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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!

About Peter D.

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I lived in Mexico City for 12 years, and as such, it is my native tongue. I have also traveled around South America and Spain, and have acquired different dialects. I have taught various levels - from kids age 2 all the way through senior citizens! Depending on the student, I can adapt my system to their needs (including academic).

About Peter
Whether piano, voice, songwriting/composition, music theory or music production, I bring all that I have learned and developed as a musician to the lesson in the interest of the student’s growth.

Whether we work in classical, jazz, or pop, We focus on what will directly fit your individual goals. We can cover the full spectrum of technique, theory, ear training, sight-reading, and performance. What emerges over time is tailor-made program suited to your needs and goals.

A little bit about my background: I have studied with over 12 music professors, both in the classroom and individually for 6 years at Saddleback Community College in Orange County. I’ve studied a number of styles while composing for and performing in various small ensembles, including:  world music, classical, pop, jazz, and musical theatre. I continue teach, produ
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I look forward to getting to know you!
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Sam October 21, 2015
· Singing · Online
I have always known I have had some kind of voice. I started doing lessons with Peter for not only vocals but also guitar. He has helped me explore the different ranges my voice can actually hit and how to add more emotion into a song. In one lesson just today, he made a song that i perfomed which sounded okay in the beginning of the lesson sound 10x better and to the very best of my ability by the end of the lesson. Every lesson is alot of help! He is great at understanding how to work with people whether it is vocally or trying to learn to play guitar - he uses great techniques for understanding and will work at the perfect pace appropriate for the student. He makes learning guitar and singing very fun. Highly reccomended!
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Charles October 19, 2015
· Piano · Online
I am Peter's father, so obviously this review will be a little biased. And, I have never taken a lesson from Peter, as I am not a musician and do not play an instrument. BUT, I can say this: Peter is hard-working, conscientious, and devoted to his profession. He is passionate about music and about teaching, and genuinely cares about each student. AND, he knows how to make learning fun! (Evidently he inherited that trait from his mom, who teaches English and Spanish). So, hire Peter! He's the best!
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Louise Comfort September 29, 2015
· Piano · In home
I found Peter to be very intelligent and very knowledgeable. Peter was great in not only classical styles of playing but also jazz which really kept me engaged! I especially liked the way he taught music theory alongside some of the standard learning points like scales and such. Overall I had a delightful experience with this teacher. If Peter ever moves back to my area I would love to take lessons with him again!
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About Dan S.

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Former member of the National Honor Society. Received high grades in high school and college courses. Graduated with honors. Currently pursuing a doctorate degree and teaching a variety of subjects I'm passionate about.

About Dan
Dan is an accomplished, multi-disciplinary performer (Singer, Actor, Dancer, Pianist) and is the founder & CEO of Multiviewing; a five-month, life-coaching program providing clients a unique and structured platform for personal and professional development.

Dan has his BA in Communications and Music History & Literature from NC State University and his MPA in Public Administration & Nonprofit Management from Baruch College. He is currently working on his PhD in Integral & Transpersonal Psychology at California Institute of Integral Studies. Dan excels in academia, as well as in multiple facets of the Performing Arts!

Growing up in NC, Dan trained at the Raleigh Conservatory of Music and was the youngest member of the Raleigh Oratorio Society and the North Carolina Master Chorale. He received excellent ratings in piano, vocal and a
cademic competitions, and was awarded the Triangle Theatre Award for Best Actor in a Musical and the North Carolina State University’s Theatre Endowment Award for Best Male Lead.

Dan is an alum of Broadway Theatre Project and the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. He has directed, music directed, choreographed and starred in several theatrical productions and benefit concerts across the country for a variety of national nonprofits. He dreams of owning his own nonprofit healing and performing arts center in San Francisco.

Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Lived in: New York, NY
Current City: San Francisco, CA

Quote: “Everything starts with the decision and passion to succeed. Let’s unleash your potential and share your gift with the world!”

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San Francisco, CA 94109
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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 have teached by 20 years. Students from 11 to 50 years.
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Jorge T.

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I took 8 years of Spanish classes and lived in Ecuador where I used Spanish on a daily basis.

My teaching philosophy is to help students engage in learning. I find that a personal connection to new information makes it more engaging and meaningful, and students remember it better too. It's also more fun.

That being said, if learning is more readily achieved for your student through other methods, we will do whatever works best. I cater to results, because my ultimate goal is the student's success.

About Joshua
I am a tutor who earned a music teaching degree and didn't want to be a school teacher. I worked professional jobs in retail and tech sales and have come back to teaching.

Whatever subject or instrument I teach, I always make sure to work with the student first. I enjoy helping learners have new aha moments.

The majority of my students take guitar, bass guitar, or Spanish lessons, though I am an educator and help my students learn other skills and knowledge sets too.

I went to Ohio State University for college, earned a BA in Music Education, and graduated Kum Laude. I also spent 4 years in the Ohio State University Marching Band, partially to rehab a brain injury.

Through my healing journey, I've developed patience, insight, and understanding for my students' learning processes.

Practice is a must in order to develop the n
ecessary skills that demonstrate learning.

I'm excited to help you incorporate new skills into your life!
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Hilary July 23, 2017
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In search of helping our 10 year old son build some self-confidence we sought out clarinet lessons this summer. He started playing in school last year, and it was something our reluctant son liked "enough" to want to build up some competency. Joshua has been amazing! He finds just the right amount of challenge to encourage my son to practice, but not get discouraged. My son looks forward to his lesson each week and told me that he isn't even sure he wants to switch to saxophone next year because he is having so much fun playing the clarinet. Joshua is amazing with children, and has spent time getting to know our kiddo and find out what will work best for him. Patient, calm, and inspiring--very talented instructor.
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Joan Y. May 4, 2017
· Clarinet · In home
Joshua Blatman is a fantastic music teacher. He has a great resume, is experienced in a variety of instruments, and a solid background in teaching.
I think any kids lucky enough to learn music from Joshua will have fun and hopefully fall in love with learning it, just like my kids have.
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Carolyn January 17, 2017
· Guitar · In home
I whole-heartedly recommend Joshua for anyone of any age and any skill level who wants to enrich their life learning guitar. I appreciate the fact that he makes the time and has the patience to adapt to my needs. Joshua is flexible in scheduling - especially for those unforeseen incidents - which is appreciated.

Being an adult beginner with music lessons, Joshua eases my frustration on immediately wanting to play perfect notes and chords. I look forward to continuing lessons.
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About Darya L.

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I have been teaching Spanish since I was an undergraduate at Stanford. I tutored Stanford to fellow undergraduate students (I helped with papers, presentations, etc.).

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I am a Stanford graduate (Class of '06, BA in Political Science) with teaching experience in Algebra, Spanish, History, and English. I am a test preparation tutor as well, having tutored the ACT, SAT, SAT II, AP, GRE, CBEST, CSET, SSAT, HSPT over the course of many years. In particular, I have substantial experience with History, English, and Reading Comprehension tutoring (English Language Learners welcome). I am fairly available and have experience with online tutoring.
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Neil Deore July 14, 2017
· Spanish · Online
Darya is very engaging with my 11 year old son and makes the Spanish lessons fun and interesting. She is teaching him Spanish step by step. My son enjoys his Spanish lessons.
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About Chady E.

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I've been teaching for years and my students have gone on to develop a deep love of Language and cultures. Within the first few lessons, you'll start speaking simple sentences and as time goes on, you'll be able to conjugate like a pro! See you soon!

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Hi, there! My name is Chady and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 1991 and I love helping my students. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!

I am a visual artist, university level educator, author, master iconographer, and an established professional executive and creative coaching. ChadyElias.com

I hold Masters Degree in Fine Art, my higher education degrees includes interior design, theology, philosophy, as well as an  Executive Professional Coaching. I speak and teach various languages includes English, French, Spanish, Classical Arabic, Levantine Arabic and Others too
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Chady E.

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Native Spanish Speaker that works at your pace. Personalized instruction and feedback. Different strategies and a variety of topics in every session.

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I am a Spanish teacher with a Masters in Arts in Teaching Spanish. I've taught in a wide range of formats from regular classroom basic Spanish courses for Middle School students to one-on-one lessons with Professionals that want to increment their cultural knowledge and be up-to-date in current events in a specific Spanish-speaking country. Films, music current events in Latin America are recurrent materials in my lessons as well as anecdotes from my childhood in Mexico.
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Immersive, intensive and interactive approach to Romance languages through folk music and acting and interacting in group set up or one to one.

I believe in learning while laughing and comparing to a better and faster understanding.

We can focus in English and Spanish or included other Romance languages like French, Italian and Portuguese or even all of them at the same time.
All these languages have a very similar root, just need to learn the different approach and in few sessions you will have an understanding of the whole Romance world.
Allowing and speeding the learning and the fluidity of your conversation exponentially.

About Veronica
Born in Spain I have lived in 8 different countries in Europe and America.
I live to compare and enrich my culture and share the knowledge with the world.

Beside comparing Romance languages to one another for better understanding and deeper learning we will be comparing between the different kind of Spanish on the globe.
So we will not only learn Castilian but a wider ranger of South American expression and idioms so we can be fully understood where ever we go!
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Veronica H.

Veronica H.

San Francisco, CA 94114
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$17 / 30-min

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Come and learn Spanish with a certified Spanish teacher! I have 5 years of experience teaching Spanish to all ages from young children to adults.

I can customize your lessons to meet your needs: tutoring for college classes, business Spanish, travel and tourism.

I will send customized lesson plans and homework (if you'd like) for the time between our lessons.

About Jen
I am a professional teacher with 10 years experience teaching in Austria, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, and the USA. I hold a Masters Degree in Education with a specialization in Curriculum and Instruction, English as a Second Language. I am certified in the state of Tennessee to teach English as a Second Language and Spanish. I am also Highly Qualified to teach History and German.

I have experience teaching students from around the world. I enjoy cross-cultural exchanges and using learning as a means to understand the world around us.

I have experience teaching through language immersion in the foreign language and I believe talking is the best way to learn.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!
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Jen L.

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My Spanish lessons can go from forming sentences to critical literature analysis. Spanish is my native language. I like creating fun, interactive and memorable classes, for the student to fully internalize the information given while enjoying the process.
I come from a family of literature professors who are passionate about comprehensive reading, historical context and proper use of language.
I know your expectations will be exceded and you will meet your needs in no time!

About laura
I am a writer, actress, singer and tutor. Studied a BFA in Drama, BA in film with a minor concentration in literature education from the Sacred Heart University of Puerto Rico.
I have been tutoring since I was 15 years old, specializing in Spanish basic understanding to Literature critical analysis. I have had students from elementary schools, all the way to scriptwriters, business owners, college students and more.
My approach will always be a customized one for each student, for everyone has a different need.
Students will meet their needs in a fun, interactive and effective way.
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Average Cost of Spanish Lessons in San Francisco, CA

The average cost of 60-minute Spanish lessons in San Francisco is $59. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $34 and $80 per hour.

30-min $17
 
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For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute Spanish lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute Spanish lessons are 26% less expensive at $44, and 30-minute lessons cost 46% less at $32.

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