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Maria was a joy to work with. She provided not only essential Spanish lessons but a greater context into the culture and Spanish-speaking framework. She also made the lessons relevant to my life which was immensely helpful and made it easier to learn.Jul 29, 2019VerifiedMaria A. / Native speaker with Doctoral Degree's reply
Hi Susie, I greatly enjoyed our lessons together and how much you improved your communication skills. It is very rewarding to know you used it in your trips to Latin America and very soon in Spain too!! ¡Hasta luego!
Maria is an excellent -- and fun! -- Spanish teacher. I've had just three weekly sessions so far and already have learned (and remembered) so much. I came in at an advanced level, so having a one-on-one tutor who can personalize the lessons and fill in the gaps is really nice. We don't waste time going over grammatical rules I already know -- only the ones I've forgotten. :) Maria is a professor of linguistics and culture, so she brings an extra level of expertise. Unlike Spanish-speaking friends I've practiced with, she is not afraid to correct me or tell me that I'm thinking in English (as I often am). She is personable, direct, professional, and funny. When my 3-year-old daughter wandered into the room, she started engaging with her in Spanish without skipping a beat. I would highly recommend Maria as a teacher, regardless of your level. You will be happy you did!Mar 28, 2019VerifiedMaria A. / Native speaker with Doctoral Degree's reply
Thanks so much for the wonderful comments you wrote about our sessions!!! I'm looking forward to our next class and interviews on the topics we discussed!!
I cannot speak highly enough about Doctor Aparicio and her tutoring service in Spanish. The weekly private lessons Maria prepares every week just for me are wonderful. She is always checking in with me, keeps me informed of all the progress. She gives me an update on the lesson in a short overview. It is quite helpful! She is an amazing professor!Feb 7, 2019Maria A. / Native speaker with Doctoral Degree's reply
Hi Laura, I enjoyed all our courses as much as you! It was fun and very rewarding to see your amazing progress.
She is great teacher and have helped me in all aspects of spanish learning to move ahead.Aug 29, 2019VerifiedMaria A. / Native speaker with Doctoral Degree's reply
Hi Rahil, thank you so much for your great review. It is always a pleasure to see how much your son is improving with his Spanish skills and scores at high school. I am so happy he skipped one whole academic year with just a few lessons with me!!! Amazing success!!! I am sure he is enjoying as much as me when learning about the Spanish language and culture.
Maria has been fantastic! She is a true professional and one of the few tutors I saw with the right credentials to demonstrate her expertise. I have only worked with her for a few weeks, but I can already tell she is committed to helping me improve my Spanish. One of my favorite things about Maria is her commitment to ensuring I get the details right (e.g., emphasis on the right syllables, phrasing how native speakers speak, etc.). I would recommend Maria to everyone!Oct 31, 2019Verified
Maria Aparicio Torres
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?I’ve been teaching Spanish to professionals for over 20 years and for that reason, my students find me trustworthy. If pricing is your only factor I may not be your Spanish coach, but if quality and proven results are your key component, then I am your best choice. I put my heart and soul into every hour of teaching and all the preparation behind. I listen to you and what you need in every course, and work with you to find the best and most efficient way of learning. My lessons start at $45 (the most popular package of lessons) compared to a regular lesson that is $60. The lesson is 55 minutes long when meeting twice a week. However, some students who can only meet once a week chose the double sessions.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?I normally conduct a free demo class via Skype for 20-30 minutes. Then, I let the student know what I think we should be working on and have a conversation with the student to see his/her views on the target.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I have a Doctoral Degree in Spanish and a Master's in Teaching Spanish. I have been teaching at the university level for over 15 years and teaching professionals for more than 20 years.