Hi, this is Nick. As you can see by reading my Profile Title, I'm multilingual (English, Spanish, Italian), Major Linguist (I took my graduation in Milan, Italy), Translator & Guitar Player. I come from Italy and I permanently moved to San Francisco CA on June 25th. Of the many things I did in Italy, tutoring was the one I preferred. What I like is that I can share my knowledge and in the meantime learn something new in every lesson, because this is the way I do the job: teaching to learn. I ... [more]
Grammar is one of the most important things to focus on when studying a language, and always I give it a lot of importance. I started to study English grammar when I was eight years old until my years at the University, when I comprehended something I couldn't before. When I taught English in Italy, grammar was always my point of departure, to give my students a base to rely on and continue the study of the language itself.
Reading is an important part of learning a language. Through reading one can see and consequently learn new words, new expressions that can be used in spoken language and the way to write them as well. When I teach I give short, in the beginning, or longer passages to read as homework, and each passage is about a different topic. During the following lesson I focus with the student on all the things he didn't understand and make sure that he/she can fix them in his/her mind.
I started to study Spanish by myself at the High school, for I've always had the desire to learn it and find out if it's really close to my mother tongue. Then, Spanish was one of the two languages I studied at the University for my Linguistics Major; despite taking classes with a professor from Ecuador, I was always taught the Iberian variety, and in fact, when I speak, people think I'm from Spain because of my accent. In the year 2011 I started to teach Spanish as a private teacher, to beginners or any people who wanted to get closer to the language itself. In the year 2012, I spent 3 months and a half working in Ibiza in a vacation village. This gave the chance to improve my skills with the language itself and practice a lot, being that I especially worked with Spaniards.
Writing, like speaking, is one of the most important ways to learn a language and start using it. Then, it's also with writing that a person learns how to use the language having the time to focus on grammar together. What I do at the beginning is make my students start with short essays made by short sentences, so they clearly understand and consequently focus on their weaknesses. I do it because short sentences are a good base to start with and check the use of the grammar as well, while long sentences on the other hand require a too big effort for beginners. Then, correct mistakes with my students and keep improving. Then, thanks to writing I can see not only the use of the grammar, but of the spelling as well.
I started to study English when I was 8 years old at the primary school, and I studied it until the years at the university, when I took my major on Linguistics. When I was 17 years old, thanks to my parents, I went to England to improve my skills with the language, and ten years later I went for the first time to San Francisco to study the Californian accent because I was writing a thesis about it; Phonetics. In the year 2005 I began to teach as a private teacher, which I like very much and gives me the chance to teach to different students of different levels. What I also like to do is to show the differences between British English, that is what I was always taught at school or at the University, and the American variety, that is the one I speak and comes more natural for me.
I'm a Northern Italian Major Linguist who came to the U.S. as a legal immigrant. I lived in Italy for 33 years and I speak fluent Italian. Starting at the Primary school until the High School, I always studies the language and its structure, and one of my first exams at the University was Italian Linguistics. Moreover, in the year 2012 I attended a literary translator course, which let me understood other several things about how to relate my mother tongue and one another.
Whenever I had to study a language that's not Italian, which is basically easier that others in this matter, I payed a lot of attention on spelling, because it let me understand more about phonetics and pronunciation. In English, besides the differences between British and American English, I always want my students to do spelling exercises, especially in the beginning because they help learning a bit more of the language itself. In Spanish, spelling exercises or dictations are very important, at first because there are graphic accents, secondly because it's a language full of homophones and a wrong spelling can generate problems. As I've already mentioned, Italian language is easier, because "you read as you write", so spelling exercises are useful especially in the very beginning. Then, it's more important to focus on reading.
I started to play the classic guitar in the years 1994, with teacher Dario T. at the School of Music in Garlasco (Pavia) Italy. After a few years playing the electric guitar in several Hard Rock and Heavy/Thrash Metal bands, I felt the need for something different and that let me open my mind; I started to study Jazz with teacher Fabio C. at the Lizard Academy. Then, that section of the school closed, so I continued my studies with teacher Lorenzo T. of the CPM of Milan, who at the beginning focused on my weaknesses and try to correct any mistake besides teaching me new techniques and styles. Then, I always study by myself combining what I learnt thanks to my teachers and with personal taste.