What a delight it was to find Laura! I have been studying Spanish for about 5 years and this was my 5th trip down to México to travel and study. Laura is enthusiastic, organized, patient, and experienced. And to top this off she has a great sense of humor. It´s obvious that she loves her work and cares about her students. I looked forward to my lessons every day and would return to Oaxaca to study with Laura in a heartbeat.
Susan Hall, health educator, California, USA
I have been studying with Laura Olachea since 2006. During that time my Spanish has improved significantly. As a former ESL teacher, I really appreciate her knowledge, professionalism and enthusiasm. I would recommend her without hesitation. Patricia Parsons
I have studied Spanish with Laura Olachea for four years. My stay in Oaxaca is generally three weeks. Due to Laura?s teaching methods, I can now converse easily with Oaxaquenos. Since I have minimal opportunity to speak Spanish at home, I have to maximize my study time in Oaxaca. Laura challenges me and corrects my spoken Spanish in a manner that?s instructive, but does not stop the flow of the conversation. My fluency improves with each lesson. Laura is a creative and energetic teacher. Oaxaca has much to offer: ruins, colonial architecture, markets, artisans, and great food. I, however, return to Oaxaca each year primarily to study Spanish with Laura Olachea.Linda Tuxbury, Polson, MT
I had the good luck to work with Laura for several months during my last stay in Oaxaca, and I can’t wait to get back there to continue my Spanish lessons with her. I really can’t imagine a better tutor. Laura is always warm, welcoming, and full of energy and good humor. She loves teaching Spanish, and it shows. She is very flexible--adept at designing an overall lesson plan and crafting individual sessions that are perfectly matched to one’s needs and wishes. I think it would be fair to describe her as a master teacher of Spanish, someone who is able to bring out the very best in students from beginners to those who are nearly fluent. Laura jet-propelled my progress in Spanish, and made it fun. I’m willing to bet she’ll do the same for you. Robert Adler, Santa Rosa, CA
"What luck I found Laura by chance while I spent a delightful month in Oaxaca City. A big part of the reason my stay was "delightful" was because I found Laura to be my teacher. Laura doesn’t just teach you Spanish. She treats you as one of "hers". She takes a lot of pleasure in finding what it is you want to learn and does all she can to give it to you. Laura is outgoing, friendly and sooooo good-natured. After only a few lessons with her, I was invited to a Rosca de Reyes party she gave for all her students at that time, just after Christmas. She exudes such enthusiasm and excitement for everything she does and gives to her students. She is well-educated, loves languages and literature; and if you want, she’ll give you lots of feedback to correct your grammar, pronunciation, or other aspects of Spanish that you’re struggling with."...Jane Montgomery Arlington VA
I've been studying Spanish for 12 years, starting in my local adult education center, then later a private tutor, and then many weeks in schools in Mexico. I met Laura while vacationing in Oaxaca some years ago and immediately began Skype lessons with her. When I started studying with Laura, my Spanish vocabulary was good, and I knew all the rules, but I just couldn't speak it easily. My lesson plan had one major goal: become fluent. With Laura's tutoring, I am now able to carry on a conversation on just about any subject, being able to speak and understand without trouble. Yes, I still make mistakes. Some day, I'll feel comfortable with the subjunctive and not have to think about the conjugation. I strongly recommend studying with Laura to anyone who wants to learn Spanish! Phil Sego, Cambridge, MA