Carmen Lasten
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Carmen Lasten

Carmen L.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am a Native Spanish speaking person born in Puerto Rico.
I have a Bachelors Degree in Education from the University of Puerto Rico.
The Spanish lessons are interactive and customized to teach each student according
to their knowledge, level, line of work or specific interests and are based on conversational
skills.Under my supervision and guidance the students will accomplish their goals fast and
easy and will develop a profound love for the Spanish language.

About Carmen L.

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!

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Jenni B.
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Posted Apr 30, 2020
Sheanna J.
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It was a great start to my language Journey. She help build my confidence from day one and I look forward to my next lesson!

Posted Apr 23, 2020
Shamika Cordis
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Great Overall Experience.

Posted Jan 24, 2020
Sebastian
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Carmen keeps the lessons very interesting. Her study materials encourage learning at a fast pace.

Posted Oct 23, 2019
Zuleika Raker
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Very enjoyable. Ms. Carmen is amazing!

Posted Oct 8, 2019
Melody
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Awesome spanish teacher. The best to learn from scratch or practice.

Posted Apr 22, 2019
Sahana H.
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Posted Mar 22, 2019
Al K.
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Posted Mar 1, 2019
Anivad
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First Lesson went well I am excited to start this journey with Carmen, she did a great job!

Posted Dec 6, 2018
Lora H.
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First lesson was great! Off to a good start. Carmen is very smart at her teaching style, i expect to learn a lot with her.

Posted Oct 17, 2018
Poojaa A.
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Posted May 10, 2018
Marc
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First lesson today. I was nervous but Carmen was very patient. I appreciated the fact that she is interested in helping me in a goal-oriented manner; i.e., I did not feel that I was receiving a "cookie-cutter" approach. I think that she was able to nail my deficiencies in as much as can be expected in an hour. I am very excited and even more motivated to learn and cannot wait until our next lesson. Thank you Carmen!

Posted Apr 12, 2018
SHAVON
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She’s awesome! Really enjoyed my first lesson. Looking forward to next week!

Posted Mar 8, 2018
Desiree G.
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Always a pleasure

Posted Feb 21, 2018
Meli
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Just as the rating states Best Instructor Ever. Very patient and prepares her classes specially for the student. Native Spanish speaker. Love it!

Posted Feb 15, 2018
Nicole
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Posted Jan 5, 2018
Linda B.
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Posted Dec 30, 2017
Anthony
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Carmen is awesome! She really understands the nuances of teaching. She can sense what your sticking points are and provides analogies and examples to clear them right up! Highly recommend.

Posted Dec 19, 2017
Hermiley
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Carmen is an excellent Spanish teacher. She is very knowledgeable and makes you feel very comfortable. She also is very patient. I highly recommend her. You will learn fast.

Posted Dec 16, 2017
Keyjonn V.
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Learned a lot more today and enjoyed my session.

Posted Dec 2, 2017
Keyjonn V.
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I enjoy my lessons so much. I don't feel stressed or nervous. She gives you the just challenge to help you grow as a learner each time and fun while going at your pace. I can hardly wait each time to my next session.

Posted Nov 30, 2017
Nicole
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Carmen is amazing ! She makes lessons comfortable and fun! I cannot wait to book my next lessons!

Posted Nov 29, 2017
Fiona K.
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We really appreciate Carmen's patience and flexibility with my son. Carmen will go out of her way to work with us whenever there is a conflict in scheduling or we are running late for whatever reasons. She is very patient with my 12-year old son too. My son would stay learning Spanish all because of her.

Posted Nov 23, 2017
Keyjonn V.
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I looking forward to my next session.

Posted Nov 12, 2017
Special A.
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Posted Sep 28, 2017
Juliet
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My 12 year old is learning so much from Carmen. She is relaxed and supportive. Thank you!

Posted Aug 19, 2017
Sydney
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Posted Aug 5, 2017
Gissette
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A great teacher and very motivating!

Posted Aug 2, 2017
Lindsie
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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.

Posted Aug 1, 2017
Lindsie
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Posted Aug 1, 2017
Lindsie
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Posted Aug 1, 2017
Peter P.
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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!

Posted Jul 18, 2017
Fiona K.
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Posted Jun 9, 2017
Dottie N.
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Posted May 25, 2017
Zaskia
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Lesson is so enjoyable with Carmen that an hour is almost not enough. Great teacher.

Posted May 17, 2017
Joseph
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Tailored classes to your needs. You will be pleased with this teacher. She is an awesome teacher

Posted May 17, 2017
IanF
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Awesome teacher that works great with kids and adults. Recommended 100%

Posted May 17, 2017
Melody
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Best Spanish teacher ever. 5 stars! interesting classes motivates one to study and learn.

Posted May 17, 2017
Maryellyn F.
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Carmen is great! Always available, encoraging and flexible.

Posted May 13, 2017
Michael
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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.

Posted Apr 25, 2017
Maryellyn F.
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She's the best! She really encourages me and I am making progress.

Posted Apr 22, 2017
Elizabeth Hunter
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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!

Posted Apr 21, 2017
Special A.
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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.

Posted Mar 24, 2017
Alexa N.
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Posted Mar 4, 2017
Linda B.
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Posted Jan 28, 2017
Joseph M.
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!!!

Posted Jan 19, 2017
Gillian
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Yay! I am going to enjoy this :)

Posted Jan 18, 2017
Erin I.
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Posted Jan 13, 2017
Dolly
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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!

Posted Jan 6, 2017
Terri R.
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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

Posted Jan 3, 2017
Joseph M.
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Posted Jan 3, 2017
Dolly
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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!

Posted Dec 22, 2016
Henry
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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.

Posted Nov 22, 2016
Fiona K.
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Posted Nov 9, 2016
Maryellyn F.
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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!!

Posted Oct 30, 2016
Mayah M.
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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.

Posted Oct 5, 2016
Erin
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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!

Posted Sep 17, 2016
Frank
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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.

Posted Aug 17, 2016
Hermiley
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Great teacher! Carmen is very professional, kind and has a lot of knowledge. Her teaching methods are excellent. I highly recommend her.

Posted Jul 20, 2016
Linda B.
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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.

Posted Jul 19, 2016
Peter P.
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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.

Posted Jul 19, 2016
Maya Phillips
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I've been learning a lot with Carmen. She's a really good teacher.

Posted Jun 27, 2016
Harold
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Carmen is a Very accomplished teacher. She gets my highest recommendation.

Posted Jun 27, 2016
Melody
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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.

Posted Jun 14, 2016
Tara Stein
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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!

Posted May 3, 2016
James L.
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Mrs. Lasten is a passionate, sincere and patient teacher. I made the right choice by choosing her, I am in good hands.

Posted May 3, 2016
Desiree G.
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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.

Posted Apr 19, 2016
Desiree G.
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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.

Posted Apr 1, 2016
Sharon M.
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Ms. Carmen has been a great teacher. She is patient and very thorough.

Posted Mar 21, 2016
Elizabeth Hunter
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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!

Posted Jan 27, 2016
Gwen
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The first lesson was great!

Posted Jan 27, 2016
Maryellyn F.
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I have had 5 lessons with Carmen and am enjoying my time. I find Carmen to be organized, and encouraging.

Posted Jan 24, 2016
Nancy V.
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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.

Posted Jan 20, 2016
Anne
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I was happy to have phrases to learn that Carmen tailored to my own experience.

Posted Jan 19, 2016
Mayah M.
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Carmen is simply wonderful. Extremely patient and professional. I would definitely recommend her to others wanting to learn Spanish!

Posted Jan 15, 2016
Mayah M.
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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.

Posted Dec 14, 2015
Daniel,Anna,Elizabeth
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Excellent first experience. Carmen is friendly, organized, obviously well-educated, and committed to students' success. We're so pleased to have her.

Posted Dec 8, 2015
Maryellyn F.
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Enjoyed our time. Feel we have a plan and look forward to next lesson.

Posted Dec 5, 2015
Mayah M.
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Awesome first lesson!!!! I'm looking forward to the next!!!!

Posted Nov 14, 2015
Jenni B.
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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.

Posted Nov 5, 2015
Ashabi M.
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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.

Posted Oct 22, 2015
Cajou I.
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I gave her a 5

Posted Oct 17, 2015
Robert D.
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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.

Posted Oct 6, 2015
Amy S.
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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!

Posted Sep 30, 2015
gabriel
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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!

Posted Sep 26, 2015
Jeff V.
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Great teacher! I am looking forward to Carmen helping me become fluent!

Posted Sep 3, 2015
Joe G.
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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.

Posted Aug 19, 2015
Joe G.
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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.

Posted Aug 19, 2015
Trison G.
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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!

Posted Aug 12, 2015
Kentrell P.
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Just one lesson done so far she is great!

Posted Aug 8, 2015
Jaszmone P.
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She is awesome!!

Posted Aug 8, 2015
Bernard Lee
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Really happen that I selected Carmen as my Spanish teacher. I'd recommend her to anyone without a second thought.

Posted Jul 29, 2015
Elijah M.
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Great!

Posted Jul 24, 2015
Elijah M.
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Great!

Posted Jul 24, 2015
Elijah M.
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Great!

Posted Jul 24, 2015
Elijah M.
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Great!

Posted Jul 24, 2015
Betsy K.
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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!

Posted Jul 13, 2015
Karthik A.
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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.

Posted Jul 7, 2015
Darrell K.
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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.

Posted Apr 22, 2015
Linda P.
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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!

Posted Apr 11, 2015
Melody L.
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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.

Posted Mar 27, 2015
Joseph N.
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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.

Posted Mar 12, 2015
Kerri W.
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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.

Posted Feb 17, 2015

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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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