Loyola University Chicago

Language Learning Resource Center

Language Coaches

Arabic  |  Chinese  French |  German   Italian  Japanese  |  Polish |  Russian  |  Spanish

American Sign Language (ASL)

Natalie Burdsall
Hi everyone! My name is Natalie Burdsall (she/her) and I’m a senior double-majoring in Global & International Studies and Communication studies, with a double minor in Arabic Language and Islamic World Studies. As the Child of a Deaf Adult (CODA), I grew up in both the hearing and Deaf worlds. I learned American Sign Language as my first language, and continue to use it every day to communicate with my mom and Deaf friends. Experiencing Deaf culture and learning ASL made me the person I am today, and I am incredibly excited to share my experiences, skills, and knowledge with you. Learning a new language can be intimidating––especially one as different as ASL––but it’s absolutely worth it!  Sign up for an appointment with me at LLRC Appointment Center

Mondays: 5:00pm-6:00pm

Tuesdays: 2:00pm-3:00pm and 4:00pm-6:00pm


 Asmaa Raeedy
مرحبا my name is Asmaa Raeedy, and I go by Sam. I am from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia born and raised. In addition, lived in China for 11 years + 2 debatable years. As a result, I am trilingual. I am a senior majoring in Mathematics and Computer Science (Pre-med). Moreover, I LOVE to travel, and one thing I learned while traveling is that if you want to learn a language, you need to speak it. Speaking with natives is the best way of learning, and that's why I am here to help you improve your Arabic. I learned Chinese by speaking, and you will be able to do the same with Arabic (inshallah). I love sports such as volleyball, basketball, and horse riding maybe we have something in common. I hope to be of a great asset for you this semester. 
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Mondays: 12:30pm-2:00pm

Tuesdays: 6:00pm-7:00pm

Thursdays: 12:30pm-2:00pm





Hello! My name is Zihan Zheng, you can call me David if you find out my name is hard to pronounce. It is my pleasure to work in LLRC as Chinese language coach. Chinese is a beautiful language. It is hard but very interesting! I would like to use all my knowledge to help you with Chinese. Not only the language, but also the culture. I grew up in China and I want to let people know more about China. Come and make an appointment with me! I can’t wait to see you guys!

Sign up for an appointment with me during the following hours at this LLRC Appointment Center.

Monday: 1:00pm-3:00 pm Wednesday: 3:00pm-5:00 pm


Bonjour! I'm Victor, a senior studying Software Engineering at Loyola. I'm from Madagascar where I spoke French as a second language. I decided to come to the US to Loyola for my studies, but also to meet new people and share and learn from them. I am passionate about basketball, electric skateboard, robotics, and anime. I also love going on adventures, and a way for me to do that is to hear other students' stories and interacting with them; this is to say that I would love to help you practice your French in a fun and interactive way!
Sign up for an appointment with me during the following hours at this LLRC Appointment Center

Thursdays: 3:30pm-5:30pm Fridays: 2:35pm-4:30pm


My name is Jana and I’m a senior studying psychology and environmental studies. I spent my whole life in Germany before I moved to the US to go to Loyola. I love learning new languages and I hope I can help you improve your German. My experience has shown me that it's easiest to learn languages when speaking to a native speaker. No matter if you are just starting to learn German or have been practicing German for years, I’m excited to talk to you! Please schedule a conversation with me on this LLRC Appointment Center 

Mondays: 11:30am-1:30pm Wednesdays: 11:30am-1:30pm


Hi everyone! My name is Filippo Chiaramondia and I am a junior majoring in Business Management and minor in Marketing, I also play Club Rugby here at Loyola. I was born and raised in Italy, Milan, I moved in the US at the age of 16 to continue my studies. I am glad to be able to help teaching Italian language and Italian culture, my parents are still leaving in Italy and I get the chance during school breaks to go back and visit them, I am very excited to be able to share with you my experiences. Learning a new language can be challenging but it is going definitely to help you in the future.

Sign up for an appointment with me during the following hours at LLRC Appointment Center.

Tuesdays: 3:15pm-5:15pm Thursdays: 3:00pm-4:00pm Fridays: 2:15pm-3:15pm


こんにちは。My name is 恵杏, Megan and I am a sophomore majoring in International Business. I am half Japanese and half American. I grew up in Yamaguchi, Japan. I'd love to get to know everyone and help you improve your Japanese or even just have a conversation about Japan and its culture! I am so excited to meet you all :)
!Sign up to speak with me during my scheduled times at the following LLRC Appointment Center.

My hours are:

Tuesday: 1:00pm to 3:00pm Thursday: 1:00pm to 3:00pm


Witam! My name is Julia and I am a sophomore at LUC, majoring in Elementary Education and minoring in Polish Studies. I grew up in a Polish-speaking household, with Polish being my first language. Additionally, I attended Polska Szkola im. Sw. Faustyny in Lombard for nine years. The curriculum included Polish culture, history, geography, religion, and language. Interpersonal conversations are a big part of learning the language, and I would love to help you practice those skills! Feel free to come and have a conversation about food, nature, culture, music, fun activities, and more in Polish! My available times are 3:00pm-5:30pm on Mondays and 2:30-4:00pm Tuesdays. If these times do not work for you, I would be more than happy to schedule an appointment with you at another time. Do zobaczenia!

Mondays: 3:00pm-5:30pm

Tuesdays: 2:30pm-4:00pm

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Привет всем! My name is Mary or Masha (I don't have a preference) and I'm from the Chicagoland burbs. I am Ukrainian and my family is from Kyiv and Donbass; I grew up speaking Russian in a Soviet household. I thought everyone spoke a different language at home until I was about nine years old. I'm really excited to practice with you. I'm a Political Science major with Spanish and Mandarin minors (so trust me, I know how hard language study can be) graduating Fall 2023. I love to talk Russian and Ukrainian politics, but I promise we can stick to the fun stuff too. I have accumulated a lot of very good memes in Russian over the years. Don't hesitate to schedule a meeting with me! Improving your Russian ability is my number one priority. Надеюсь что скоро встретимся!
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Monday: 12:30pm to 2:30pm

Wednesday: 12:30pm to 2:30pm


¡Hola, amigos Ramblers! My name is Carlos Bueso. I am a rising junior majoring in Computer Science and with minors in finance and Chinese. Born and raised in Mexico City, I moved to Chicago to attend Loyola. My goal is to one day have my own company researching computational power on the human brain. I love getting to know people and their aspirations. We can talk about Mexican culture & life, science, videogames, or anything you want! Hope to meet you all soon. Go 'Blers!

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