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Learning Spanish in San Francisco

By Sonia G. - San Francisco Spanish teacher

If you're interested in taking Spanish lessons in San Francisco, you're in one of the most fun and exhilarating places to learn and practice in the country. There is a very strong Latino community here that provides a stimulating and authentic Spanish immersion atmosphere, and there are many neighborhoods, organizations, restaurants, and cafes you can visit. I've selected a few of my favorite spots from San Francisco’s Spanish and Latino epicenter, The Mission District.

The Mission is the quintessential Spanish-speaking neighborhood in the city. You will feel like you’ve been transported to Latin America. This is the perfect setting for Spanish students to bring out their Spanish skills, no matter how rusty or unpolished. Most Spanish speakers will welcome your efforts with friendliness and encouragement.

Arts and Culture:

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (http://missionculturalcenter.org/) MCCLA is the largest and one of the most active Latino organizations in the city and in the whole United States. MCCLA’S main objectives are “to present the best representative sample of contemporary and ancient artistic traditions of Latin America and to develop in the community a high degree of sensitivity and understanding of Latin American culture.” They sponsor several festivals, carnivals, and performances and also offer a wide variety of classes.

PODER - People Organizing to Demand Environmental & Economic Rights (http://www.podersf.org/) This organization sponsors events, talks, and art shows in Spanish to promote environmental awareness in the San Francisco Latino community and beyond.

Accion Latina (http://accionlatina.org/) This non-profit’s mission is “to promote cultural arts, community media, and civic engagement as a way of building healthy and empowered Latino communities.” If you are interested in Spanish music, visual arts, or literature, you’ll find a lot of inspiration at this colorful organization.

Tours:

Calle 24 Walking Tour (http://www.sfheritage.org/Calle24_Booklet.pdf) Spanning 12 city blocks, 24th Street has served as the center of Latino activism, arts, commerce, and culture in San Francisco since the 1940s. I recommend downloading this self-walking tour in Spanish and visiting the most iconic Spanish and Latino spots in the city.

Restaurants and Cafes:

There are so many amazing Latino and Spanish restaurants in the city where you can practice your Spanish skills. Below are a few of my favorites. Don’t be afraid to be adventurous when you order. And always ask for the specials and the chef’s favorites -- in Spanish, of course!

Lolo (974 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110) This is a fun little spot in the Mission with amazing cocktails, ceviche, and tacos. It has a great atmosphere and beautiful art. Call for reservations as it gets crowded fast.

Lolinda and El Techo de Lolinda (2518 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110)< Lolinda is a fancy Argentinian restaurant with amazing meats and tapas. If you want a more festive atmosphere, head up the stairs to its sister restaurant. El Techo de Lolinda is a rooftop garden with one of the best views of the city. They offer succulent tapas, sangria, fun cocktails, and more!

Gracias Madre (2211 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110) This is a beautiful vegan Mexican restaurant. Their food is mostly organic and super fresh. You won’t miss the meat or cheese at all. Get their refreshing agua fresca and enjoy their creamy guacamole.

El Farolito (2779 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110) If you want to bite into one of the best tacos or burritos in San Francisco, head to this authentic Mexican taqueria in the heart of the Mission. The lines are usually out the door, but don’t worry, it goes fast, and the wait is so worth it!

Check out some of these suggestions and also try to make discoveries of your own. Get lost in the colorful streets of San Francisco and don’t be shy. As you're taking Spanish lessons in San Francisco, practicing your conversation and listening skills with locals will improve your Spanish tremendously. You’ll have so much fun that you’ll forget that you are learning!

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i want my students learn spanish very well. that´s my native language. Flexibility in hours. I like to teach. I wait for you. thanks

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I take a communicative approach to teaching languages, making sure you feel comfortable communicating in Spanish and helping you with grammar and pronunciation along the way. I can help with conversational Spanish, grammar, pronunciation, AP Spanish prep, and/or vocabulary. As a PhD student in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching, I bring my expertise to the lessons to make learning hands on and interactive for all ages, both in person and online.

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Hello, bonjour, hola! I'm Natalie and I've been tutoring for eight years and formally teaching for four years. I've loved helping students meet their goals in French, English, and Spanish, and I look forward to helping you.

I hold a B.A. in French and Chinese and an M.A. in French Linguistics, both from University of Florida. Currently, I am a first year PhD student in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching. As such, I am truly centered on helping you achieve your language goals from traveling abroad to passing a language test to communicating in your work or school environment. My flexibility and enthusiasm coupled with individualized lesson plans will help increase your confidence in communicating in other language(s).

I'm dedicated to help you becoming bilingual or proficient for travel needs in another language. Bilingualism
not only makes you smarter, as you have to learn to switch in between languages and inhibit one while using the other, it also makes you less likely to get Alzheimer's or dementia (New York Times, 2012). So what are you waiting for? Let's get you on your language learning journey today! Bon voyage! Buen viaje!

Note: I will be co-leading and teaching a study abroad program in Paris this summer (June-July), so will have slightly different availability and will be 6 hours ahead of Eastern Time (9 hours ahead of Pacific). Please contact me if you're interested in lessons and we will find a time that works for you!
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Hello, I am a native Spanish speaker. I have a masters degree in bilingual/bicultural education and over 14 years of experience working in multilingual and multicultural environments. I can help you learn Spanish for school and social or workplace communication.

I am a certified teacher and also an engineer. My main goal as an educator is to help students realize their true potential. Beyond helping my students complete homework or learn a new skill I provide them with tools for success.

I work with students all ages. I am available for homework, homeschooling, and enrichment activities. Before meeting with my students, I gather the necessary information in order to create a lesson plan that will meet the student's specific needs. I have extensive experience in curriculum design. My approach to teaching is student-centered. I use a variety of methods to ensure that students are active participants in the learning process and get the most out of instruction.

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Hello, I am a certified teacher and also an engineer. My main goal as an educator is to help students realize their true potential. Beyond helping my students complete homework or learn a new skill I provide them with tools for success. I teach my students so they can take charge of their learning.

I hold a Masters Degree in Education with an emphasis in Bilingual/Bicultural Education. Prior to earning my masters degree, I was a bilingual educator for six years. In addition, I have conducted research in language acquisition and math and have been trained using research based learning strategies. I also hold a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked six years in this field.

I work with students all ages. I am available for homework, homeschooling, and enrichment activities. Before meeting with my students, I gather the ne
cessary information in order to create a lesson plan that will meet the student's specific needs. I have extensive experience in curriculum design. My approach to teaching is student-centered. I use a variety of methods to ensure that students are active participants in the learning process and get the most out of instruction.

I have worked with students with special needs including, learning disabled, ADHD and gifted and talented. When planning my lessons, I make sure that the activities included are appropriate for the student and use students feedback in future planning.
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Castro Valley, CA 94546
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NATIVE SPANISH SPEAKER TEACHER
with a Bachelor's Degree in Education. Eight Years of Classroom Teaching Experience. Five years of Experience in Private Tutoring. Specialties include all levels of Spanish Language, Pre-Algebra and Algebra.

My lessons are customized according to age, skill level, learning style, and personal interest. Most importantly, my teaching emphasizes real conversational Spanish, with an eye towards fluency and accent correction.

THERE IS A PLAN FOR EVERYONE and CLASS SHOULD BE FUN!
My lessons may include some immersion activities like cooking some of the famous and delicious dishes from my native Peru!

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Hi There! My name is Rosario C. and I am a native Spanish Speaker residing in Manassas VA. I am originally from Lima -Peru where I obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education with an endorsement in Math and Spanish Language. I have taught Secondary Math (Pre- algebra and Algebra) for six years in Lima- Peru.
Once stablished in the United States, I decided to homeschool my children during their Middle school years. I had worked for a Manassas area Homeschool Organization offering small group tutoring sessions for extra support in Math.
I've provided Spanish private lessons for homeschooled students as well. I've worked with all ages and skill levels. I make my teaching very enjoyable; my patient, creativity and organizational skills are my signature.
Currently I also worked for Prince William County Schools as a Subs
titute Teacher, which makes my credentials safe to work with your kids.
I enjoy dancing and all kind of sports. I have an extensive background in Martial Arts (Shotokan Karate) with 16 years of experience in training and teaching. I am strong believer in discipline and hard work, but I also believe in ways to make it fun...
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Struggle with Spanish in school? So did I but, I so desperately wanted to learn. I moved to El Salvador, where I spent my time serving, talking, and teaching the native people. Meeting and working with people from all over Central and South America has allowed me to deeply understand the rules of Spanish grammar and speak with natives from all over the world. Learn from me, you'll understand the rules, nuances, and tricks to read, write, speak, and understand native speakers wherever you go.

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Call me Tyrel. I graduated from the University of Montana with highest honors and degrees in Biology and Spanish. I struggled with Spanish in high school even though I grew up in a city with a high Latin population. I learned Spanish through self teaching and communication with the native people of El Salvador. I learned the nuances and rules of Spanish grammar and used them every day for years.

I have 4 years combined of tutoring and teaching at the high school and college levels in various subjects including Spanish, Biology, Anatomy, Math and Chemistry. Everyone learns at a different pace and in different ways. During my time teaching, I learned way to communicate and share a deep understanding of complicated subjects in a simple manner. Together we can learn and you'll be speaking Spanish in no time.
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I am a bilingual Spanish-English teacher. I have been teaching languages to adults all over the world, in China and Brazil. I try to be flexible but with me you will learn fast.

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my name is Ana Victoria. I was born in New York but my parents are from Puerto Rico. I married an Italian guy. I have two kids who were born in China where I lived for 7 years. I am bilingual English and Spanish but I can also speak Italian and Portuguese because I lived in Brazil for 2 years. I have taught English to Chinese Adult Students in China (both in Schools, Companies and Private) and also to Brazilian students while I was living there. Now that I am finally back home in the US I am ready to teach both English and Spanish to whoever needs it. I can work with you and tailor your lesson in the way that you need it.
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Social interaction is the best way to learn a language because it is fun! Let's grab coffee or dinner and learn to discuss culture, current events, history, art, or let's talk about your children, husband, wife, pet, ambitions, or job- in Spanish!

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Hello there! My name is Erica and I'd love to engage with you or your child and teach you Spanish in a way that will stick, by way of a fun social setting! My family is from Colombia and I am a native Spanish speaker. I can also recommend books for us to read together and discuss!
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"Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, It will live its whole life believing that it is stupid" - Albert Einstein

Being a Spanish native speaker, who taught both English to Spanish speaking and Spanish to English speaking people, I have reached the conclusion that repetition is key. Mostly conversetional, but also written, pounding in the same words, the same constructions is how you interiorize them, adding then new material.

In general, in private tutoring, one has to adapt to the student characteristics. I have always believed that creating a confortable space in which the student is able to try, make mistakes and try again brings the best results. Listening, emotional contact and confidence are key.

Every student is different!

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I am currently a graduate student doing research at UC Berkeley. Even though my grad studies (Aerospace Engineering) are located in the Netherlands, I decided to explore and feel new experiences coming here, as I did doing my internship in the UK or volunteering in South East Asia (were I did some class-style teaching to local Indonesian kids and teenagers for more than 3 weeks!).

All those experiences have brought me a great multicultural understanding, which, although may look no related, helps a lot when getting to know your new student.

Sports nature and music enter the top three of my hobbies. Simple living as a lifestyle.

I have been (still am) a student for many years, and therefore I understand very well how frustation, not.comprehending or learning new material feels. They say the best way of experiencing and knowing about s
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Emeryville, CA 94608
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I love teaching others what I have learned. I am a native Spanish speaker and I have also taken Spanish college courses. I am goal oriented so I will definitely help you achieve your goals in learning Spanish.

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My name is Karla and I graduated from College in 2016. I am a native Spanish and English speaker. I love to teach others what I know. During College, I was a tutor for Spanish.
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The average cost of 60-minute Spanish lessons in San Francisco is $54. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $25 and $84 per hour.

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