About meHello everyone, My name is Sergio, a Spanish private teacher from Barcelona. My mother tongues are Spanish and Catalan, but I have a proficient English level. I am a graduate in Politics at the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona and hold a Master in Fine Arts at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York. As a Spanish graduate, I have C1 in both Spanish and Catalan. I also have Cambridge Proficiency and TOEFL certifications in English and DELF B1 in French. Since a very young age, I have always loved portraying other characters and realities. That is why I decided to be an actor, I guess. As an actor, I like to mimic others and try to understand their cultures and languages as much as possible. During my stay in New York 6 years ago, I decided to start teaching Spanish, which has become my source of income ever since. As a kid, my parents sent me abroad to learn English: summer camps in Seattle, Dunstable, Ohio, and language academies of the British Council itinerary. I learned a lot, but never have I learned English the way my former Voice and Speech teacher from Stella Adler, Joe Goscinski, taught me. He was a master of languages, arriving at an unbelievable level of comprehension in many languages. I needed to speak like an American to compete with them in auditions, and that triggered my passion to learn English. I had to pay tuition and rent, so I decided to apply the same method to others by tutoring Spanish private classes in cafes, shops etc. Joe told me something back at Stella that stuck within me: "The best language teacher is not one who is native, but one who can understand the mindset of the language the student is learning and the language the students have as their mother tongue." From him, I learned things I had never learnt in the past 22 years of life. For instance, that American English has 14 vowels, instead of the Spanish 5 vowels. That Ts and Ds are different in both languages because in Spanish they are non-aspirated dental consonants, while in English they are aspirated alveolar consonants. These are very subtle differences, but it tells the difference. I also learned that there are front, back, close and open vowels. I intend to make you as proficient in Spanish as I am in English thanks to the training I received back in New York and the tools and methods I've learned in these past years. But not only do I teach pronunciation, but I also teach Grammar, Vocabulary, Reading and Listening Comprehensions, and Writing and Oral Expressions. Despite my hatred for Spanish grammar back at school, I found my very own way of teaching it, how I see it, not how I was taught. I guess when someone likes what they do, it suddenly becomes easier, and way more fun! I have experience teaching different ages and needs, and I adapt classes to each of my students depending on their objectives. I normally create a Google Drive where the student and I can keep track of our classes and paste the theory and exercises we go seeing. I'll post a link to a book and a website I use for Grammar. And from Madrid, I do classes via Zoom or Skype with students all over the world. Do you want to learn Spanish with a thorough understanding and start using it as a native? Don't hesitate on contacting me to try a free trial class! I'm looking forward to teaching you. Thanks! Sergio
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