Maria A. / Native speaker with Doctoral Degree
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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!
Hi, I normally do not write reviews but I thought Doctor Maria deserves one for her great work teaching me Spanish. I found her in this platform a few months ago and after having a free demo lesson with her I hired her. I met other teachers on line but she was way different on her teaching approach and even in the free demo I learned and spoke more in Spanish than with any other person I found to teach. She is a lot of fun and a real pleasure. I have been meeting her twice a week and have improved so much my Spanish that my own boyfriend who is from Puerto Rico cannot believe it. I took Spanish at high school and college but with Doctor Maria I have really learned to speak and communicate. She also teaches at the university and it made me think how come she did not teach me back then lol. Thanks to her knowledge, and holding a doctoral degree in Spanish Language and Literature I benefit from all the cultural explanations she gives me, not just the language. She is a native speaker and I learned she has lived in various Hispanic countries which makes her the ideal professor to it all and learn about the rich culture Spanish has. Maria and her team are the best!!!Jan 8, 2020VerifiedMaria A. / Native speaker with Doctoral Degree's reply
Hola Sylvia, thank you very much for your comments. I am truly impressed with your progress and how you are now able to maintain a conversation with native speakers. I noticed you travelled to Puerto Rico after our last lesson in February and got around very well. I am looking forward to our next lessons in April. ¡Hasta luego!
I started my Spanish lessons with Maria literally having no Spanish language education or experience. The purchase of a home in Mexico prompted my interest in learning Spanish. I now have a solid foundation on which to build my Spanish speaking, reading and writing capabilities. Maria is an excellent teacher. Her command of the Spanish language is exceptional, along with her ability to truly and effectively teach the topic. Maria is very personable, and important to me, very patient. She is also very accommodating in covering topics outside of her materials, such as helping me with specific conversations I wanted to practice with the Spanish speaking people I come into contact with periodically. While my first set of sessions (20 hours) with her have ended, the materials she has provided and the additional Spanish language resources she has shown me will be very helpful as I continue to learn the language. Maria has made this an interesting and enjoyable start of my Spanish language journey.Dec 11, 2019VerifiedMaria A. / Native speaker with Doctoral Degree's reply
Hi Alex, thank you so much for your comments. I am very happy I made your Spanish language journey interesting and enjoyable!! ¡Muchas gracias!
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.
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- 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. I offer 10, 20 and 40 lesson packages. My lessons start at $45 (the most popular package of lessons) compared to a regular lesson that is $60. The 40 lesson package runs for 10 weeks and with the New Year Special that was extended due to the current situation, you can get it for $45/single lesson. Each single session is 45 minutes long and double sessions are 1 hour and 30 minutes. The NEW YEAR SPECIAL is an intensive 10-week package organized in sessions of 1 hour and 30 minutes meeting twice a week. Take advantage of this special for a reduced fee. I also offer other less intensive options. For instance, if you can only meet once a week, we can have double sessions.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?I normally conduct a free demo class via Zoom 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.