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  • What ages of students do you tutor?
    I tutor students from middle school ages to adult.
  • Where are you located?
    I live and work in LA County's South Bay, and I accept local students for in-person meetings and students from everywhere for online sessions.
  • I'm interested! How do I get started?
    Send me an e-mail at and tell me a bit about yourself, including your phone number and what times would be convenient for me to call you to discuss your needs. If you're ready, we can set up a meeting!
  • Where do we meet?
    I meet with students at coffee shops, libraries, or any public place where the student feels comfortable practicing Spanish aloud. When we first talk, we can determine a location that suits your needs.
  • What kind of Spanish will you teach me?
    I speak and teach Castillian Spanish, which is the Spanish spoken in Latin America and Europe.
  • What about books and materials?
    If you come to me for tutoring, we will use the book assigned for your class, and I will supply additional handouts and practice from my own library as needed. If you come to me for private lessons (group or individual) and you have a long-term Spanish learning goal, we can discuss your options for purchasing or renting books, keeping in mind your current level of Spanish, your interests, and your price point. It may be possible to find suitable books from your local library as well. I will also provide handouts and additional practice materials from my own library as required.
  • Am I too old to learn a foreign language?
    No! My adult learners have often worried that they would be incapable of learning Spanish because of their age. After only a few sessions, they found that you can definitely learn to communicate in a second language at any age.
  • How much time will it take for me to learn Spanish?
    When you contact me, we begin by discussing your Spanish goals, your past language learning experience, and the amount of time you have to devote to learning Spanish. Together, we will develop a plan for how you can meet your goals and benchmarks for how much progress you can expect to see over time.
  • Can I really learn Spanish from a non-native speaker?
    Yes, absolutely! I've taught and tutored Spanish to over 500 students of all levels, abilities, and disabilities. My students have gone on to complete university language requirements, study and vacation abroad, take on Spanish speaking clients at work, and communicate with Spanish speakers in their communities.
  • What forms of payment do you accept? What are your payment policies?
    I accept cash, local checks, and Venmo payments. There is a service charge of $25 for NSF (not sufficient funds) checks. After receiving two NSF checks, payment by other means will be required. Payment for online services (tutoring or lessons) must be received prior to the session. Payment for in-person sessions are due at the end of each session. Payments must be up to date in order to be eligible to schedule future appointments, including any fees incurred for late or non-cancellation (see FAQ on Cancellations below).
  • What is your cancellation policy?
    Instructor cancellation: If I should have to cancel an appointment, I will give you a minimum of 48 hours notice, with the exception of an unforseeable emergency, and the appointment will be rescheduled. Student cancellation: Clients must provide 24 hours notice by phone or text message before cancelling a session to avoid incurring a charge. Cancellations within 24 hours incur a cancellation fee of one-half the cost of the session. If no notice is given and the student doesn't appear at the agreed-upon location, the client will be responsible for for the entire cost of the tutoring/teaching session.
  • Will you meet with my son/daughter's Spanish teacher?
    For students receiving tutoring, I am happy to conference with their teacher at the request of the parent or guardian. There is no charge for phone calls or e-mails with the teacher, but in-person meetings will be charged at the hourly individual tutoring rate. Please make any requests for teacher-conferences via e-mail. Note that the teacher may also require written permission allowing him or her to disclose information regarding the student's progress to me.
  • What is your privacy policy?
    Client/Student information is never shared or sold unless at the request of the client or parent/guardian (e.g. in the case of a requested conference with a student's teacher). Contact information is used only for arranging sessions.
  • ¿De veras hablas español? ¿Cómo lo aprendiste?
    ¡Qué sí! Empecé a aprender el idioma a los 7 años. En la secundiaria, tuve cuatro años de español y continué de estudiarlo en la universidad. En mi tercer año de la uni, fui a Madrid a estudiar en el extranjero por un semestre. Allí se me pegó el acento madrileño. Me gradué de la uni en 2006 con dos concentraciones: inglés y español. Después, fui a estudiar la lingüística en la universidad de Purdue y trabajé de profesora de español mientras estudiaba. Durante ese tiempo, mi acento se mezclaba un poco con los acentos de los en mi alrededor--estudiantes y profesores de todo el mundo--de Argentina, Colombia, Guatemala, España, México, Venezuela, Panamá, Cuba... Aprendí muchísimo de aquellos amigos y de todos mis profesores. Ahora, mi accento se queda más o menos español con toques del español que se habla en el resto del mundo. Sí, ceceo y uso vosotros, pero también, sé bailar la bachata, preparar arepas y degustar los vinos de Chile y Argentina.
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