Spanish

There’s a good reason Spanish is by far the most-taught second language in America: it’s by far the most useful. Whether it’s for school, business, travel, or simply for everyday life, Spanish rewards anyone willing to put in the effort to learn it.  And with the right teacher, learning it can be a breeze!  That’s where Cambridge Coaching comes in. We offer customized private Spanish tutoring at all levels:

  • Beginners: introduction to grammar, speaking, and verb conjugation 
  • Intermediate: taking reading, writing, and speaking to the next level (sample syllabus here)
  • Advanced: exploring seminal texts and literary Spanish (Borges, García Márquez, Cervantes, and more!)

We have also worked with even more advanced students looking to prepare for standardized test, or to fine-tune oral skills through tutorials that emphasize usage, vocabulary, and the mastery of common idiom and even slang. 

Our Spanish tutors are exceptional teachers - they are PhD candidates and teaching fellows at NYU, Columbia University, and Harvard University, published authors, and language professionals. They can teach anyone Spanish: whether you’re planning a grand tour of the pintxo parlors of Bilbao or the mofongo joints of Spanish Harlem, tell us about your goals, and we’ll help you get there in no time.

Select the focus that is right for you to learn more about how we can help you improve your Spanish.

Academic    Test Preparation    Business    Enrichment    Cultural Exploration

Suggested Approaches

Our 5 favorite approaches encompass all linguistic goals from grammar-focused test preparation and translation, to conversational enrichment and business packages. While each of the language teaching methods below can be effective, your specific goals will impact which method we choose for your tutoring. In your initial evaluation, we will assess which approach best suits your linguistic goals and your learning style.

Resources

Because we are not invested in selling proprietary materials, we prefer to draw from the numerous language learning and teaching methods available to us. Here are some of our favorites:

Daily Immersion: Newspapers & Music

In addition to what you study during your tutoring session, one of the most fun aspects of learning a new language is exploring the culture that it comes from! Check out podcasts, music and local newspapers to get a taste of Spanishculture.

Podcasts are a great way to supplement your language classes. Immerse yourself  as you stroll through Harvard Sqaure, or as you walk down Lexington Avenue.

  • Notes in Spanish 
  • Podcasts in Spanish
  • Spanish Pod 101 

Local & regional newspapers newspapers are a great way to follow current events in your new language, while advancing your reading comprehension:

There are also tons of newspapers published in the United States that cater to bilingual populations. Find these daily publications around NYC or Boston to get local news in your target language.

Tip: Highlight or make a list of the words you do not recognize as you read. Don’t stop to look them up immediately. Finish the article and see how much you can understand without the dictionary. Then, look up the words, and re-read. This process may seem repetitive, but it asks your brain to work a bit more actively, and will yield results!

Don’t miss out on Spanish music! Some musicians are particularly easy to listen to in their native tongue. Listening to music will get you comfortable hearing your target language and help your comprehension.  While you’re at it, you’ll expand your knowledge of colloquial vernacular and regional slang.  

Tip: Look up the lyrics in English before starting so you have a sense of the meaning of the song before you start listening. This will make it easier to recognize vocabulary.


 

Popular Subjects: Elementary Spanish, Intermediate Spanish, Advanced Spanish, Spanish Grammar Intensive, Conversational Spanish, Advanced Reading & Writing, Classic Spanish & Latin American Literature, Spanish Language & Culture, Business Spanish
Tests: Spanish SAT Subject Test, AP Spanish Language, AP Spanish Literature, Spanish Proficiency Exam (College and Graduate Level)

Spanish Tutors

Nancy was born and raised on the sunny island of Puerto Rico. For most of her childhood she wanted to become a professional musician and spent her afternoons playing piano and cello. In junior high school, her scientific curiosity was awakened during biology class, and she became interested in...

Andrew grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, just a few miles from the utopian religious community on which he would eventually focus much of his academic work.  He studied at the University of Pennsylvania and St.  Andrews University before ultimately receiving his bachelor’s degree from the...

Alana is originally from Washington State, but over the past 10 years New York has become her home. As an undergraduate she studied biology at New York University where she graduated with honors. She went on to study medicine at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. She...

Rebeca grew up in a fully bilingual household (Spanish/English) in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. She moved to the United States to attend Haverford College, majoring in Comparative Literature. Her junior year was spent studying at Oxford University, where she fell in love with the tutorial system, thus...

Cristina was born in Madrid and was raised all over the world, including Europe, Asia, and North America. Cristina graduated from high school with a 4.0 GPA and a bilingual (English and Spanish) International Baccalaureate Diploma, where she scored the maximum grade of 7 in her Higher Level...

Aleks was born in Poland and grew up all over the Midwest –Chicago, Detroit, and southern Wisconsin. She went on to be a proud Badger at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she continued playing club volleyball and writing. She majored in biology and did research in laryngology. She was...

Jose is originally from Cartagena, a ‘heroic’ city in the Caribbean coast of Colombia. At age ten, Jose moved with his family to South Florida where he graduated high school from American Heritage School in 2007. Jose attended Northeastern University on a full tuition scholarship where he...

Juan is a PhD in Immunology and Inflammation at New York University School of Medicine where he pursues his passion for understanding microorganisms in a human disease context. He leads projects on the role of the immune system in infectious diseases, such as malaria. His work has resulted in 4...

After growing up on a farm in Iowa, Danielle moved to Massachusetts, where she studied English with a citation (minor) in Spanish at Harvard University. At Harvard, Danielle was elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior and graduated summa cum laude a year later. She spent most of her free time in...

Charlotte was born in Utah, grew up in England, and has lived in Mexico, Peru, and Chile. She holds a B.A. with first class honors and distinction in English and Spanish from Oxford University, an M.A. in Hispanic Studies from Brown, and a postgraduate certificate in translation from the...

Scarlett is a 2012 Princeton University graduate who recently moved to Cambridge to start her PhD in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT. She became interested in all things Neuroscience during her time at Princeton, where she wrote a thesis on adult neurogenesis, the very cool phenomenon of...

Pete was born and raised in the Bay Area of California, and now spends his time developing next-generation robots as a PhD student in Computer Science at MIT. Before MIT, Pete did his undergraduate degree at Princeton (Phi Beta Kappa), where he majored in Chemistry and won the Shapiro Prize for...

Julia grew up in New York City and attended Princeton University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude in 2008. After college, she worked in Sub-Saharan Africa to improve access to healthcare in rural communities. She went on to Harvard Medical School and is currently...

Glenda is originally from El Salvador.  Since very young she embraced her love for literature and oral story-telling.  Glenda knew her love literature would lead her to teach after reading the great Gabriel García Márquez.  She attended Boston University for undergraduate and graduate studies,...

Cornelia is a Concord, MA, native who returns to the Boston area as a Master in Public Policy student at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she is the Richard E. Neustadt Public Service Fellow.  Her diverse academic and professional background includes neuroscience research at MIT,...

Sumit made his first website in elementary school, and wrote software for NASA’s Eclipse Web Site shortly thereafter in high school. He was inspired to study engineering, in large part due to his leadership in his high school FIRST Robotics team in suburban Maryland. His bachelor’s degree is in...

Guy

I did my undergrad in France at the Université de Limoges where I got a Maîtrise in English Literature, with a Minor in Linguistics. I then did an MA in Classics at Rutgers University in New Jersey, in which I performed “spectacularly” on the General Exams, to use the Chair’s own words. Finally...

Sophie was born in France and moved to New York City in elementary school. After graduating from St. Ann’s School, she pursued a degree in Comparative Literature at Dartmouth College, graduating with honors. She also received a Master’s in Public Administration at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner School...

Sammie grew up in the endearingly eccentric city of Austin, Texas. She fell in love with the land of the pines as an Angier B. Duke Scholar at Duke University. Her studies took her to the UK, Chile, and Uganda, where she explored bioethics, traditional medicine, and maternal and child health...

After living in Cuba for eight years, Eduardo moved to Chile with his family and lived there for five years before finally settling in Miami in the eighth grade. He learned English within a year, and dived directly into science, winning first place for his original research at the American...

Tim

Tim recently earned a Master’s degree in Economic Policy from the University College London (UCL) (ranked #1 by the UK’s Research Excellence Framework and #16 globally for economics and econometrics), focusing on health economics, time series econometrics, macroeconomic policy, and applied...

Carlos grew up in Leon, Mexico. Since he was young, Carlos has always been fascinated by science. When he was 12, he migrated with his family to Los Angeles. He graduated in the top 5% of his class and moved to upstate New York to pursue undergraduate studies at Hamilton College. He is currently...

Meghan is currently working on her Ed.D. in Mathematics Education at Boston University as an Education Fellow, focusing on issues of curriculum and teaching practices. She also teaches an AP Computer Science class at a local public high school. Before going starting work on her doctorate, she...

Will is originally from Edina, Minnesota, where he celebrated his birthdays growing up by stuffing envelopes for his state senator. Ever since, he has maintained a strong interest in domestic and international politics. Will attended Tufts University, where he majored in Political Science and...

Connor is from Washington, D.C., and he loves dinosaurs.  This obsession, starting in childhood, led him to pursue biology as a field of study.  He attended New York University, where he graduated summa cum laude and double majored in biology and Spanish. He spent the better part of his time...

David received his B.A. at the University of Virginia, where he studied creative writing (poetry), English literature, and Spanish. He graduated with distinction and went on to study poetry writing at Columbia University, earning his M.F.A. and winning a Fulbright Fellowship to Bogotá, Colombia...

Pedro grew up in Houston, TX. He attended Johns Hopkins University for college, double majoring in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience and Russian Literature/Language. While in college, Pedro tutored Organic Chemistry and General Chemistry for several academic programs and privately. In addition...

When Will was eleven years old, he heard about the National Geographic Bee, started studying for it, and never looked back. Since then he's traveled to fifteen countries, lived abroad in three, learned three languages, and dabbled in three more. Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Will...

Anita is a native New Yorker, and loves the city so much that she has not left it (yet). Anita recently graduated from Columbia with her Ph.D. in Neuroscience after graduating from NYU with an Honors B.A. in Biology and a minor in creative writing in Spanish. Anita not only loves doing science...

Eli

Eli was born in Russia and grew up in Israel, where he graduated from the IDC with a degree in Business Administration and Finance. He is currently an MBA candidate at Columbia Business School. During the summer, he interned at McKinsey Brazil, where he is going back as an associate upon...

Daniel is originally from Los Angeles, California where he spent his childhood before moving to Denver, Colorado. After falling in love with the 300 days of sunshine, he stayed in Colorado to attend the University of Denver where he majored in International Studies with a concentration in health...

Carlos was born and raised in the sunny island of Puerto Rico. Upon completing high school there, he moved to Cambridge, MA in 2012 to attend MIT for undergrad. He graduated from MIT in 2016 with a B.S. in Biological Engineering and decided to stay in Boston to begin his MD training at Harvard...

Héctor pursued a bachelor’s degree in Molecular & Cellular Biology at the University of Puerto Rico where he was honored with the best undergraduate researcher award in biology for his research in a neuroscience lab. For his graduate studies, Héctor’s research focused on neuropharmacology;...

Michael was born into an Argentine family but raised in New Mexico and Maryland. His grandmother was one of the first women chemistry professors in Argentina in the first half of the 20th century, and served as Michael’s first inspiration to study chemistry. Michael currently is a PhD candidate...

Dan was born in Israel where he learned Spanish as a first language, thanks to his Argentine parents. He moved to the US at the age of four, and lived in Baltimore until he left to pursue a physics degree at MIT. He quickly discovered his love for theoretical physics, particularly condensed...

Raul was born and raised in Lima, Peru, where he went to college and studied Economics. He then moved to NYC, where he received his MBA from Columbia Business School. 

Before business school, Raul worked for 8+ years in a leading South American precious metal mining company, where he was...

Guy

Guy did his undergrad in France at the Université de Limoges where he got a Maîtrise in English Literature, with a Minor in Linguistics. He then did an MA in Classics at Rutgers University in New Jersey, in which he performed “spectacularly” on the General Exams, to use the Chair’s own words....

Edgardo was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where his family still lives and where he visits once or twice a year. He graduated summa cum laude from the Universidad de Puerto Rico in 2011, obtaining a BA in Hispanic Studies. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Romance Studies at Boston University...

Stephanía (or Stephanie, whichever is easier!) is originally from Puerto Rico, where she escapes when the winter comes. Stephanía attended the University of Puerto Rico, majoring in Foreign Languages (French, Portuguese, and Italian), International Relations and Government, Law, and Public...

Chris grew up in Long Island and always knew he wanted to become a physician. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Tufts University with a BS in biochemistry & Spanish. While at Tufts, he was director of the bioethics team of the Tufts Synthetic Biology lab. He is currently...

Shefali was born in New Delhi, India and grew up in southeastern Michigan. In 2017, she graduated from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (Go Blue!) with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies, focusing on Global Environment and Health, and Spanish Language and Culture. Shefali received...