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Studying: Spanish Literature (Doctorate) - Cambridge University

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I'm a final year PhD student in Spanish and Latin American literature at the University of Cambridge.  As part of my doctoral degree I am responsible for delivering tutorials in Spanish literature and translation to undergraduate students here in Cambridge.  I have a first class-degree in Spanish and German language and literature, as well as an MPhil in Spanish literature which I completed in 2014.  

I am also a course organiser at the yearly Villiers Park Educational Trust Spanish residential in Foxton, Cambridgeshire, aimed at A-Level students from less advantaged backgrounds.  

I am available to give online tutoring to young people and adults in Spanish and German from beginner to A-Level standard. I can work you through the basics of the language or the more complex material for advanced students. My range of high-end experience make me an ideal person to help you with any aspect of the language or culture you need.

I also offer sessions preparing for interviews for language courses at Oxbridge.  As someone who knows both systems very well I can recreate the conditions students can expect on the day to give them the best possible preparation. 

I'm a final year PhD student in Spanish and Latin American literature at the University of Cambridge.  As part of my doctoral degree I am responsible for delivering tutorials in Spanish literature and translation to undergraduate students here in Cambridge.  I have a first class-degree in Spanish and German language and literature, as well as an MPhil in Spanish literature which I completed in 2014.  

I am also a course organiser at the yearly Villiers Park Educational Trust Spanish residential in Foxton, Cambridgeshire, aimed at A-Level students from less advantaged backgrounds.  

I am available to give online tutoring to young people and adults in Spanish and German from beginner to A-Level standard. I can work you through the basics of the language or the more complex material for advanced students. My range of high-end experience make me an ideal person to help you with any aspect of the language or culture you need.

I also offer sessions preparing for interviews for language courses at Oxbridge.  As someone who knows both systems very well I can recreate the conditions students can expect on the day to give them the best possible preparation. 

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At Cambridge we have a unique system proven to get results from our students.  In our hour-long "supervisions" the student will provide a piece of work - an essay or a translation, for example - and the time will be spent discussing what was successful and where the student needs improvement.  

The supervision system is great because it allows students to develop their own voice, think through problems with the aid of an expert and independently better their understanding of the material.  It's a system that produces some of the finest graduates in the world and one I like to use when I tutor.  It doesn't take long to see students grow in confidence and make great strides in their linguistic knowledge and their essay writing.

At Cambridge we have a unique system proven to get results from our students.  In our hour-long "supervisions" the student will provide a piece of work - an essay or a translation, for example - and the time will be spent discussing what was successful and where the student needs improvement.  

The supervision system is great because it allows students to develop their own voice, think through problems with the aid of an expert and independently better their understanding of the material.  It's a system that produces some of the finest graduates in the world and one I like to use when I tutor.  It doesn't take long to see students grow in confidence and make great strides in their linguistic knowledge and their essay writing.

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Vanessa (Parent)

November 2 2016

I had an unforeseen mic issue and Paul was completely understanding. He agreed to reschedule for another date. Sorry again for the inconvenience!

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Qualifications

SubjectQualificationGrade
FrenchA-level (A2)A*
GermanA-level (A2)A*
HistoryA-level (A2)A*
SpanishA-level (A2)A*
Modern and Medieval Languages - Spanish and GermanDegree (Bachelors)CLASS I
Modern European LiteratureDegree (Masters)DISTINCTION

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Subjects offered

SubjectQualificationPrices
GermanA Level£26 /hr
SpanishA Level£26 /hr
GermanGCSE£24 /hr
SpanishGCSE£24 /hr
GermanIB£26 /hr
SpanishIB£26 /hr
-Oxbridge Preparation-Mentoring£26 /hr
-Personal Statements-Mentoring£26 /hr
.MLAT (Modern Languages)Uni Admissions Test£28 /hr

Questions Paul has answered

When is it right to use 'lo', 'la' and 'le' in Spanish?

These are called object pronouns and they take a little practice.  Though don't worry, object pronouns are basically just words that mean 'it' or 'him or her'. 

The long and short if it is that 'lo' means 'it' for masculine nouns, and is also the word for 'him'.  'La', on the other hand, means 'it' for feminine nouns and is also the word for her.  'Le' is called the indirect object pronoun, and we'll talk more about that later.

Let's take a book.  In Spanish, it's masculine - 'El libro'.  If you want to say that you're reading it, you can simply say 'Lo leo.'  If you're referring to a man, and you want to say that you can see him, you can just say 'Lo veo.'  Put the pronoun just before the verb and you can't go wrong.

Now, 'Le' is trickier.  It refers to what's called indirect objects, which is when you have more than one object in a sentence.  Take the sentence: "I sing him a song.' The song and the man are both objects in the sentence.  The indirect object is the one receiving the action.  And you can always figure out what the indirect object is by putting a 'to' in front of whichever one seems most correct.  So in Spanish, it's "Le canto una canción," or, "I sing a song to him."  That "to" is all important.

Now, here is where it gets a bit confusing.  You can use "Le" as an indirect object pronoun for both genders.  "To him" and "To her" are the same in Spanish.  But "le" can also mean just "him".  So you can say "Le canto una canción" and it's not clear whether you're referring to a man or a woman.  "Le veo" is a sentence that shows you must be talking about a man.  For sentences with only one obect, "Le" and "Lo" can do the same thing.  "La" can only refer to women.

There's one last thing you need to know.  When you have an indirect object - let's take the previous sentence as an example - "Le" often changes to "Se".  You know that "I sing him/her a song" is "Le canto una canción."  But what happens if you want to say "I sing it to him/her"?  Then the "Le" changes to "Se" for phonetic reasons.  "La canto" means "I sing it".  "Se la canto" is "I sing it to him/her."  

This is the trickiest bit to get your head around with object pronouns in Spanish.  Never, ever say "Le lo" together in one sentence.  To a Spaniard, it just sounds wrong.  And to make everything sound that little bit nicer, it always becomes "Se lo."  If you ever see "Le lo/la" in sentence then you know you've made a mistake!

These are called object pronouns and they take a little practice.  Though don't worry, object pronouns are basically just words that mean 'it' or 'him or her'. 

The long and short if it is that 'lo' means 'it' for masculine nouns, and is also the word for 'him'.  'La', on the other hand, means 'it' for feminine nouns and is also the word for her.  'Le' is called the indirect object pronoun, and we'll talk more about that later.

Let's take a book.  In Spanish, it's masculine - 'El libro'.  If you want to say that you're reading it, you can simply say 'Lo leo.'  If you're referring to a man, and you want to say that you can see him, you can just say 'Lo veo.'  Put the pronoun just before the verb and you can't go wrong.

Now, 'Le' is trickier.  It refers to what's called indirect objects, which is when you have more than one object in a sentence.  Take the sentence: "I sing him a song.' The song and the man are both objects in the sentence.  The indirect object is the one receiving the action.  And you can always figure out what the indirect object is by putting a 'to' in front of whichever one seems most correct.  So in Spanish, it's "Le canto una canción," or, "I sing a song to him."  That "to" is all important.

Now, here is where it gets a bit confusing.  You can use "Le" as an indirect object pronoun for both genders.  "To him" and "To her" are the same in Spanish.  But "le" can also mean just "him".  So you can say "Le canto una canción" and it's not clear whether you're referring to a man or a woman.  "Le veo" is a sentence that shows you must be talking about a man.  For sentences with only one obect, "Le" and "Lo" can do the same thing.  "La" can only refer to women.

There's one last thing you need to know.  When you have an indirect object - let's take the previous sentence as an example - "Le" often changes to "Se".  You know that "I sing him/her a song" is "Le canto una canción."  But what happens if you want to say "I sing it to him/her"?  Then the "Le" changes to "Se" for phonetic reasons.  "La canto" means "I sing it".  "Se la canto" is "I sing it to him/her."  

This is the trickiest bit to get your head around with object pronouns in Spanish.  Never, ever say "Le lo" together in one sentence.  To a Spaniard, it just sounds wrong.  And to make everything sound that little bit nicer, it always becomes "Se lo."  If you ever see "Le lo/la" in sentence then you know you've made a mistake!

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