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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 Mariana L.

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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
· Piano · In home
She was very pleasant and patient. Really enjoyed the lesson
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John carlson January 12, 2018
· 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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Maple Grove, MN 55311
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About Carina R.

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Jersey City, NJ

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I've been teaching Spanish for 24 years and my students have improved their grades , passed their Spanish tests, decided to travel to Spanish-speaking countries, become better qualified for jobs, enriched their relationships with friends and family and more! Within a few lessons you will feel empowered to communicate: speaking and understanding. Reading and writing skills, grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary will also be addressed as needed.I teach conversational Spanish, SAT subject test in Spanish, CLEP Spanish, AP Spanish language.Within a few lessons you will feel I have the age-appropriate resources, games and creative ideas to instill your love for learning Spanish and getting to know the Spanish culture.

About Carina
I love teaching all ages and levels because I enjoy seeing students learn and achieve personal, social or professional goals. Everybody can learn if I respect the student's needs, pace and learning style, and if I tap into his/ her interests and strengths. A comprehensive approach that includes speaking, reading, writing and listening is necessary, however I focus primarily on communication . I provide knowledge, fun, creativity and flexibility to guarantee a successful pleasant experience for all students.
I am a native from Argentina. I moved to the US in 1996, therefore I can relate to the feelings involved in learning a foreign language. I live a bilingual life raising my daughter who is 14 and my son who is 6 years old . I travel to Argentina once or twice a year. I teach conversational Spanish, SAT subject test in Spanish,
CLEP Spanish, AP Spanish language.
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Madison D. July 21, 2018
· Spanish · Online
Excellent instructor. Keeps the student engaged.
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Jaime C. November 27, 2015
· Spanish · Online
Me gustan mis lecciones con Carina. Carina es una maestra muy buena.
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Michelle September 1, 2015
· Spanish · Online
My son and I have both had the pleasure of taking Spanish tutoring with Carina, and it was an excellent experience. She is patient, explains things very well and is very passionate about the language and culture.

Doing classes via Skype was simple and easy. I highly recommend Carina's services.
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About Kathleen S.

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Saint Paul, MN
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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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Saint Paul, MN 55105
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About Elia B.

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Minneapolis, MN

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Hola!

I am a Cuban American with a love of the Spanish language. Not only did I grow up using Spanish with family, I have studied it for 11 years. It all started in my 7th grade class with Sra. Claudia and continued through College. I was a Spanish Minor at the University of Minnesota, I completed a semester in Costa Rica, and I substitute teach at Windom Spanish Immersion Elementary. I am strong in identifying children's strengths and needs and use that to tailor to the student's learning. I enjoy being playful and productive. Nos vemos pronto!

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Hola Estudiantes!

My name is Elia. I am a Minnesota native Cuban-American who loves Spanish and teaching. I studied Spanish in middle school, high school, and at the University of Minnesota. My favorite semester was the one I spent in Costa Rica! Pura vida :) I am currently a substitute teacher at Windom Dual Spanish Immersion Elementary.

My teaching style is that of fun and productivity. I love to use my strengths in identifying children needs and tailoring the class to make goals a reality. I look forward to working with you! Nos vemos pronto!
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Carol May 31, 2018
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Elia is a wonderful teacher and an exceptional role model for young people. We have known Elia for several years as she has helped our family - teaching spanish, nannying. She is smart and kind - and she has a caring way about her.

Elia is the best!
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Richard May 31, 2018
· Spanish · In home
We hired Elia to teach our three kids Spanish. We were very pleased with the results. Elia made the lessons fun and the kids enjoyed learning. I would say they are not fluent but they sure can communicate in Spanish!
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Ana May 31, 2018
· Spanish · In studio
Elia is amazing!! She is very knowledgeable and patient.
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About Veronica H.

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Learning Spanish with Señora Veronica is never boring! It's dynamic, interesting and productive. With more than 15 years of experience teaching and creating curriculum for all levels and ages, teaching is 100% tailored to specific needs and learning styles. My background in Psychology will enhance your learning experience even more, providing strategies for better memorization, attention improvement, stress management, motivation and much more, achieving an overall improvement.

About Veronica
Teaching language is a passion, not only a profession. When you teach language you have to engage students in the culture, to spark motivation and broaden horizons, to promote diversity and tolerance.
My bachelors is in Psychology from my country of origin, but coming to this country I began working in language when looking for bilingual opportunities for my own children. Not being able to find the right person I decided to study so I could provide the best learning experience to my own children and that became my new career more than fifteen years now.
I have traveled through Latin America and gained cultural and academic knowledge. I have owned a language program for ten years and trained and supervised hundreds of language teachers and enjoyed thousands of young and old students' language accomplishments.
I have also had the hon
or and the privilege of teaching language to the military for almost eight years, developing curriculum for all levels and all ages.
Every student is a new opportunity to inspire and improve a life. I look forward to that every day.
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Christopher September 1, 2018
· Spanish · Online
Veronica is truly an excellent Spanish instructor. Although I have only had a few lessons with her, my speaking and listening comprehension skills have drastically improved. Also, after I expressed my interest in interpretation and translation, Veronica immediately tailored the lessons in a manner that would help me achieve my goals in these two areas. I highly recommend Veronica to anyone who wants to learn Spanish or who has already studied Spanish and wants to improve their skills. I am looking forward to many more classes with Veronica.
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Jonathan August 16, 2018
· Spanish · In studio
She is an awesome teacher and really takes the time to work with you whatever your starting point!
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Brenda July 12, 2018
· Spanish · In home
We are very happy with Veronica! She is on time and we learn something every time she comes.
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Im a native speaker and fully understand the needs and gramatics of the Spanish language, also immersed myself in English 14 years ago, so I consider myself fully bilingual

About Luis
Originally from Guadalajara, Mexico has studied orchestral conducting under Pedro Bocotan, Leonardo Gasparini, Lynn McLain, Dr Suzanne Pence, Glenn Richter, Carlos Riazuelo and Hector Guzman.
He has conducted several orchestras in Mexico, as a guest conductor appearing in various cities throughout the country, conducting Mozart, Mendelssohn, Sibelius, Vivaldi, Mascagni and Beethoven among others. He currently works as the cover conductor for the Plano Symphony Orchestra and Irving Symphony, as well as working as assistant to Maestro Hector Guzman.
In the operatic field, he has conducted the operas Elixir of Love by Gaetano Donizetti, Rigoletto by Verdi and Amahl, the Night Visitors by G. C. Menotti and Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell.
​He earned his bachelors degree from the University of Texas at Austin where he majored in voice perf
ormance and minored in conducting, continuing his education at LSU's school of music where he earned his Master's degree in orchestral conducting. In Austin, he conducted works by Stephen Sondheim (Into the Woods) and Dan Studney (Reefer Madness.)
​As a voice performer, he has sung the roles of Papageno (The Magic Flute), Ramon (La Curandera), King Balthazar (Amahl and the Night Visitors), Rigoletto (Rigoletto by Verdi), Belcore (Elixir of Love), Warrick (Plump Jack), The Phantom (Phantom of the Opera) among others. He has been heard regularly as a recitalist both in Mexico and throughout the US.
He earned his bachelors degree from the University of Texas at Austin where he majored in voice performance and minored in conducting, continuing his education at LSU's school of music where he earned his Master's degree in orchestral conducting. In Austin, he conducted works by Stephen Sondheim (Into the Woods) and Dan Studney (Reefer Madness.)
He currently serves as cover conductor for the Plano Symphony Orchestra, as well as administrator and librarian for the Irving Symphony.
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Salaia R. August 6, 2018
· Singing · In home
Mr. Rodriguez is the Best!!!! I started with some warm ups and he explained the process of taking breaths in the correct way when singing and breathing. Thank you so much!!
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About Wyatt C.

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I have 5 years experience teaching Spanish in a classroom setting, and have tutored both kids and adults. I have both presented at teaching conferences and published in the field of language teaching. I work to make language learning practical, fun, and personal! Will use industry-researched best practices to help push you in the direction that you want to take your abilities. I will be attending NYU in the fall to begin a Master of Arts in Teaching Foreign Language.

About Wyatt
I am an experienced Spanish teacher who just moved to the NYC area to start grad school in the fall. I have taught middle school Spanish in the Boston area for the past 5 years, but have experience in classrooms and tutoring young kids, teenagers and adults. I have both presented work at teaching conferences and published in the field of language teaching.
I graduated from Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) in 2010 with a major in Spanish. I've lived for 3 academic years in Spain, and have also spent significant amounts of time in Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile and Perú.
My preference is to make lessons conversational, practical and personal. I strongly believe that a language, like any skill, is best learned THROUGH DOING IT (as opposed to learning about it in a textbook). That said, I am always happy to cater to your specific inter
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I am a retired college professor with 15 years teaching experience in the classroom, as well as, 15 years tutoring and teaching Spanish privately for different companies. I am a native speaker and can teach students not only how to speak Spanish, but also read and write Spanish. As a former lawyer and judge in the country of Colombia, I can also teach professional Spanish for anyone doing business in a Latin American country.
With over 30 years teaching and tutoring experience in the United States, I have had the luxury of working with college students, as well as, business professionals. When we lived in Colombia, I was a lawyer then a judge. So I can not only teach conversational Spanish, I can also teach business and professional Spanish.
I have experience working with college students and business professionals, but I am also a grandfather and have a ton of patience for young learners as well. Please reach out and contact me if you would like me to tutor you so you could speak ...

About Harold
I am a retired college professor with 15 years teaching experience in the classroom, as well as, 15 years tutoring and teaching Spanish privately for different companies. I am a native speaker and can teach students not only how to speak Spanish, but also read and write Spanish. As a former lawyer and judge in the country of Colombia, I can also teach professional Spanish for anyone doing business in a Latin American country.
With over 30 years teaching and tutoring experience in the United States, I have had the luxury of working with college students, as well as, business professionals. When we lived in Colombia, I was a lawyer then a judge. So I can not only teach conversational Spanish, I can also teach business and professional Spanish.
I have experience working with college students and business professionals, but I am also a grandf
ather and have a ton of patience for young learners as well. Please reach out and contact me if you would like me to tutor you so you could speak like a native speaker.
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