A language savant from the developing world, I have been spending most of my life trying to understand Westerners through the English language. My first job was at Accenture, and I am a veteran of two startups. I do research in natural language processing, trying to make machine translation work between non-European languages and European languages.
I am a native speaker of Cebuano/Binisaya/Bisaya, I studied Tagalog/Filipino in school, and I can also get by in a few other Philippine languages. I grew up with a serious case of stutter, but I overcame it by trying to learn the most distant languages relative to me. I now speak English almost like an American, having worked for American companies and organizations most of my life. I also know the basics of French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian and Spanish, and I am familiar with the basic sounds of many other languages.
I have been working part-time for most of my life as a Cebuano, Tagalog and English tutor, editor, translator and interpreter. I co-wrote a popular Tagalog course for English speakers, Simon & Schuster's Pimsleur Tagalog. I also helped customize the United States Defense Language Institute's Cebuano Headstart, an online introductory course to my native language for the US military.
I can help you learn Cebuano, Tagalog/Filipino or English fast. I can also help you ace tests like the TOEFL, SAT and GMAT.
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