Gamarjoba! I am a qualified native English teacher with a BA degree qualification and a CELTA certificate in teaching adults.
My experience with teaching English as a foreign language comes from Spain, where I've lived twice, and South Africa where I've taught immigrants as a volunteer while living there. I've heard all sorts of accents and backgrounds, and my students have been from 5 to 75. I like to help those of you who need to improve your English for professional studies, work, and travel.
My method will always involve you using English in conversation and helping you to gain listening skills. Of course, I can teach you grammar and vocabulary... but I firmly believe that you can remember and understand them best when you use what you were taught by communicating!
I can speak two other languages, Spanish and Afrikaans. Now I'm starting Georgian. Being a learner myself helps me to understand what being a student is like; it makes me more patient.
I look forward to hearing from students in my new city!
You must be asking: is it easy to learn English? My answers are: basic English is easy. You can ask simple things and be understood if you have to travel, for example. More advanced is harder, I must tell you. However, don't stress about it. If you stay calm and just try to keep talking, listening and thinking, you will learn. Make a gradual effort, but every day. It's a long hike, not a frantic race to run a mile in four minutes. I hope to make that hike enjoyable for you.
If you are older then it takes longer to learn something new: but there is no age limit. You never stop learning or being able to find out about what you didn't know before.
That will depend on the time you can put into it, your age, and if you already know more than one language. You won't learn it in a week: but I've seen people go from zero to being able to have a conversation, in four months; and from struggling to speak, to being fluent and confident in a year. You need to make time.
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