See some of the testimonials we have received from our clients.
”It’s been so nice to get some of my Japanese back and I really like my instructor! ”Japanese course in Guelph
”Our lessons are going well. We chose Language Trainers because you offer private language services and we have been extremely happy.”Italian course in Cambridge
”My trainer has been great and has adapted to my needs well. For example, I've been self-studying with a textbook and she's helped me work through the exercises during our sessions, which has allowed me to not jumble up the different grammar topics. There were not many in-person Urdu lesson options where I live, and the fact that Language Trainers was able to find somebody that could meet every day for a short period of time and without a fixed syllabus was great. My schedule didn't permit me to start a course with a fixed date or travel very far to attend lessons.”Urdu course in Vancouver
”My Dutch lessons are going very well because my teacher makes it easy and fun for me. ”Dutch course in Calgary
”My daughter is very happy with her teacher. It went very well. She enjoyed the lessons and the teacher was excellent. ”Russian course in Ottawa
”Sono molto felice con i miei corsi!”Italian course in Edmonton
”My teacher is very responsible and patient. She was willing to explain those words in different ways so that I could understand. And we did not only go over vocabulary and grammar, but also talked a lot about German culture. She had a deep understanding about Germany as that’s where she is from.”German course in Coquitlam
”We are so happy with the work that my children's teacher has been doing! She is always incredibly well prepared and makes the lessons fun with games and songs that the kids always enjoy. We are very pleased and anticipate continuing on with lessons once we have completed our initial 20 lessons. We have been very happy with our experience with Language Trainers and would recommend you very highly!”Italian course in London
”The German lessons are going well. My teacher is very friendly and well organized. He puts a lot of effort into his lessons and doesn’t over work you. He gives you time to learn so you feel confident as you progress. He keeps the starting simple so you don’t get frustrated before you even begin. I have learned a lot in the past few weeks and am very happy with the course.”German course in Saskatoon
”My teacher has a good sense of reality as far as retention and comprehension are concerned. I don’t ever feel frustrated! Her clarity of both English and Russian makes every lesson more meaningful. I always look forward to the next lesson. Enjoying every minute!”Russian course in London
”My classes are going smoothly. My teacher really breaks everything down and explains how the words form. It's also nice that she approaches the learning with different methods so it really makes the learning process a lot easier. The book is also interesting. I like the cultural aspects that it mentions and it works as a good guideline to follow and branch out from. Overall, I've enjoyed my experience so far.”Dutch course in Vancouver
” Lessons are going very well. My trainer's efforts are catering right to my needs. I am learning things about languages that I never knew! My 2 hour lessons go by way too fast! ”Russian course in Toronto
”I have been learning Japanese for about 8 months, covering hiragana and katakana, grade 1-3 kanji reading, and volume II of "Japanese for Busy People". Overall, I'm very satisfied with my Japanese classes. Aside from being kind and polite, my teacher is always on time for the lessons. He is also flexible and open to ideas. He would not mind modifying the course content to fit with his student's needs and wants. He would even went a step further by providing good materials for learning. An example to that would be, when I asked my teacher to modify the course content to be more reading heavy rather than writing. He'd then went to Japanese library every other week to borrow different Japanese kids books and I'd then learn by reading a lot of interesting books fit for my level. I'm honestly very touched by his ingenuity and the amount of efforts he took to guide me in my language learning.”Japanese course in Windsor
”My teacher is great! I like how I am progressing and I always look forward to the next class.”Spanish course in Halifax, NS
”We were very pleased and impressed with the first lesson. I had an opportunity to speak briefly with the teacher and was amazed with her energy and enthusiasm towards learning, and look forward to the rest of the program.”Hebrew course in London
”We’ve had three lessons with Nam so far, and they are going great. He’s been very helpful about customizing lessons around our needs.”Vietnamese course in Toronto, Lawyer, Ballantyne Yates llp
”I am thoroughly pleased with the Japanese lessons so far, and have not a single negative thing to report. Norie and my schedules line up quite well, so getting the sessions in has been very simple and easy. She is going above and beyond her call of duty, and educating me in culture, tradition, norms, and helpful tips for daily life in addition to her well structured, easy to follow language lessons. I'd be hard pressed to believe that I could have found a better teacher, and I can confidently say that this was well worth the money.”Japanese course in Calgary
”The whole experience has been very positive and I feel that your company did a great job finding an excellent instructor. The results speak for themselves.”Croatian course in Toronto
”I am really enjoying the course and feel we are going at a comfortable pace. I am content with the entire course.”Swedish course in Calgary, Team Lead, Pure North S’Energy Foundation
”The students are enjoying the courses and like the one on one with the teacher. They feel it gives better progress than the group classes they previously had with other companies.”French course in Toronto, Trade Marketing Manager, EV Water
”Valentina is a perfect match. She is very knowledgeable and so sweet. My lessons with her are going great!”Spanish course in Brampton
”Tanushree, my trainer, is an excellent teacher. She adapted very quickly to our learning style. She is energetic and efficient and she is available on weekends. Thank you very much, Language Trainers!”Hindi course in Toronto
”My lessons with Slavica are going well. We get along well. She is fun, enthusiastic and knowledgable. Thanks!”Croatian course in Toronto
”Hortense is wonderful. I am very happy to have her as an instructor. I have really improved my ear and she is very interesting to talk with.”French course in Vaughan
”After just a few Spanish classes, I am already able to converse with native speakers. I felt confident and really enjoyed it. I have learned a lot! I know that at the end of my classes I will be able to speak even better.”Spanish course in Brampton, Retail Ready Foods
”The Italian lessons are still going well. My teacher is great!”Italian course in Oakville
”The lessons are going very well. Olivia is very knowledgeable and adjusts the requirements as she understands our learning styles and levels. We’re both enjoying working with her.”French course in Guelph
”Lessons are going really well, we are getting more and more comfortable with the language and Karim our trainer has started implementing a lot of conversation which is really beneficial to the whole team.”French course in Toronto, VP Digital - Canada, BBC Advertising, BBC
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Teacher Case Studies
Language Taught: English
Years of teaching experience: 20
What language do you teach, and why did you choose teaching as your career?
Teaching was one of my careers, and the other was public policy and advocacy, with extensive writing. I chose teaching because I felt that I would be good at it, and I wanted to reach people in ways that I'd rarely been reached when I was a student. I particularly like to teach upper-level English to adult professionals because we discuss topics of mutual interest, like social policy, the work place, current events, the arts and literature. I love teaching writing in particular, and have many years of professional writing experience.
Where did you study, and how long have you been teaching, and what age group do you usually teach?
I studied at Ohio Wesleyan University, the University of Madrid, George Washington University and Colgate University. I have taught students from ages 13 to maybe 45. I was a classroom Spanish and English teacher in public and private high schools, and also taught at George Washington and Southeastern Universities. In my second career I conducted workshops on Congress and how to have an impact on public policy.
What do you look for in a student?
I look for clarity of why the student wants to improve his/her English; how he or she will use it. I look for someone with interest in discussing topics in the above-mentioned areas. And I look for someone willing to put some time beyond our tutoring sessions into study.
What should students expect in you as a teacher?
Students should expect a well-rounded adult with a lot of experience in teaching, writing and public policy analysis who listens well and tailors the sessions to the student's needs and interests.
Describe your favorite teaching experience with Language Trainers:
I have had only two students, and enjoyed both of them tremendously. One was a middle-aged German male executive in a high tech firm with two children and a diplomat wife. The other was a young Chinese female accountant who has many, many interests and was willing to read American classics to discuss them.
Client Case Studies
”We wanted to come to Peru with the confidence we could have small conversations with the people here. We knew that not only would it be helpful, but it would also enhance our experience and make us get more out of the trip.”Spanish for an Amazon Adventure
Tarran Kent-Hume and Olie Hunter Smart are two adrenaline-seeking adventurers who have dared to take on the western hemisphere’s longest and largest river, the Amazon. For five months, the two will be kayaking the 6,500 kilometer course of this gigantic, unpredictable river. While planning the adventure, the two enrolled in a 10-session online class with Language Trainers to learn Spanish before heading to South America. We caught up with them to chat about their trip and their experience with our online Spanish course.
LT: Good afternoon guys, how are you?
Olie Hunter Smart: Hi, we’re good, thanks! We’re currently in Lima, the first stop on our trip, and just finished a Google Hangout with a bunch of kids to talk to them about traveling and our adventure.
Tarran Kent-Hume: We’ll be here until Sunday or Monday and then we’ll be packing up and beginning the first part of our adventure at the Mantaro River here in Peru.
LT: Wow, I can imagine you’re excited about your upcoming kayak adventure down the Amazon! I know you’re probably busy with preparations so thanks for taking the time to chat. Can you tell us a little bit about yourselves and the adventure? We’ve been reading about your project and we’d love to hear more.
Tarran Kent-Hume: After six years as an investment banking headhunter, I knew I needed to make a change. I just turned 30 a couple weeks ago, and I wanted to do something big. I’m an adventurer: I practice Muay Thai fighting, I’ve climbed Mont Blanc, and now it’s onto conquering the Amazon. While I was in Thailand, I became fascinated by the rivers there and since I’d never been to South America, I figured the Amazon was the perfect next stop.
Olie Hunter Smart: When I was 18, I went to the Belizean jungle and it blew my mind. The scale of the trees and the peacefulness of it all really captivated me. I have been working in advertising in London for the past 10 years and wasn’t liking it. I thought there must be more than sitting behind a desk. Then I went traveling through Russia and South America with my girlfriend – it was incredible! When I got back, however, I went straight back into the world of advertising and got into the internal politics again, ending up right back where I was. I thought, “Nope! Can’t do this!” I needed to escape and live my life properly. I went camping with a guy who knew Tarran was going to be kayaking the Amazon and two weeks later, I met him and we began planning this trip together.
LT: So that’s why you began studying Spanish, right? To prepare for this trip?
Tarran Kent-Hume: Yes, we wanted to come to Peru with the confidence we could have small conversations with the people here. We knew that not only would it be helpful, but it would also enhance our experience and make us get more out of the trip. Also, if you speak someone’s language, they’re a lot more likely to help you out.
LT: What was your Spanish level beforehand?
Tarran Kent-Hume: I didn’t know much Spanish at all.
Olie Hunter Smart: Since I had traveled around South America before, I knew some and could understand when people talked. But it was frustrating because I didn’t know how to respond – I couldn’t put sentences together.
LT: And now that you’ve finished the course, how has your Spanish improved?
Tarran Kent-Hume: The classes helped massively. Plus we received homework outside the course which helped us process what we learned. We would write in Spanish and put thought into what we were writing, how to structure sentences and what we wanted to say. I know how to order food, ask for directions, and have short conversations with people – before I couldn’t do that!
Olie Hunter Smart: Right, and I liked that the class was more about conversing than specific vocabulary words. That really helped me get better.
LT: That’s great to hear. Have you been putting your new language skills to use?
Tarran Kent-Hume: Yes, in the past few days we’ve really been immersed. I listen to what people are saying and can pull out words I recognize, and piece together a response.
Olie Hunter Smart: Our knowledge of Spanish has already helped us out a lot here in Lima but it’s going to prove invaluable in the more rural parts where no one speaks English.
LT: What was your favorite part about your classes with us?
Tarran Kent-Hume: I liked that we could take the class together and online. After the class ended each time, I’d call Olie and we’d review our notes, converse in Spanish to practice, and talk about the homework.
Olie Hunter Smart: And our teacher was great. She knew why we wanted to learn Spanish and helped us make a list of keywords and phrases to know. For example, we know how to say “Please don’t shoot!” if we need to use it.
LT: Would you recommend Language Trainers in the future?
Olie Hunter Smart: Yeah, I would. We learned a lot in the short time we had. It has given me the confidence to talk a bit more and not rely on other people while I’m traveling.
Tarran Kent-Hume: Definitely – I already have recommended Language Trainers!
LT: One last question – do you have a favorite word or expression that you learned in Spanish?
Tarran Kent-Hume: “Vivir” – to live. It’s so beautiful and it has to be my favorite Spanish word.
Olie Hunter Smart: “Mañana” – tomorrow, why? Because everything that happens here happens mañana.