Profile

Sorin

$21 (45 min)
Qualification
Linguistics
Ia?i University - 1993

Name Sorin
Country Romania
Native Language Romanian
Preferred student age
Students (17-22)
Adults (23-40)
Adults (40+)
Preferred level of students
Beginner
Pre Intermediate
Intermediate
Upper Intermediate
Advanced
Can also teach
English
Romanian
Can speak
French

Subject

English

English lessons for children

Intensive English

In around 80 hours you can reach the intermediate level.

English for beginners

Conversational English

Working with English people

Having English friends

Reading and writing English

Understanding English movies

Romanian

Intensive Romanian

A pioneer in the field. The best Romanian course available.

Romanian for beginners

Business Romanian

Conversational Romanian

Romanian for traveling

Working with Romanian people

Having Romanian friends

Reading and writing Romanian

Understanding Romanian movies

Romanian lifestyle and culture

About Tutor

I began teaching Romanian as a foreign language in 2004. Because of the horrible quality of the manuals on the market (including those endorsed by the American Embassy in Romania, or the University of Arizona etc), I had to design my own course. That makes me a pioneer in the field and with a unique approach on the grammar rules of Romanian seen as a foreign language.
Also a translator and an interpreter.
I have worked with some subtitling companies.

Experience

I have 20+ years of experience in language tutoring. I started my tutoring career by teaching English (EFL)
In 2004, seeing there were a number of people interested in learning Romanian, I thought I could use my teaching skills the other way round. I knew that the materials for someone who wanted to study Romanian as a foreign language were of very low quality – course books and dictionaries. So, I designed my own line of course, which has been available to potential students.
I have had hundreds of students most of them starting from absolute zero. Many of them didn't even have a clear understanding of the linguistic terms, but we managed to do a good job.
I designed 2 language courses and wrote a lot of linguistics articles.

Teaching Approach

As a language teacher, I know how many have tried to learn English from books (even from web sites!). The simple truth is you do need a teacher to guide, correct, organise you, it just doesn't work with books only, let alone when their quality is so poor... It is the same with learning Romanian.

My way of teaching has nothing to do with this modern mess where there is a mockery to the serious intelligent student. They say they'll teach you a language in 10 days. They start with conversation when the students has no idea about the language...

The best thing is to study a foreign language in an organised logical way. Some theory, and a lot of grammar, as grammar is the collection of the rules of that language. A conversational approach will give you the false sensation that you already master "most" of the language, but soon you'll discover the severe limitations. The grammatical approach (combined with conversation, of course) is the key to advance fast and learn the language in it complexity and not a collection of 30 common phrases.