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Learning Spanish in Chicago

by Teresa K. - Chicago Spanish Teacher

Top job-searching websites are currently showing more than 1,900 bilingual Spanish job openings in the Chicago and surrounding suburb areas. From insurance agents to managerial positions in companies of all industries, being bilingual is certainly a plus for any kind of job. So, if you're interested in taking Spanish lessons in Chicago, here are some opportunities to experience Spanish-Latino culture here in the greater Chicagoland area!

  1. The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago has the following resources and events: • Chicago Latino Film Festival, including more than 100 films • Latino Music Festival, with 15-20 concerts • The Reel Film Club, showing the most popular films from the past Film Festivals • Film in the Park, in partnership with Chicago Park District

  • At the National Museum of Mexican Art, you can immerse yourself in the richness of Mexican art and culture right here in Chicago! For more information, visit: http://www.nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org/

  • The Chicago Public Library has numerous resources and books about Hispanic American culture, history and research information.

  • Also, here are some FAQs from my students about learning Spanish:

    1) What dialect of Spanish should I learn?

    There is some confusion around the concept of a "dialect." While speakers of different Chinese dialects (Mandarin, Cantonese, etc.) can hardly understand each other due to a big diversity in the forms of the dialects, the Spanish spoken in Spain and countries in Latin America is only one language with accent variations. A native Spanish speaker in Mexico can easily communicate with a native Spanish speaker in Spain, Peru or Argentina. Accents may vary (in the same way an English-speaker from Texas may speak differently than an English-speaker from England), but it's still the same language.

    2) How many types or dialects of Spanish are there?

    Spain used to consist of several kingdoms and each had a different language, such as Castellano, Catalan, Gallego, etc. The actual Constitution of Spain recognizes those different languages as official languages in Spain, while Castellano (Castilian) is defined as the unifying language for the entire country. Castellano (Spanish) is the language taught in America by the Spanish colonists, resulting in the "Español" spoken in America, with slight accent variations in different countries.

    3) What are the fastest ways to learn Spanish?

    I always encourage my students to practice Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing in Spanish (SLRW). When learning a new expression, it's recommended to say it out loud, listen to the teacher, read and write it, and make other similar sentences. When a person desires to be a good singer, he or she needs to sing every day. The same goes for Spanish; it's necessary to practice Spanish in all four ways: SLRW. That's the reason why the TOEFL test includes all four sections.

    4) How can I choose the best Spanish teacher?

    My recommendation is to learn Spanish from a teacher who lived ten or more years in any Spanish-speaking country, for better pronunciation and language structure. Plus, the language teacher should be good at all four areas of the language (SLRW). If you want to take Spanish lessons in Chicago, you'll find many teachers with these qualifications at TakeLessons!

    5) Why do some students learn better than others?

    After observing hundreds of students, I found out the secret is to be "SELF-CONFIDENT." Even for students in Spanish-speaking environments, if they don't believe that someday they could speak fluently, they never do. But any student, even an absolute beginner, can be easily fluent if she or he imagines that she or he can do it and gets proactive and interested. No matter if you make some mistakes. Simply think, "I DO SPEAK SPANISH," and start speaking out loud!

    About Tracy B.

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    About Tracy
    I have been teaching individual and group lessons for 12+ years. Many of my students have won trophies at the Granquist music competition and also play in local youth orchestras. My own youth string ensemble plays publicly at many popular local venues several times a year. I enjoy exposing my students to the finer points of being a professional musician such as the camaraderie, team work, creativity (creating harmonies, tailoring arrangements to fit student’s level) and of course, stage presence. I am very proud of my students. It is so gratifying to see their confidence build with each new skill they master.

    *** Lesson Details ***
    My approach to teaching is to combine fundamentals with “adventure.” I encourage students to experiment with their instrument and have quite a few budding composers. No two students learn in the same way, so
    I don’t use the same strategy for each individual. I believe music should be fun and rewarding. I like to expose students to many different types of music, i.e.; jazz, pop, blues, folk and of course, classical. Students are more likely to practice music that speaks to their personality.

    My teaching environment is very laid back. I expect my students to practice, but I don’t read them the riot act if they show up to a lesson not having practiced much the week before. I encourage them to practice more the next week and I give them strategies for how to fit practice time into their schedule along with the most efficient way to practice their pieces.

    I encourage parents to sit in on their child’s lesson, but I don’t require it. The more a parent is informed about their child’s goals, the better they are able to assist, support and facilitate the student’s practice. Involved parents contribute greatly to a child’s success.

    I love teaching adults too! It is never too late to learn an instrument and the rewards carry over into all aspects of life. As with children, music makes us all smarter. Research proves this. We learn complicated spacial and math skills without even realizing it; we’re having too much fun!

    I have annual recitals for private students. I speak Spanish.

    *** Studio Equipment ***
    Basement studio finished and separate from house

    *** Travel Equipment ***
    Sometimes music. I can refer students to instrument rental or purchase places, but do not have instruments to provide. I can obtain music for the students if they prefer, otherwise I will tell them what and where to buy.

    *** Specialties ***
    I use Suzuki and other books for material, but my teaching is more traditional. I use actual bowhold from start. My own invention - pinky AND thumb houses. Music reading is introduced fairly early. A little at a time and it's painless.

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    Frank I. January 18, 2017
    · Piano · In home
    Great so far!!!
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    Naomi T. January 5, 2017
    · Guitar · In studio
    My little one seems to really enjoying her lessons
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    Dave M. September 25, 2016
    · Violin · In studio
    I’m an adult with a fair amount of previous musical experience but absolutely none with a stringed instrument. Tracy’s approach for that kind of beginner is ideal. She is firm about establishing sound fundamental technique from day 1 and building on it with practice pieces that provide just the right amount of challenge. She is encouraging and phenomenally patient. If technique problems or incipient bad habits arise as more complicated material is taken on, she is all over them and always has corrective measures to pull out of her (extensive) bag of teaching tricks. I would recommend her to anyone interested in learning a new instrument.
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    Tracy B.

    Tracy B.

    Berwyn, IL 60402
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    About Rachel M.

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    I have tutored students in beginner and intermediate Spanish. Spanish is actually my minor in school. Although I am not a native speaker, my pronunciation is quite good and in the past I have worked with students on their reading comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, and speaking ability.

    About Rachel
    I am a graduate of Loyola University Chicago. I hold a B.A. in French. I have an extensive background teaching and tutoring others, especially in ESL, English, French and special education. I also have additional experience tutoring many other subjects, such as Spanish, elementary education, biology, pre-calculus, essay writing and history.

    I have a true love of tutoring and helping others. I work well with children and adults of all ages. Thank you for sharing your interest in learning!
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    · Microsoft Office · Online
    Excellent instructor--answered all my questions. Topic of lesson
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    Linda November 29, 2016
    · Microsoft Word · In home
    She is so easy to talk to and made me feel at ease learning about word skills . Im looking forward to my next lesson.
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    Evelyn November 1, 2016
    · Microsoft Word · Online
    My teacher and I spoke by phone for my first lesson, but her phone had poor reception so I was not able to get the benefit of a full lesson. The second and third lessons were unsuccessful as well I need an alternative so that I can work with another teacher locally. I am not familiar enough with this on line process to be successful with my lessons. I have paid for lessons that i have not received. Please advise.
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    Rachel M.

    Rachel M.

    Chicago, IL 60626
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    Fun, interactive, useful, motivating and effective classes.
    Individual or group classes.
    Native Spanish speaker and qualified teacher who tailors classes to students' level, needs, age, learning styles and interests.
    Free materials, flexible schedule and friendly atmosphere.

    About Georgina
    An energetic and highly motivated individual dedicated to fostering personal and intellectual growth through foreign language teaching, via modern and eclectic methodologies of language learning, with emphasis on interaction, communication, and generating interest in foreign languages and cultures.
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    Eddie K. July 25, 2017
    · Spanish · In studio
    Georgina is doing such a great job catering the Spanish lessons to the needs of each child per the goals that have been set. The lessons are fun and engaging and my boys really enjoy them.
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    Moe T. July 12, 2017
    · Spanish · Online
    A great teacher who is enthusiastic, very smart and makes class fun!
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    Lilian August 11, 2016
    · Spanish · In home
    very good
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    Georgina L.

    Georgina L.

    Downers Grove, IL 60515
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    About Adriana R.

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    I have more than ten years of experience teaching Spanish and English as a Second Language (ESL). I guarantee my students a successful class thanks to my passion for teaching, my patience and my enthusiasm.

    About Adriana
    Hola

    My name is Adriana, and I would love to meet you!. I have been teaching ESL since 2000 and Spanish since 2005. Through my years of experience, I have always been committed to guarantee my students would learn and will also enjoy taking my classes. Students must have fun while learning.
    I have received awards from prestigious institutions like Erie N. House and St. Augustine College in Chicago for outstanding teaching performance.

    I have taught Spanish and ESL in Mexico and in the USA to people of all ages. I enjoy making my students feel proud of themselves for their achievements. Patience, perseverance, and customized service are my standards of teaching.

    I look forward to helping you reach your goals!.
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    Valeri July 20, 2017
    · Spanish · In studio
    Addy is awesome! Really made me feel like I can do this!
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    cheryl July 13, 2017
    · Spanish · In home
    Lovely person and good teacher! Highly recommend!
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    Whitney H. November 10, 2016
    · Spanish · In studio
    Adrianna is awesome! My daughter is 5 years old and loves coming to her Spanish lesson. She has been taking them for a couple of weeks now and Im excited to watch her progress. I would def recommend Adrianna to anyone!
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    Adriana R.

    Adriana R.

    Chicago, IL 60647
    (10)
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    $25 / 30-min

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    Surround by family who speaks Spanish 24/7, and taught by teachers in universities with master degrees in Spanish, I am capable of helping you speak and understand Spanish.

    About Fernando
    Hi there! My name is Fernando L. and I am looking forward to working with you. I have helped many students throughout my four years of private teaching. I am currently working with "Mariachi Oro y Plata", and had the honor to also work with Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. I look forward to working with you and achieving your goals soon.

    *Travel Equipment*
    My violin, tuner, stand, metronome, and books. I expect the student to have his/her very own violin and stand.

    *My Specialties*
    Private or group lessons for all ages, competition/ audition preparation as well.

    What to expect?
    Expect to have fun and a learning experience. If you are determined, passionate and/or dedicated, what are you waiting for?
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    Carlos S. June 12, 2017
    · Violin · In studio
    Very professional and patient with student. Can't wait to keep working with him.
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    Fernando L.

    Chicago, IL 60632
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    About Eric M.

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    Chicago, IL

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    Students will be tutored in the grammar and vocabulary of the language. This is best for students already enrolled in a class who need extra assistance on the side.

    About Eric
    I am a classically trained professional opera singer in the North Chicago area. I received my bachelor's degree in vocal performance at the University of Miami and my master's degree at Northwestern University. I have lived, performed, and taught in the Greater Chicago area from two years and am always looking to take on students of all ages who are interested in classical, musical theater, or pop/jazz singing. I can also teach beginning to intermediate piano skills. Let me help you unlock your most beautiful sound!
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    Curt G. March 14, 2016
    · Piano · In home
    My wife and I took 2 months of lessons from Eric and they were all great! We were both basically beginners (I had some memory from lesson that I took as a kid) and Eric helped us get started and off on the right track. He has a great/fun personality and is a great teacher. Unfortunately we were unable to keep taking lessons with him due to a conflict in scheduling. I would totally recommend him as a piano teacher though.
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    Kathy February 6, 2016
    · Piano · In home
    Positive reinforcement, patience with first-time piano student.
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    Ian L. January 8, 2016
    · Broadway Singing · In home
    He had a great personality, very encouraging, and was a good fit for my son who's striving to be a pop/broadway singer.
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    Eric M.

    Chicago, IL 60645
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    $30 / 60-min

    About Mariana P.

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    When I teach piano or Spanish, I encourage students to challenge themselves. To play instruments in public or to speak a foreign language regularly with other people will definitely help them get over the fear of 'looking ridiculous'. You don't have to be at a very advanced level to communicate with an instrument or a language.

    I've spoken Spanish natively my whole life and played the piano since age five. My first Spanish student was my Minnesotan husband!

    About Mariana
    Hi, I'm Mariana! I graduated from the University of Buenos Aires with a degree in Criminal Law and the Conservatory of Music of Buenos Aires with a Bachelor's degree in Music, specialized in vocal performance and piano.

    When I teach piano or Spanish, I encourage students to challenge themselves. To play instruments in public or to speak a foreign language regularly with other people will definitely help them get over the fear of 'looking ridiculous'. You don't have to be at a very advanced level to communicate with an instrument or a language.

    I've spoken Spanish natively my whole life and played the piano since age five. My first Spanish student was my Minnesotan husband!

    I love teaching both kids and adults. You are more than welcome to write me and we can discuss your goals ahead of time so we can start learning right away wh
    en we meet.
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    Mariana P.

    Mariana P.

    Online
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    $40 / 30-min

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    Do you want to speak/talk in Spanish? Do you need Spanish for Business? My name is Beatriz, I am a Spanish native speaker with a master degree, helping. I can help you to improve your Spanish skills. The lessons will be tailored according to the student from beginners to proficient or Spanish for business.

    About Beatriz
    I am an experienced IT professional and chef, during my career I have had the opportunity helping people to achieve their goals. I speak English, Spanish, and French.
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    Beatriz C.

    Naperville, IL 60564
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    I am a fluent Spanish speaker. Spanish is my first language, and I began to learn English in Pre-K so I'm bilingual. I grew up reading and writing Spanish in my home so I was always completely immersed in both languages. I taught Spanish classes at my local library when I was in High School.

    I have a degree in Spanish from Valparaiso University. My first job right out of college was as a Spanish teacher at a local private academy where I taught Spanish to JK-8th grade. I now work at a College where I have taught adult education classes in Spanish to native speakers.

    Learning Spanish with me would give you access to a wealth of knowledge a clear understanding of the transition of one language to the other. Also, I like to be innovative with the way I teach the language. I feel that sometimes the traditional method of learning a language does not always work for everyone.

    About Iris
    Hi! I'm Iris...I love teaching the Spanish language, and I have extensive experience in teaching this beautiful and useful language.
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    Iris S.

    Schererville, IN 46375
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    $59 / 30-min

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    The average cost of 60-minute Spanish lessons in Chicago is $51. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $30 and $84 per hour.

    30-min $25
     
    $39 average
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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 4% less expensive at $49, and 30-minute lessons cost 24% less at $39.

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