Ive met lots of people that are multilingual, but none that have the command of speaking and writing several languages that Yolanda Goss has.
I was fortunate enough to meet Yolanda when I was an undergraduate in college. While I was satisfied with passing three terms of French, she was mastering that and more taking courses in grammar, German, and working on a project where she taught English as a second language.
My relationship proved very fortunate when I was recommended for a scholarship to attend a German university, where I would be taking undergraduate level courses at the University of Goettingen. This was a competitive scholarship and at the time, I only had one semesters worth of German. I needed to learn as much German as I possibly could and I knew that Yolanda could help me.
Her plan was that during my senior undergraduate year I would skip straight from the first semester to the third semester. It turned out that I would be accepted in the third semester German class if I could prove mastery of the second semester through a spoken and written exam. Our goal was to pass that exam with Yolanda preparing for the grammar, vocabulary and speech component during the summer break.
German is not a straightforward language with its three genders and tricky prepositions, but Yolanda made it seem easy, often illustrating her points with information from other languages. Long story short, I passed my entrance exam to third semester German with flying colors. My accomplishments in qualifying for third-semester German were certainly noticed and I was able to win my scholarship and go overseas.
Furthermore, when I arrived at the University of Goettingen I passed the German comprehension exam with high marks on the very first attempt. I credit that achievement to Yolanda. Second semester German deals with future tenses and subjective constructions; its beyond introductory phrases and conversational vocabulary. Yolanda helped me build the foundation to put it all in perspective.
Ive always been impressed with Yolandas ability to make learning languages seem simple. She has incredible patience and a real love for learning and teaching. I think shes a great resource for anyone needing an instructor, teacher or tutor and I give her a heartfelt recommendation.