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Carmen delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 10+

Teaching since:
June 2012

Hi, there! My name is Carmen L and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2012 and have loved helping my students accomplish their goals.
I went to the University of Puerto Rico and earned a degree in Education.
I'm a native Spanish speaker and my teaching style is interactive and based on conversational Spanish. I enjoy teaching and I look forward to meeting you soon!

Education

Real Estate Agent
Feb 2013 - Mar 2013
Watson institute
Bachelors Degree in Education
Aug 1966 - May 1972
University of Puerto Rico

Languages

Spanish. English, Papiamento
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Bachelors Degree Diploma
May 1972
University of Puerto Rico

Bachelor in Education and Mathematics

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Keyjonn V. Nov 12, 2017
Spanish · Online

I looking forward to my next session.

Special A. Sep 28, 2017
Spanish · Online

Juliet Aug 19, 2017
Spanish · Online

My 12 year old is learning so much from Carmen. She is relaxed and supportive. Thank you!

Sydney Aug 5, 2017
Spanish · Online

Gissette Aug 2, 2017
Spanish · Online

A great teacher and very motivating!

Lindsie Aug 1, 2017
Spanish · Online

In my first meeting with Carmen she already taught me a lot. She explained a lot of tips and tricks to staying sharp with Spanish. She also provides materials and good study tips to stay on top of her next lessons. I am very eager to continue working with her.

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Lindsie Aug 1, 2017
Spanish · Online

Lindsie Aug 1, 2017
Spanish · Online

Peter P. Jul 18, 2017
Spanish · Online

I tried to learn Spanish on my own using a computer and phone app. After more than a year of trying I had very little success. So, one year ago I started classes with Carmen. The lessons have been excellent since day one. She is extremely patient and understanding. I started as a very early beginner. Carmen provided study sheets for me each week as I progressed in my study of Spanish. We have transitioned to spending most of the lesson focusing on conversation. Carmen has recommended level appropriate materials for me throughout the year. These include passages and books to read, YouTube videos to watch, music to listen to, and work books for study.

Here is the bottom line. One year ago I never thought I would be speaking Spanish. Am I fluent? Not yet. It has been only one year. Can I communicate in Spanish? YES, and I am improving each week! In addition, I can definitely read and watch movies and TV in Spanish.

I am ready and excited for the upcoming year. I would not be here without Carmen. I give her my highest recommendation without any reservations. Do you want to learn Spanish? Take lessons with Carmen!

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Wane K. Jun 9, 2017
Spanish · Online

Dottie N. May 25, 2017
Spanish · Online

Zaskia May 17, 2017
Spanish · Online

Lesson is so enjoyable with Carmen that an hour is almost not enough. Great teacher.

Joseph May 17, 2017
Spanish · Online

Tailored classes to your needs. You will be pleased with this teacher. She is an awesome teacher

IanF May 17, 2017
Spanish · Online

Awesome teacher that works great with kids and adults. Recommended 100%

Melody May 17, 2017
Spanish · Online

Best Spanish teacher ever. 5 stars! interesting classes motivates one to study and learn.

Maryellyn F. May 13, 2017
Spanish · Online

Carmen is great! Always available, encoraging and flexible.

Michael Apr 25, 2017
Spanish · Online

I've had a handful of lessons with Carmen so far and she has done a great job customizing her lesson plans for me and helping me to improve my grasp of the spanish language. She does a great job pushing me to expand my boundaries while at the same time reassuring me that I know more than I think I do. I look forward to working with Carmen going forward to improve my comfort level with with my Spanish written and speaking skills.

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Maryellyn F. Apr 22, 2017
Spanish · Online

She's the best! She really encourages me and I am making progress.

Elizabeth Hunter Apr 21, 2017
Spanish · Online

Carmen is an excellent teacher! I took Spanish lessons from Carmen every week or two for almost a year. I was at an intermediate level when I started - I could "get by," but I really wanted to work on my comfort level for comprehension and speaking. Carmen assigned me exercises and readings to improve my vocabulary and grammar, but the most valuable thing was the time spent with her in conversation. She started out speaking to me slowly, and then gradually ramped up to her normal conversational speed, which really helped me test and strengthen my conversational skills. Talking with Carmen is also a pleasure because she is a very interesting person with wonderful stories to tell and she cares a lot about her students. She has spent a lot of time teaching Spanish (as well as other subjects) and so knows many different approaches to meet different students' needs. I learned so much from Carmen and all the practice with her was priceless. I feel much more confident in my speaking now, I can listen to the radio in Spanish, and I can read novels in Spanish. Carmen is a truly great teacher, and I highly recommend her for all levels of Spanish!

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Special A. Mar 24, 2017
Spanish · Online

My 1st lesson was great with Mrs. Carmen. She was able to quickly identify my strength and weaknesses. She has a very friendly, positive and encouraging personality. I am positive that I made the right decision to pick her as my Spanish teacher.

Alexa N. Mar 4, 2017
Spanish · Online

Linda B. Jan 28, 2017
Spanish · Online

Joseph M. Jan 19, 2017
Spanish · Online

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Gillian Jan 18, 2017
Spanish · Online

Yay! I am going to enjoy this :)

Erin I. Jan 13, 2017
Spanish · Online

Dolly Jan 6, 2017
Spanish · Online

My online lesson was great! Carmen is excellent in setting up a study plan to speak Spanish. Two times when I practiced my Spanish with Spanish speaking individuals, I felt confident in speaking, even though I have a long way to go before I am fluent, I just did it! It was a great feeling. Thank you carmen for encouraging me to take that first step in speaking. Just do it!

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Terri R. Jan 3, 2017
Spanish · Online

Carmen was very patient as I tried to logon and she immediately got me assistance. I have only had one lesson but I think Carmen is a good fit for me

Joseph M. Jan 3, 2017
Spanish · Online

Dolly Dec 22, 2016
Spanish · Online

I have tried to learn Spanish for many years, and yes I learned a lot of vocabulary, grammar, and history --but I still cannot speak Spanish. When I joined takelessons and chose Carmen for my Spanish instructor, I have learned more in one week than all those classroom lectures put together. Carmen assesses my Spanish knowledge/level and is tailoring the class specifically for me. She is also patient and understanding. I look forward to my next lesson, and I amexcited to see my progress over the next several lessons!

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Henry Nov 22, 2016
Spanish · Online

Senora Lasten is completely committed to her students. She quickly assesses the beginning student's skill and customizes on the fly the lessons pace, while maintaining the lessons objective. She's a joy.

Wane K. Nov 9, 2016
Spanish · Online

Maryellyn F. Oct 30, 2016
Spanish · Online

I have been taking lessons from Carmen for almost a year and I am truly amazed at my progress. She is a firm believer in developing conversation as a way to improve vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation skills. I am blessed ot have her as my teacher and friend. I highly recommend Carme to EVERYONE!!

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Mayah M. Oct 5, 2016
Spanish · Online

I started taking classes with Carmen last year as birthday gift to myself. Boy...what a gift it has been!!! Carmen is by far the best Spanish instructors I've ever met. She's always on time, prepared and very patient. Her encouraging teaching style and care for me has been invaluable. I would not take lessons with anyone else...anywhere.

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Erin Sep 17, 2016
Spanish · Online

I give Carmen 5 stars for sure! I tried multiple times to learn Spanish from books and adult education classes but didn't get anywhere. I finally feel like I am making great progress with being able to read, understand, and especially speak Spanish!
Carmen is organized, very patient, and constantly encourages me while I am trying speak the language. In the last nine months I have improved beyond what I ever thought I could. I highly recommend Carmen!

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Frank Aug 17, 2016
Spanish · Online

Carmen was great. It was the first lesson and I am really looking forward to the rest of the lessons with her.

We had some technical problems that were not her fault. There were no instructions that prepared me for needing to download Google Chrome. No instruction about needing a webcam. It took a long time to get set up for the lesson and wasted valuable lesson time.

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Hermiley Jul 20, 2016
Spanish · Online

Great teacher! Carmen is very professional, kind and has a lot of knowledge. Her teaching methods are excellent. I highly recommend her.

Linda B. Jul 19, 2016
Spanish · Online

I have spoken Spanish for 20 years but had never really had anyone help me with my grammar. Although I speak Spanish well, I frequently make little mistakes and I need help from an expert so that I can speak Spanish REALLY well. I feel confident that with my lessons from Carmen I am on target with my goal.

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Peter P. Jul 19, 2016
Spanish · Online

Just had my very first lesson. I am a beginner. Carmen was very kind and patient as I struggled to show what I know. She was very encouraging as well.

Maya Phillips Jun 27, 2016
Spanish · Online

I've been learning a lot with Carmen. She's a really good teacher.

Harold Jun 27, 2016
Spanish · Online

Carmen is a Very accomplished teacher. She gets my highest recommendation.

Melody Jun 14, 2016
Spanish · Online

Learning spanish sound difficult right? Not with Carmen. She is so sweet and makes it so easy to learn that you will be looking forward to the next lesson. Highly recommended.

Tara Stein May 3, 2016
Spanish · Online

Carmen is a lovely teacher and person! She has been kind and patient with my introverted children and "took charge" right away, establishing clear goals and steps for success in Spanish language learning. We highly recommend her!

James L. May 3, 2016
Spanish · Online

Mrs. Lasten is a passionate, sincere and patient teacher. I made the right choice by choosing her, I am in good hands.

Desiree G. Apr 19, 2016
Spanish · Online

It was a "no-brainer" to order more lessons and for a longer time period. I will continue taking lessons with Carmen. Her techniques are very effective.

Desiree G. Apr 1, 2016
Spanish · Online

Carmen is an excellent Spanish teacher. In her first consultation she speaks with you in great length to determine exactly what you need out of the lesson and how she can help you. She helps you with words relative to your work industry so that you will be able to speak in a professional environment. She is a great teacher for beginner and advance students. I can tell that she enjoys teaching. I purchased a 5 class package and when my classes are done, I will order more classes with Carmen and for a longer time period because I find her teaching style is extremely helpful.

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Sharon M. Mar 21, 2016
Spanish · Online

Ms. Carmen has been a great teacher. She is patient and very thorough.

Elizabeth Hunter Jan 27, 2016
Spanish · Online

Enjoyed my first lesson! Carmen is great, she definitely seems like she has a plan that has worked for other people. I'm really looking forward to the next lesson and improving my Spanish!

Gwen Jan 27, 2016
Spanish · Online

The first lesson was great!

Maryellyn F. Jan 24, 2016
Spanish · Online

I have had 5 lessons with Carmen and am enjoying my time. I find Carmen to be organized, and encouraging.

Nancy V. Jan 20, 2016
Spanish · Online

very nice lady and good educator and after a while we will read together and that is wonderful. it makes more sense to understand written stories and feelings connected to the stores. i am happy i met carmen.

Anne Jan 19, 2016
Spanish · Online

I was happy to have phrases to learn that Carmen tailored to my own experience.

Mayah M. Jan 15, 2016
Spanish · Online

Carmen is simply wonderful. Extremely patient and professional. I would definitely recommend her to others wanting to learn Spanish!

Mayah M. Dec 14, 2015
Spanish · Online

If there was any way to give Carmen 10 stars I would! I love Carmen and I think that she is an amazing teacher. Carmen is very kind, and teaches very well, I have nothing but wonderful things to say about her.

Daniel,Anna,Elizabeth Dec 8, 2015
Spanish · Online

Excellent first experience. Carmen is friendly, organized, obviously well-educated, and committed to students' success. We're so pleased to have her.

Maryellyn F. Dec 5, 2015
Spanish · Online

Enjoyed our time. Feel we have a plan and look forward to next lesson.

Mayah M. Nov 14, 2015
Spanish · Online

Awesome first lesson!!!! I'm looking forward to the next!!!!

Jenni B. Nov 5, 2015
Spanish · Online

Carmen is patient, professional and fun to work with. She made the first lesson challenging but fun and very informative. Can't wait for the next lessons to come.

Ashabi M. Oct 22, 2015
Spanish · Online

Ms. Carmen is just absolutely amazing. I am learning a lot with her. She is patient and is able to make the lesson interesting and easy to understand. She is very encouraging and I love working with her. I am very slow in Spanish and it has always been challenging for me but over the last five lessons I am beginning to understand more and is learning the techniques of speaking the language with the help of Ms. Carmen. he lessons are interactive and she is very good at helping me raise my confidence so I can feel comfortable speaking the language. She is a great teacher and I am looking forward to more lessons with her. Thank you Ms. Carmen.

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Cajou I. Oct 17, 2015
Spanish · Online

I gave her a 5

Robert D. Oct 6, 2015
Spanish · Online

I was so happy with Carmen, she was patient with me and took the time to explain the things I did not understand. It was a first lesson, but I am confident we will be working together for a while. Thank you again Carmen.

Amy S. Sep 30, 2015
Spanish · Online

First lesson was a success! Carmen makes you feel so comfortable and gives you just the right amount of motivation you need to push yourself. I'm already excited about next week!

gabriel Sep 26, 2015
Spanish · Online

I just had my first lesson with Carmen and she was great! Prompt, friendly, patient and eager to be a good teacher. I was so nervous at the beginning (because everything makes me nervous) but by the end if the hour I realized she made me feel relaxed and capable. I'm already looking forward to our next session!

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Jeff V. Sep 3, 2015
Spanish · Online

Great teacher! I am looking forward to Carmen helping me become fluent!

Joe G. Aug 19, 2015
Spanish · Online

Very friendly and a good teacher. The web cam wasn't working properly so she stayed with me an extra half hour to work on it for free.

Joe G. Aug 19, 2015
Spanish · Online

Very friendly and a good teacher. The web cam wasn't working properly so she stayed with me an extra half hour to work on it for free.

Trison G. Aug 12, 2015
Spanish · Online

Carmen has taught me so much in my Spanish lessons. She takes care to progress at the right pace so that I learn quickly but also thoroughly. I am excited to be learning from her!

Kentrell P. Aug 8, 2015
Spanish · Online

Just one lesson done so far she is great!

Jaszmone P. Aug 8, 2015
Spanish · Online

She is awesome!!

Bernard Lee Jul 29, 2015
Spanish · Online

Really happen that I selected Carmen as my Spanish teacher. I'd recommend her to anyone without a second thought.

Elijah M. Jul 24, 2015
Spanish · Online

Great!

Elijah M. Jul 24, 2015
Spanish · Online

Great!

Elijah M. Jul 24, 2015
Spanish · Online

Great!

Elijah M. Jul 24, 2015
Spanish · Online

Great!

Betsy K. Jul 13, 2015
Spanish · Online

Carmen is very patient, easy to work with, and takes a personalized approach that I found to be inspiring and helpful! She has a great sense of humor and makes lessons fun! I look forward to continuing my Spanish lessons with her!

Karthik A. Jul 7, 2015
Spanish · Online

She is sharp and to the point and teaches you enough in an hour class to keep you busy for the rest of the week. Would definitely recommend her.

Darrell K. Apr 22, 2015
Spanish · Online

Carmen is a wonderful instructor. I learned a lot from taking her Spanish classes. She is very attentive and detailed with her lessons. She not only explains to you the meaning of a word but the correct pronunciation. She takes the time to explain it's origins and similarities which helped me to gain a better understanding of the phrases and words being taught. I would highly recommend her for lessons.

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Linda P. Apr 11, 2015
Spanish · Online

Carmen is a very patient teacher, but I appreciate her flexibility with the scheduling most of all! As a busy professional it can be difficult to keep to a set schedule and Carmen has been wonderful in accommodating several schedule changes. This has allowed me to learn enough Spanish to take my trip to Spain with my father this spring!

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Melody L. Mar 27, 2015
Spanish · Online

Carmen is by far the best teacher ever! I've had many teachers over the years but her patience is incredible. She is always very prepared for the class and you learn in every session. She is always on time and very responsible. Take classes with her and you will not be disappointed.

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Joseph N. Mar 12, 2015
Spanish · Online

I've had the pleasure of having Mrs. Lasten as my Spanish teacher for the past 2 months now. My Spanish has improved since, thanks to Mrs. Lasten. I highly recommend her to anyone who wants to learn Spanish or want to improve their Spanish.

Kerri W. Feb 17, 2015
Spanish · Online

Carmen is incredibly patient, kind, and passionate about teaching. She will work with you to understand what you already know (even if you are a brand new beginner!) and what you are hoping to accomplish in order to personalize each lesson. Carmen was my first instructor though the Take Lessons website and I will never look for anyone else! I would recommend her for anyone looking to begin, improve or master Spanish.

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