Subjects: French | Spanish
It is a wonderful thing to be able to communicate with people from another culture in their native language.
I've been studying French since I was quite young, and I continued those studies through my first two years of college, when I made the decision to get some work experience and return at a later time. It was a full fourteen years later that I returned, now as a much more mature student, willing to take on my education with renewed vigor. During the final year of completing my studies for a Computer Science degree—with a minor in French—I was offered a chance to participate in a work/study internship abroad at UTC (l'Université de Technologie de Compiègne), a technical university about fifty miles northeast of Paris. I grabbed the opportunity to apply to the program, and it's one of the best decisions I've ever made.
I spent the following semester studying in France, attending classes at the university and working with a team developing software to help children with disabilities to learn life skills. Throughout that time, I lived with a very kind and encouraging French family in their rural home outside the village of Estrées-Saint-Denis. I heard and spoke only French during my whole stay, both at school and at home. The experience was educational and rewarding in so many ways, and nothing short of amazing!
It would be a pleasure for me to help you learn this beautiful language, whether it's for a class you're currently taking or to prepare you for a continental excursion. Whatever your purpose, you'll find that learning and practicing in a one-on-one scenario is a very effective—and comfortable—way to develop your foreign-language skills!
Venez parlons français!
(Come on, let's speak French!)
My French proficiency rating: Advanced Plus
The United States is the second largest Spanish-speaking country in the world. So if you don't have a particularly compelling reason to study something else, Spanish is what I recommend as your second language. And in my opinion, it's easier for an English speaker to learn Spanish than any other foreign language, so it's a good choice for most students.
Although I studied both French and German through the college level, I never did get around to learning Spanish during my school years. So I've made it my mission over recent years to develop a Spanish curriculum for myself, and I've been self-studying throughout that time using a variety of resources that go well beyond phone apps—e.g., carefully selected textbooks, video tutorials, educational software, and audio CDs. Best of all, I have the good fortune to have a friend who is a native Spanish speaker, so from time to time I've been able to practice my verbal skills through both conversation and correspondence. It has been an enjoyable journey, and I plan to continue it... forever!
Meanwhile, I'm happy to say that I have added Spanish to my current tutoring repertoire. I can help you with the skills you need to succeed in your middle- or high-school-level Spanish course: I'll help you learn vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure, and pronunciation. So come on,
¡estudiemos español juntos!
(let's study Spanish together!)
My Spanish proficiency rating: Low-Intermediate