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Spanish Life in Sacramento

By Joan B. - Sacramento Spanish Teacher

Feel like taking your Spanish language skills out on the town? Sacramento is a vibrant city for Hispanic culture and Spanish language, since many of the residents are Spanish speakers. As a Spanish tutor, former Spanish public school teacher, and long-time resident of Sacramento, I thought of the places I most enjoy frequenting and recommend that my students visit while taking Spanish lessons in Sacramento. The following events and activities will allow you to put your language skills into practice and learn more about the culture as you’re taking Spanish lessons in Sacramento!

Sol Collective, an art gallery in downtown Sacramento that describes itself as dedicated to art, culture, and activism, is a great place to start. It features a variety of interesting artwork, all from the Hispanic world. There is also a shop with a large selection of Day of the Dead items. More than just an art gallery, Sol Collective also features activities for the community and screens films. This is a wonderful place to become more acquainted with current themes of Hispanic art, as well as meet other like-minded art and culture lovers, many of whom are Spanish speakers. Check out Sol Collective's website here: http://www.solcollective.org/.

Speaking of Day of the Dead, Sacramento is well known for its sizable and festive celebration of the holiday that commemorates deceased family members. On November 1st and 2nd every year, there are public altars displayed with photos, favorite foods and other items placed on the altar. Viewing the altars is a unique glimpse into a central theme of Mexican culture - honoring and remembering those who are gone. As the day that the living can spend time with those who have passed away, the Day of the Dead offers a chance to understand Hispanic culture's viewpoint on death, a topic viewed very differently compared to other cultures. To add an epicurean element to your exploration of the holiday, try the Day of the Dead bread (pan de muertos), which can be bought at La Esperanza Bakery. The bakery is itself worth a visit, as it is considered the best Mexican bakery in town!

Another way to learn more about the culture of Spanish-speaking countries is through cuisine. Aioli Bodega Española is a very well-known restaurant with cuisine from Spain. Notable Mexican restaurants include Ernesto's, Zocalo and Tres Hermanas. Reading the menu options and discussing the cuisine with your waiter is a simple way to incorporate new vocabulary related to food, eating and restaurants.

When the weather becomes especially beautiful as summer approaches, why not attend the long-running Cinco de Mayo festival, located downtown in Southside Park? This cheerful festival celebrates with food, drink and traditional Mexican culture. You can even make a whole day of it, as several restaurants, including Ernesto's and Zocalo (mentioned above), feature live Mariachi music and other treats for Cinco de Mayo. Cinco de Mayo is a fun opportunity to practice speaking with Spanish speakers and get a dose of culture at the same time.

With these resources, you can greatly enrich your Spanish study while taking Spanish lessons in Sacramento! The city’s rich connection with Hispanic culture makes it an ideal place to explore the culture and language. Enjoy this incredible opportunity to join the community of Spanish speakers who reside in your city by visiting these festivals, galleries and restaurants!

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I am highly skilled and qualified to teach all levels of Spanish after having taught high school Spanish for 18 years. With beginning students I begin with pronunciation and greetings, introductions and essential vocabulary and work in conjunction with the textbook they are using to practice and reinforce the concepts presented in the classroom. With the more advanced students we work on conversation, grammar, reading comprehension and refining all elements of the language. I tailor the lesson to fit each student's needs, interests/goals and any textbook they may be using.

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I have 18 years experience teaching high school Spanish and have lived and worked in Spain. I am a UC Berkeley graduate with a minor in Italian. My passion is the study of foreign languages. I have also studied French and Arabic and am able to understand the difficulties of language learning from both the student and teacher's perspective. I am adept at explaining concepts in a clear and concise manner and targeting the student's specific difficulties. Students have found my tutoring helpful in improving their performance on tests, increasing their ability to comprehend and respond in Spanish and/or developing conversational Spanish when traveling to a Spanish-speaking country. I can provide the student with useful classroom strategies and study skills to make language learning easy and fun at all levels.

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I focus on conjugation, grammar, composition, vocabulary, and oral skills.

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It took the love of another language to help me appreciate my own, and later, to appreciate the beauty of learning. As an educator, I care about more than just a passing grade; my goal is to see you succeed beyond your wildest expectations!

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I earned a Master's degree in Spanish from the University of North Texas, where I gained substantial experience as a graduate teaching fellow and teaching assistant. I've also worked at the Wichita Falls ISD as a Substitute Teacher and an English as a Second Language (ESL) Tutor, and at Vernon College as the Tutoring Center Coordinator. In these professions, I've gained a wealth of experience in working with elementary to college-age students, and I would love to have the opportunity to show you how beautiful language-learning can be!
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Not only have I studied Spanish, but I have also lived in Peru and Mexico for a several years, as well as traveled extensively around Latin America, gaining complete fluency. In addition to Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Conversational Spanish, I also teach Spanish for Healthcare Professionals.

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Hi! My name is Jackie, and I have 15+ years of experience in teaching, tutoring, and training. Currently, I am enjoying managing two small businesses while teaching students part time.

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 clients reach their goals!

A couple years ago, I returned to San Diego after living in Peru for several years where I taught English as a second language. My students ranged from adult business people and academicians to primary and secondary school students. I really needed to utilize different teaching methods depending on each student’s needs. Some students wanted more business-related conversation, so I had to be able to teach business principles in marketing, communication,
logistics, interviewing, and so much more. Critical thinking was an area that I pushed my business students to improve. Other students needed to work on the basics of grammar, reading, and writing, and we had a lot of fun in class, whether going through the interactive lesson or improvising by playing fun games to emphasize thinking on their feet in another language.

The feedback I often received from my Peruvian students, as well as my students in Mexico and the U.S., was that I made learning an enjoyable experience—they wanted 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!

Before I left for Peru, I worked at St Vincent de Paul Village (part of Father Joe's Villages) in downtown San Diego. There I focused on Health Education. I built the Villages' first Health Education department and helped start its innovative Health & Wellness program. As part of these two programs, I taught homeless and low-income adults with and without learning disabilities, as well as children from preschoolers to high school students. Teaching such a wide variety of students how to improve their health while living in sometimes precarious situations without much income or stability pushed me to think creatively and come up with memorable ways to engage the students and help them apply what they had learned in their daily routine.

In high school, I took all AP and college prep classes. I went to a liberal arts college in Virginia where I focused on social studies and biology. I spent a few years training business people in Microsoft Office, Photoshop, InDesign, as well as presentation techniques. In grad school, I specialized in applied anthropology and public health. During that time, I tutored students in web design. In between, I've worked in Communications and Training in international health and development, so I have a lot of experience to bring to teaching.

Basically, I love teaching. I'm enthusiastic yet patient, and I absolutely adore helping 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 writing two textbooks to be used in my Spanish classes. I've also written several academic articles published online. I love traveling, cats, and learning!
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As a tutor in Spanish, I am able to share my experiences and use my skills in order to help students achieve their goals. I am very capable in adapting and customizing lessons to fit your learning style. I would be able to help you develop your Spanish language skills in the areas of reading comprehension, writing, grammar, listening and speaking.
I am an instructor who is professional, flexible, easy-going, patient, friendly, and very interested in my students' progress.

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I am from Peru, which is where I started my career in teaching. For nearly five years I taught Spanish as a Second Language to American young adults who were preparing to serve Spanish-speaking missions in South America.

Additionally, I was a Spanish editor. Through producing and editing countless Spanish magazines, pamphlets, articles, interviews, and ads, I developed great attention to detail and excelled in the correct and elegant use of the Spanish language. I also worked as an Advertising Manager and Marketing Manager for several educational institutions.

Lately, I have worked as a Spanish Instructor for Language Bird in Los Angeles. During that time, I taught students and career professionals from the basic, intermediate and advanced levels of Spanish. Currently, I'm working as a Spanish Instructor at Ross Stores Distribution
Center, and as a Latin American Culture and Spanish Instructor for the U.S. Air Force.

I am an instructor who is professional, flexible, easy-going, patient, friendly, and very interested in my students' progress.

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My class strategies are based on your own knowledge, skills, and goals. Together we will work and find the best studying program that fits your needs.

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Hello, I’m a native Spanish speaker from Venezuela and I have teaching experience for more than 4 years with kids, teenager, and adults. I worked in my country in High School teaching Natural Sciences. Since I came to Davis, 2 years ago, I have been working as a babysitter, where also I taught Spanish to the kids. By own experience, I know the challenges and difficulties that people face when learning a different language. Considering not only language related things such as grammar, pronunciation or writing but important things like getting involved with the culture and be committed and perseverant. I’m very excited to start teaching and helping you in this new adventure in a comfortable and friendly environment.
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Andry is very personable and easy to work with. She is patient and works with you to insure you get pronunciations correct. My first lesson and all went well. looking forward ti lesson 2.
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Wanting to learn Spanish for your business, travels, or just to meet and have a good conversation with a Hispanic person? I can help you with that.
I was born and raised in Puerto Rico thus, Spanish is my first language.
I can teach you the formal Spanish so you can win Spanish speaking clients, write the essay for your Spanish school class, or have a conversation with that special person. I also can teach you the informal English so you can have conversations with Hispanic friends or the Hispanic family of your loved one ;)
I know how difficult is to learn a new language. That happened to me when I came to the United States and didn't know how to say a full sentence in English. Having a conversation in that new language is the hardest part in this process. But I will show you examples that you may encounter in real life.
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Do you want to win Spanish-speaking clients, write an essay for your Spanish class, or have conversations in Spanish? Let me help you with that.
I was born and raised in Puerto Rico, and moved to the United States 9 years ago. I know how hard is to learn a new language or get better at it. I have a Master's degree and a PhD in Health Services.
My mother is a retired Spanish teacher. Because of her, I love to teach and give tutorials. I've been a tutor to both elementary students and adults. I'm very patient and compassionate. I would love to help you achieve your goals.
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