Raphael Turrigiano
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Raphael Turrigiano

Raphael T.

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My lessons build beginners from a point of zero or basic knowledge of Spanish to the point at which they will feel comfortable reading intermediate texts, chatting with native speakers, and understanding the majority of content they find online such as YouTube videos or podcasts. We will use a communicative approach founded upon comprehensible input, which research has shown is the most effective method for true acquisition of a language, as opposed to simply learning about the language. We will mostly be working through Language Transfer materials, along with various curated sources of comprehensible input, which is perfect both for people with no prior Spanish experience or for people who have studied Spanish previously through more traditional methods and wish to fill the gaps in their knowledge. Upon completion of this text and other supplementary materials, you will be at a solid intermediate level.

In addition, for students who are interested, using my linguistics background, I can train you to pronounce Spanish with a near-native accent, emulating either peninsular Spanish or Latin American dialects. During lessons we can focus as much or as little on pronunciation as you would like.

About Raphael T.

I’m a polyglot, language enthusiast, occasional content creator, and TEFL certified language teacher with several years of experience. I graduated with a double major in Linguistics and Japanese from the University of Edinburgh. My interests include historical linguistics, historical phonology, ancient languages, methods for self driven language learning, and acquisition of pronunciation as a second language learner. You may have seen my collaborations with Luke Ranieri (Polymathy/Scorpio Martianus), Ecolinguist, or Podcast Italiano.


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Raphael is a fantastic instructor who provides informative, effective, and highly enjoyable lessons.

He's a master of languages, which means that he is able to easily and comprehensibly explain even complex language functions, and provide interesting facts and explanations about the origins of words and grammatical features, and the links between different languages, drawing on his wealth of knowledge.

Most importantly, the lessons are incredibly engaging, and Raphael ensures that the way in which you go through the material and learn is matched to your ability, whilst teaching you practical use of the language.

I was initially somewhat apprehensive about learning languages online, and about the somewhat different "immersion" approach suggested by Raphael, but after a little while now I can say that with Raphael as my teacher, it has been far more effective in a shorter period than any extended period of university study or self-directed study has been for me before!

Posted Jul 23, 2021
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One of the best teachers I’ve ever met! Incredibly knowledgeable in phonetics, and a natural master of the language. I’ve learned more from Raphael than any teacher in my life.

Posted Jul 23, 2021
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 STARS!

Yes! I finally get it, all thanks to Raphael Turrigiano. I’ve learned more from Raphael in only a few weeks than I’ve ever had in years of trying to self-teach and even taking college courses.

Trust in his process. With Raphael’s lesson plans, guidance, and support, he will help you build a strong foundation in your Italian language learning skills.

My first day meeting with Raphael, I was nervous and not sure if I was going to be able to learn much since I have failed many times before, but he was so kind, friendly, professional, informative, and fun. I instantly felt comfortable with him. He assured me that I was going to learn the Italian language and all was going to be okay. It’s been a pleasure working with him since.

My lessons with Raphael are very informative. He is extremely knowledgeable, observant, has quickly mastered how I learn and explains the language to me to where I understand it. In addition, he shares fun facts, culture, and history about the language along the way. Plus, he is teaching me how to speak like a native. Raphael an amazing teacher and will help you.

Posted Jul 22, 2021

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Linguistics and Japanese
Sep 2017 - Jun 2021

The University of Edinburgh


Limited Proficiency

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Fluent / Native Proficiency

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Professional Proficiency

Fluent / Native Proficiency

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