Get to know us better – Questions and answers about our services
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. I think that language learners need to find someone who not only has competent linguistic skills but a teacher who truly feels and has lived the language. Additionally, while it is important that a teacher has knowledge, it is even more important for a teacher to be able to transmit that knowledge to the learner through active and meaningful interactions – conversations, activities, games, songs, cooking, and being about to recount cultural stories.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Do you have any inside secrets to share?
A. The “insider secrets” to language learning are that a student needs:
1. the deep desire to learn,
2. the willingness to feel silly, frustrated, or confused, and
3. the time to spend studying outside of class.
If a student doesn’t have these, then a student will struggle with becoming functional in a language (even if a teacher were to dance the can-can on the table!).
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I am a highly-skilled educator, test prep tutor, cultural facilitator as well as a translator and interpreter. I have over 20 years of successful experience, including 2 Master’s degrees. There are many qualities to my teaching that set me apart from others: my enthusiastic and engaging methods, my sense of humor, my ability to turn everything into a learning experience, my stories about my personal experiences throughout the world, and my custom teaching materials – games, songs, and mnemonic techniques.
My goal is to bring you to a place where you think and feel in your target language. I have traveled the world and love to share my knowledge of language, culture, and culinary delights with my clients.
All of this comes together to make your learning experience truly enjoyable and memorable.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I love meeting people, getting to know their stories, and helping them attain their dream of language proficiency.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What’s your answer?
A. Clients always ask me why I haven’t written a book about all of my international adventures. I always ask: “Do you know a publisher?!
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. One of my favorite stories is from when I was team teaching. The other teacher was teaching ‘-er’ verbs that day, and she told me that when the students heard about “er” verbs, they said: ” ‘Kimber’ is an ‘-er’ verb for teaching enthusiastically!” Then, they all proceeded to conjugate my name in Spanish:
Kimbo (I teach enthusiastically)
Kimbes (You teach enthusiastically)
Kimbe (S/he teaches, you teach enthusiastically)
Kimbemos (We teach enthusiastically)
Kimbéis (You ‘guys’ teach enthusiastically)
Kimben (They, All of You teach enthusiastically)
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. I am passionate about language and culture, and I genuinely strive to service the needs of my clients. Teaching is not just what I do, it’s who I am.