Sian W. GCSE Italian tutor, A Level Italian tutor, GCSE Spanish tutor
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Sian W.

Degree: Modern Languages (Bachelors) - Nottingham University

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About me

I am in my first year studying Modern Languages at the University of Nottingham. I’m studying Spanish and Portuguese. I also studied French to A level standard.  I gained my love for languages at the age of 8 when I moved to Italy and lived there for 5 years, developing my language skills and becoming fluent in Italian. My aim as a tutor is to make the learning of languages as fun and accessible as possible.

I love working with children and have regularly volunteered at a weekly club for primary school children, so I’m aware of how to interact with children of different ages.

In my tutorials I would like the student to guide what we cover but I believe the best way to learn a language is through encouraging conversation in a natural, informal way. I can also help with the more technical side of language-learning, including all aspects of grammar. My aim is to develop confidence in and enjoyment of the learning of a foreign language.

I look forward to meeting you and helping you.

Ciao! Adios!  

Subjects offered

SubjectLevelMy prices
Italian GCSE £18 /hr
Spanish GCSE £18 /hr

Qualifications

QualificationLevelGrade
SpanishA-LevelA
FrenchA-LevelA
BiologyA-LevelB
ItalianA-LevelA
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CRB/DBS Standard

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CRB/DBS Enhanced

09/09/2014

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Questions Sian has answered

How do Spanish gender agreements work?

Every Spanish noun is either feminine or masculine and follows an article of the same gender. Masculine articles ​El / Un (masculine singular article) + masculine singular noun e.g. el chico Los (masculine plural article) + masculine plural noun e.g. los chicos Feminine articles ​La/Una (f...

Every Spanish noun is either feminine or masculine and follows an article of the same gender.

Masculine articles

​El / Un (masculine singular article) + masculine singular noun e.g. el chico

Los (masculine plural article) + masculine plural noun e.g. los chicos

Feminine articles

​La/Una (feminine singular article) + feminine singular noun e.g. la chica

Las (feminine plural article) + feminine plural noun e.g. las chicas

Masculine nouns

Most masculine nouns end in ‘O’  e.g. el libro

Usually if the noun ends in ‘OR’, ‘ÓN’, ‘ÉS’ or ‘MA’ it is masculine e.g. el jugador, el salón, el estrés, el clima

Feminine nouns

Most feminine nouns end in ‘A’ e.g. la casa

Usually if the noun ends in ‘TAD’, ‘DAD’, or ‘CIÓN’ it is masculine e.g. la libertad, la ciudad, la educación

As always in Spanish, there are some exceptions, some nouns do not follow the rules.

Irregulars

Here are some of the most common irregulars:

La man                    El problema

La foto                        Ela

La moto                      El mapa

La radio                      El programa

Plural Nouns

If the noun ends in a vowel add an ‘-S’ e.g. el perro= los perros

If a noun ends in a consonance add ‘-ES’ e.g. el ordenador= los ordenadores

If a noun ends in –z change the Z to C and add ‘-ES’ e.g.la voz= las voces

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How do you use the Passato Prossimo?

The ‘passato prossimo’ tense is the ‘near past’ and the most frequently used past tense in the Italian language, especially used in conversation. The passato prossimo is formed with the auxiliary ‘To be’ or ‘To have’ + the past participle. ESSERE(TO BE) Io sono Tu sei Lui/Lei è Noi siam...

The ‘passato prossimo’ tense is the ‘near past’ and the most frequently used past tense in the Italian language, especially used in conversation.

The passato prossimo is formed with the auxiliary ‘To be’ or ‘To have’ + the past participle.

ESSERE(TO BE)

Io sono

Tu sei

Lui/Lei è

Noi siamo

Voi siete

Loro sono

AVERE (TO HAVE)

Io ho

Tu hai

Lui/Lei ha

Noi abbiamo

Voi avete

Loro hanno

When to use ESSERE and when to use AVERE

Most verbs in the passato prossimo use the auxiliary AVERE e.g. Carla ha cantato una canzone (Carla sang a song)

The auxiliary ESSERE is used with:

-Reflexive verbs

-Verbs of movement

- Verbs of changing state

e.g. Io sono andato a scuola (I went to school)

Elena si è lavata (Elena washed herself)

NB When using the auxiliary TO BE we always AGREE the verb with the gender

Mario è andato a scuola

Maria è andata a scuola

PARTICIPIO PASSATO (Past Participle)

With verbs ending in –ARE, take off the ‘ARE’ and add –ATO e.g. CANTARE= CANTATO

With verbs ending in –ERE take off the ‘ERE’ and add –UTO e.g. AVERE=AVUTO

With verbs ending in –IRE take off the ‘IRE’ and add –ITO e.g. SALIRE=SALITO

As always, there are some irregular past participles. Here are some examples:

VENIRE= VENUTO

ESSERE= STATO/A

FARE=FATTO

DIRE=DETTO

VEDERE=VISTO

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