"Adrian is an excellent Spanish teacher. I minored in Spanish in college but had not spoken it in over five years. When he started helping me re-learn the language he assessed my level of fluency and started teaching me the basics that I had forgotten while assigning me homework that strengthened what I learned. He remember my strengths and weaknesses and is exceptional at explaining grammatical rules. Now that I am at a level where we chat in Spanish I have discovered that he is also a great conversationalist!"
Carter Brady Bassett
Art Advisor, Mark Adams Fine Art, New York, NY
"Adrian was able to help me improve my Spanish skills in conversation, writing and formal lectures. He is a talented and experienced teacher who understands how students learn, and makes it fun as well!"
Dr. Laurence M. Westreich, M.D.,
President, American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, New York, NY
"Adrian is an excellent teacher, very organized and professional, he is passionate about teaching Spanish to whomever wants to learn. Be prepared to study hard when you take his class, as he won't make it easy for you. If you put the time and effort necessary into the class, however, you will most certainly see results. I highly recommend his class to all those who are serious about learning Spanish."
Social Worker, MJHS Hospice Care, New York, NY
"I have taken many language classes in my life but this one with Adrian has truly been one of the best experiences of them all. I spent more than a year in his classroom, only had to stop because my work hours wouldn't allow me to continue. If you really want to learn Spanish, sign up for classes with him. It is intense, you really get the bang for your buck. The 90 minutes are probably worth 3 hours. Adrian believes in the concept of "muscle memory" applied to the brain. You repeat, you relax, you repeat, until it is imprinted in your brain. Classes are a great mix of vocabulary, grammar, history, geography, and conversation. Adrian will challenge you but if you really want to learn a language and get the best for your money, go sign up with him. If you have any talent in you to learn this beautiful language, he will find it and make you speak and understand Spanish."
Property Manager, RELATED MANAGEMENT, New York, NY
"Having made multiple attempts at acquiring the requisite knowledge to achieve a high score on the Spanish SAT II, I can honestly say there's no more effective way to develop a deep working knowledge of the spanish language than through sessions with Adrian. Self study, standard classrooms and language institutions all fell short where Adrian excelled. There's just no substitute for 1 on 1 time with an individual with Adrian's level of knowledge and teaching experience."
Executive Director of Software Development at CME Group, NYC
"I made the most progress I ever made in Spanish with Adrian. He's an exceptional teacher who is prepared for whatever level you start out with and then progresses you systematically to the next with tons of interactive, specific and fun exercises. If you don't know the answer to something he won't just feed it to you but really make you think and I found that's what made me grasp grammatical concepts in Spanish that I never figured out in other classes before. Yeah, screw Rosetta Stone. :-) If you're serious about learning Spanish I highly recommend Adrian."
Volunteer, Medical Mission Trips, MILAGROS PARA NIÑOS, NYC
"After taking Spanish classes once a week, first at the 92nd St. Y (for one semester) and then at The New School (three semesters), I began weekly tutorials with Adrian about two years ago.
My initial motivation was to improve my conversational ability. But Adrian wisely recognized the need to establish first a firmer command of grammar (use of the subjunctive, preterite vs. imperfect, the conditional, por vs. para, etc.), plus vocabulary-building. Only after a year or more of structured exercises did we begin devoting part of each ninety-minute session to conversation on current events. I now realize how premature and counterproductive it would have been to jump right into unstructured conversation.
Adrian is indeed a highly professional and masterful teacher. I cannot recommend him highly enough."
Independent scholar, New York, NY; former Curator of Wason Library on East Asia, CORNELL UNIVERSITY, Ithaca, NY
"I am delighted to have found Adrian Gonzalez to help me in my quest to learn the Spanish language. He is an excellent teacher, instructing me on the correct grammar & structure, always expanding my vocabulary, and of course has insisted that we speak in Spanish during our lessons from the very beginning.
The homework & classwork are interesting & challenging. Adrian has an organized & energetic manner of teaching that keeps the classes moving quickly while being entertaining at the same time.
I am thoroughly enjoying my lessons with Adrian, I am in my (3rd or 4th) - (Adrian, please check your records, I don't recall the exact start date!) year now! I recommend him highly for anyone interested in learning the Spanish language."
Financial Advisor, NYC
"I have been studying with Adrian in a two-person class for more than 5 years--he is an excellent teacher. I tried a workshop-type class prior to taking classes with Adrian, but was hindered by the lack of consistency in terms of homework and lessons. Adrian is very disciplined and also has a great deal of patience in explaining grammar and expressions of speech. I would highly recommend him to anyone interested in learning or improving their Spanish. Even more than his teaching capacity, Adrian has a very engaging personality that makes coming to class fun."
Reporting and Stewardship Manager, RAINFOREST ALLIANCE, New York, NY
"I have studied Spanish with Adrian for the past several years. Throughout, he has been an excellent teacher - always patient, always energetic, and most important, always dedicated to providing his students with the tools they need to learn the language as it is spoken today. He seamlessly incorporates books, magazines, newspapers, and films into his curricula, as well as fun drills that help us become even more comfortable with the language. I highly recommend his class to anyone who really wants to learn Spanish in a supportive, and fun environment."
Lawyer, DELOITTE & TOUCHE, Brooklyn, NY
"I've taken Spanish classes from Adrian off and on for the past ten years. I am a first generation Colombian American who was not raised as a Native speaker. I was never comfortable with grammar, and very much wanted to improve my polish. I worked with Adrian intensively prior to traveling for six weeks through South America, then again later when I volunteered as a tax preparer in a predominantly Spanish-speaking neighborhood. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Adrian! He is patient, but firm. He genuinely expects the best from you, like the best teachers you may have had throughout school. Because of that, you are motivated to do the homework and practice. You will walk away from the experience elevating your proficiency, no matter what your level. I so enjoyed my experience that I pushed my (Irish) husband to work with him before visiting my family in Colombia. My husband now communicates better in Spanish than my own brother! Adrian is truly a gem, and when my children are old enough, we've been talking about having him coach us in a path toward becoming a truly bi-lingual family."
VP, Operations, FLAVORPILL MEDIA, New York, NY
"I have been taking classes with Adrian for about a year and a half and it has been a wonderful experience. I started as a beginner and I have a come a long way in taking classes with him once or twice a week. I have a very busy schedule with a busy job and two small children so I don't always have time during the week to study or practice. Even with my limitations, I have improved greatly. I would recommend Adrian to anyone who is serious about learning Spanish. I plan on continuing taking classes with Adrian for a long time. Please contact me if you would like to further discuss."
Certified Public Accountant, EGAN TAX & BOOKS LTD. New York, NY
"I thought I would write to tell you how much my Spanish classes have meant to me. As a small business owner in New York with a Latin wife, my desire to learn Spanish is both personal and professional. Before coming to you I tried a half-dozen other approaches to learning the language. I attended evening classes, retained private tutors, worked in small groups, and even enlisted the aid of my Spanish speaking co-workers. All to no avail.
The situation changed radically after a mere three months under your tutelage. Your off beat, interesting presentation style and rigorous study schedule gave me the first real successes in my ongoing quest to "hablo espanol". I found the character acting and role-play particularly useful in helping get over my extreme fear of speaking in front of others. The pacing of your classes showed a well-practiced rhythm that, although ambitious, was not impossible. The study schedule forced me to learn quickly without forgetting between lessons. As an added bonus, your prices were reasonable, even inexpensive.
So thank you for the time and effort you put into helping make me a more integrated member of my family and professional community. Although I did not get the opportunity to complete the training, you provided me with the basis to continue learning. I am forever in your debt."
Mr. Amram E. Dworkin,
President AVISH ENTERPRISES, INC. New York, NY
"In the nearly two years I have studied Spanish with Adrian, my facility in Spanish conversation has improved greatly. He is always prepared for my class to help me focus and resolve problem areas. Moreover, Adrián is constantly looking for ways of improving his already strong teaching abilities. I would recommend him to anyone who is serious about learning Spanish."
Mr. Daniel Huang,
Manager of International Royalties, EMI MUSIC, New York, NY
"Adrian has the patience of a saint. After a long day of work, it is difficult for me to stay focused in class. It is Adrian's patience with me that keeps me coming back every week for over a year. My reason for learning Spanish is my job entails daily communication with factories in Mexico. I have finally gathered the courage to call Mexico and ask in Spanish "Hola, quiero hablar con…"
Ms. Wendy D. Cohen,
Product Manager of TOMMY HILFIGER, New York, NY
"Adrian makes learning Spanish more than just a "class". He uses a good balance of grammar and vocabulary with interactive conversation and role play in real life situations. It's fun as well as leaning. Adrian is very patient and he speaks Spanish for 95% of the class. This is an excellent way for leaning Spanish."
Mr. Joe Dung,
Partner, DELOITTE & TOUCHE, New York, NY
"Adrian is a terrific teacher. He's animated, focused, well organized, and very dynamic. He also has a terrific sense of humor and is very professional and thorough in his approach. Lessons are both intense and fun at the same time, a winning combination. Also Adrian never seems to get tired or look at his watch. Two excellent qualities worth noting."
Mr. Rob Liebman,
Salesman, Garment District , New York, NY
"I studied Spanish with Adrian for nearly a year, and can honestly say that I got more from his teachings than from any other foreign language class I have taken. I came to Adrian as a virtual beginner, and left being able to communicate freely in Spanish. My reason for beginning my study was a pending trip to South America. After a few short months with Adrian, I was able to converse easily on my trip. I enjoyed the classes so much that I continued on with him for nearly a year. I cannot vouch more strongly for his professionalism and his knowledge. He is always prepared and thorough- and I still retain much of what he taught me. I have studied previously at Berlitz, and I can honestly say that Adrian's lessons were far superior, and MUCH less expensive."
Mr. Sam Reep,
Art Director, NEW YORK TIMES, New York, NY
"I studied Spanish with Prof. Gonzalez for a little more than one year. I have taken private language lessons with various professors over the past five years in San Francisco and New York with independent professors and established institutions such as Berlitz. Professor Gonzalez is extremely professional, and I can sincerely say that he was the most organized, energetic, and motivating professor out of all of them. He was excellent at conducting the class at a level appropriate for my abilities and introducing vocabulary and course work specific to my needs."
Ms. Rebecca Gordon,
Accountant, MET LIFE, New York, NY
"I enjoyed my classes with Adrian more than other's that I had previously taken, because Adrian teaches Spanish in the best possible way. He integrates real life situations into the lessons and allows the student to speak as if they were in Spain or another Spanish speaking country. In addition, Adrian identifies a students weaknesses and crafts lesson plans and homework assignments to help the student overcome them. All in all, I found that I learned more in a quicker period of time using Adrian's methods."
Mr. Claude Pappas,
Project Leader, Change Initiatives, CREDIT SUISSE ASSET MANAGEMENT, Tokyo, Japan
"Learning a language is not like taking another ordinary class. It is learning something new altogether from A-Z. Professor Gonzalez can teach you without making you feel intimidated at the same time having fun is important. I found Adrian through the Internet, and he has not made me regret the decision of learning Spanish. I want to keep at it since I am having so much fun."
Mr. Mahesh Bhupathi,
Professional Tennis Player, Winner 1999 Doubles Roland Garros and Wimbledon, India.
"I started taking Adrian's class about two years ago. I have thoroughly enjoyed the learning process. Adrian manages to combine an academic and intuitive approach to his teaching and he is extremely enthusiastic and energetic. I always feel as if he is giving 100% towads making sure that I learn the language correctly, while at the same time enjoying it. As a result I can now speak, write and understand Spanish and I look forward to all my lessons!"
Ms. Pauline Mason,
Production Supervisor of OXYGEN MEDIA, England.
"When I came to Adrian, I was worried because my graduate school required me to pass a Spanish literary exam before I could get my degree. I hadn't taken Spanish in twenty years, and was sure I'd fail. But Adrian worked with me for just three months--and then I passed the exam!! I'd always been terrible with languages before, but Adrian is extremely patient and sweet. He makes learning fun. If it weren't for Adrian, I wouldn't be getting my Masters degree!"
Ms. Patricia A. Hendrix,
Summa Cum Laude M.A.(c)-- SETON HALL UNIVERSITY, South Orange, New Jersey
"When I moved from Amsterdam to New York almost two years ago, I wanted to learn Spanish. I am still very happy I made the decision to do so with Adrian.
His methods and way of teaching are very effective, and the atmosphere is always great. I recommend him to anyone interested in learning Spanish. I shall be traveling through Ecuador this summer with a lot more confidence than I would otherwise have had.
Ms. Eline van der Vlist,
Lawyer, DAVIS POLK & WARDWELL, New York, NY
"I have only been taking lessons from Adrian for a few months, but I feel that I have learned a great deal and am certain that I will continue to learn at the same speed. Much of the credit is owed to Adrian, who does an excellent job of preparing and presenting each lesson. I am taking Spanish lessons, because I am fond of languages and find Spanish to be not only useful, but also beautiful. It is important to find a professor like Adrian, who can give you the proper attention with a good level of enthusiasm. In no time, you will be speaking comfortably."
Mr. Robert Howard
Offerings Specialist, CRAVATH, SWAINE & MOORE, New York, NY
"Let me start off by thanking you for one of the best educational experiences of my life. When I began, I honestly had no idea how much Spanish I would learn. When we were finished, I couldn't believe how much we had accomplished. I will not go on to long, however, because I will just start repeating my testimonial, which is written below.
When I walked into Adrian's classroom on my first day, I knew absolutely no Spanish. I was nervous because I had recently taken a job as an English teacher in Ecuador and I needed to learn as much as possible before traveling to South America. In addition, I was accustomed to boring and unproductive language instruction throughout my years in school. Adrian's classes, however, were both productive and stimulating. He used a variety of activities and assignments that allowed me to develop strong reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Class was always fun and exciting and Adrian always seemed to know where I needed the most help and how to assist me in those areas. Not only has Adrian helped me develop the ability to communicate in Spanish, he has also helped me unlock my ability to learn a new language. I am headed off to Ecuador shortly, and I am more excited than ever to be fully immersed in a new way of speaking.
Thanks again for providing such a wonderful learning experience."
Mr. Brian Yates
English Teacher, Loja, Ecuador
Guatemala has been a lot of fun! I don't know what we would have done without the Spanish lessons, because many people, especially at hotels, surprisingly, speak no English.
My friend has been a little Spanish traumatized, since her teachers in the language school were not bilingual and she had a hard time making progress. She felt somewhat isolated.
I intend to continue with Spanish when I return, definitely. This has also inspired me to take up French again, because I have a strong foundation there that I just have to round off with spoken and listening skills.
Thank you very much for the classes. I really feel that they were effective in giving us useful Spanish for our trip!
Mr. Chris Rose
Software developer, New York, NY
"I began studying Spanish with Adrian Gonzalez-Martinez after having worked in Colombia with interpreters and having taken two weeks of elementary grammar there. I had found that traveling through rural areas with my rudimentary Spanish was like wearing a t-shirt with "Take advantage of me" printed on it, so I set up a regular schedule of classes here in New York with Adrian.
Having already acquired a healthy respect for the intricacies of Spanish grammar and vocabulary, I needed intensive study to overcome the pitfalls of "picking up" a language informally. Adrian was very exacting in his lessons and had to endure my lapsing into bits and pieces of bad Italian, German and French from my distant past, as well as the problem of intuitively sensing things beyond my grasp. I believe the truism that the mark of good education in a foreign language is an improved understanding of one's mother tongue. I have learned more about language in general from three years of one-on-one struggle with Spanish than from years of university language study, which never pierces the most superficial level.
One reason I wanted to learn Spanish was a desire to stay up to date in a fast-changing USA in which Spanish is quickly becoming a second official language. Thanks to our intensive work I no longer speak one less language than so-called "bilingual" children of immigrants, and I recently met a Colombian-American bilingual" co-worker who told my boss I speak Spanish better than she does.
The world may be getting smaller, but speaking English does not take one any further in this hemisphere than it did a generation ago. Since my lessons with Adrian I have been able to venture out of the banal coastal resorts of Mexico to enjoy some of what that country has to offer, and now when I open my mouth what I have to say is greeted with respect and friendly chat instead of non-comprehension, disdain and/or opportunism.
Another fringe benefit of my study with Adrian is that I can read foreign newspapers (Spain, Venezuela, Argentina) and get a different perspective on current events involving the USA, as well as more in-depth news about what’s happening in those countries. A few quick and dirty lessons in "habla espanol" are not sufficient to comprehend the written language. It takes discipline, time and an intelligent teacher who’s quick on his feet."
James W. Johnson
Freelance Court Reporter/Stenographer, New York City
"Adrian, Happy New Year! Just wanted to let you know that I started my new job and am unsure of my schedule for the next few months. I'll let you know when I'll be able to continue my classes. I also wanted to let you know that the 3 weeks we spent together were excellent and I feel like I really learned a lot. I'll try to practice so I don't forget everything!"
Ms. Lisa Heller
Vice President, CDC IXIS FINANCIAL GUARANTY, New York, NY
I wanted to write and tell you that I had a wonderful time in Argentina. The time I spent working with you was helpful.
After I returned, I finished my master's degree at the New School and then moved to San Francisco. I am also thinking a lot about continuing to work on my Spanish.
I did want to say that I think you are a great teacher and I learned a lot. If I were still in NYC I'd be taking more lessons from you.
Hope you are well."
Mr. Max Maddock
Senior Production Manager for LANDOR ASSOCIATES, New York, NY
How is it going? This is Sam Walsh. I took classes with you about a year ago. After I finished up with you, I went to Ecuador for a year to teach English as a foreign language. First, I lived in Quito for a month, and then I started my work in a town called Limoncocha, which is in the Amazon rain forest, near the borders with Peru and Colombia. I taught the Kichwa speaking students there for about 10 months. As you predicted, it was very difficult, but I learned a ton. Due to everyone's lack of familiarity with English, I gave my classes in Spanish, and spoke Spanish constantly. I was the only Gringo in the town, and probably one of like 10 Gringos in the whole province. Needless to say I was a celebrity.
Anyway, now I'm back in the states. Ideally, I'd continue taking classes with you, but unfortunately, I'm living in Boston right now.
I cannot thank you enough for the work you did with me. I was able to get so much more out of my experience in Ecuador than I would have gotten without your lessons. My Spanish really opened a lot of doors for me down there. After the first two months in Ecuador, my listening got a lot better, and I could speak very rapidly. People were really impressed.
English Teacher, New York, NY
I hope you will remember that you talked with me in Rehoboth Delaware by phone for 2 weeks; I just wanted to share with you that I finally got my results today from the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) people and, thanks to you, I passed with the "advanced low" score that I needed to be certified. My certification process included passing 2 Praxis tests, studying for 5 weeks in Spain, and then this oral exam. Muchisimas gracias...estoy muy feliz hoy!"
High School Teacher-French & Spanish, Rehoboth, Delaware
Hello! I just wanted to let you know that I passed my Oral Proficiency Interview, required by NJDOE for those wishing to be certified to teach a language. Thank you for all your time and help in preparing for my test. I really appreciate it. I hope you and your family enjoy the holidays. Take some time off!"
Spanish Teacher, ROUND VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL IN LEBANON, New Jersey
"I am writing the testimonial in support of my Spanish teacher Adrian Gonzalez-Martinez.
My goal for Mr. Gonzalez's class was not only to learn to speak and read Spanish, but to be able to effectively communicate with Spanish speaking people, confidently.
Mr. Gonzalez's classes were structured to learn every aspect of the Spanish language element through exercises. When these exercises were mastered, the classes progressed to reading stories and newspaper articles with simultaneous translation.
The final aspect of Mr. Gonzalez's class was to encourage dialogue between us. I thus gained confidence speaking, listening and interpreting the material presented at each class.
The Spanish speaking people I meet can not believe I learned Spanish in the US. Speaking with a good accent and with such expression.
I would recommend Mr. Gonzalez if you want to confidently speak Spanish without fear."
P.S. My patients compliment my command of Spanish thanks to you.
Oncologist and Hematologist, New York, NY
I just wanted you to know that tomorrow will be my last class. I am moving next week to a different apt. for the month of November then I will be leaving New York. Taking your classes has been so rewarding and one of the most important things in my life and I appreciate all your help, encouragement and your laughter during our classes. I know I was far from your best student, but I really care about learning Spanish and always looked forward to your classes. I will keep in touch with you to let you know where I am at and where I will be teaching.
Once again---Thank You!! See you tomorrow."
English Teacher, Brooklyn, NY
I thoroughly enjoyed each and every class I took with Adrian. I learned a great deal, had a great time and felt empowered by his instruction. I look forward to using my new language skills for years to come and know that I would not have learned nearly as much with any other program in New York City."
Christine Rontal, M.S.S.W.
Director of Marketing and Grant writing
Powered by Professionals, Your Charity Connection, New York, NY
"If you are intimidated by the thought of trying to learn a new language, I would highly recommend going to Adrian as he successfully creates an environment where any type of student can feel comfortable to make mistakes and ultimately become better Spanish speakers."
President CIRIOS VENTURES, San Diego, CA
Hoy es el ultimo dia de mi viaje por America Del Sur. Visité Peru, Bolivia, Chile, y Argentina...y casi tres semanas en Buenos Aires...ha sido una experiencia muy buena. Estoy escribiendo porque quiero decirte que podia hablar español con la gente en todas partes y te digo muchas gracias por todo.
Espero que todo este bien en Nueva York... saluda a Hunter y Lisa de mi parte."
Medical Student at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA
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