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Tatiana delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+ and special needs

Teaching since:
October 2002

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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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

Photos & Videos

At the river Neva,
St.Petersburg, Russia

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At the Hermitage, St.Petersburg, Russia

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At the Hermitage, St.Petersburg, Russia

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50 Reviews

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John Jun 11, 2017
Russian · Online

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.

Bim Pope May 2, 2017
Russian · Online

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!!

Bim Pope Mar 28, 2017
Russian · Online

Awesome! Just starting but learned a lot for first night
Excellent presentation !

Kim S. Feb 27, 2017
Russian · Online

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 :)

Krizia C. Feb 8, 2017
Russian · Online

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!

Liliia S. Jan 24, 2017
Russian · Online

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.

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Angela V. Nov 27, 2016
Russian · Online

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.

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Adam Nov 24, 2016
Russian · Online

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.

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Michael Nov 22, 2016
Russian · Online

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!

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Mariya W. Nov 15, 2016
Russian · Online

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

Olga Nov 2, 2016
Russian · In home

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.

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Alex W. Oct 23, 2016
Russian · Online

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!

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Elizabeth Oct 22, 2016
Russian · Online

Very patient, friendly, and knowledgeable.

Joshua Oct 21, 2016
Russian · Online

Very accommodating, sweet, and knowledgeable!

Krizia C. Oct 15, 2016
Russian · Online

Tatiana is an amazing teacher! Highly recommend!

James M. Oct 12, 2016
Russian · Online

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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Bob Sleeper Oct 10, 2016
Russian · Online

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....

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Alexandria G. Sep 28, 2016
Russian · Online

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.

Joshua Sep 25, 2016
Russian · Online

Very informative and a good mix of leading and letting me lead the session.

Amy Sep 16, 2016
Russian · Online

My nine year old enjoys taking lessons with Tatiana. She is patient with him when he asks questions.

Angela V. Sep 14, 2016
Russian · Online

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.

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Michael Aug 29, 2016
Russian · Online

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!

Liliia S. Aug 28, 2016
Russian · Online

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!

Sofia F. Aug 9, 2016
Russian · Online

My daughter liked her first lesson and will definitely continue learning with Tatiana.

Brian Haynes Aug 5, 2016
Russian · Online

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.

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Alisa Jul 7, 2016
Russian · Online

First lesson was good - Tanya is very professional. Showed good patience too during tech issues on our end

Alexandra Jun 16, 2016
Russian · Online

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.

Krizia C. Jun 15, 2016
Russian · Online

What a delightful experience! Great teacher! Looking forward to many more lessons!

Mimi Jun 13, 2016
Russian · Online

Very nice and helpful!

Jenna Jun 9, 2016
Russian · Online

I had an amazing first lesson!! So excited to continue learning from Tatiana!

Sara F. Jun 7, 2016
Russian · Online

Great first lesson.

Kelli May 27, 2016
Russian · Online

I enjoyed the experience and friendliness she shared towards me. I look forward to our lessons.

Brad May 8, 2016
Russian · Online

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.

Alexandra Apr 28, 2016
Russian · Online

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.

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Luca M. Mar 14, 2016
Russian · Online

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.

Brooke Mar 11, 2016
Russian · Online

Tanya is an absolutely amazing teacher! She is so sweet and very knowledgable. :)

Mariya W. Feb 29, 2016
Russian · Online

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.

Alex W. Feb 28, 2016
Russian · Online

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.

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Jerry Quiles Feb 19, 2016
Russian · Online

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

Ed Feb 15, 2016
Russian · Online

Tanya is a great instructor--provides good materials and examples, speaks clearly, and is very patient and helpful!

Daniel Keshishyan Jan 31, 2016
Russian · Online

She is really great to work with. She explains everything in detail and makes sure you understand the material. Very very good instructor!

Brian Haynes Jan 27, 2016
Russian · Online

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.

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William Powell Jan 14, 2016
Russian · Online

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!!

Nikolai Jan 11, 2016
Russian · Online

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

Anna S. Jan 4, 2016
Russian · Online

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.

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James M. Nov 24, 2015
Russian · Online

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.

Tom Shields Oct 31, 2015
Russian · Online

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!

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Brian Haynes Oct 3, 2015
Russian · Online

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.

Brian Sep 25, 2015
Russian · Online

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.

Lisa Bell Jun 25, 2015
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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

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