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About Lisa B.

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Silver Spring, MD
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About Lisa
Elementary school principal and music teacher for more than 10 years. BA in Music, Graduate degree UMET, Puerto Rico. Recording and performing experience.

*** Lesson Details ***
Guitar: Strum and play chords, chord progressions and songs. Singing, finger picking, basic theory, reading music, composition. Violin: technique, reading music.

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Dedicated music room, room for parents to wait.

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I teach classical violin using the Strictly Strings Music Book and Essential Elements 2000 with improvisational violin and creative composition, as well as some Suzuki methods. I also teach rock violin. Students may bring their own pieces.
I teach folk guitar and singing, playing chords and note reading, composition, music theory, history and appreciation. Students may also bring songs of their choice.
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PETER A. September 25, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Lisa is an excellent teacher. She makes you feel at easy during the lesson. Looking forward to many more.
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Barbara Ann C. June 11, 2017
· Violin · In studio
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I enjoyed my lesson with Lisa. I learned so much and had fun doing so.
Looking forward to my next lesson.
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Mariana S. July 2, 2016
· Singing · In studio
She was very professional and she teaches very. Mariama understood every bit of the lesson and enjoyed it. She said she would like to continue with Miss Lisa for more Classes.
Thanks.
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Lisa B.

Lisa B.

Silver Spring, MD 20904
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About Massimo D.

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Annandale, VA
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About Massimo
My name is Massimo, I was born and I spent all my life in Italy since I moved, three year ago in US with my family for a new great adventure. I am so enthusiastic to be able to share with you the knowledge of the language of the greatest poets and writers, knowledge of one of the most beautiful country in the world, rich of history and art, and why not share "in Italian" some of the most terrific recipes for the most refined palate.

The classes in Italian cuisine are tailored to your interests and your skill level. I can teach you how to prepare a "quick win" dinner for all the family or to prepare "single size" amazing meals ready for all the week. I can teach how to make handmade pasta with semolina or with whole wheat. Have you ever tasted a terrific Tiramisu...with strawberries?

How I understand I can be a good Italian tutor,
patient, helpful and always ready to arouse the attention of my students? My youngest son, Vietnamese, is the best proof of my skill. He was able to speak a really good Italian in less than three months. Then I found to be "good" with adults as well. I started to teach Italian to some friends and after to friends of friends .... and it worked again!

Key word? Talk, watch, read, listen and talk again!
I am aware the Italian has one of the most complex grammars, but I also know that speaking and reading and watching Italian movies, soccer game or Television News makes automatic to learn the basic rules useful for a good conversation. We can use a really simple grammar book to support with the basic rules up to more advanced grammar books if we may need.

My tutoring approach is focus on student's weaknesses and strengths: use the seconds to correct the firsts. What it is important is to work on what you really like (movie, politics, receipts, actors, history, vacations, ...) and I promise it works. I already experienced this approach with a lot of students and friends who want to speak Italian and know Italy ...waiting for a great vacation "nel Bel Paese".
I try to be flexible with time and I offer makeup classes in case of 24 hours cancellation. I have an quite full equipped office at home but I am available to travel if it is more convenient for the students.
I hope see you soon.. A presto!!
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Rocio E. December 18, 2017
· Italian · In studio
It was a good start. I like that he spoke to me in Italian and wanted me to say some things in Italian. I’m looking forward to the end hoping that I will be somewhat fluent.
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Walter A. June 8, 2017
· Italian · In home
I had a great first lesson with lots to learn. Massimo is great and very patient. Great opportunity to expand my vocabulary and practice my conversational skills.
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Barry S. January 30, 2016
· Italian Cooking · In home
We had a great time learning from Massimo. You can't learn the proper consistence of pasta dough from a book or video. We will be using all the techniques we learned. The marinara sauce he taught us to make was simple, but delicious. We will definitely call on Massimo again.
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Massimo D.

Massimo D.

Annandale, VA 22003
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About Taro T.

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Washington, DC

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About Taro
Hi. I'm a native Japanese speaker from Kobe. I was born and raised there and speak both standard Japanese and Kobe dialect. I'm an expert at bringing one's overall language level from the beginner to intermediate. I will assist you more with English first if you're a beginner and gradually transition to using only Japanese as you get closer to an intermediate level.
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H.H March 18, 2018
· Japanese · Online
Taro is a great teacher. Rather than simply expecting rote memorization, he uses practical applications to help you learn and understand the material.
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Gabriel Freitas December 21, 2017
· Japanese · Online
Taro is a very nice helpful and professional Sensei

Highly recommended.
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Shell December 2, 2017
· Japanese · In studio
Mr. Taro is a marvelous teacher! He is very patient and kind. He works hard to tailor his lessons to your need. His lessons encompass speaking, reading, and writing. It doesn’t matter if you are new to Japanese or already have foundational conversational skills, Mr. Taro can help your Japanese skills reach the next level!
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Taro T.

Taro T.

Washington, DC 20016
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About Naomi K.

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Washington, DC
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About Naomi
I was originally born in Cincinnati, Ohio in a large family (youngest of nine kids), and we all attended Catholic schools... this is where I started learning Spanish. I have studied it (and English Literature) for many years, then eventually won a scholarship to study/travel in Mexico for six months. I returned from Mexico fluent, graduated from college with honors in language and Humanities, then decided to go live in Washington, DC to use that language. I got into corporate training, working 10 years at Fannie Mae as I traveled to 38 of the 50 states to help them train banks on their financial systems. I later began working in healthcare, and got certified as an interpreter AND as an Instructional Designer. I have designed educational programs ever since at hospitals, schools, educational centers, retail organizations, and with hig
her education (now at GWU). My hobbies include speaking Spanish, swimming, listening to jazz, playing with my daughter and my beagle.
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marjan September 6, 2017
· English · In home
Naomi is patient, professional, and knowledgeable. I highly recommand her.
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Shawvan B. April 5, 2016
· Spanish · In home
If you are looking for a Spanish teacher look no further! Naomi is a very skilled and phenomenal teacher. I have taken her class for the last 10 months and I truly can see the progress I have made with her teaching style. She not only has set lessons from the book, but she will bring real-world examples such as food, newspapers, and music! I recently traveled to the Dominican Republic and I was amazed at how easily I was able to hold a conversation. The people there let me know that my Spanish was very good. It was definitely a compliment for me. I believe that a student is only as good as their teacher. Naomi is the right teacher!
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Shawvan B. July 20, 2015
· Spanish · In home
Naomi really takes the time to go over with you the culture and language of the people. She setup a lesson plan for me and established goals. I love her teaching style and I feel like I'm taking the time to learn again. If you're looking for a teacher who knows her stuff she is it!
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Naomi K.

Naomi K.

Washington, DC 20001
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$50 / 30-min

About Valentina L.

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Alexandria, VA
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Russian and Czech languages instructor with 12-year experience in education and professional training.
Significant experience applying teaching skills and methodologies in one-on one and small group classes.
Works effectively with wide range of cultures and personalities.

I have been teaching one-on-one classes in DC leading language schools, such as Diplomatic Language Services and ICA Languages.
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Todd B. January 4, 2018
· Czech · Online
Excellent instructor.
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Todd B. January 2, 2018
· Czech · Online
Outstanding teacher, very fun lesson!
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Robin July 16, 2016
· Russian · In studio
Wonderful teacher. Very thorough. Patient and encouraging! Highly recommended.
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Valentina L.

Valentina L.

Alexandria, VA 22314
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About Thomas Y.

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Gaithersburg, MD
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I am born and have grown up Deaf. I regularly communicate in American Sign Language (ASL).

During my time at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), I weekly met a few students and helped them with their ASL courses. I signed words and sentences to these students when they asked me questions.

After I have graduated from RIT, I have worked at two federal agencies for three years. At one of these federal agencies, I have participated in ASL courses by one-on-one signing words and sentences to tutees and by having these tutees copy these words and sentences in ASL.

I can provide ASL lessons in the alphabet, common signs, visual description, classifiers, sentence structure, facial expression, body language, specialized signs, and ethical or professional relationships with Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing people. In addition these le
ssons, I can explain how signs and sentence structure form.
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Thomas Y.

Thomas Y.

Gaithersburg, MD 20879
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$15 / 60-min

About Consuelo C.

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Washington, DC

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About Consuelo
Hola! Consuelo has been teaching private lessons since 1986 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home, at her studio, and online. Consuelo has helped middle and high school students raise their grades to obtain the maximum scores possible after they were close to failing. She has helped high school students obtain scores of "5" on their Spanish Language and Literature AP tests. She has also prepared many students for trips abroad that no prior experience. She has worked with young children and senior citizens in their Spanish language acquisition.

Consuelo received her training at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia in 1982 where she received her certificate. As an expert in her field, Consuelo looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Consuelo likes helping her students feel empowered by ch
allenging them in fun ways.
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Ramona February 17, 2018
· Spanish · Online
The classes are fun and I'm becoming more confident in my speaking abilities.
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Charlston October 24, 2017
· Spanish · Online
Thank you . My child is grateful for his understanding from the help you gave .
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Pranav K. August 22, 2017
· Spanish · In home
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Consuelo C.

Consuelo C.

Washington, DC 20007
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$30 / 30-min

About Ashleigh S.

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Alexandria, VA

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About Ashleigh
I'm a former Spanish teacher who has taught taught levels 1-IV for the last 4 years. Prior to that, I lived in Germany as a military spouse where I taught yoga. Before Germany, I taught Spanish for two years at a private boarding school in Raleigh, North Carolina. My first teaching position, however, was in Granada, Spain where I taught English at a rural school near Granada, Spain having won a fellowship after university graduation.
Although my bachelors is in Spanish Language and Literature I am studying TESOL at American University where I have completed 12 credits in language assessment, second language acquisition and linguistics. My classes are engaging and personalized. For my athlete students, I find articles and clips about their sport that we build language around. I do the same for the interests of my other students, ther
eby making their connection to the language personal and intrinsic. In our tutoring sessions, there will be music, video and games! Because I am a teacher, I can help you liaise with your student's teacher in a way that will help us understand how to help your student.
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Erica April 18, 2018
· Spanish · In studio
I took Spanish lessons with Ashleigh for three years and learned so much from her! She was passionate about the subject and cared about all of her students. She taught me a lot about Spanish language and culture and I would highly recommend her to anybody looking to expand their language abilities.
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Helen April 7, 2018
· Spanish · In studio
I worked with Ashleigh for several years in a high school setting. Ashleigh is a dedicated, patient, knowledgeable and professional teacher. She shares her passion for the Spanish language and cultures with her students and strives to make the concepts accessible to all. Her lessons are always structured to allow students to make the most of previous knowledge and build on it. She pushes her students to excel and truly cares about their progress.
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Irene April 5, 2018
· Spanish · In studio
Ashleigh is a very encouraging and patient tutor. She has had a wide range of instructional experience—teaching introductory, intermediate and advanced Spanish students. I’ve had the privilege of working with Ashleigh at the secondary school level for four years. She is highly respected by her students and fellow instructors. I highly recommend her!
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Ashleigh S.

Ashleigh S.

Alexandria, VA 22311
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$34 / 30-min

About Marco P.

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Arlington, VA

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About Marco
I am a professional "Spanish" and "Music teacher" graduated from ITCA
(Central American Technological Institute) specifically Music Teacher and Spanish

I teach piano in churches, or private class of all different denominations or tastes of each people.

I teach Piano, keyboard , Acustic guitar Bass Guitar, Drums. I can teach students to read music or by ear, learning how to play contemporary music using chord sheets, or both depending on the goals and preference of the student

My personal passion is helping you to become a better musician, according to the preferred style or music...
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Marco P.

Marco P.

Arlington, VA 22204
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$67 / 60-min

About Ghida A.

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Vienna, VA
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I have been a professional educator for over 30 years, having just retired from 16 years public school teaching. I graduated from Edinburgh University, Scotland with a degree in Modern Languages, & from Catholic University of America with a PhD in Comparative Literature.
Teaching is my one great passion - I want to share my love of languages and literature with learners of all ages. I have taught elementary school children, high school students, college students and adults - including Franciscan brothers in a monastery!
My other interests include music, reading, gardening and travel. This year I hope to visit Portugal for the first time, and to also learn how to draw and do watercolors.
I am active in our local community including volunteering and mentoring in various organizations .
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Ghida A.

Ghida A.

Vienna, VA 22180
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$67 / 60-min

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