Teaching has always been a passion of mine.
Also learning is one of my favorite things in the world. Even after graduating from College I continued studying all kinds of things on my free time. I take courses at the local City College and online.
Learning something new is not about how hard or easy the subject is. It all has to do with how interesting and rewarding the process of learning is. When your teacher is passionate about what he/she is talking about, you instantly become curious and find a real interest in the subject. My students find that this is true when I teach them, and I see tremendous improvement when they find themselves being passionate about what they’re learning.
I am Spanish tutor with years of experience teaching English speakers how to speak Spanish. I am native Spanish speaker, born and raised in Costa Rica. You will find that Costa Rican Spanish is very neutral and clear, as we don’t have a very strong accent and don’t omit sounds in spoken words. I myself studied English as a second language for many years before moving to California. I know exactly what it is to learn a new language and I am very familiar with all the grammar lingo and rules of my language.
Being fluent in both languages allows me to teach you very efficiently, as I can easily draw similarities between the two languages and can find the best way to teach you the new concepts and vocabulary.
My two sons have taken Spanish lessons with Esteban over the last three years. Esteban has a very engaging manner and is able to hold my sons’ attention throughout the lessons. His lessons are well-thought out. I appreciate the fact that my sons are conversing in Spanish and reading aloud. I am impressed by their accents as well. I highly recommend Esteban as a tutor.
Esteban has been my son’s Spanish tutor for the past four years and has continuously been a positive influence in my son’s learning. With regard to his professionalism, Esteban is extremely reliable, responsive and communicative. In terms of his teaching ability, I can say that my son actually enjoys his weekly sessions with Esteban. Esteban has a calm, positive manner and finds creative ways to explore the Spanish language through reading, writing and conversation. My son never liked to speak in Spanish (despite having decent comprehension) but, with Esteban, he’s extremely comfortable in conversation. Esteban has even taken him on outings to local businesses to practice interactions in Spanish.
He is my sons' spanish tutor and has been for about six years. He is encouraging to the children, and I feel that he knows how to create the lessons they need to fill any gaps in learning from school. He works well with my children's teachers and the boys are always happy to spend time with him and they never complain about their tutoring sessions.
My wife and I have been learning Spanish with Esteban for over 2 years now (at first in person and now via Skype). Esteban is a fantastic teacher; the pace of learning is just right, scheduling is simple and flexible, the mix of conversation, grammar and vocabulary review has been perfect and we've really improved a lot! We've also appreciated the times where Esteban prepared lessons covering professional vocabulary for our own specific work environments. If you are interested in learning or improving your Spanish, I highly recommend working with Esteban either in person or via Skype.
I don't think there is one Spanish learning method that works for everyone, so I'll give emphasis to the style of teaching that better resonates with you.