FAQ

 

You don’t have a sign-up button. How can I sign-up for lessons?

It’s easy. Just send me a quick message. I will contact you with you within a day, and we can start this week. But don’t worry! Contacting me is free and there is no obligation.

How can you teach me if you don’t speak my language?

I speak some Spanish, and can understand a bit in some other languages. I’ve found I have no trouble communicating even with beginners who speak languages I don’t know at all. Somehow we find a way. Sometimes knowing the student’s language can be a distraction for both the the teacher and the student. The point is not to learn to translate from your language to English, but to learn English. The best way to do that is to immerse yourself in English.

Do you offer a free sample lesson?

I offer a free consultation. We can meet at one of the locations I use in Manhattan. You can ask me lots of questions. The consultation includes an assessment of your English language skills, a mini-lesson, and planning for our next meeting. Usually, people who are complete beginners come with a friend to make sure everything regarding location, payment and scheduling is understood, but we can also do this simply by using  Google translate on our phones.

How many lessons will it take before I have enough English?

Students often ask how many lessons they will need before they can get work, or speak fluently, or reach some other goal. It is almost impossible for me to predict because everyone is starting from a different place and trying to reach a different goal. One to one lessons are the fastest way to learn, but not everyone learns at the same pace. My best students aren’t necessarily the best at learning languages. My best students work really hard and do a lot of work outside of our classes.

Do you offer lessons online?

Most of my students live or work in New York City, and I see them at one of the locations I regularly use, or in their homes, offices, or other places. I also offer lessons online to students who live far away or prefer online lessons because they are easier to schedule. I use Skype for my online lessons. The quality of online lessons is equal to the quality of lessons where we meet together in the same place. Online lessons work best when students use a laptop, Mac, or tablet, so there is a lot of room on the screen for them to see what I write, and to look at links to readings, and exercises. However, it is also possible to use a phone for online lessons.

I’m studying for the TOEFL, can you help me with that?

The TOEFL is a skills-based test. I can help you work on skills such as essay writing, listening skills, reading comprehension etc. The best way to prepare for the TOEFL is through an online self-study program. If you enroll in such a program, I can work with you on the test prep materials the program provides, review your practice essays, review grammar, provide supplemental listening practice, and help you build your vocabulary.

I’m preparing for a presentation in English, can you help me with that?

I love to work with people on presentations, job interview preparation, school interviews, etc.

I’m in New York for a short time, and I’d like to study a few hours a day while I’m here. Is this possible?

I usually have enough time in my schedule to accommodate short-term students here on vacation or traveling for business.

My schedule changes a lot. Do I need to sign up for the same time every week?

Many of my students have schedules that frequently change. This is not a problem.

Private lessons are expensive. Do you offer discounts?

Private lessons do cost a lot, but they are much more efficient than classes, and you will learn more quickly. To make it easier, I offer discounts to long-term students. Ask me about this when we meet for a free consultation.

How come you don’t have any reviews up on your site? How do I know that you are any good without reviews?

You can find verified reviews of my work at sites where I don’t control the reviews.

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Are you an accent reduction specialist?

I can help you work on your pronunciation and accent. I can help you to speak English so that other people can understand you. I can work with you on the rhythm and intonation of your speech. However, if you are a fluent English speaker who only wants to work on your accent, you should look for an accent reduction coach. Some ESL teachers do this. Some public speaking coaches do this. Some voice teachers do this. It is a sub-category of several fields.

Do you teach other things besides English as a second or foreign language?

These days I’m mostly focusing on ESL/EFL, but I also work with native English speakers on writing. If you’re interested, send me an email, and I’ll let you know if I can help.