- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
- ADVANCED RUSSIAN CONVERSATION (Using authentic texts from current Russian newspaper articles, blogs and research studies, video clips from Russian movies, documentaries and news reports as well as excerpts from popular podcasts and radio shows, a wide range of topics will be explored and discussed. You will regularly give oral presentations on a variety of topics. Open to upper intermediate, advanced and near-native level students.)
- DISCUSSING GLOBAL ISSUES (This course is aimed at students, researchers and professors of sociology, politics, economics, philosophy, journalism and related subjects, as well as anyone with a strong interest in these topics. We will read about and discuss current global issues (globalization, migration, environmental problems, demographic transition, etc.), study topic-related vocabulary and learn to master advanced level grammar structures. Open to upper intermediate, advanced and near-native level students.)
- STANDARD RUSSIAN (Practice all of the skills: reading, listening, writing and speaking. Strong focus on the language skills needed for real-world situations as well as grammatical proficiency. Efficient language training with plenty of variety. Open to beginners and to students with previous knowledge of Russian. Qualified level placement (beginner/intermediate/advanced) upon lesson registration.)
- STANDARD RUSSIAN FOR CHILDREN (Aimed at young learners aged 7 and up. Open to beginners and to students with previous knowledge of Russian. Qualified level placement (beginner/intermediate/advanced) upon lesson registration.)
- RUSSIAN LITERATURE (Reading, discussions and student oral presentations. Open to upper intermediate, advanced and near-native level students.)
- HISTORY OF TOURISM (This course presents an overview of the important structures, processes, types and trends of tourism against the background of historical developments. Reading, discussions and student oral presentations. Open to advanced and near-native level students.)
- FOUNDATIONS OF MEDICAL KNOWLEDGE: HEALTH, DISEASE AND LIFESTYLE (This course explores the broad foundation of medical knowledge. Reading, discussions and student oral presentations. Open to advanced and near-native level students.)
- HISTORY OF MEDICINE (Topics include: ancient medicine, Egypt and Babylonia, ancient Greece and Rome, Europe in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, 18th-century schools of thought and 20th-century Russia. Reading, discussions and student oral presentations. Open to advanced and near-native level students.)
- HISTORY OF FASHION (A survey of costume from Middle Ages to 21st century. Reading, discussions and student oral presentations. Open to advanced and near-native level students.)
- HISTORY OF ART (Examination of the history of art in Europe and Russia from ancient times through 19th century. Reading, discussions and student oral presentations. Open to advanced and near-native level students.)
***All books and materials provided free of charge.***
***Regular homework given by the teacher.***
***Frequency of lessons: 1, 2, 3 or 4 lessons per week. (At least 1 lesson per week required to ensure constant learning progress.)***
***Extremely flexible scheduling, rescheduling and cancellation policy (24 hour cancellation/rescheduling notice required)***
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- Teaches students:
- Ages 7+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
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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Thank you for making our 17yr old son's first Russian lesson so fun!
Your patience and encouragement were key to making this a great start to
learning Russian! He is excited to continue.
Daria is a very nice and energetic instructor/teacher. Also, is very patient and good at explaining the lessons. So far the first lesson with her is pleasant and good experience in learning Russian from her. Look forward to continuing learning Russian with her.+ Read More
Daria is a great teacher. Always being patient and positive about what she is teaching. Strongly recommending her for learning German!
Daria is great! She is patient, kind and focused. I have really taken my German up a notch with her help. I would highly recommend her to anyone with an interest in learning German!
Daria's "art history in German" course was amazing. It's definitely not easy. But I have learned so much and my German has improved dramatically. She is clearly passionate about teaching, and very friendly
I have been attending intermediate classes with Daria from Summer 2016 to now and have been very pleased with my experience. I feel that Daria did a good job of appropriately placing me in my level. I have been challenged but don't feel out of place or lost. We practice both conversation and grammar exercises. Daria is a native speaker and has a great mixture of methods that never gets boring. In fact I think our class time flies by and I am always excited to come back to class.+ Read More
Great first lesson I am excited to learn more
Super good at finding the perfect pace. She is able to relate difficult words to english words somehow, which makes learning easier.
Daria is an excellent German teacher, but we had a regular lesson scheduled and she scheduled another one on top of my lesson and informed me of this one week before my scheduled class was to end. It felt somewhat weird that we had classes for nearly nine months at that time to be suddenly dropped. She indicated that she would do her best to find a time that works for me, but very minimal effort was made. I ended up finding another teacher.+ Read More
Had a very good first lesson!
My daughter loved the first lesson (European history in German). She is excited for more lessons with Daria!
Daria is very knowledgeable, friendly and fun teacher. She will adapt lessons depending on your needs. She offers me to discuss and write about different news, movies and famous books in our lessons. It is very helpful to develop my vocabulary.
Daria is a great and energetic teacher!
Good experience with Daria preparing for my green card interview :)
I really enjoyed my lessons with Daria! She was professional and always prepared. Highly recommend learning German with Daria! Thanks for the lessons!
Love love love Daria's lessons! I had previously taken group German classes at several local language schools before stumbling upon Daria's profile, who is by and large the best instructor I've had in years, due to her effective teaching methods and her amazing patience.+ Read More
Studying Russian with Daria has been an incredible experience for me. I am fascinated by Russian language and culture, and (despite me starting as a total beginner) Daria's lessons have provided me with deep insights into both. Not only have I learned to read, write and converse in Russian at a comfortable level over the course of our lessons, but we have also discussed some very interesting topics from Russian history, ethnography, famous Russian writers (Bulgakov), and some classic and contemporary Russian movies. Daria is a true gem!+ Read More
First lesson went great. Prior to my lesson, she had me complete a placement test and then assigned a lesson book that was right for my abilities.
Daria, is one of the best teachers ever! I am thankful to her, after 5 lessons, I can read and speak some Russian now!
Daria provides very structured lessons, which is exactly what I was looking for. She sent me materials, listened to my needs, and my only regret is that I had to cancel lessons for circumstances out of my control. She is an excellent teacher and I highly recommend her!+ Read More
Great lesson. I finally believe I can learn Russian!
Darias Konversationskurs ist fantastisch.
Amazing teacher !
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!
Very well prepared with plenty of interesting materials every single time. I didn't even expect the conversation classes to be this much fun!
First class went great! Looking forward to learn more!
Daria is friendly and helpful. I like being able to converse with an instructor while still taking an online class.
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.
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!+ Read More
She is helpful and patient. I am sticking with her until I master German. :)
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.
Ausgezeichnet! Danke sehr liebe Lehrerin!
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.+ Read More
First lesson was great!
I feel very lucky to have found Daria. Her unique style of teaching makes her classes both fun and challenging.
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.+ Read More
Мне очень понравилась ее стиль преподавания. Я чувствовала себя очень комфортно говорить и задавать вопросы.
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!
very good teacher, very effective
Great first lesson. Daria was very friendly and professional in determining my level of German. Looking forward to next lesson!
very good instructor
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!
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.+ Read More
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.
very good teacher
Excellent - very effective!
Great first lesson!
She is an excellent teacher and very kind. I really enjoy the lessons!
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!
Great first lesson! I am looking forward to my next one :)
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!+ Read More
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.+ Read More
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.+ Read More
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!
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!
I enjoyed my first lesson with Daria and look forward to many more!
Daria is a great instructor and very sweet! I'm really learning a lot from her!
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!+ Read More
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!
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!
Had a great first lesson, Daria is very patient and I look forward to our next class!
Daria has a very special way with kids. Love her teaching skills.
the lessons are fun and we learn a lot
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.+ Read More
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 .
Daria's great teacher,knows her stuff,doesnt waiste time.
she's calm & understanding.
such a patient teacher. learning a great deal. Danke Daria
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.+ Read More
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!
she knew exactly the level were my son needed to be and he really liked the class
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.
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!+ Read More
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!+ Read More
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!!!
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.+ Read More
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!
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.+ Read More
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!+ Read More
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!
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!+ Read More
Daria is absolutely fantastic. Her pedagogy is extremely effective. I highly recommend her !!!
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!+ Read More
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.+ Read More
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!+ Read More