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Excellent professor, Muito legal! Halfway through lesson one I was already having a basic conversation in Portuguese! I’ve taken language classes in college, in foreign countries, in high school and self guided programs, and Ms Hickman is up there with the best of them. Obrigado, professora!Sep 6, 2019Verified
Having previously studied Portuguese in Brasil at an English / Portuguese school, Natalia's methodology is superior. It's harder to learn language at an increasingly older age, but the program that she has designed / invented is incredibly fluid. Plus she's a tremendous amount of fun and her passion shows through. You can't slack between lessons, however!Jun 28, 2019Verified
Natalia is an AMAZING teacher! She is so happy, energetic and passionate about teaching Portuguese, and is so much fun to work with, that it makes you very inspired to continue studying and learning on your own time after you're finished with your lesson. Here method is great because it gets you conversational quickly, teaches you how people actually speak to one another in Brazil and immerses you in Brazilian culture. She has me watching great Brazilian movies and tv series on netflix, transcribing lyrics from songs, reading prayers, in addition to going through weekly lessons in the book that SHE wrote to guide your learning process. I have not studied a foreign language in almost 25 years and it's going much better than I expected because of Natalia. I really look forward to our weekly lesson and wish that I could work with her every day.Aug 26, 2019Verified
I started Portuguese lessons with Natalia three weeks ago and it has been a great experience. She is very responsive and always on time. I tried many different instructors but landed back with her for multiple reasons. She’s been great at molding the classes to my needs and overall is a very pleasant person to work with. Now that we’ve had more lessons we find ourselves laughing at various things and the time seems to fly by. She wrote the book, “Tudo Bem? Vamos Aprender Portuguese.” I definitively recommend buying it but if not then she will send you the lessons. With other instructors we had issues with the technology but using FaceTime with Natalia has worked great. Also, my schedule varies so it works well with her flexible schedule. However, she does offer set days and times if that is your thing. Most importantly she has a genuine passion for making sure that I succeed. Along with the lessons, there are assignments to do on your own and she will send extra material as well. She’s also helped me find different ways to access programs in Portuguese on Netflix and Globo. Also, you’ll see that there are many instructors that are more expensive and less expensive. I tried several of them and feel that Natalia is by far the best value. She’s already increased my confidence. At the same time it’s going to be a long but enjoyable ride to get where I need to be.May 20, 2019Verified
Natalia is great to work with. You can tell she is genuinely interested in helping me learn Portuguese but also understand the nuances of the language and how people actually speak to each other in Brazil. She is very knowledgeable and her style is easy to follow and effective. She has published a book that she likes her students to have and use during our lessons. I think it helps me and provides a good approach to learning the language. I definitely recommend Natalia if you’re looking to learn to speak Portuguese like a native. She is otimo!!Aug 23, 2019
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?I teach online or face-to-face. For online classes I charge $35/hour. I usually go to the student's home or place of work for Portuguese or English classes. I charge $45/hour if you live within 5 miles of my address (Downtown Miami) and $50/hour if it is within 6 to 10 miles.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?I work using educational materials such as books, articles, extra homework sheets, and focusing on conversation. I've recently published a Portuguese book for foreigners who want to learn the language fast. It is called "Tudo bem? Vamos aprender Português" and can be found on Amazon.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I graduated in Languages (Portuguese and English Literature). I also have a TESOL certificate.