From GermanyLiving in Other, Portugal (05:06 UTC+00:00)
Grew up with 4 mother tongues!
italki teacher since Nov 24, 2021
My name is Bernardo, I'm 26 years old and I'm writing my Master Thesis in Product Design. Before that I worked as an architect in Spain and Berlin, and right before the pandemic I was backpacking through Latin America!
I was raised in a multilingual context. I was born in Germany and my mother is Brazilian, so at home we spoke Portuguese and German. In my childhood we moved to Spain, where I learned Spanish and Catalan. Then I learned English working abroad and Italian through friendships. I love languages and probably Greek is next on the list!
Some of my hobbies are surfing, climbing, hiking, reading, philosophy, psychology, cooking, playing music, singing, slacklining, and capoeira!
Me as a Teacher
As a teacher I like to create a light and friendly learning environment. I love to listen and get to know my students, since it makes learning much more enjoyable!
I try to acknowledge every person's strengths and needs, so to be able to find the learning style and rhythm that works best for each one. That can be either through conversations with a grammar twist or through a more structured lesson.
I also deeply believe that language - more than simply a compilation of words - is a form of expressing and understanding the culture and history of people. So discovering the stories behind words and expressions makes learning them much easier and funnier!
My lessons & teaching style
My main method for teaching is conversation, exercises and homework when needed. The exercises can reach from simple conversation starters to philosophical discussions.
A very important part of learning a language is understanding its culture. When we discover and understand the way of thinking that goes with a language, it becomes much easier to learn its words. In the best case we fall in love with the culture, and in that way there won't be any effort in studying anymore.
For this reason I love to work with cultural expressions like music and film. Specially with music. Through learning, translating and discussing a song we learn why we talk the way we do and connect feelings to words.
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34 Portuguese lessons
I have been taking Portuguese lessons with Bernardo for a couple of months now, and I am very pleased with his teaching method. He is always patient with me and takes the time to explain things in different ways until I understand. He is also kind and funny, making each lesson enjoyable and unique. Additionally, he assigns great homework that helps me practice what we have learned in class. I would highly recommend Bernardo as a Portuguese teacher.
May 23, 2022
6 German lessons
Today I had my first lesson with Bernardo, after six months of barely speaking any German. The atmosphere built in the class was the best and I really felt comfortable to speak and make mistakes, so as to learn from them. He is a super friendly guy that seems genuinely interested in those that take lessons with him and I am already looking forward to our next lesson together!
May 10, 2022
23 German lessons
I always enjoy my time with Bernardo. He has extraordinary patience with my style of language acquisition. I know I have a ways to go, but I am already so pleased with my progress. Thanks!!!