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Laura speaks fluent English without an accent and Spanish with the accent from Spain. Both of these characteristics I find helpful. 1. It is difficult and tiring to speak to someone whose accent in English is hard to understand, and 2. there are differences between European Spanish (Peninsular Spanish) which is Laura’s “ lingua materna” and the Spanish of the Americas. Unless you have plans to be in a particular part of Latin America, I think it is better to learn “castellano”, the Spanish spoken by 99% of the people in Spain. Laura also is fairly fluent in Catalan the second most spoken language in Spain (17%). As well as teaching Spanish, Laura also works translating, proof-reading and copy-editing Spanish to English (and visa versa) for business purposes so that the communications read right, so she not only teaches you to speak Spanish, but to read and write it well. So she is not just someone who speaks both languages, but someone who speaks both with style. Laura is from a middle-class academic family. She is young, cheerful and energetic, pleasant to be around, and very smart. The lessons always take their point of departure from something that interests you, in my case that is bird-watching. So she on her own initiative found and brought to the lessons several articles in El País, the Newspaper from Madrid, that had feature articles about birds. I was surprised to find how much more willing I was to puzzle over translating something in the bird article than some other texts. (Something that Google Translate was unable to do, by the way.) This is just one of the many initiative she has taken to bring Spanish home to me. She always appears with a laptop. She is very adept at finding all sorts of things of interest like derivations or conjugations and other resources. I also find her knowledge of grammar very useful, but I had grammar in junior high school, perhaps it's no longer taught. She is always encouraging and never critical, and surprises me with how accepting she is of my deplorable Spanish. What she does in my lessons suggests that she has done a lot of teaching and understands well the strategies for learning Spanish. It is basically, as I understand it, to start where I am and go in the direction I want to go in. I don’t think you can find a better teacher than Laura. Go for it!Feb 16, 2017Verified
As part of my job in communications with the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, an international non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of genocide and other mass atrocities, I took Spanish lessons with Laura multiple times per week from January of 2016 to December of 2017. While I began this endeavor with a rudimentary understanding of Spanish, my abilities – especially with regards to my professional duties – rapidly improved. We worked together on a variety of communications products and translations (both English-Spanish and Spanish-English). Due to the nature of my work, translated items featured specialized political and diplomatic vocabularies. Over the course of our time together, we synthesized and translated a wide variety of documents including interviews with prominent actors in the field, recurring reports on efforts for the prevention of mass atrocities, reporting on events in the field, newsletters and other electronic communications, as well as a wide variety of other documents as they arose. These efforts required fast-paced work to meet tight deadlines and necessitated an understanding of concepts and vocabulary used in the field of human rights, international humanitarian law and mass atrocity prevention. The translated documents have been used for a wide variety of training initiatives for government officials around the world and by partnered entities, such as the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention. In short: Laura provides a high-quality service and I would certainly recommend her to anyone (or any organization) looking for a private teacher or tutor, especially in the context of communications. She is very consistent and always came equipped with any customized materials or background research necessary to maximize the productivity of our sessions.Apr 10, 2018
She's great and I'm excited for our journey together!Oct 29, 2019VerifiedLingo Spanish's reply
Thank you Tiherrah! It’s an honor to accompany you in your Spanish learning journey and see you gain fluency and confidence in Spanish :-)
Laura is so awesome. She is super kind and an excellent teacher, and I appreciate the lessons she designs specifically for me and my language goals. I feel so great speaking Spanish and we both notice my progress as the weeks go on. I’m more fluent now than ever. So recommended! Such an amazing value! I could go on and on. :-)Dec 5, 2019Verified
I was in search of a Spanish teacher for corporate lessons and, little did I know, that I hit the jackpot when I hired Laura. We had little idea of what was required to begin lessons, but Laura was extremely helpful every step of the way. She created detailed lesson plans for our class with various learning levels and gave extra aid to any students that required it. She makes each class interesting, even after a long or difficult work day, Laura's positivity and optimism is infectious and gets students excited to attend her classes. We are all so grateful to have found an incredible teacher like Laura and I couldn't recommend her more highly!!!Dec 28, 2017Verified
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?I evaluate the student's current Spanish level, ask them about their background with the language, and set Spanish learning goals. My goal is to tailor the content of each lesson based on their learning style, and the specific professional or personal areas they need to gain fluency in.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?I'm passionate about empowering people. A great source of gratification in my job is seeing people grow professionally and become more successful by implementing a new language among their skill set.
- What types of customers have you worked with?Professionals in the industries of advertising, marketing, human rights, education, entertainment, immigration, legal, marketing, media, retail, software, medical and websites.