Valentina O. GCSE French tutor, A Level French tutor, GCSE Spanish tutor

Valentina O.

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French and Spanish (Bachelors) - Southampton University

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About me

My education

I have just graduated from the University of Southampton with a BA in French and Spanish with a high 2:1. My overall French grade was a first and my Spanish was a 2:1. 

What I love most about languages

I am obsessed with idioms and know numerous in both languages. With idioms in your vocabulary you can gain a more authentic sounding language. It is also interesting to see where they come from as this 

Living in Spain

I spent my year abroad living in Salamanca, Spain. In this city the most standard Castellano is spoken so if this if what you're aiming for I can assist with getting this acent. Spending so much time there allowed me to improve my Spanish immensely from all kinds of daily situations. Making friends enabled me to learn a more colloquial Spanish that is hard to learn purely in the classroom.

My time in France

I did a month long internship in the South of France at a campsite with 4 other friend speaking interns. This helped me with my colloquial French which is key when speaking to young French people. One of my friends there even said how 'the French they speak amongst themselves compared to that they speak to their grandprents varies considerably'. 

I also travelled for two months in France and the French speaking parts of Switzerland. This helped me get to the fluent level of French I have now along with all the life-long friends I regularly keep in contact from my travels.

My education

I have just graduated from the University of Southampton with a BA in French and Spanish with a high 2:1. My overall French grade was a first and my Spanish was a 2:1. 

What I love most about languages

I am obsessed with idioms and know numerous in both languages. With idioms in your vocabulary you can gain a more authentic sounding language. It is also interesting to see where they come from as this 

Living in Spain

I spent my year abroad living in Salamanca, Spain. In this city the most standard Castellano is spoken so if this if what you're aiming for I can assist with getting this acent. Spending so much time there allowed me to improve my Spanish immensely from all kinds of daily situations. Making friends enabled me to learn a more colloquial Spanish that is hard to learn purely in the classroom.

My time in France

I did a month long internship in the South of France at a campsite with 4 other friend speaking interns. This helped me with my colloquial French which is key when speaking to young French people. One of my friends there even said how 'the French they speak amongst themselves compared to that they speak to their grandprents varies considerably'. 

I also travelled for two months in France and the French speaking parts of Switzerland. This helped me get to the fluent level of French I have now along with all the life-long friends I regularly keep in contact from my travels.

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Qualifications

SubjectQualificationGrade
PsychologyScottish highers / Advanced highers (Advanced Higher)A
PhotographyA-level (A2)A
FrenchA-level (A2)B
French and SpanishDegree (Bachelors)2:1

Subjects offered

SubjectQualificationPrices
PsychologyGCSE£18 /hr
SpanishGCSE£18 /hr

Questions Valentina has answered

How can I learn new vocabulary more easily?

So first of all it's good to find out what kind of learner you are; visual, kinesthetic or auditory. If, like me you are a visual learner you will find that new words are hard to memorise unless you have seen them written down. If you're an auditory learner you will find you have to hear the word and finally if you're a kinesthetic learner you will need to use the word in a phrase. 

When learning a new word it also helps to learn what word category it is i.e. a noun, an adverb or a verb. If for example it is a noun, then you may want to take note of whether it is of feminin or masculin gender. Then you could take a note of what register it is and in what situations it is used. This will help you not only remember the word but learn how to use it accurately and in an appropriate way.

So first of all it's good to find out what kind of learner you are; visual, kinesthetic or auditory. If, like me you are a visual learner you will find that new words are hard to memorise unless you have seen them written down. If you're an auditory learner you will find you have to hear the word and finally if you're a kinesthetic learner you will need to use the word in a phrase. 

When learning a new word it also helps to learn what word category it is i.e. a noun, an adverb or a verb. If for example it is a noun, then you may want to take note of whether it is of feminin or masculin gender. Then you could take a note of what register it is and in what situations it is used. This will help you not only remember the word but learn how to use it accurately and in an appropriate way.

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