Our teachers are the core of Fluent City and all speak with native-level fluency. They come from all over the world—from Paris to Tokyo to Buenos Aires (and everywhere in between!) and are eager to share their love of language with you. Explore some of their stories below.

Yamid Abella Hoyos

Originally form Colombia, Yamid has a law degree and has been teaching Spanish for the past 4 years. Yamid loves to work with motivated students who want to learn and enjoy a little bit of the Latin American culture with him while learning Spanish.

Cesar Andres Acosta Narvaez

César is an avid traveler. He has lived between Latin America and Asia during the last 3 years.

Yuliana Barmotina

A native of Belarus, Julie relocated to the United States after earning her degree in English Education from Minsk State Linguistic College.

Carlos Barreda

Carlos is a Peruvian American who has taught Spanish and French for the past several years.

Daniela Blini

Daniela has been teaching Portuguese to adults learners from around the world for eight years. She has great passion for learning new languages and believes that New York City is the best place to do it.

Isabelle Burden

Isabelle is a native New Yorker from a German-speaking family, giving her unique personal insight into both classroom and experiential learning.

Catalina Campos

Catalina is a Costa Rican native and graduated from the Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica with a degree in Language Education. She has over 14 years of teaching everyone from international professionals to PhD candidates.

Minwei Cao

Born in China and raised in Iowa, Minwei has been switching between English and Chinese since she was little. She's currently studying French and Japanese and loves the Fluent City community for its active exchange of languages, ideas, and new learnings!

Ryan Carter

Ryan's upbringing in Florida instilled an interest in regional Spanish variations, which led to his later studies in Argentina and Spain.

Poliana Coelho

Poliana is Brazilian-American. She has a BA in Psychology and spent five years teaching English in the US, South Korea, and Japan. As a creature of seasonal habits, Poliana enjoys snowboarding in the winter and exploring the city in the summer.

Carolina Cuervo

Carolina was born in Colombia, grew up in Panamá and has taught Spanish in the US since 2005. Her students affectionately call her Caro. She holds an MA degree in Spanish Language and Literature. Aside from teaching, Caro loves dancing and meditation.

Eric Dadmun

Eric is a skilled French teacher with a degree in French language and experience using his French with the Peace Corps in Senegal. He is a passionate and experienced language learner having studied six different languages!

Lydia Darly

Lydia is a native French speaker, born and raised in Paris, who is also fluent in Italian (she lived there for 5 years) She is passionate about language and how she can use it to impact the world! As a teacher, she strives make lessons fun and engaging.

Esther Daye

Esther is from León, Spain. She has a BA in Flute Performance and an MA in Education. She found her passion for teaching through teaching music in Spain for the past 10 years. She is especially good at adapting to her students' specific learning styles.

Sophie de Fromont

Sophie was born and raised in Paris. She has been teaching French for more than 15 years

John Dethlefsen

John has taught and tutored languages — English, Latin, Spanish, Russian — for six years.

Allan Fajardo

Allan is a Honduran-Canadian Spanish teacher and novelist. He has taught Spanish and Social Studies in Honduras and worked as a private tutor and Spanish interpreter for community health centers in Canada.

Laura Ferreyra

Laura comes from Argentina but currently lives in Italy.

Francesca Foggetti

Francesca is a native Italian speaker with a Masters in Modern and Contemporary History that included coursework in Italian linguistics. Francesca launched a food blog, "A Glimpse Of Food" where she shares her passion for cooking, history and Apulia.

Lea Furnion

Lea is a teacher, writer and filmmaker who often brings an anthropological perspective to her lessons and her work. In her spare time she is writing her first novel “Il Pleut des Cendres”, set during the Neolithic era in Europe.

Valentina Gandini

Born and raised in Milan, Italy, Valentina worked at La Scuola International Italian School of San Francisco and as a Language Supporter for all ages since 2012. In her spare time you can find her in a museum or cooking delicious Italian food at home!

Eliana Gonzalez

I'm a born-and-raised “Porteña”, but call me New Yorker. I’ll help you order food when you travel, communicate with your clients or talk to your inlaws -aka feel like a winner! You CAN learn a language as an adult and I’ll make it fun.

Noor Hamdi

After graduating college, Noor thought he'd pursue a career in law or diplomacy, but wound up spending a year teaching in Brazil

Leslie Hinson

Leslie has a degree in French and studied in Angers and Avignon.

Margaret LaPre

Margaret is an enthusiast for all things German/Swiss/Austrian

Dennis (Yueh-Yeh) Li

Dennis Yueh-Yeh Li is a native Mandarin Chinese speaker from Taipei, Taiwan.

Helen Ludden

Helen spent her childhood in France and has used her languages both in a business context and, for the last twelve years, in a secondary school in the UK. When not teaching, she loves running, yoga, meeting fellow linguists and hanging out in Central Park

Jessica Martinez

Originally from Chile, Jess has been teaching Spanish for 12 years to adults and children

Lexee McEntee

With a background in theater, Lexee is a French instructor who likes to get her students learning through fun and unconventional teaching methods. When not teaching French classes, Lexee is probably working on her next screenplay or reading a Camus novel.

Torkom Movsesiyan

Named a “Renaissance artist with extraordinary abilities” by the New York Foundation for the Arts, Torkom is a dance artist, polyglot and a cultural ambassador of the arts who has been teaching Spanish and Arabic at Fluent City since 2014.

Jeremiah Oliver

Jeremiah has studied French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, piano, and musical composition.

Victor Pajarito Xochmitl

Victor is a Head Spanish Teacher at Fluent City who has been teaching with us since 2014. Raised in Brooklyn, Victor teaches Spanish and Russian and speaks 10 other languages at varying levels.

Khaled Ramadan

Fluent City's Head Arabic Instructor, Khaled is a Syrian-American who has been teaching in the US for seven years. He has a vast knowledge of various dialects. Khaled enjoys traveling, trying new cuisines, and attending concerts and Broadway shows.

Lorena Ramirez-Lopez

A born and raised New Yorker from Queens, Lorena hails from both Chile and Paraguay.

Manuela Rana

Manuela is a native Italian speaker from Puglia. She started teaching Italian while she was still a university student in Bari. When she isn't teaching, Manuela works as a fashion photographer with major brands like Dolce&Gabbana and Burberry.

Mindy Richman

Mindy has been teaching German to learners of all ages since 2007.

Israel Rodriguez

Israel has 25 years of teaching experience in Los Angeles, New York and Guatemala and believes that learning a language expands your understanding of different worlds. Israel is also a certified triathlon coach and once did an Ironman in France.

Alexandra Romero

Passionate about languages and intercultural exchanges, Alexandra has taught English and Spanish as foreign languages for over 12 years. Originally from Puerto Rico, Alexandra loves teaching because it gives her an opportunity to learn new things as well.

Dinah Sandoval

Dinah grew up bilingual in the suburbs of LA, earned two bachelors degrees and worked abroad in Botswana and Peru. She believes that the world is a weirdly beautiful place and looks forward to using her creativity and quirkiness in the classroom with you!

Bill Santagata

Bill has been teaching French for Fluent City since 2013. He has a B.A. in French and an M.A. in French Literature from NYU. He is also a movie lover and always ready to give French-language movie suggestions.

Robert Sciarrone

Robert has taught French for 12 years and Italian for a whopping 27. He is also a classically-trained pianist (but also has fun with Ragtime!) and performed at the Carnegie Recital Hall.

Anna Shilova

A native Russian speaker born in a British mission in Zambia with a doctoral dissertation on Hispanic Cinema, Anna excels in creating immersive atmospheres in her classrooms and to transport students and help them ramp up their speaking abilities quickly.

Aubrey Shultz

Originally from Washington D.C., Aubrey has studied French for over 13 years including time spent studying at the Toulouse Business School.

Jen Stoops

Jen has three loves in her life - language, dance and family. She has experience teaching at the high school and college level, in addition to her work conducting online lessons with adult learners for Fluent City.

Allan Sulbaran

Allan is a Venezuelan native who has been teaching Spanish in the US for many years. As one of the most experienced teachers on staff, Allan assists with the training of all of our new Spanish teachers at Fluent City.

Mo Sun

Mo studied Teaching Chinese as a Second Language at Sichuan University before proceeding to study cognitive linguistics at the prestigious Fudan University, in China. Mo enjoys writing, microfilm, photography and spending time with her two guinea pigs.

Yasunori Tanaka

Yasunori studied film and has worked as Video and TV director for many years. Yasunori moved to NYC about four years ago and has experience teaching both Japanese and English.

Eirene Wang

Eirene is what you might call a language guru: she grew up speaking English, French, and Chinese, and now also speaking Spanish, Russian, Italian and Swahili. She holds a Master's in International Affairs and was a Fulbright scholar.

Jiayan Xiao

Jiayan was born and raised in China, in the Zhejiang province. She was the lead vocalist in a punk disco band called Unattractive Girl once in Oakland, California. When not teaching, Jiayan likes to Instagram her cat a lot.

Jacqueline Youm

Jacqueline is a Senegalese American who loves learning all types of languages. She has been teaching French, English, and Spanish for more than eight years and loves it. She has a B.A. in Modern Languages and Psychology and a J.D.

Diego Zoghbi

Diego was born in Colombia and grew up in Texas. He is an avid reader and likes to incorporate his knowledge of historical linguistics, phonetics and geography into his teaching. He is a Gemini and a gourmand.

Viktoriia Zykina

Originally from Ukraine, Viktoriia speaks five languages and sees herself not only as a teacher, but a tour guide and companion for her students on this amazing journey of immersing into the German language!

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