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Speaking Up and Going Out: Spanish Lessons in Saint Paul and Minneapolis

By Tyler S. - Minneapolis Spanish Teacher

Did you know that Saint Paul and Minneapolis area is a hub for cultural diversity where more than twenty languages are spoken in the community? And of all these languages, Spanish is the second most commonly spoken language. I frequently have the opportunity to speak Spanish almost anywhere I go in the city, and the people here are delighted to converse when they find out you want to practice. The Saint Paul and the Minneapolis area is the home of many useful resources for improving your Spanish such as conversation groups, Spanish classes, Spanish immersion schools for your children grades K-8th, and small businesses that belong to our vibrant Latino community. If you are someone who is ready to get out there and practice your Spanish, Saint Paul is full of opportunity for you!

Here are my top five favorite locations in for practicing after your Spanish Lessons in Saint Paul and Minneapolis:

1) Midtown Global Market 920 E Lake St #G10, Minneapolis, MN 55407 http://www.midtownglobalmarket.org/ If you are in the mood to go shopping and pick up some useful Spanish expressions, visiting the Midtown Global Market is a must. I have frequently taken my students to this marketplace where they can sample authentic food from Central and South American culture, and likewise browse hundreds of other items labeled only in Spanish. This location is great for reading practice and most of the store clerks love to speak Spanish with me and my students. I always have the feeling that I’m traveling to a foreign country when I visit the Global Market, minus the costly expenses and hours of travel. This marketplace is ideal for entertainment and local language submersion!

2) Teatro del Puelbo 209 Page St W #208, St Paul, MN 55107 http://teatrodelpueblo.org/ This area is a national hotspot for the arts, and the Teatro del Pueblo is one of its unique resources for finding Spanish-speakers as well as theatrical entertainment. Although the organization is situated in Saint Paul, many of its performances take place in Minneapolis. Teatro del Pueblo works to promote Latino culture by providing artistic performance in Spanish as an educational opportunity, and by supporting local Latino artists. It is a great pleasure experiencing theater performed in Spanish, and then discussing the performance with other audience members in both Spanish and English afterwards. I learn something new and valuable every time I attend a performance by Teatro del Pueblo.

3) Lake Street District E. Lake Street Minneapolis, MN Only a short drive from Saint Paul, you can walk up and down East Lake Street in South Minneapolis where you will encounter dozens of stores, restaurants, and music venues where Spanish is the main language spoken. These establishments are owned by members of the Latino community and are often where many native Spanish speakers do their shopping. This becomes quickly apparent as most everything is label in Spanish, which is a great chance for learning new vocabulary. Some of my favorite pastimes for learning more Spanish here include conversing with the owner of the taquería (taco shop), ordering in Spanish over the counter at the panadería (bakery), and listening to live authentic mariachi bands. If you are serious about practicing Spanish, please take the time to visit the vibrant Lake Street district. ¡Es muy interesante!

4) Conga Latin Bistro 501 East Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, 55414 http://www.congalatinbistro.com/ If you are ready to dive headfirst into the nightlife of Latino culture, look no further than Conga Latin Bistro. For any of my Latino friends who live in Saint Paul or Minneapolis, Conga is the #1 restaurant in the area that offers live music, conversation with native Spanish-speakers, and great salsa dancing! Two of the greatest things about this location are the fun, easy-going atmosphere, and the diversity of Spanish speakers. Not only will you pick up some common standardized Spanish, but people can teach you about the dialect of Spanish they speak (such as Ecuadorian Spanish). I have yet to find a more diverse group of Spanish speakers in Minneapolis than the fun people who go to Conga.

5) Hennepin County Library 300 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis, MN 55401 http://www.hclib.org/ In the entire city of Minneapolis, The Hennepin County Library is the greatest free resource for reading practice in Spanish. This is the first resource I think of when I need a quick reference about Spanish grammar, or to find an interesting Spanish film to watch. The library is made of a large system totaling 16 libraries, and you can request books to be sent from any of these libraries to the nearest one to your location. I have yet to find a better collection of children’s books written in Spanish, films, dictionaries, and hundreds of novels for students at the intermediate or advanced level.

You now have the resources to learn as much Spanish as your heart desires in the Saint Paul and Minneapolis metro areas. These are not the only resources in Saint Paul, so I encourage you to do more web-searching for events or conversation groups if you’re up to the challenge. It’s important to surround yourself with a language if you want to gain fluency, and taking advantage of local language resources is a way to avoid the costs of expensive travel. The more you surround yourself with those who share your interest in Spanish, the more your language skills will improve. This is a friendly, supportive community, so sign up for Spanish lessons in Saint Paul and find an instructor who can help you succeed in your desire to learn the language!

About Vania C.

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Grammar and conversations skills for beginner and intermediate students.
I teach Spanish and English. I've been teaching English for more than 20 years and Spanish for 8 years. I like to focus my classes on students needs. The most important is to make them feel comfortable and motivated. I use a lot of vocabulary, shown with drawings or materials to show examples. My goal is to make students speak the language in a very natural and easy way.

About Vania
I've always been attracted to the rewarding profession of teaching. I've been teaching for the last 20 years and it's been such a privilege to be a positive part of all my students' stories. As a result, I have built life-long, lasting connections with my students. My professional bio and education qualifications include:

• Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science

• Private and public Spanish Instructor
I teach beginning to advanced-level Spanish to persons of all ages. Books, media, dictionaries, age-appropriate games, and flash cards are the materials used for instruction. Students are assessed with oral and written quizzes.

• A variety of certificates of training and teaching, in the realm of Overseas Language Instruction in English and Spanish, Teaching Orientation
s, and Evaluating.

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They will walk into a highly positive, friendly, warm environment with an instructor who is able to recognize immediately their instructional level and needs, and will be able to connect with them. They will experience immediate results and feed off of their success and be encouraged for future sessions.
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Chris S. August 13, 2016
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! Vania is an excellent teacher !
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Phil L. April 1, 2013
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Vania is an excellent Spanish instructor

I've taken many Spanish lessons that have ranged from various software programs to personal tutors. Vania is great. She knows how to relate with each person in order to convey concepts. She's the best I have worked with.

She's also very accommodating, since I tend to change my schedule around a lot. She is always flexible to accommodate. Vania is simply great.
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Lessons are tailored to your needs including conversational Spanish, test preparation, grammar focus, etc. Learn Spanish from a native speaker!

About Mariana
Born in Panama City, Panama, Mariana completed a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory and completed a Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy at the Catholic University of America with an emphasis in Latin American Music in 2009. She has sung on the stages of Italy and Spain participating in performances of Die Zauberfl te, L'Elisir d'Amore and La Traviata. Mariana has sung in the DC area with Zarzuela Di Si and the In Series as well as The City Choir of Washington and The Washington Chorus.
As a voice teacher, Mariana has experience teaching students of all ages but mostly children and teenagers. Her approach is simple yet effective, speaking in terms that are easy for each individual student to understand and remember.

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Students will develop a strong vocal technique and build heal
thy vocal habits. They will learn all aspects needed to become a well rounded singer: diction, interpretation, musicianship, breath support and focus, all of this while having fun! Also, they will acquire the tools to keep up the work they've done during their lessons in the time between meetings with the teacher.
Pianists will learn to read music and play by ear while acquiring a healthy technique to avoid any injuries.

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You'll be learning to play on a beautiful Kawai upright piano.

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I own a traveling keyboard but prefer to use a larger instrument if available at the student's home. I also provide musical scores and the use of metronome.

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Classical, pop, musical theatre, rock
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Devie H. March 1, 2018
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She was very pleasant and patient. Really enjoyed the lesson
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· Spanish · In studio
Very patient
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Natalie November 1, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Our five year old started lessons this fall and really enjoys working with Mariana. She has a great rapport with her and has been welcoming to our entire family.
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I have nearly thirty years of experience working with students of all ages, both in private and group settings. I have also taught in Latin America - in Spanish.
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Ian S. March 8, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Ian Really enjoyed his lesson. Jonathan is very knowledgeable and helped Ian with his basic skills and gave him great pointers. He also gave him an outline and daily practice requirements.
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Jordan July 14, 2017
· Violin · In home
Jordan really enjoyed his first lesson. Jonathan validated for him that the daily work he is putting in is helpful and gave him small steps to go forward with.
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Catalina March 4, 2017
· Violin · In home
Great first lesson! Friendly, and very easy to follow. Looking forward to our next lesson.
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Hi guys. I've been teaching Spanish and English for over 18years and my students have always gone on to C1 of the CEF. since the first few lessons, you'll be able to COMPREHEND, SPEAK, READ and WRITE, , and as time goes on you'll be able specialize in C1, I have developed my own technique but of course I use spanish sources for this matter. Every time I am in front of students, I feel just like when I have been in a concert in front of thousands of people. I really love teaching. see u soon!

About Sebastian
I am from Colombia where I used to be both, an English and Spanish Teacher. I did it for over 15 years and thanks God I did a great job in all institutions I worked for. My accent is from Bogotá, Colombia, and I have a very learned spanish level. Many people say that in Colombia, specially in Bogotá, you will find one of the best places to learn this language as our accent is neutral. I have developed a skilled and easy technique to teach this beautiful language. On the other hand I am an artist. If you are interested in learning and getting a high and fluent spanish level, with someone who feels passion for teaching, I am the one you need.
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Cari Arnao March 4, 2016
· English · Online
Sebastian is a very good teacher!
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Tim T. February 1, 2016
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Very happy thus far
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Would you like to learn Spanish? Whether you desire to brush up on the Spanish you once learned in High School, want to learn for the first time, need homework help or just want to converse to keep your skills up, I'm happy to help you!

About Kathleen
Hello! My name is Kathleen and I'm excited to share the magic of paper folding with you! I've been folding since I was in Elementary school and teaching formally since 2004. I really enjoy helping my students find success in origami. If you are a beginner or looking to learn a certain skill or model, I can help you reach your goal.
I am also a licensed teacher and have a degree in teaching Spanish. Teaching and tutoring Spanish is another passion of mine! I'm creative, patient, flexible and understanding.
I look forward to helping you realize your paper dreams and/or Spanish goals!
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Allison October 9, 2017
· Origami · Online
Great first lesson. Kathleen contacted me in advance to find out what I’d like to work on and she was prepared with several options tonight. Her helpful tips on folding and diagram reading were just what I was looking for. We agreed on the next piece and I’m already looking forward to our next lesson. Thank you!
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Sarah christian October 5, 2017
· Origami · Online
Kathleen is a very pleasant person to learn from. She is patient and very willing to redo if you need a rerun on a step. She is very knowledgeable and has a lot of learning things to share. I love my origami lessons, looking forward to each new experience. Kathleen is a very nice person.
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William August 11, 2017
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I was looking for a boost to my new hobby with origami, and have had two lessons so far with Kathleen. I couldn't be happier with the lesson experience; her approach is detailed, clear, easy to follow along with and relaxed. She was even folding upside down from her point of view so that I could see from across the table. I was really impressed. There's nothing like learning from a real person. Definitely looking forward to more lessons in the future.
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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.

About Frank
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.

I look forward to meeting you.
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Fun and engaging lessons. You will learn Spanish fast and easy. I have 15 years experience. If you tried the rest try the best.

About Veronica
Hi, there! My name is Veronica Abrevanel and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2006 and have loved helping my students Learn Spanish , Improve ELA grades, and become proficient English speakers. I went to Walden Univeristy and earned a degree in Education in 2013. I'm a type A and very friendly person and my teaching style is Student based learning, My lessons are fun and engaging. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Wow!! What a tutor, she is extremely good at the task at hand.. She takes great details in the subject that she is tutoring I have seen excellent improvement on my kid learning habits. I would highly recommend Mrs Veronica you won’t regretted..
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Hola!! I have a degree in Spanish and I speak it every day with my family. I am also fluent in English! I can easily explain things that are confusing, and walk you through the process of learning this beautiful language! I am also able to fully immerse you so you can practice your conversational skills!

About Stephanie
I am a passionate musician, bilingüist, and teacher and I love every person I have taught. I especially have a soft spot for children and youth, and I relate to them personally. I always adapt the lessons to each student’s unique needs and abilities. You will love your lessons in my cheerful and bright studio!
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Engaging, fun and interesting lessons

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Hi, My name is Will. I live in Portland. I love to help people learn. I graduated from Seattle University with a degree in International Studies. I have a TEFL certification. My methods are designed for effective and efficient learning. I value peoples' time and try to make sure every student gets the most out of my tutoring.
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