If you would like Spanish lessons, call me at 323-405-2383 for a consultation.
Hola! This is Lissette and below you'll see how I became a Spanish conversational expert! First, you can read a few reviews about me. There are more than 20 online.
1. On a google business:
2. (via Facebook users)
3. On Yelp: Search for 'Language Whiz'.
4. (these I've collected through the years)
MY EXPERTISE---SPANISH CONVERSATIONAL SKILLS:
Most of my students feel like they have gotten as far as they could learning Spanish by themselves. They've been studying with apps, at learning centers, in high school and in college, and they feel that their conversational skills should be further along. For the past 17 years, I've been helping my clients make a quick transition from theoretical Spanish to practical spoken Spanish.
I help my clients acquire conversational skills quickly by:
Teaching them a system that delivers basic conversational skills in three months.
By the end of six months my clients skills include:
---Handling simple transactions in Spanish (at a hotel, ordering food, managing transportation abroad, buying items).
---Finally sustaining simple conversations with new acquaintances and old friends who speak Spanish. Speaking Spanish to the family of their significant other.
---Having conversations in present, past and future tenses.
---Understanding conversations of those who speak Spanish around them, such as coworkers, neighbors, at a store, etc.
---Being able to sustain a job that requires Spanish skills, by being able to interact with coworkers and clients in Spanish.
---Understanding Spanish spoken on radio, TV and on the street.
My method of teaching Spanish is really effective because:
---I provide you with drills that I have created which will help you to quickly ask and answer questions.
---My classes focus on speaking. Whether with situational dialogues I've collected through the years, or with the use of several drills and exercises, or with conversations that we improvise in the moment, you will be speaking a lot. That's how you know you will be able to speak Spanish outside of class, because you've been practicing conversations in class from day one.
---Though I focus on conversation, I also teach you grammar. Grammar takes out the random element of learning a language. Why? Because grammar rules are the multiplication tables and formulas that will exponentialize your learning. Otherwise, learning a language is like doing multiplication by using your fingers. It will take you a long time to learn the basics of speaking a language without appropriate grammar lessons. At the very least grammar helps you understand how English and Spanish are different, so that you don't get confused with tricky word order. After 17 years of teaching Spanish, I know grammar rules by heart, and I can teach them to you at the same time that I provide you with drills, and at the same time that I converse with you in Spanish!!
---After teaching so many students throughout the years, I intuitively know how folks learn a language.
---I know English and Spanish really well so I can explain complicated Spanish concepts to you in English, which expedites your learning.
---I teach with a Spanish grammar book that you can follow at home for even quicker results.
I'm a native Spanish speaker who was reading novels and very advanced Spanish literature in high school. I was a top Spanish student back then, and in fact, I didn't speak English till I was 18. That's when I moved to the states to attend Ohio State University. Afterwards, I completed a Master's in Telecommunications at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. It was through my college studies that I learned to speak and write English well, and how I came to understand the mechanics of conquering another language. That said, to this day my family prefers to speak Spanish, so I gladly go back and forth between speaking English and Spanish every day! It's a total mental ping pong game that I play everyday and I love it!
MY TEACHING TECHNIQUE INCLUDES A MIX OF THE FOLLOWING ELEMENTS:
A. Grammar study from books
B. Conversational drills using grammar principles
C. Study of dialogue about everyday experiences
D. New vocabulary drills
E. Study of songs and movie scripts for those interested
F. Reading literature for those interested in reading novels.
I have also taught with the use of magazines and online papers.
The mix of methods depends on your immediate need and your personal preferences.
OTHER SPECIALIZED WAYS I HELP STUDENTS:
-for years I've assisted students pass advanced Spanish tests. I tutor all levels of grammar in high school 1, 2, 3 and 4
-giving lessons to college students trying to finish their language requirements in college
-coaching actors for TV auditions
-helping film producers translate scripts and even speeches to Spanish
-teaching employers the language so they can understand and speak with their employees and clients
-helping employees understand their coworkers
-helping folks understand their neighbors and form friendships
-teaching Spanish to those traveling to South America or Spain
-helping Spanish teachers with advanced grammar questions
-helping students with the Spanish SAT test
-helping students who want to learn Spanish songs
-supporting actors trying to grasp an accent for a play
-helping adults with Latin heritage get back to their roots by teaching them advanced language skills
-teaching Spanish to folks who want to learn it so they can speak to their significant other
and the list goes on!
Call me, text or email and let me know why you need Spanish lessons. We'll schedule a class. 323-405-2383.