Hello, my name is Catalina Hernandez and I'm 47 years old and currently living in the United States. I am a native Spanish speaker and teach Spanish. I have been an online Spanish teacher with Verbalplanet since March 2011.
I can speak the following languages fluently: Spanish, Dutch, English, French.
I am currently offering a free initial trial lesson for new students.
04 Aug 2016
I have greatly enjoyed my time with Catalina. She is a wonderful tutor. She does a great job of blending conversation with grammatical instruction. Once again, great session.
28 Jul 2016
Como siempre, una leccion interesante con buena conversacion!
21 Jul 2016
Como siempre, una leccion informativa y divertida!
14 Jul 2016
Great lesson, as always!! Thank you, Catalina.
07 Jul 2016
Great lesson with Catalina!! I really enjoy the lessons and work she prepares; they are detailed, instructive, and she is very helpful when walking through them. I always enjoy my lessons with her.
I have lived in 4 countries. I'm a graphic designer by profession, and a Spanish teacher by passion.
I LOVE the sound of words in Spanish. I have done some deal of poetry writing, having a story and a poem published in one of Spain's most visited Cultural Online Magazines. I love literature, music, cinema. I like to use all sorts of cultural manifestations to help in this language adventure.
I speak 4 languages well and one basic. So I understand the kind of freedom that being able to communicate with people of different cultures or backgrounds can bring.
Qualifications & Experience
I am a native from Mexico City, but I have been living out of Mexico for over 10 years, and during this time I have dedicated myself to teaching Spanish privately. As a tutor. I have tutored many students successfully in the person to person mode, before I started tutoring online. I have been with Verbalplanet for several years now, and I believe that teaching online is not very different from the face to face tutoring, after all skype does make it very easy to follow a conversation, just as in live, and it has the added advantage of a more convenient schedule, that can fit into anyone's busy life. It also allows for the use of modern technologies, that are not available on face to face tutoring lessons.
I also, for the past 4 years, been working as a Middle School Spanish teacher, pre CoVID in the classroom, post CoVID online for the school as well.
This has given me a lot of experience with students from diverse countries, backgrounds and ages. From 11 to 100, I am here to help you discover the language of Cervantes!
Spanish literature is so beautiful and rich that is one of my tools for teaching. I always try to include a little extra reading, a video or some extra vocabulary for after class to help you understand the language, learn vocabulary and become more familiar with every day expressions. Also I believe that the best way to learn a language is to dare talk it. The more you talk the more you learn.
Private tutoring, in contrast to the class environment, provides both the student and teacher a better chance for a more personalized experience. I love to learn about my student's cultures as well as sharing mine with you. I try to include special lessons, readings and videos for each students likes and interests, making the experience truly unique for each student. I also use materials from different countries of the Spanish speaking world so the students are not limited to one accent only. I would love to help you navigate in this wonderful and beautiful world of Spanish language.