Tatiana Zakharova
Long Beach, CA
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Tatiana Zakharova

Tatiana Z.

Long Beach, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have a Ph.D. in Philology and am a native Russian speaker born in Moscow - the capital of Russia. Therefore, I can apply my knowledge of language methodologies to teach Russian. Also, I have tutored foreign students in Russian for many years already.

Russian is my native language and it is one of the most beautiful, amazing languages in the world; it is the language of great writers and poets, actors and artists, philosophers and scientists, musicians and humanists. Besides teaching I held lectures in theory of language, history of language, psycholinguistic, and sociolinguistics.

About Tatiana Z.

I am a former German professor from Russia who currently lives in America and tutors full time now Russian and German.

I provide a variety of activities for my lessons so you will never get bored. For example, I will use games, interactive conversational lessons, fun warm up tasks, case studies, and even riddles. We will use authentic materials as well. You will learn conversational skills, formal writing skills, and test taking strategies all in a fun manner.

I have a background as as an experienced lecturer, teacher, and tutor in the field of linguistics (general linguistics, history of linguistics, psycolinguistics, social linguistics, gender studies). Since defending my dissertation, I have continued to do research in gender studies in the field of virtual communication and digital text, especially non-verbal communication, social networks and gender-specific communication. However, I have found that my true passion is helping students in one-on-one lessons.

Cancellation policy: 24 cancellation notice is required.


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40 Reviews
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I have been studying German with Tatiana for several months and it has been a wonderful experience. After our initial conversation, I knew that I had found the right teacher. Tatiana's lessons are always interesting and enjoyable. Our lessons are conducted entirely in German and Tatiana is able to explain complex ideas and topics in ways that teach and challenge me at the same time. Since I am an advanced learner, we also spend time reviewing grammar, working on increasing vocabulary, and reading texts. Every week my fluency increases.

Tatiana is knowledgeable, patient, and an excellent teacher. I would recommend her to anyone who is trying to learn and/or improve their German. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced student, Tatiana is the teacher for you. I give her my highest recommendation.

Posted Jun 1, 2021
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Tatiana is amazing! I really would never trade her for the world. She is patient, nonjudgmental, knowledgeable, thorough, clear, and just overall great. If it weren’t for her I would’ve quit a long time ago. I highly recommend her. You won’t be disappointed. Danke schön Tatiana!!

Posted May 3, 2021
Annabel J.
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I've been studying Russian with Tatiana for close to six months now at two lessons per week. From the very beginning, it's been an immensely fruitful and deeply enjoyable experience -- I feel my progress in the language is palpable (and I was a total beginner at 23). Our lessons are fun, and the homework assignments (most often, textbook exercises and reading responses to Russian-language films) challenging (though never to the point of being stressful). A huge bonus is that our textbook is online and free. I've been deliriously happy with my experience, and cannot recommend Tatiana enough. 

Posted Mar 30, 2021
Sasha T.
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My daughter has been very happy with Tatiana’s lessons
She continues to be enthusiastic about learning from this teacher 😊

Posted Mar 17, 2021
Karina B.
Profile-location-online Online

Tatiana is a great teacher. She’s patient, non judgmental, welcoming, thorough and gives you plenty of resources. I’m really happy and relieved I have her as my teacher.

Posted Mar 12, 2021
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Tatiana is a great teacher, she is extremely patient and can match whatever pace of learning is comfortable for the student. She is very thorough with explanations and the lessons are engaging. Thanks to her instruction, I am steadily improving my German. She is also accommodating with scheduling. Highly recommended.

Posted Feb 12, 2021
Profile-location-online Online

Tatiana is amazing! She always encourages me to write something in Russian each lesson. We often read Russian short stories. She is very patient with me in terms of speaking in Russian. She also tries to be efficient so students can get the most out of each class.

Posted Feb 8, 2021
Nicola K.
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Tatiana is super helpful & thorough, and makes the lessons enjoyable. I'm finding myself improving very quickly thanks to her!

Posted Oct 6, 2020
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We had fun doing the alohabet! Looking forward to more

Posted Sep 18, 2020
Charles W.

I worked with Tatiana for several weeks in order to brush up on my german which I once knew quite well. Tatiana was a great help by assessing where I was and immediately putting together lessons that were perfect for me. I highly recommend her as a german teacher at any level.

Charles W.

Posted Jan 6, 2020
Vladimir G.
Profile-location-online Online

I am having a very dynamic and very immersive German experience. I enjoy it a lot!

Posted Sep 24, 2019
Profile-location-online Online

Tatiana is certainly one of the greatest teachers I have ever studied with. I am extremely grateful to have her as my mentor, and I my recommendations are high for anyone seeking a top-quality language-learning experience.

Posted Jul 31, 2019
Celina L.
Profile-location-online Online

I've only just started, but I can see that I'm definitely going to make some great progress with Tatiana. I would recommend her for sure.

Posted Jun 13, 2019
Vishal T.
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My son liked his first class, he told me that he thinks Tatiana will be able to help him reach his goal. Thanks

Posted May 18, 2019
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Tatiana is great! My son loves their interaction and her teaching style.

Posted May 8, 2019
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Tatiana is an awesome teacher! She's very patient -- doesn't mind repeating lessons zillion times! She's very flexible with her schedule as well . Always accommodates last minute changes!! She's fabulous!

Posted Apr 19, 2019
Morgan H.
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Not only is every lesson enjoyable, Tatiana’s style of teaching is refreshing and fun! I look forward to every class. She’s incrediably patient and detailed in her tutoring, best teacher I’ve ever had!

Posted Mar 26, 2019
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Great teacher!

Posted Jan 2, 2019
Profile-location-online Online

Nice teacher!

Posted Nov 17, 2018
Randy M.
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Tatiana did a great job! She helped me overcome some of the challenges I faced with communication. The lesson was dynamic and went quite naturally. Very highly recommend!

Posted Nov 6, 2018
Chrystine L.
Profile-location-online Online

Great first lesson! Tatiana made me feel very comfortable and moved at my pace, which I really appreciated! Looking forward to my next one.

Posted Jun 5, 2018
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Taking weekly lessons at the high-intermediate level - Tatiana is a fantastic teacher - very good explanations of grammatical concepts and nuances of vocabulary/language - I've noticed great progress in my Russian since starting a few months ago.

Posted Jun 3, 2018
Orshi K.
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Fantastic first class!

Posted May 21, 2018
Eva C.
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Tatiana is the third German teacher I've had on Take Lessons and by far the best! She uses a variety of teaching tools that are very effective and she is very personable!

Posted Mar 6, 2018
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It is my first class and I really loved it.

Posted Nov 1, 2017
Gala Nedialkova
Profile-location-online Online

Very good very interesting exactly what I was looking for

Posted Oct 2, 2017
Profile-location-online Online

In our first lesson we practiced the alphabet. I am a total beginner so that's where we had to start.

Posted Jun 2, 2017
Profile-location-online Online

Lots of fun and very interesting.

Posted Mar 17, 2017
Mehrnaz H.
Profile-location-online Online

Tatiana is a wonderful teacher. I look forward to our next lesson.

Posted Jan 21, 2017
Amanda P.
Profile-location-online Online

Very fun and makes learning easy. I would definitely recommend this instructor to anyone looking to learn German!

Posted Dec 29, 2016
Christopher D.
Profile-location-online Online

After just one lesson I can tell Tatiana is going to be a wonderful teacher. I can't wait until the next lesson!

Posted Nov 9, 2016
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Tatiana met my expectations admirably. I thoroughly recommend her for students of all competencies.

Posted Oct 19, 2016
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Great instructor!
She is nice, smart and uses many different methods of teaching.
I had a good grasp of the German language. I had never taped into the language before and I had a good experience with Tatiana.
Oh, and she has the best price around as well,
Thanks Tatiana!

Posted Oct 11, 2016
daiana D.
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Tatiana is great! I am so happy to have found Tatiana as a teacher. Within a short period of working with her, I have learned a lot! I have learned several grammar concepts as well as a chunk of vocabulary. Tatiana is very encouraging during lessons and easy to understand.
I would highly recommend her to anyone of any age level!

Posted Oct 10, 2016
Profile-location-online Online

Tatiana was wonderful! Looking forward to her next lesson. My daughter said "she's really cool". That says a lot coming from a teenager.

Posted Sep 23, 2016
Diane B.
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Very professional and fun!

Posted Sep 10, 2016
Profile-location-online Online

She is very patient and knowledge and I enjoyed the first German lesson with her a lot:) Highly recommended for serious German learners!

Posted Aug 29, 2016
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Tatiana is a great instructor. She created a plan best-suited to my ability level, and has been very patient and encouraging throughout. I would recommend her to anyone looking to learn German at any level.

Posted Jun 14, 2016
Harry S.
Profile-location-online Online

I enjoyed my first lesson very much! Tatiana made a big effort to figure out my German level and led the conversation in such a way that I could learn as we talked. She was very complimentary, offered to help above the call of duty, and feels like she already is a friend! It will be fun and a great help to me to continue with the lessons!

Posted Apr 26, 2016
Denise H.
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Lesson was great. I look forward to learning German

Posted Mar 3, 2016

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Sep 1995 - Oct 2014


1995-2000Assistant Professor German and English , Moscow Engineering Physics Institute/MEPhI· Conducted seminars· Created lessons plans· Provided remedial education for struggling students· Created and conducted both written and oral final exams 2000-2014Associate Professor German, Moscow Engineering Physics Institute/MEPhI· Lectured· Created lesson plans· Created and conducted both written and oral final exams· Created study guides


Master of Art(Teaching of German), Master of Art (Teaching of German as a Foreign Language), PhD (Russian Philology, Germanic Languages)
Jul 1990 - Jun 2009

Moscow State Linguistic University, Moscow State University of International Relationaship, Gooethe Institute (Munich)

M.A., Ph.D.
Sep 1995 - Apr 2006

Moscow State Linguistic University



Professional Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


2007-2009Certificate of German as a Second Language, Goethe-Institut and University of Kassel: Teaching of German Language as a foreign language in theory and practice
Jun 2009

Moscow State Linguistic University

Ph.D. in Germanic Languages
Apr 2006

Moscow State Linguistic University

Master of Arts in German Education
Jul 1995

Moscow State Linguistic University

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