Tatiana Duvall
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Tatiana Duvall

Tatiana D.

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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Our lessons will be customized to reach your goals as soon as possible. I am a native Russian who lives in the USA. So I will be able to explain to you nuances of Russian language and cultural differences as well. You will learn how to speak as a native Russian!
I have been teaching Russian for 17 years to students of all ages.
I am sure you will not be bored. Our lessons will be fun and you will learn a lot!
See you soon!

About Tatiana D.

Hello! Здравствуйте! I look forward to help you reach your goals as soon as possible!

I am from Saint Petersburg, Russia. I have been teaching private lessons for 17 years and always have loved helping my students of all ages.

I went to Saint Petersburg University and earned Master degree in teaching. 13 years ago I got married and moved to the USA.

My lessons are always individual and usually include:

New vocabulary
Reading practice
Conversation practice
Grammar explanations

The lesson times are flexible. In other words,

You choose the time.
You choose the day.
You choose how often you want to have a lesson

Based on my experience, after a few lessons with me you will be able to read some words, count numbers, use common phrases to ask for help and direction.

I'm very friendly and I look forward to help you reach your goals! See you soon!

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Alexandra
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Posted May 21, 2020
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My daughter really loved her lesson! She was inspired to practice more!

Posted Apr 21, 2020
Jessica W.
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Tatiana is an excellent teacher, and taught me colors and their gendered pronunciations!

Posted Nov 29, 2019
Jessica W.
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Tatiana made it easy for me to undedrstand the gendered grammar for Russian

Posted Nov 15, 2019
Bruce
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I just had my first lesson and the experience was excellent. I am anxious to stuy and prepare for my next lesson

Posted Jul 31, 2019
Brooke B.
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Posted May 27, 2019
Mariah
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Tatiana is wonderful! I was aprehensive about being an adult learner, but Tatiana is a wonderful teacher and really takes her time explaining everything. I would definitely recommend lessons with her!

Posted Oct 20, 2018
Keith C.
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Posted Oct 6, 2018
Brianne
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Brilliant, sweet, smart, and a lot of fun! Tanya has made learning Russian ( a language I was very intimidated by) a breeze. She is so easy to ask questions to. VERY PATIENT!! I would highly recommend her to my friends and family!

Posted Sep 25, 2018
Emma
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Tatianna has been such a great teacher! She is so kind and willing to help! The lessons fly by and I am always left with something to work on for the next meeting. She is also very flexible with times and willing to work with you if you ever have to reschedule a lesson.

Posted Sep 24, 2018
Emma H.
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Posted Aug 18, 2018
Mar D.
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She’s great so far :)

Posted Jul 2, 2018
Mar D.
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Posted Jul 2, 2018
Logan
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Posted Jul 2, 2018
Todd
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Tatiana is friendly and has a way of teaching that makes it easy and fun to learn!

Posted Mar 5, 2018
Alexandra
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Tatiana is a very fun and personable teacher to have. She's very patient and answers questions very well. She offers a very knowledgeable perspective to her lessons thanks to growing up in Russia. I feel like I'm not only understanding how and why the language works the way it does, but also about Russian culture too.

Posted Dec 22, 2017
Erin
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My son is learning so well! Tanya is so kind, patient and knowledgeable!

Posted Nov 9, 2017
Bim Pope
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Well, A few words in the beginning Hi ,hello good morning and so on.a few months later Days, Months, Numbers and now everyday words and phrases
And even though I take very detailed notes . The very next day I receive an Email with all the words and phrases in Russian and English on each lesson!
Also Tatiana will teach you the correct ways to pronounce the words properly .
Much is lost without the proper accent !! No Tone ever of disapproval or on mistakes!! Nothing but positive Help on learning Russian don't pass this opportunity up if you want to learn!!

Posted Aug 28, 2017
Brian
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I always have an enjoyable experience in each lesson. Tanya is very patient with me and works with me on the things I need to learn. My understanding of Russian is improving very well now and will one day equal my speaking ability. My ability was complimented in Ukraine recently.

Posted Aug 26, 2017
Bim Pope
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Want the Russian Language? Then waste no time call Titiana!!
You will get all and more from her lessons ! She knows your needs once you start and you will learn quickly and with the right accent and pronouncing of the
Russian words properly !

Posted Aug 7, 2017
Amy
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Ms. Tatiana D. has been very understanding, knowledgeable and patient with my nine year old son this past year. We are very pleased with her instruction. He looks forward to his weekly lesson. These lessons are his first experience learning Russian. He recently scored in the 99 percentile on his standardized reading score at public school. We think these lessons contributed to him having an even better understanding of the English language.

Posted Jul 27, 2017
Bim Pope
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WOW! In a short time of 4 months and I can talk with my friend in Ukraine enough to understand what is being said and do small sentences .
Tatiana is Excellent at teaching and helping you get the accent right ! Class I bring words or phrases to my hour class and every week I go farther ahead! I had thought this might take years but can see that It's progressing much better thanks to Tatiana!

Posted Jul 26, 2017
Bim Pope
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After a couple of months I can already converse with others that speak Russian
and have learned many words short phrases and able to do small talks already ! Tatiana is really unbelievably good at all words and translations and understands and explains the varies words that have many different meanings same word usage and accent on words is also important and well explained. She is very patient and teaches excellent!!

Posted Jul 10, 2017
Amy E.
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Ms. Tatiana D. has been very understanding, knowledgeable and patient with my nine year old son this past year. We are very pleased with her instruction. He looks forward to his weekly lesson. These lessons are his first experience learning Russian. He recently scored in the 99 percentile on his standardized reading score at public school. We think these lessons contributed to him having an even better understanding of the English language.

Posted Jul 9, 2017
John
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Tatiana is helping me prepare for a college placement test and in our first lesson she was able to identify my strengths and weaknesses from which she created my lesson plan.

Posted Jun 11, 2017
Bim Pope
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If your hungry you go to a Restaurant! You want to learn Russian go to Tatiana!
You will be amazed when someone who truly cares that you learn what will take place!! It' a great experience and a wonderful language as well!!

Posted May 2, 2017
Bim Pope
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Awesome! Just starting but learned a lot for first night
Excellent presentation !

Posted Mar 28, 2017
Kim S.
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Tatiana is very nice and very patient. She works hard to make sure I understand and teaches me practical/useful phrases and words. I have only done 3 lessons so far but she has been great :)

Posted Feb 27, 2017
Krizia C.
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Tatiana is such an amazing teacher. She is incredibly thorough and precise. I can't believe how far I've come in such a short amount of time. I highly recommend Tatiana if you're serious about learning Russian!

Posted Feb 8, 2017
Liliia S.
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Tatiana is a great teacher, very patient and my boys like to take Russian lessons. Unfortunately we are too busy with sports and other activities to continue, but we enjoyed her teaching and if we return to the Russian lessons we will definitely choose Tatiana as a teacher again. She is very kind, lessons are fun and informative.

Posted Jan 24, 2017
Angela V.
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Tatiana has been a great instructor! She really cares about making each session a learning experience and is very receptive to your learning needs. she makes every session interesting and is very helpful especially while practicing conversational Russian, she will type out for you any corrections so that you can refer to them later! I have found this especially helpful in learning new vocabulary and correct conjugation/tenses. She makes speaking Russian comfortable, even when Im making mistakes, I can tell that my confidence has improved and I'm very happy with my progress.

Posted Nov 27, 2016
Adam
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I've had multiple lessons with Tatiana so far. As a teacher, she's great. A little too tight with the curriculum maybe, but all in all, she's made sure I've understood all the material and reinforces it each lesson. The only issues lies in the catalyst. TakeLessons could provide more options that would allow students to be more interactive with their teachers. I can't even select the Russian keyboard during lessons. All in all, great experiences.

Posted Nov 24, 2016
Michael
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Tatiana and I have completed several lessons. She is patient, thoughtful and pleasant. Her style has proven to be very effective. My vocabulary has quadrupled in this period and I find myself "thinking some words in either English or Russian". The experience has been energizing and fun!

Posted Nov 22, 2016
Mariya W.
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My son has been taking online lessons with Tatiana for over 6 mounts. He feels very comfortable with her and always get's excited for the class. Tatiana is very friendly and explains well. I highly recommend her.

Mariya

Posted Nov 15, 2016
Olga
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Very basic and plain lesson, didn't listen to the parents' direction as to what are the areas for improvement for the student. When asked for different material, Tatiana canceled all future lessons without notifying us directly. She is probably a decent teacher for someone who wants to learn the alphabet only but not for more advanced students.

Posted Nov 2, 2016
Alex W.
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Tatiana is great Russian instructor that has helped improve my Russian speaking skills tremendously. She's tailored our lessons to focus on speaking the language with some attention to reading and writing, which is exactly what I needed. I've also learned a great deal about Russian culture and the country from our lessons, as she has shown me pictures of the great many places that I can visit when I go to St. Petersburg on vacation in the future. Здорово!

Posted Oct 23, 2016
Elizabeth
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Very patient, friendly, and knowledgeable.

Posted Oct 22, 2016
Joshua
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Very accommodating, sweet, and knowledgeable!

Posted Oct 21, 2016
Krizia C.
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Tatiana is an amazing teacher! Highly recommend!

Posted Oct 15, 2016
James M.
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Tatiana is an excellent teacher. She listens very carefully to what I am trying to say in Russian and at the right break corrects my vocabulary and grammar in a way that does not disrupt our discussion and provides immediate feedback. When necessary, she repeats what I was trying to say with correct grammar and vocabulary the way I intended to say it, which is very helpful. She also reinforces previously studied vocabulary by including it in our discussions and asks questions to reinforce earlier points. Finally, she tailors the lessons so that we talk about a wide variety of interesting topics including movies, current events, news, literature etc. This makes it easier to learn and retain vocabulary.

Posted Oct 12, 2016
Bob Sleeper
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just learning the alphabet ... it was quick and confusing but I got some things out of it... with a little practice, I'm sure it will get easier and not as confusing... Tatiana was very patient with me, but knew what she wanted to get across to me... looking forward to the next class....

Posted Oct 10, 2016
Alexandria G.
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Tyana is a wonderful teacher, very patient, very knowledgeable. I've learned more in the four lessons I've taken with her than an entire semester in a formal setting. I look forward to taking more with her.

Posted Sep 28, 2016
Joshua
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Very informative and a good mix of leading and letting me lead the session.

Posted Sep 25, 2016
Amy E.
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My nine year old enjoys taking lessons with Tatiana. She is patient with him when he asks questions.

Posted Sep 16, 2016
Angela V.
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The lessons with Tatiana have been great! There isn't anything negative I could say about them. I was surprised to find that online courses via video chat were actually very conducive to learning! Tatiana is a great teacher too, she will engage in conversation and when I'm stuck on a word or idea I don't know, she is very proactive about helping me form the sentences and ideas I'm trying to express.

Posted Sep 14, 2016
Michael
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I'm very pleased with the first lesson with Tatiana! She is patient. She made the lesson interesting and entertaining.The lesson was a positive experience and I look forward to the next!

Posted Aug 29, 2016
Liliia S.
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Really liked our first lesson! I liked the approach, the connection was great. I see great benefits for my kids to learn Russian!Looking forward to the next lessons!

Posted Aug 28, 2016
Sofia F.
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My daughter liked her first lesson and will definitely continue learning with Tatiana.

Posted Aug 9, 2016
Brian Haynes
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Tanya is a wonderful teacher. She has a great command of Russian and of English as well. She has helped me to advance in my Russian significantly. She is very accommodating and works with me on schedule. She goes above and beyond and really desires to help me to learn and be successful.

Posted Aug 5, 2016
Alisa
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First lesson was good - Tanya is very professional. Showed good patience too during tech issues on our end

Posted Jul 7, 2016
Alexandra
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Learned a lot in today's lesson. I appreciate the homework she gives me and how easy going and educational each lesson is. I'm definitely remembering things easier as each week goes on and gaining more understanding of the language.

Posted Jun 16, 2016
Krizia C.
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What a delightful experience! Great teacher! Looking forward to many more lessons!

Posted Jun 15, 2016
Mimi
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Very nice and helpful!

Posted Jun 13, 2016
Jenna
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I had an amazing first lesson!! So excited to continue learning from Tatiana!

Posted Jun 9, 2016
Sara F.
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Great first lesson.

Posted Jun 7, 2016
Kelli
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I enjoyed the experience and friendliness she shared towards me. I look forward to our lessons.

Posted May 27, 2016
Brad
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Great instructor, very personable and offers good advise on the learning process. She helps by emailing what has been studied so I can review our days work at any time.

Posted May 8, 2016
Alexandra
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I just had my first lesson learning Russian with Tatiana and I really enjoyed it. In our first lesson she took me through the alphabet, explained feminine and masculine differences in the language and proper pronunciation of words. I can tell I'm going to learn a lot from her.

Posted Apr 28, 2016
Luca M.
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My son had three lessons with Tatiana so far and have learned a russian alphabet and can even read a little bit. I am very happy with Tatian's approach and I highly recommend her.

Posted Mar 14, 2016
Brooke
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Tanya is an absolutely amazing teacher! She is so sweet and very knowledgable. :)

Posted Mar 11, 2016
Mariya W.
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Tatiana is a wonderful teacher. She is very friendly and make you feel comfortable. Her lessons are so pleasant that you don't notice the time. I highly recommend her.

Posted Feb 29, 2016
Alex W.
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I started taking lessons from Tatiana with some experience from college beforehand. She really helps with my focus on learning conversational Russian since I can already read and write in Russian. She's also shown me how important it is to be patient when speaking Russian and she's been very helpful in giving me native speaker knowledge of Russian and assisting with my pronunciation of Russian words.

Posted Feb 28, 2016
Jerry Quiles
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Tanya is a great teacher, she is very apt in her profession. In two weeks I have learned to read basic words and phrases, from not knowing anything at all. I highly recommend her. Jerry

Posted Feb 19, 2016
Ed
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Tanya is a great instructor--provides good materials and examples, speaks clearly, and is very patient and helpful!

Posted Feb 15, 2016
Daniel Keshishyan
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She is really great to work with. She explains everything in detail and makes sure you understand the material. Very very good instructor!

Posted Jan 31, 2016
Brian Haynes
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Tatiana has been very accommodating. She has gone out of her way and offered help in translation during my recent trip to Ukraine and a subsequent visit from Ukraine to the US. She puts a good deal of effort into the classes outside of the class time and is always available to help or reschedule to fit into my schedule. I have learned a lot in our classes.

Posted Jan 27, 2016
William Powell
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I was nervous but Tatiana is so kind and patient. I was able to relax and enjoy our lesson. I'm looking forward to learning from her again!!

Posted Jan 14, 2016
Nikolai
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We had a Very good class today. Tanya is exceptionally patient with my mischievous son. I think he responds to her teaching well.

Posted Jan 11, 2016
Anna S.
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Tatiana teaches Russian to my 10 year old son, who is bilingual.
My son is a bit mischievous and can get destructed during the lesson, so I appreciate Tatiana's soft, but persistent approach to teaching. She is very nice, and it is a pleasure to interact with her, but she also makes sure the lesson plan gets accomplished.

We had 3 lessons with Tatiana and look forward to more.

Posted Jan 4, 2016
James M.
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Tatiana is a superb Russian language instructor. I have greatly enjoyed my lessons. I think that instant feedback from a native speaker who is also fluent in English is critical to learning and understanding another language.

Posted Nov 24, 2015
Tom Shields
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I can highly recommend Tatiana to help you learn and improve your Russian at whatever your current level is - from beginner to fluent. For beginners (like me), Tatiana readily understands the difficulties of learning Russian and answers questions with good explanations and examples. Tatiana is very willing to work with you at whatever pace you feel most comfortable with. And perhaps most important, Tatiana is very patient and makes learning Russian fun!

Posted Oct 31, 2015
Brian Haynes
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The lessons have been tailored to my goals. Tanya has gone beyond our lessons to translate the things I want to learn into learning materials and provided cultural insight as well.

Posted Oct 3, 2015
Brian
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I have been very pleased with my lessons with Tanya. She is focussed on what I need to gain from the lessons and thus tailors the lessons to what will best lead to my goals.

Posted Sep 25, 2015
Lisa Bell

I've had the pleasure of knowing Tatiana for approximately 2 years. Though I am not a student of hers she did teach me a few words and sentences in Russian. Tatiana is patient, kind and intelligent. She is able to connect with people. Being from Russia she is an asset because she makes learning the language very interesting with her life experiences.
Sincerely,
Lisa A. Bell

Posted Jun 25, 2015

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Experience

Private teacher since 2002
Oct 2002 - Present

Teaching Russian and English

Education

Master Degree in Teaching Russian&English
Sep 1997 - Jun 2002

Saint Petersburg University

Master Degree in Economics
Sep 1981 - Jun 1986

Saint Petersburg University of the Economics

Languages

English

Professional Proficiency

Russian

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Certification in teaching children
Aug 2004

Saint Petersburg University

Certified teacher in Russian and English
Aug 2002

Saint Petersburg University

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