Maria Helena Ramos
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Maria Helena Ramos

Maria R.

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Portuguese is my native language so I can teach you all about its grammar and vocabulary and take you on a journey through the culture and places of different Portuguese speaking countries. You won't regret it!

About Maria R.

I am a native speaker of Portuguese and got my degree in English (ESL) and French Teaching in my home country, Portugal. I have been teaching foreign languages and ESL for more than 20 years and am comfortable working with all age groups. I taught 17 years in Portugal (ESL and French; 6-12 grades and Adult Education Programs) and ever since I moved to the US in 2010 (Portuguese and Spanish in a corporation, and tutoring all four languages at home or online). I am also currently working as a full-time translator of European Portuguese but my real passion is teaching and the interaction with students. I am very patient, motivated, and enthusiastic and I always adjust my teaching methods to the student's age, needs, and purpose. I never give up on a student and I am sure I can help him/her attain his/her full potential. I believe anyone can learn a new language but consistent repetition and refreshing before, during, and after class is needed. I expect the students to be responsible, patient, and persistent in their learning process and I am willing to help them on the way.

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Stacey H.
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Maria was very patient and gave me recommendations for an app I could use and a book to supplement my learning

Posted May 18, 2020
Carlane
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I am an American moving to Portugal and Helena was referred to me by some of her former students. I didn’t have many lessons with her, but she got me off on a great start and we covered a lot of ground. Helena was always charming and pleasant, focused and persistent, patient and challenging. I am truly grateful to Helena for this start, and I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone wanting some tutoring in the Portuguese language.

Posted Aug 29, 2019
Darcy

Helena is a great tutor-she adapts lessons to your pace of learning, is organized, prepared and responsive, really a pleasure to work with.

Posted Aug 13, 2019
Karen
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I’m grateful for being taught Portuguese by Helena. She is very patient. She explains things well. Muito obrigada to Helena. Highly recommend her.

Posted Aug 12, 2019
Paul S.
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Very patient and fun

Posted Aug 12, 2019
Carlane
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Really fun and exciting and challenging

Posted Jul 11, 2019
maria
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I highly recommend Helena. I have been teaching college students for 19 years so I know how difficult it can sometimes be to teach adults. Helena did a wonderful job of creating the scaffolding from which to learn with a nice balance of challenge and support. And she’s super nice!

Posted Jun 10, 2019
maria
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Posted Apr 5, 2019
Darcy N.
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Helena is terrific. Organized, clear, fun to work with.

Posted Apr 1, 2019
Margaret R.
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Helena rates 5/5 without question. She is supportive, flexible, patient and clearly an expert in languages. Working with her is a real pleasure. I'm off to Portugal soon and I feel comfortable in being able to navigate!

Posted Oct 17, 2018
Melissia M.
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Posted Sep 6, 2018
Extraordinary C.
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Helena is the best ! Not only as a teacher but as a person , she really cares about you learning and has the best classes and material for you to use.

I will definitely recommend her to anyone who wants to learn Portuguese. Obrigada Helena <3

Posted Aug 31, 2018
Melissia
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Helena is not only a pleasant individual, she is an excellent instructor. I take a 30 minute lesson one time per week and she is extremely efficient and effective with her instruction during that short amount of time. I would suggest, however, choosing a longer session if possible. Helena is extremely knowledgeable about language and language instruction and goes above and beyond other instructors I have had in the past.

Posted Aug 31, 2018
Margaret R.
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I appreciate Helena very much. I'm a beginner at Portuguese, and I find Helena to be knowledgable and patient. I learn best from people who are kind, so I feel fortunate to be working with this teacher.

Posted Jul 12, 2018
stephen
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Helena was great to work with!

Posted May 16, 2018
Extraordinary C.
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Posted May 7, 2018
Ángel D.
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Posted Mar 20, 2018
Maria
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Helena is really good :) She is making my transition from Portuguese from Brazil to Portuguese from Portugal

Posted Mar 19, 2018
Melissia M.
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Posted Feb 8, 2018
tere
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Helena is awesome. I was initially hesitant to take lessons online since I thought it would be difficult to understand the subtle nuances of the language (Portuguese) or that we wouldn't get much done in the hour. Fortunately I was wrong. Not only was the hour spent together well organized, Helena also sent weekly study material and audios of the information we went over during our lesson which was extremely helpful. She is very knowledgeable and friendly, and I recommend her highly.

Posted Feb 4, 2018
Mario
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Helena is doing a great job. She is patient and knows just how much to teach me so that I retain as much as possible. She has no problem making adjustments to my needs of learning Portuguese. I highly recommend her as a teacher.

Posted Feb 2, 2018
Aron
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Helena is by far one of the best teachers I have had. She is extremely knowledgeable in her subject (I am studying Portuguese with her) and she clearly explains everything. She answer every question I have in an easily understandable way and is always there to help with any difficulties that I run into. I could not have found a better language teacher to learn Portuguese with.

Posted Feb 1, 2018
Dawn
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Helena is an amazing teacher. She is honest, encouraging and inspires us to work hard at learning Portuguese. Portuguese is a very difficult language to learn (especially when you are in your 60’s) but Helena is teaching us the tools needed to be successful. I have no doubt she is just as dedicated teaching Spanish and French.

Posted Jan 31, 2018
Ioan
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Helena is an excellent teacher, I take Spanish lessons with her and I have taken Portuguese lessons as well in the past.
The pacing of her lessons was perfect for me as a beginner with this language. She pays great attention to your level of understanding and really helps you focus on areas you need to improve. My weakness was verb conjugation, all those different tenses really confused me (I had to refer to a chart for every sentence.) When Helena noticed that I was struggling with this, she changed my lessons to really focus on what I wasn't understanding and after a couple of weeks I didn't need to check the chart anymore, the knowledge from her lesson stuck with me!
She is also very knowledgeable, not just about the language but also the culture, and different dialects of different Spanish speaking country from Latin America
She does everything with passion and love .Well, that's why he's a very good teacher !
If you’re looking to take a trip to a Spain or any Spanish speaking country, or add Spanish to your resume, I can't recommend Helena enough, she has the tools and the knowledge to teach Spanish to anyone!
Ioan S.

Posted Jan 31, 2018
Dean
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Helena was extremely patient with me as language was never a strong suite in school for me. She also taylored my lessons for my needs which were a bit different than just trying to learn French.
I highly recommend Helena as she is a top notch teacher for a student at any level!!

Posted Jan 31, 2018
Dawn B.
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My husband and I have been taking Portuguese lessons from Helena for the past 8 months in preparation for our move to Portugal in 2018. She is an amazing teacher! We look forward to our lesson each week, she inspires us to strive for a strong grasp of a very difficult language. We are lucky to have found a teacher as wonderful as Helena.

Posted Nov 9, 2017
Dawn B.
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My husband and I really enjoyed our first lesson with Helena and are looking forward to our next one.

Posted Mar 2, 2017
Ángel D.
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Posted Nov 21, 2016
Angel

Helena is helping my son to start in French and she achieves to have him motivated and excited about learning. It is showing to be a good way to develop a new language.

Posted Nov 10, 2016
Nicole
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Helena is the best! She teaches in a very clear way and always takes time to answer any questions I have. She is supportive and very kind. Looking forward to more lessons!

Posted Oct 20, 2016
Carson G.
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We really enjoy having Helena work with the boys on Spanish. She is patient with them as they learn a new language and always has encouraging words. Very pleased with our decision to use Helena as our tutor.

Posted Sep 14, 2016
Zoe
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Mrs. Ramos was very open to however I wanted the lesson to be formatted. I had taken Spanish in high school and I wanted to brush up so I scheduled 45 minutes and we just conversed the entire time. She was very easy to hold a conversation with and is also very patient. A very kind woman and overall helped me very much!

Posted Aug 5, 2016
Padma B.
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Great teacher!!

Posted Dec 1, 2015
Suzy
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Helena is very approachable and welcoming with young students. Her follow up with myself and my son after each lesson was very professional. I liked the way she communicated with me asking for our feedback and truly cared about his development in the classroom. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a Spanish instructor. She is flexible with her hours and offers homework to see where the leaner's ability to grasp the concept is before moving on to the next task.

Posted Nov 12, 2015
Laura P.
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I was a little nervous about learning a new language but Helena's style really put me at ease. We jumped right in at a perfect pace. She makes it fun and I feel like I am learning things I will really use.

Posted Nov 6, 2015
David
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Elena is a great teacher. After a couple of months taking classes with her, I was able to have conversations in Portuguese and even do business in Brazil.

I highly recommend Elena as a teacher, she is simply the best.

Posted Nov 6, 2015
Marian
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Helena has great teaching skills and great personality.
I highly recommend her.

Posted Oct 12, 2015
Shawn
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Helena is an awesome teacher with the ability to assess student learning, analyze outcomes, and adapt instruction to meet our needs. She is very patient and doing a great job teaching, especially for a beginner like myself. She knows how to get students involved in conversation, and always takes time explaining things in depth. She loves to share her knowledge and does so in a very fun and engaging way. It was an incredible experience and extremely helpful in learning Spanish. Helena made us learning Spanish so much easier and fun. This is one of the best taught language classes I've ever had.

Posted Sep 11, 2015
Jose
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Helena is an excellent teacher and a dedicated professional. Very calm in her explanation, and very clear as well.

Posted Sep 11, 2015
Donna H.

Helena is well organize, patient, and prompt. She has been an excellent instructor for myself in both Portuguese and Spanish, which I have study both languages under her, over a course of 6 years. She is very thorough in covering grammar and the conversational aspects in both, using different media. I would highly recommend her as an instructor in both Portuguese and Spanish.

Posted Sep 11, 2015
Patricia
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Helena Ramos is an excellent, professional and extremely knowledgeable teacher. Loves what she does and will go the extra mile to make sure one understands the subject. She is punctual, very disciplined but at the same time makes her teaching enjoyable.

Posted Sep 11, 2015
Gary
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Helena makes everyone in her class very comfortable. Her class that I attended had a relatively wide range of Spanish speakers, however most were beginners like myself. Never the less, she was able to keep everyone's interest without anyone becoming frustrated or impatient.
Helena uses a combination of written workbooks with backup AV material, examples and handouts that she compiles herself in addition to the workbooks. She is very patient and provides a lot of written examples and explanation.She does her homework too, putting in extra effort for us. She is very accessible outside of class if you have questions.
Helena Is fluent in English, which makes her easy to understand. Helena makes learning the language fun. She's delightful.

Posted Sep 11, 2015
Walt
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Very personable, excellent command of teaching skills, lessons moved right along and organized

Posted Sep 10, 2015
John
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Helena is a passionate and enthusiastic language teacher that brings a lot of fun in her classes.
She helped me learn not only Spanish and Portuguese but also interesting facts about their life and culture.
She is simply the best.

Posted Sep 10, 2015
Noshau
Profile-location-online Online

Helena makes the lessons fun by adapting the content to your person life. She is patient and really excited about sharing her knowledge with her students. We do the lessons on Skype which works perfectly and allows me to participate from the comfort of my home. She is a great teacher.

Posted Sep 10, 2015
Luisa
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Helena is a very organized and competent teacher.
With soft manners she manages to keep any student motivated and wanting to learn more.
She always achieves great results.

Posted Sep 10, 2015
Tess, Paralegal
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Helena is intellectually curious and professionally vital. She holds high expectations for her students and herself. She maintains an enviable passion for students and the learning process. She is creative, fun and compassionate. She believes each and every student can soar beyond any imagined limits, the students sense that and work together with her to accomplish their dreams. She remains sensitive to her students needs. She doesn't run ahead of those who need extra instruction but is certain every student learns. She has strong core principles, but somehow still evolves with changing times and embraces new technologies. Helena emphasizes the fun in learning and in life. An excellent choice for your instructor.

Posted Sep 10, 2015
Pierre
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Sra Helena Ramos is a very good teacher,has excellent pedagogy, very patient and eloquent.She covers all the materials very well.Because of her expertise, I was able to speak portuguese fluently in two years and perfecting my spanish.

In short, she is the perfect instructor and any body can learn from her.

Posted Sep 10, 2015
Gerald
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Excellent instructor, knowledgeable and fun. I have a greater appreciation for the Spanish language.

Posted Sep 10, 2015
Christelle

Helena is the best language teacher I ever had (Spanish being my 6th language).
She is passionate about teaching. Unlike other language teachers, she will help you building up your language skills from scratch. She knows both L.A Spanish and Spanish as spoken in Spain. Helena is very friendly and patient. She will work with you at your own pace even within a group of students.
- I highly recommend her as group as well as individual instructor !!!

Posted Sep 10, 2015
Kailash
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Started off with portuguese and transitioned to spanish! Was great learning!!

Posted Sep 10, 2015
Kailash
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Great great instructor:) Had an awesome time learning a bit of portuguese and spanish!

Posted Sep 10, 2015

Experience

Portuguese Translator
Dec 2018 - Present

OneTrust

Translating company software products and marketing material into European Portuguese.

European Portuguese evaluator
Sep 2016 - Present

ALTA Language Services, Inc.

Conducting live Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Interpreting tests over the phone.

European Portuguese, Spanish, and French instructor
Sep 2015 - Present

Take Lessons

Teaching language and culture from beginner to intermediate level. Helping students develop their communication skills through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Helping students overcome their struggles with foreign language courses in school. Preparing students for their move to Portugal or for their business language exchanges with Portugal.

European Portuguese, Spanish, and French instructor
Sep 2015 - Present

Wyzant

eaching language and culture from beginner to intermediate level. Helping students develop their communication skills through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Helping students overcome their struggles with foreign language courses in school. Preparing students for their move to Portugal or for their business language exchanges with Portugal.

Portuguese, French, and Spanish tutor
Nov 2014 - Present

Home

Teaching language and culture from beginner to intermediate level both in person and online. Developing skills in the four modalities: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Engaging students in conversation classes. Helping with homework and other class assignments. Helping prepare for assessments.

Spanish instructor
Feb 2014 - Present

Advanced Control Systems

Corporate language instruction (beginner - intermediate).

Portuguese online instructor
Apr 2016 - Aug 2016

VL247

Providing real-time, interactive, online training in European Portuguese to Air Force pilots through the eMentor program. The class is carefully structured according to levels (ILR levels) and standards set by the U.S. government and prepares students for the DLPT (Defense Language Proficiency Test) or the OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview).

ESL Instructor
Mar 2016 - Jun 2016

Interactive College of Technology

Teaching Reading, Writing and Vocabulary (RWV203 and RWV204) and also Speaking, Listening and Pronunciation (SLP102) courses to adult students.

Portuguese instructor/ English - French - Spanish - Portuguese Translator
Nov 2010 - Feb 2014

Efacec USA - ACS

Corporate language training (Portuguese). Business & Technical translation (English - French / French - English, English- Spanish).

English and French teacher
Sep 1993 - Aug 2010

Various high schools and middle schools in Portugal

Teaching English and French as foreign languages to middle and high schoolers. Teaching English as a foreign language to adults in Continuing Education programs.

ESOL teacher (kids level, ages 5-6)
Sep 1992 - Jun 1993

Lancaster College, V.N. de Gaia, Portugal

Teaching English as a foreign language to young kids through a lot of games and songs.

Conversation classes Assistant Teacher - European Portuguese
Sep 1991 - Jun 1992

University of Leeds, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, UK

Engaging students in different conversation topics; helping them write papers in Portuguese.

Education

Bachelor of Arts: Modern Languages and Literature - English and French Studies, Specialization in Teacher Training
Sep 1989 - Aug 1994

Faculdade de Letras, University of Porto, Portugal

Erasmus Exchange Program
Sep 1992 - Jun 1993

University of Leeds

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Professional Proficiency

Portuguese

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Professional Proficiency

Certifications

eMentor Certificate of Completion
Apr 2016

VL247

Certification to teach Portuguese classes online under the eMentor program
Certificate of Proficiency in English
Dec 1990

University of Cambridge, UK

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