TALK OF THE TOWN Languages + Cultural Services

TALK OF THE TOWN Languages + Cultural Services

Charlottesville, VA

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“Speak it, Think it, Live it!”


My love of languages began as a child watching the classic "An American in Paris" ...I just knew that I would experience that glorious city one day! I have lived and taught around the world in France, Spain, Kenya...We can meet your goals.

About TALK OF THE TOWN Languages + Cultural Services

I am a highly-skilled educator and tutor. I have over 20 years of successful experience, including 2 Master's degrees as well as a teaching certification.

My methods are interactive and personally engaging. My goal is to bring you to a place where you both think and feel yin our target language.

I work with all ages and levels of Spanish, French, Swahili, and English, both face-to-face and online.

I have traveled the world, and I love to share my knowledge of language and cultural experiences with my students. This includes the best part of travel - learning how to make international food!

In addition, my menu of services includes the following:

1. interpreting/translating
2. writing/editing
3. travel/touring consultation
4. organizing cultural, theme parties for children and/or adults
5. cooking classes
6. wine dinners in your home or for your event.

Please note that these services are at a different rate. Feel free to contact me as per your need. I look forward to talking with you further about how I may meet your language needs.


Charlottesville, VA 22902

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  • 5/5 stars October 28, 2013

    Kimber worked with my daughter who was bumped up a class in Spanish. She has been amazing to work with as a parent of a child receiving her services. My daughter talks about how effective Kimber is in helping her learn exactly what she needs to know for her Spanish class this year.

    Kimber H. from TALK OF THE TOWN Languages + Cultural Services replied to this review on October 28, 2013:

    Muchas Gracias Nora por su recomendacion :-). Me encanta trabajar con su hija. Ella es lista y aprende muy bien.

  • 4/5 stars October 7, 2013

    Kimber is very knowledgeable, instructs in an entertaining and enjoyable format, and is willing to be available to help her students beyond classroom time. I was able to learn a decent amount of Spanish in a short five-week period.

    Kimber H. from TALK OF THE TOWN Languages + Cultural Services replied to this review on October 7, 2013:

    Gracias Paulina. Quedo a su disposicion en cualquier momento para cualquier consulta.

  • 5/5 stars October 7, 2013

    Kimber is an outstanding teacher. She is wonderfully expressive and riveting to watch. She is incredibly patient,and very encouraging. I'm truly impressed with how much i've learned in such a short amount of time, and look forward to continuing. She is truly gifted.

    Kimber H. from TALK OF THE TOWN Languages + Cultural Services replied to this review on October 7, 2013:

    Muchas Gracias Julia. Agradezco mucho su comentario.

  • 5/5 stars July 24, 2013

    Such an enthusiastic teacher! We had fun at every class! I took a course with Kimber in preparation for travel to France and she sent me armed with everything thing I needed to get by and then some. I loved her anecdotes and her insight into French culture that I would have never gotten from a teach-yourself-French book. Highly recommend her!

    Kimber H. from TALK OF THE TOWN Languages + Cultural Services replied to this review on July 24, 2013:

    Mille fois merci Jackie!

  • 5/5 stars May 15, 2013

    Kimber is a very enthusiastic and proficient teacher. We covered a lot of ground in the Spanish lessons but I felt I was able to master the material with her help. She definitely helped me in my conversation skills.

  • 5/5 stars April 24, 2013

    Kimber really gets us speaking and learning. She uses the textbook, but keeps another whole line of learning going that is spontaneous and fun and makes it all alive. Especially her songs for conjugating verbs and learning directions!

  • 4/5 stars April 22, 2013

    I have now had three weeks with Kimber and have found her to be a terrific and very engaging instructor. I would happily recommend her to anyone looking to learn or brush up on their French.

  • 5/5 stars August 26, 2011

    Kimber Hawkey was my French Professor at PVCC. It was a beginning course. I had only spoken Spanish before and was worried about being able to differentiate from the two different languages. Whats amazing about Kimber is that she also speaks Spanish fluently, and French, and English. Once I saw how she did it with ease, it quickly soothed my anxiety. She is incredibly enthusiastic about teaching. I can feel the adrenaline she feels when one of her students is learning and comprehending her completely. She came into class everyday happy and ready to go with the lesson. What made her so interesting was every story she had to tell about every new topic. Her life experiences make you want to learn over and over again, more and more. She doesnt only teach you the language, she goes in depth with the culture. She has so much personal experience with the people, the food, the wine, the trends, the history and the geography of the French. It is quite breathtaking to watch her. She doesnt just stand at the balckboard. She makes you participate. There are songs, group activites, skits, and food. She really makes you feel as if you have been to Paris and back. I cannot stress enough that Kimber Hawkey is by far the best professor I have had the pleasure of learning from. Even know, she will always write me in French. Even though she is no longer a professor of mine, I still learn so much from her. I highly recommend Kimber Hawkey.

  • 5/5 stars July 2, 2011

    Senora Kimber was a terrific teacher! I always disliked Spanish classes in school but having it seem like a bunch of friends getting together and talking and working on learning new skills made learning Spanish much easier. She also suggested very valuable websites that made searching for words and verb conjugations simple.
    Highly recommend her as a teacher!

  • 5/5 stars June 24, 2011

    Kimber is not only an expert -- she's a force of nature. She will light up your day with her sense of fun, her laughter, her engagement in your learning.

  • 5/5 stars June 21, 2011

    Kimber is knowledgeable, charming and engaging. I enjoyed every lesson. She helped we prepare for some international work where I needed to improve my French.

  • 5/5 stars June 21, 2011

    My experience with Kimber was a very positive one. Not only did she give in all in the classroom but well after class. I would receive emails at all hours of the night informing me of tutorial websites and sites of interest pertaining to class. Kimber is truly a 24/7 teacher. Her continuous enthusiasm inspired me to always push myself a little more.

  • 5/5 stars June 21, 2011

    Kimber worked with me on my decades old French before I lived in Paris for three months. I had never really spoken French, but had two years of college French and much anxiety. Kimber was fabulous - she was professional, fun to work with, effective and practical. She taught me to work with what I knew, several basic phrases which my menopausal mind could remember, and some very important cultural insights. I did not become fluent, but my comfort level became high enough that I could speak freely and with a sense of humor. Her time with me enabled me to truly enjoy my time in Paris and to get around perfectly capably. I would highly recommend Kimber's tutoring services.

  • 5/5 stars June 21, 2011

    Kimber injects loads of energy into her classes, making them fun. There is lots of laughter and lots of talking. You work hard without realizing it. Even though our class was four hours long, I left feeling energized, not exhausted. And I also found myself trying to think in Spanish the rest of the day.

  • 5/5 stars June 20, 2011

    Kimber used some unique methods which I thought made intro French very fun. Her approach is warm and sometimes goofy but she makes the classroom environment enjoyable with her informal teaching style. We sang jingles to reinforce what could have been otherwise boring grammar basics, practiced lip drills to overcome awkward vowel pronunciation, and even used experimental memorization tools that I'd never seen before. After two weeks of intro-French with Kimber I showed up to my Army french course at least a month ahead of my peers. Her Spanish is equally as good.

    John Diehl
    1LT, US Army

  • 5/5 stars June 20, 2011

    I had Kimber for a 40 hour immersion course in beginner Spanish. She was absolutely incredible, not only from her knowledge of the language, but to her passion for our class to learn and love what we learned! We had fun, acquired a large basic knowledge of Spanish so that when I went to Mexico later that summer I could actually communicate on a basic level! She was always available after-hours for help or questions, and most impressively, I just felt she was one of those teachers who is there because she cares, loves what she does, and care so much that others learn to love Spanish as well!

Question and answer

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. I think that language learners need to find someone who not only has competent linguistic skils but a teacher who truly feels and has lived the language. Additionally, while it is important that a teacher has knowledge, it is even more important for a teacher to be able to transmit that knowledge to the learner through active and meaningful interactions - conversations, activities, games, songs, cooking, and being about to recount cultural stories.

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. The "insider secrets" to language learning are that a student needs:
1. the deep desire to learn,
2. the willingness to feel silly, frustrated, or confused, and
3. the time to spend studying outside of class.

If a student doesn't have these, then a student will struggle with becoming functional in a language (even if a teacher were to dance the can-can on the table!).

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. There are many qualities to my teaching that set me apart from others: my enthusiastic and engaging methods, my sense of humor, my ability to turn everything into a learning experience, my stories about my personal experiences throughout the world, and my custom teaching materials - games, songs, and mnemonic techniques. All of these come together to make for a truly enjoyable and memorable learning experience.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. I love meeting people, getting to know their stories, and helping them attain their dream of language proficiency.

Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

A. Clients always ask me why I haven't written a book about all of my international adventures. I always ask: "Do you know a publisher?!

Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?

A. One of my favorite stories is from when I was team teaching. The other teacher was teaching '-er' verbs that day, and she told me that when the students heard about "er" verbs, they said: " 'Kimber' is an '-er' verb for teaching enthusiastically!" Then, they all proceeded to conjugate my name in Spanish:

Kimbo (I teach enthusiastically)
Kimbes (You teach enthusiastically)
Kimbe (S/he teaches, you teach enthusiastically)
Kimbemos (We teach enthusiastically)
Kimbéis (You 'guys' teach enthusiastically)
Kimben (They, All of You teach enthusiastically)

Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?

A. We are passionate about our subject matter, and we genuinely strive to service the needs of our clients. We love what we do!

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. Teaching chose me, and I'm glad that it did!

Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.

A. I recently was hired by a student who was struggling and who had not had success with a former tutor. Since my arrival, my student has been receiving straight A's.

Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

A. I am actively involved in professional development for online courses.

Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.

A. My services have different prices per hour vs. per course. The more hours and the longer the course gives a more beneficial price per hour. Additionally, pricing is more advantageous when a group purchases a class. For pricing, a student must tell me what type of course they want.

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