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OUR PASSIONATE INSTRUCTORS

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.

Jesús Aceves-Loza

Jesús is a lifelong language instructor with 14+ years of experience in creating engaging, fun, and personalized lessons for his students from Mexico to Sweden. When not teaching, Jesus loves photography, books, coffee and learning new languages himself.

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.

Emily Cadet

A travel lover and fluent in four languages, Emily understands the difficulties associated with acquiring new vocabulary and grammar skills as well as anyone. Emily likes to incorporate games and foreign cultural notes to bring the language to life.

Alex Campbell

Alex is a Brooklyn-based actor and writer who brings this creativity and vivacity into the classroom. In addition to teaching French, he also sometimes officiates weddings, translates literature, and works as a mortician (no joke!).

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!

Maryah Converse

Maryah learned Arabic as a Peace Corps volunteer in Jordan. She has over 14 years’ experience teaching adults and children, including in academia and private language schools in Jordan, Indiana, Cairo and New York.

Aisha Cort

Aisha is a Cuban-Guyanese American heritage Spanish speaker from Boston. She received her undergraduate degree from Yale University in Spanish and earned her Master's and Doctorate degrees from Emory University in Spanish Literature.

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 loves riding her bike, reading poetry and meditation.

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.

Vjosa Elezaj-Morina

Vjosa grew up in Kosovo and studied German in Vienna; she's now working on her PhD! She has a real passion for teaching and prepares her lessons with love and enthusiasm. Outside of class, Vjosa loves relaxing to classical music and exploring the city.

Simona Facchini

Simona was born and raised in Mantua, Italy. She speaks Italian, English, Spanish, French and has over 7 years of teaching experience. In her free time she enjoys exploring the city, new restaurants, going to Broadways shows and Opera concerts.

Daria Franklin

Daria was born and raised in the North of Russia. She loves creative approaches to teaching, so she experiments with different types of exercises in the classroom. Outside of class, Daria greatly enjoys traveling, museums, and reading non-fiction.

Sumar Frejat

Born and raised in Syria, Sumar studied music and placed in the top 50 singers of 2014's Arab Idol. After moving to New York to study neuroscience and behavior, Sumar discovered the joy of teaching his native language and hasn't looked back since.

Maryssol Ibarra

Maryssol has been teaching for over 8 years and students love the ability to learn from a native speaker. Growing up in Mexico, she says her coolest travel experience has been coming here to America; and that everyday feels like one big adventure.

Mark Libatique

Mark will come to your event and eat your free food. Whether it's in a private or group lesson, in French or Chinese, be prepared to talk about your horoscope, the latest in Hulu TV, and who would win in a fight: Fergie or Mother Theresa.

Matthew Liddle

Matthew is a teacher, adventurer and entrepreneur with more than 3 years of experience teaching and designing curriculum both in Germany and in the U.S. He's well-versed in German culture, having lived there and being immersed with the natives.

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.

Abigail Nanquil

Abigail is a language enthusiast who started teaching Japanese in 2009. In her spare time she enjoys doing yoga, traveling with friends and family, and figuring out if one can actually be both a dog person and a cat person.

Cristino Pacquing

Cristino studied French language and literature at New York University. In addition to French, he also knows German and Spanish. Cristino has worked at the US Sciences Po Foundation, in Membership at FIAF, and as a French-English translator at Datawords.

Christopher Power

Chris is a teacher, translator and Master's candidate in German Literature at Middlebury College. Outside of the classroom, Chris' hobbies including reading, dancing and philosophizing. He's a proud member of n+1.

Khaled Ramadan

Khaled is a Syrian-American who has taught in the US for six years. He has a vast knowledge of various dialects. In addition to teaching Arabic, he enjoys traveling, trying new cuisines, and attending concerts and Broadway shows.

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.

Claire Reid

After receiving an undergraduate degree in Anglophone Studies and a Masters in Translation Studies from the Sorbonne, Claire began teaching both English and French. She enjoys translating modern poetry, figure drawing and hanging with her cat Pâcome.

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.

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.

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.

Alan Sulbaran

Alan is a Venezuelan native who has been teaching Spanish in the US for many years. As one of the most experienced teachers on staff, Alan 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.

Nery Vera

A Peruvian native, Nery has more than 30 years experience teaching students of all ages and backgrounds in Lima, Madrid and New York City. Nery is ready to help you get speaking no matter where you are headed.

Eirene Wang

Eirene is what we would call a language guru: she grew up speaking English, French, and Chinese, and now also speaking Spanish, Russian, and a bit of Italian and Swahili. She's pursuing a Master's in International Affairs at Columbia- smart cookie!

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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