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 junior double-majoring in Global & International Studies and Communication studies, with a minor in Arabic. As the Child of a Deaf Adult (CODA), I grew up in both the hearing and Deaf worlds. I learned American Sign Language before I could even speak, and I 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’m incredibly excited to share my experiences, skills, and knowledge with you. I know 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

Monday 4:00pm-6:00pm and Thursday 3:00pm-5:00pm

Arabic

Lilia
Hi everyone! My name is Lilia Abushaban. I’m a senior here at Loyola majoring in Global & International Studies and minoring in Arabic Language. I’m a Palestinian-American from Gaza and Jerusalem. I was born and raised in the south-west suburbs of Chicago, and grew up speaking Arabic at home with my family. I have always been infatuated with the language, culture, and politics of the Middle East. I look forward to meeting and speaking Arabic with you all! If you have any questions please contact me at labushaban@luc.edu  
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Monday 1:00-3:00pm
Tusday  1:00-3:00pm
 

 

 Chinese

Anran
你好! My name is Anran and I'm a senior majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Computer Crime & Forensics. I grew up in Beijing, China, until I came to Loyola to study. I'm passionate about sketching, gaming, and cooking. I believe the best way to improve your language skills is to talk to a native speaker, I'd love to help you practice Chinese! Feel free to talk to me about anything - from your interests to materials from class. I look forward to chatting with you!
 
Sign up for an appointment with me during the following hours at this LLRC Appointment Center.

Monday 1:00pm-3:00pm 
Tuesday 1:00pm-3:00pm

French 

Stephanie
My name is Stephanie and I am a native French speaker. I am a junior at Loyola, majoring in French. I was born in Saudi Arabia and raised there until I turned 6 when my family decided to move to Gabon. I lived there until I turned 10. I finally went to France to complete middle school and high school in Chambéry, Savoie. I have a two-year degree from the University of Toulon where I studied law, and a diplôme universitaire from the Journalism School of Marseille. I moved to New York City in 2006 to follow my passion in journalism as a freelance writer. I especially enjoy talking about food and travel.
Sign up for an appointment with me during the following hours at this LLRC Appointment Center
 
Monday 12:00-2:00pm
Friday 12:00-2:00pm

German 

Clara
Hallo! My name is Clara and I grew up in Erlangen, a small college town near Nuremberg in Bavaria. I lived there for 16 years before moving to Evanston, IL, to attend high school. I am currently a Senior at Loyola and I study Environmental Science. I have a very special connection to Germany and I love meeting people who study German and are interested in the country. I believe an important part of learning a language is practicing skills acquired in class and I cannot wait to get to know you in person through speaking German. I enjoy being in nature, making music, and meeting friends. I am both a language coach and a German tutor (through CTAE). Coaching focuses on conversation, anything you would like to talk about. This could include current activities, future plans, past adventures, but we can also make up stories and get very creative. (Tutoring tends to deal more with language patterns, grammar and specific concepts from class.) Please schedule a conversation with me on this LLRC Appointment Center 

Monday 1:00-3:00pm
Thursday 11:00am-1:00pm

Italian 

Greta
Hi I am Greta I am a senior majoring in Advertising Creative. I lived my entire life in Rome, Italy, until I moved to Chicago my sophomore year of university. I’m very passionate about art and history. I’m fluent in English, Italian and Spanish, I have a passion for art and culture, and I’ve had the opportunity to travel the world and experience multiple cultures. I would love to talk to you all and get to know more about you and your interests, all in Italian of course. Hope to see you in the ZOOM call.

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

Tuesday 10:00am-12:00pm
Thursday 10:00am-12pm

Japanese 

Xiyuan
こんにちは! Hello, I’m Xiyuan Qin. Please call me Daisy if you find it easier to pronounce. I’m a senior majoring in Marketing and minoring in Japanese Language and Culture. As someone who loves traveling, I’ve visited 11 cities in Japan, and had experience of studying abroad in Sophia University, Tokyo in 2019. I would love to share my experience of Japanese language learning with you and listen to your story about Japanese language and culture. Feel free to schedule a session with me if you have any questions, or simply want to discuss pop cultures such as Anime or Idol with some one (in Japanese, of course! :D).
!Sign up to speak with me during my scheduled times at the following LLRC Appointment Center.

My hours are:
Wednesday 1:00pm-3:00pm
Friday 3:00pm-5:00pm

Polish

Julia
"Witam! My name is Julia and I am a freshman 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 11:00am-1:00 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays. 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!"
 
Monday 11:00am-1:00pm
Wednesday 11:00am-1:00pm
 
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Russian

Sofia
Привет! Hi Everyone! My name is Sofia Vilchynska. I was born and raised in Lviv, Ukraine and I moved to the United States at the age of ten. I am a Junior studying Global and International Studies, and I really enjoy learning about other cultures and languages. While I was growing up in Ukraine, I was also learning Russian alongside Ukrainian. I have tutored students in Russian before and I am so excited to continue tutoring. I would love to share my knowledge of the Russian language and culture with you.  Please stop by whether you would like some Russian movie recommendations, recipes or help with conversation and grammar. I can’t wait to meet you! До встречи! 
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Wednesday 6:00-8:00pm
Thursday 11:15am-1:15pm

Spanish

Francesca
Hola a todos! My name is Francesca Marchese González (She/Her) and I’m a Senior double-majoring in Global & International Studies and Women’s Studies & Gender Studies. I was born and raised in Guatemala, the first country of Central America, known for its “eternal spring”, and moved to Chicago to pursue my studies at LUC. Being both Guatemalan and Italian, language learning is something I’m very familiar with since I grew up speaking 2 languages. I know learning a new language can be hard, but it’s so much fun learning about the culture and people behind the language! I can’t wait to tell you all about Guatemala and being a dual-citizen in our conversations! Nos vemos pronto!

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

My times available are
Tuesday 10:00am-11am, 1:00pm-3pm
Thursday 10:00am-11:00am