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Daria delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2004

Hi! My name is Daria. I live in the always sunny and beautiful Los Angeles, California, and work full-time as a multilingual translator, language specialist and educator. Thanks to my unique multinational heritage, I grew up multilingual (German, Czech and Russian) and received my education in Worms (Germany), Prague (Czech Republic), Moscow (Russia) and Claremont (USA). I received my Abitur diploma with highest distinction from Eleonoren-Gymnasium Worms (Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany) and my Bachelor's degree from Pomona College (ranked first out of all undergraduate colleges and universities in the US by Forbes and fourth by US News & World Report). Not only do I love speaking and teaching German, Russian, Czech and English but I am also very interested in learning about other cultures and languages. I firmly believe that the best teacher is a lifelong eager learner.

I have been teaching German, Czech, Russian and ESL for over 10 years as an in-person and online instructor in a variety of settings in Europe and the US. Besides working in language schools, I have taught in elementary school, high school and college settings as well as in companies, retirement homes and museums. As a result, I have extensive experience working with students of all ages, language levels, goals and abilities. All my language lessons take place exclusively online, and I take pride in using the most engaging learning tools and providing my students with the latest didactic materials (you won’t need to buy textbooks) while offering a variety of course types that suit my students’ wide-ranging goals and interests. For example, I have helped many students perfect their German reading and writing skills before they leave for study abroad programs in Germany. I have taught numerous company employees to confidently communicate in Russian with their overseas colleagues. After achieving perfect TOEFL and IELTS scores, my international ESL students have gone on to attend some of the best universities and colleges in the United States, including Princeton, Yale and Pomona College. My Czech language students tremendously enjoy the rich insights they gain during our lessons into the language and culture of the Czech Republic. Start your lessons now – the sooner you begin learning, the sooner you'll achieve your goals and become fluent. I can't wait to meet you! :)

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Languages

Czech
Fluent / Native Proficiency
English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
French
Limited Proficiency
German
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Russian
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Affiliations

eLearning Guild
Mar 2016

The eLearning Guild is the oldest and most trusted source of information, networking, and community for eLearning professionals. As a member-driven organization, the Guild produces conferences, online events, online and blended training courses, eBooks, white papers, research reports, and Learning Solutions Magazine—all devoted to the idea that the people who know the most about making eLearning successful are the people who produce eLearning every day in corporate, government, and academic settings. Our goal is to create a place where eLearning professionals can share their knowledge, expertise, and ideas to build a better industry—and better learning experiences—for everyone.

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Photos & Videos

Learn German with Daria!
Sample German Level B1 Lesson. Today's focus: grammar! (During the actual lesson you'll see all the materials on your computer screen. :) )
Learn Russian with Daria!
Czech proverb

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What does this German idiom mean?

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Help with German articles

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Enjoy! :) Click on "Settings" for Russian or English subtitles.
Prague Castle (Czech Republic) is the largest ancient castle in the world.
Deutschland von oben (German subtitles)

62 Reviews

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Lily Sep 19, 2017
German · Online

Amazing teacher !

Todd Sep 7, 2017
Russian · Online

Absolutely loved my first lesson with Daria. She's so patient and genuinely wants to help me with my endeavor, to learn the Russian language. Can't wait for my next lesson!

Frances B. Aug 20, 2017
German · Online

Very well prepared with plenty of interesting materials every single time. I didn't even expect the conversation classes to be this much fun!

Laura Aug 15, 2017
Russian · Online

First class went great! Looking forward to learn more!

Claire Aug 7, 2017
Russian · Online

Daria is friendly and helpful. I like being able to converse with an instructor while still taking an online class.

Yvonne S. Jul 27, 2017
Russian · Online

Daria is a phenomenal instructor.
She is very talented at finding the right pace for the student. She is lighthearted and friendly - it is clear she enjoys teaching. Even without a background in Russian, I look forward to every Russian lesson!

Daria is precisely what everyone needs when learning a new language.

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Molly Jul 27, 2017
Russian · Online

Daria is an absolutely wonderful instructor! Lessons are always fun, and she makes a point of giving interesting and personalized homework depending on your level and preferences. She is extremely kind and funny, and has a knack for making you feel comfortable speaking and asking questions--I would recommend her without hesitation to anyone looking to improve their language skills!

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Mary Jane V. Jul 25, 2017
German · Online

She is helpful and patient. I am sticking with her until I master German. :)

Suzanne Jul 25, 2017
German · In home

Daria is terrific. Always ready with a lesson plan for the session, she's super efficient & thorough. Lessons with Daria have been super helpful for continuing my learning between university classes.

Martin T. Jul 23, 2017
German · Online

Ausgezeichnet! Danke sehr liebe Lehrerin!

Pierre B. Jul 16, 2017
Russian · Online

Daria gives wonderful lessons. The material she prepares each time is perfect for my advanced level and very interesting. During the first couple of lessons I also found it helpful that she pointed out mistakes in my pronunciation that I wasn't even aware I had been making for years! Very helpful and honest teacher.

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Brandon M. Jul 3, 2017
German · Online

First lesson was great!

Marcia C. Jul 1, 2017
German · Online

I feel very lucky to have found Daria. Her unique style of teaching makes her classes both fun and challenging.

Sean Wu Jul 1, 2017
Russian · Online

I've been taking Russian with Daria for 4 months and I'm already able to speak Russian so much better. She is very organized and plans each lesson with a mix of reading comprehension, vocab, grammar drills and discussion about current events, etc. Thanks to Daria's lessons I am better equipped to speak Russian for my job.

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Emma Jun 20, 2017
Russian · Online

Мне очень понравилась ее стиль преподавания. Я чувствовала себя очень комфортно говорить и задавать вопросы.

Helen Jun 13, 2017
German · Online

Daria sent me a placement test and made sure to prepare our first lesson according to my current level and needs. Exactly what I need. Danke!

Raquel N. Jun 11, 2017
ESL · Online

very good teacher, very effective

Sean D. Jun 5, 2017
German · Online

Great first lesson. Daria was very friendly and professional in determining my level of German. Looking forward to next lesson!

Jesse L. Jun 5, 2017
German · Online

very good instructor

Nadine R. Jun 3, 2017
German · Online

Daria is very passionate about what she does and creates a very comfortable learning experience for me as a student. I have learned so much in the past 5 months!

Kristine M. May 18, 2017
German · Online

I have been learning from Daria for over a year. Daria is a wonderful teacher!! I always look forward to my weekly lesson. Daria is patient, funny, and extremely knowledgeable. She makes learning German (a difficult language for me!) interesting and pleasurable. She works at my speed/level. If you are looking for an excellent language teacher, Daria is the one.

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Loren May 18, 2017
Russian · Online

Daria teaches Russian online to my daughters aged 7 and 10. She is amazing! She is patient, professional, and if I had more time, I would also be taking lessons from her.

Jasmine F. Apr 9, 2017
German · Online

very good teacher

Michael B. Mar 30, 2017
German · Online

Excellent - very effective!

Gary R. Mar 7, 2017
German · Online

Great first lesson!

Jiemin Zhao Feb 27, 2017
German · Online

She is an excellent teacher and very kind. I really enjoy the lessons!

Aline S. Feb 23, 2017
Russian · Online

I enjoy my lessons with Daria very much. She is very professional, caring and loves what she does. I am so pleased with how much I have learned in such a small amount of time!

Mario C. Nov 17, 2016
German · Online

Great first lesson! I am looking forward to my next one :)

Stacy Oct 27, 2016
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Daria was great! She was very good at assessing my level and giving me appropriate exercises, She had different challenging exercises every time, she also kept me engaged between visits with homework, that was not too overbearing. She was very patient with questions as well. Great experience! Would recommend!

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Alyssa R. Oct 10, 2016
Russian · Online

I took Russian with Daria and learned really a lot. I wish I had more time to continue through it, however I am planning to come back. The best schedule, as you can have your lesson after work and we do a lot of talking and learning new words which is perfect to improve my conversation skills. She also gives weekly homework (newspaper articles, movies and book excerpts) which is a very fun and helpful way to use individual time.

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Carly W. Sep 26, 2016
German · Online

I took German intermediate level last semester with Daria and it was great! She is a German native and made class interactive and fun. I built a strong foundation and am excited to take more advanced classes with her this semester as I continue to expand my German language skills even further.

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Maggie Johnson Aug 30, 2016
German · Online

Daria is a great instructor. She works at your pace and helps you reach your personal language learning goals. I'd recommend her to any potential student!

Lynn Jun 9, 2016
German · Online

I'm really enjoying my lessons with Daria -- she has figured out very quickly where I am in the language and has crafted the work around my weak areas. Highly recommend her!

Lynn May 27, 2016
German · Online

I enjoyed my first lesson with Daria and look forward to many more!

Eva C. May 20, 2016
German · Online

Daria is a great instructor and very sweet! I'm really learning a lot from her!

Daniela May 20, 2016
German · Online

Daria gave German lessons to my 7-year old daughter because we would spend a few weeks in Germany. She is very patient with children and tailored the class to things my daughter would find fun, like learning German through a very famous cartoon Bine Maya. I recommend her!

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Sundeep D. May 10, 2016
German · Online

Daria is an amazing teacher! I've had the pleasure of learning German with Daria for a few months now. She is always so friendly and takes the time and effort to explain things carefully to ensure that you understand, and she is very patient!! :) :) I would definitely recommend her.

Thank you Daria!

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Sabrina B. May 9, 2016
Russian · Online

Daria was so friendly and easy to understand! She goes at your pace and if you struggle at all she does her absolute best to help you. I cannot wait for my next lesson!

Dave Orlando Apr 26, 2016
Czech · Online

Had a great first lesson, Daria is very patient and I look forward to our next class!

Daniel A. Apr 20, 2016
German · Online

Daria has a very special way with kids. Love her teaching skills.

. N. Apr 14, 2016
German · Online

the lessons are fun and we learn a lot

Alicia Apr 14, 2016
German · Online

Daria is an extremely patient and kind instructor that goes at your pace and makes sure you understand all of the material at hand before moving on. When I first started my German lessons, I had little to no knowledge in German, but over the past few months, Daria has helped me progress to understand sentence structure, writing rules, and pronunciation techniques. Each lesson is broken down into easily understandable sections that allow you to become accustomed to the new words before moving on to the next section. The homework she assigns is never burdensome, but instead, gives a better grasp and understanding of the recent lesson material (e.g. formulating a sentence with both casual and formal context, forming a dialogue using the new vocabulary, using the correct "the" and following the grammar rules for feminine and masculine sentences, etc.). Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed our lesson and look forward to learning more in the future. I would highly recommend anyone looking for a German tutor to have a lesson with Daria.

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Eva M. Mar 29, 2016
German · Online

The instructor is professional, friendly, and fluent in several languages. In less than 3 months she has taken me to a level where I can converse comfortably .

Rima Mar 24, 2016
ESL · Online

Daria's great teacher,knows her stuff,doesnt waiste time.
she's calm & understanding.

Sarah N. Mar 15, 2016
German · Online

such a patient teacher. learning a great deal. Danke Daria

Kevin W. Mar 12, 2016
Russian · Online

I highly recommend Daria to anyone with an interest in speaking Russian. She not only loves speaking Russian and teaching, but she also is very interested in other cultures and traditions. I prefer Daria over most university professors, and I could not recommend her with a stronger conviction.

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David K. Mar 8, 2016
German · Online

Great lesson! I love that Daria assessed my level, pick appropriate material and just dived in! At this point in my studies, I've learned a lot, but now I need to practice, practice, practice. That's what we did...perfect!

Ricardo Mar 7, 2016
German · Online

she knew exactly the level were my son needed to be and he really liked the class

Morgan Swank Feb 22, 2016
German · Online

Just had my first lesson with Daria. I was really nervous about my skills but she made me feel super comfortable and ready for many more lessons with her help! She's great and I highly recommend her as an instructor.

Jenn Feb 7, 2016
Russian · Online

Fantastic learning experience! Daria is always enthusiastic and has a great sense of humor to keep class interesting. For those just learning or someone like me who isn't afraid to speak in Russian but would prefer to do it correctly, it's a great class and I highly recommend it!

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Matthew A. Feb 7, 2016
German · Online

I used to live in Germany and be fluent but don't get many chances to practice German back in the US so I decided to try Daria's conversation lessons to refresh/keep up my knowledge. Daria is top-notch. The whole lesson is in German and the emphasis is on speaking, oral presentations, reading and discussing current newspaper articles, listening and discussing documentaries, movies etc. She comes up with inventive, interesting assignments as well. Her lessons are both challenging and fun!

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Claire Jan 22, 2016
German · Online

Daria is incredibly patient and knowledgeable! Her lessons are fun and engaging, and I've found her teaching method to be really effective. I highly recommend her!!!

Erik R. Jan 15, 2016
German · Online

I had my first lesson yesterday and it was great! I was pretty nervous all day because I didn't know what to expect, but it was a lot of fun! I have been trying to learn German on my own for the past year, but I am still very much a beginner. I have long forgotten what I knew from my two years of German in high school. Daria was extremely helpful, patient and fun to work with. I will definitely be continuing my learning with her and if you are serious about learning a language I would most definitely recommend her.

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Deanna Jan 14, 2016
German · Online

Incredibly great teacher. I've learned so much in just one lesson! She is very patient and makes you feel comfortable. I recommend her to anyone!

Peter K. Jan 11, 2016
Russian · Online

I just completed my 9th two-hour lesson with Daria. Russian language is a huge challenge for nonnative speakers. This is my third language (and my college minor), and by far the hardest. Daria made the enormous complexities of Russian grammar understandable by breaking them down into smaller manageable chunks. She has a thorough understanding of the language which is evident in the way she teaches and handles with ease the often confusing aspects of Russian grammar. My reading and writing have improved tremendously.

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Rachel Jan 11, 2016
German · Online

I recommend Daria to all my friends. I've been studying with her for almost two years now and it's crazy how much I have learned since I first started! She is a great instructor, very knowledgeable, passionate and enthusiastic about teaching and very patient!

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Kate Jan 10, 2016
Russian · Online

I am so glad I have found Daria who is an Russian teacher and translator. She has an incredible talent for languages and is a wonderful, engaging teacher. I have learned more in one year than I ever thought was possible!! Thank you Daria!

Jennifer D. Dec 30, 2015
German · Online

Daria has been a wonderful fit for my 12-year-old homeschooled daughter. Before we even began, she reached out to ask what my daughter wants to get out of her German studies and how she hopes to use the language so that lessons can be tailored to her specific needs. She's very kind and friendly and my daughter is thoroughly enjoying her lessons. I feel so lucky to have found a great match on the first try!

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Chelsea Harry Nov 25, 2015
German · Online

Daria is absolutely fantastic. Her pedagogy is extremely effective. I highly recommend her !!!

Christine Murphy Nov 6, 2015
German · Online

I had my first lesson last night with Daria and it was fabulous! I was a bit nervous as I had never used Skype or had private online instruction, however it was all quite amazing. This is exactly what I needed to get my German skills back on track; one on one instruction with emphasis on speaking and proper sentence structure. I'm so happy I signed up for lessons. This really is the best of both worlds, the convenience of learning in your own home and one on one instruction!

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Kathryn Sep 15, 2015
German · Online

If you want to learn German, sign up with Daria. I've tried college classes, tapes, etc., but never learned enough to want to continue; this is by far the most productive way of learning! Daria is organized, patient, and encouraging. I've only been working with her for a few months, but am amazed at how much she has taught me so far. I finally feel that I am on my way to being able to understand and speak this beautiful language.

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Michael H. Sep 13, 2015
German · Online

I took German lessons with Daria for 3 and a half years. Thanks to Daria's dedication and patience, I have been able to advance from some very basic knowledge of vocabulary/grammar to being able to live and work in Berlin as a research fellow (this is my seventh month in Germany). Daria is an excellent teacher - she is methodical and organized in her approach and very sensitive to her student's needs. I told her that one of my goals was to be able to read and understand German newspapers, so she would include very interesting reading assignments from SPIEGEL and DIE WELT in our lessons - I was able to learn a great deal about German politics and culture from our lessons. Daria was always patient and extremely helpful with all my grammar questions as well. I definitely recommend her for students of all levels and abilities!

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