Testimonials

Testimonials

Este es un espacio para mis estudiantes y amigos que han compartido conmigo esta bonita experiencia de enseñar español que para ellos se convierte en la oportunidad de aprenderlo o mejorarlo. Juntos vivimos grandes momentos durante su proceso de aprendizaje, por eso sus testimonios y comentarios de lo que significan las clases de español conmigo, el profesor Elie, tienen un gran valor para mí:
¨Are you looking to learn Spanish? Do you want one-on-one instruction with an assessment of your strengths and weaknesses? Do you want good prices? That´s Profe Elie. I started pretty advanced, but Elie is great for beginners too since he also speaks English (but don´t think that you will get to speak much English). The best thing about personalized instruction is that you get to work on what you need to work on. For example, Elie planned a whole lesson for me on the various verbs that mean ¨to get¨ and ¨to take.¨ He gave great explanations and great examples, and most importantly, he made sure that I knew how to use them. For beginners and intermediate learners, I know he would do the same in explaining verb conjugations and the difference between ¨ser¨and estar,¨ for example. If you are already conversational, in addition to working on what you need to work on, you get to talk about what you want to talk about. For me, as a university professor, I wanted advanced vocabulary and current discussion topics on culture, politics, the economy, and public policy. It was great that Elie was so well-read on these issues. On the other hand, when I wanted to just talk about dancing, or food, or tv shows, or relationships, he was just as comfortable. And when I didn’t have anything to talk about, he easily came up with questions to get me talking. Finally, Elie is a great person. He´s very flexible with class times; he never makes you feel dumb for making mistakes; he is patient to let you figure things out; and he is honest and trustworthy in his business. I would be happy to answer any questions about my experience. My email is: mepattillo@gmail.com¨
Mary Patillo - mepattillo@gmail.com(Northwestern University)
¨I learned more Spanish per week with Eliecer than I ever did taking Spanish class in high school or college. Class with Elie is as close to full immersion you can get in a classroom setting. Class is fun, fast-paced, and dynamic. I'm not sure what his secret is, but there's never a moment of boredom which means the whole time you're engaged either listening or speaking. More than anything it's Eliecer´s personality that makes his teaching so effective and he is a great story teller, even better listener, and he´s determined to help you improve your Spanish (and have fun while doing so). Que disfruten las clases!¨
Christopher Cullen(Boston, Massachusetts)
¨Si hoy sé hablar y escribir español es por gran parte gracias a profesor Elie. Mi caso fue un poco especial como yo había vivido en México como niña, entonces ya sabía hablar español y solo me faltaban la gramática y las habilidades de escritura. Pero eso no le importaba a profesor Elie: con su dedicación y su atención a detalle el concentro su atención en mis propios problemas y me enseño lo que me faltaba. Su pasión para enseñar español esta evidente en cada clase, y así él logra hacer hasta las partes aburridas de la gramática, interesantes y divertidas. Es un profesor simpático y accesible, que les invita a discutir cualquier tema, para que puedan aprender más que solo la lengua teorética que se aprende con libros y en las escuelas de lengua comunes. Una clase con profesor Elie no se lamenta, y sí se queda en sus recuerdos!¨ ¨I owe most of my current Spanish skills to professor Elie. I was a bit of a special case, having lived in Mexico as a child, I could already speak Spanish but lacked all grammar and writing skills. But this was not a problem for professor Elie: with his dedication and attention to detail, he focused on all of my own difficulties and taught me all that was missing in my Spanish skills. His passion for teaching Spanish is evident in every single class, and thus he manages to make even the most boring grammar topics interesting and fun. He is a very openhearted and approachable teacher, who invites you to discuss any topic you want, teaching you more than just the theoretical language you would learn in books or regular language schools. You won´t regret a class with Elie, instead you will always remember it when reflecting on your journey of exploring the Spanish language! ¨
Stephanie Sanches (Phoenix, Arizona)
¨Elie fue mi profesor de español en 2008 en Cartagena. Fueron apenas dos semanas de clase, pero me ayudó a mejorar muchísimo mi español. Nunca me olvidare las clases de español, la gente tan amable que conocí, la bella Cartagena de Indias. Elie, que tengas mucha suerte en todos tus proyectos. Saludos.¨
Natalie Giustra (Nacionalidad brasileña, vivo en España)
¨Hay algunas razones porque las clases de profe Eli me encantan. Primero es que me ha enseñado la gramática, pero como yo soy un poco tímida no quería hablar mucho porque pensé que no podía. Pero tú siempre tuviste la paciencia conmigo y siempre me dijiste que tengo que practicar y hablar. Me aprendiste sentirme más cómoda y segura cuando yo hablo Español, aunque mi Español todavía no es perfecto, no importa es que yo practico y las personas me pueden entender. Otra cosa es que no solo me has enseñado la idioma, también la cultura de Cartagena y Colombia. Tus clases de Español tienen una combinación de divertida y seriedad, y eso fue perfecto para mí.¨
Isabel Peeters(Holanda)

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learning spanish in Cartagena Colombia

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