About Tatiana D.

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Tatiana teaches: Ages 6 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: October 2002
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Hello! Здравствуйте! My name is Tatiana. I am from Saint Petersburg, Russia. I have been teaching private lessons for 13 years and always have loved helping my students of all ages.

I went to Saint Petersburg University and earned Master degree in teaching. 11 years ago I got married and moved to the USA.

My Russian 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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At the river Neva, St.Petersburg, Russia


Private teacher since 2002

Oct 2002 - Present
Teaching Russian and English


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 Spoken


Professional Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Certification in teaching children

Aug 2004
Saint Petersburg University

Certified teacher in Russian and English

Aug 2002
Saint Petersburg University

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44 Reviews on Tatiana D.

Angela V. Nov 27, 2016
Russian · Online
Verified Student
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.
Adam Nov 24, 2016
Russian · Online
Verified Student
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.
Michael Nov 22, 2016
Russian · Online
Verified Student
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!
Mariya W. Nov 15, 2016
Russian · Online
Verified Student
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.

Olga Nov 2, 2016
Russian · In home
Verified Student
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.
Alex W. Oct 23, 2016
Russian · Online
Verified Student
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!
Elizabeth Oct 22, 2016
Russian · Online
Verified Student
Very patient, friendly, and knowledgeable.
Joshua Oct 21, 2016
Russian · Online
Verified Student
Very accommodating, sweet, and knowledgeable!
Krizia C. Oct 15, 2016
Russian · Online
Verified Student
Tatiana is an amazing teacher! Highly recommend!
James M. Oct 12, 2016
Russian · Online
Verified Student
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.
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