|Name||Anastasia M. Recommended|
|City||Toronto, ON||Teaching||English, Russian|
|Working With||Youth, Adults, Groups|
|Levels||Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced|
|Lessons Take Place||Locally|
Russian native speaker with a Master’s degree in Linguistics and over 15 years of language teaching experience: 3 years as a University instructor, 2 years as a school teacher and 12 years as a tutor.
Compared to Berlitz and Rosetta Stone, Anastasia is miles above. Here’s why: Berlitz will treat you like a child. Not “translating” is well and good, but showing up to point at pictures and identify words (at 100+usd per pop) is not only insultingly juvenile, but nearly criminally expensive. Rosetta Stone is equally confusing and slightly condescending. May work over time to imprint the language, but Russian is technical and difficult and requires real work. This is my 6th language, 4th as an adult, and I learned more (Russian) in 2 hours with Anastasia than $1500 and three years with other programs. Motivation is key in a language and the workload given, plus cirriculum provided by Anastasia is perfect. She is very adaptable (I began by asking questions at my level, but have since scrapped everything and asked her to teach me from the beginning). This will be the best investment you have spent on yourself in a very long time.
I am very happy to write a comment about Anastasia as a language tutor: she is tops. Very organized and planful, yet patient and adaptive when the lesson does not go as planned. She is friendly and gentle, but underneath you know she means business..... She is tutoring me in Russian; I actually am writing this review from Moscow, where I am currently on vacation, and making use of many of the concepts that she and I have discussed. She is clear in her explanations, and clearly very knowledgeable. I would recommend her highly to anyone interested in learning Russian.