA
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Personalized & fun lessons for children & adults by native speaker with doctorate degree in Language, Literature & Culture.
My main goals are:
Presenting language as a tool
Building cultural competence
Enhancing communicative skills
(15+ years experience)

About Melda Ina
Hi, I am from Germany and hold a Ph.D. in German Language, Literature & Culture. I have a passion for teaching, languages and cultures, which is why I built a career in this field. I value cooperation and structure each lesson to fit your needs, and I make my lessons fun and exciting by adding lots of cultural aspects into your language learning experience. I am very flexible with time and location and I strive to build a strong student-teacher relationship.
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Steven May 14, 2018
· German · In studio
Very patient and helpful. Always has suggestions on how to improve my pronunciation of German and helps me feel comfortable with my efforts.
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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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Joe June 22, 2018
· French · In home
Isabel is very nice, and helpful, highly recommend her to anyone.
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Stan B. May 4, 2018
· Spanish · In studio
First lesson went really well...Thank you!
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Angelique May 1, 2018
· French · Online
She was so creative and engaging! My daughter really enjoyed the lesson!
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Isabel L.

Isabel L.

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About Diana H.

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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.

Diana H.

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$30 / 30-min

About Andrew B.

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With my experience as both a student in the classroom and my year and a half living in Germany, I focus in on the most important, practical aspects of learning German. My lessons are interactive, with a heavy focus on conversation while teaching the fundamentals of grammar, writing, and reading. I aim to create as much of an immersive experience as possible so that you will think in German in your everyday life outside of our lessons.

About Andrew
I lived over in Germany for a year and a half and have achieved near native level fluency. My experiences of learning German and immersion have made me aware of the most practical and fundamental parts of learning the language that a student may not get in the traditional classroom. I have catered my lessons and curriculum to these practical fundamentals that can get anyone speaking or vastly improving fluency in no time.
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Andrew B.

Andrew B.

Online
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$17 / 30-min

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