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Amharic (Ethiopian) Teacher & Tutor: Haimi Demissie

Private lessons, classes in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States or online via telephone, video conferencing.

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 Profile of Haimi Demissie Date: October 30, 2016 
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Name: Haimi Demissie
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Language(s) to teach:
(N) Amharic (Ethiopian)

(N) = Also native language of teacher.
City: Silver Spring
State, province or region: Maryland
Country: United States
  • Teaching
  • Tutoring
  • Lessons delivery:
  • Live in person
  • Telephone
  • Video conferencing
    Program Summary
    Class sizes available:
  • Private Lessons
  • 2-3 students
  • Student proficiency levels:
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Facets available:
  • Grammar
  • Conversation
  • Study Abroad
  • Business
  • Test Preparation

    Program Description

    The lessons structure I use varies depending on the need and ability of the student. My aim is to always adapt my lessons to meet the student's needs and learning style. My initial lesson with a new student is primarily conversational (unless the lessons sought are on reading and writing) in order to gauge the student’s current language skill. I base my future lessons on the initial assessment.

    My lesson plans range from those designed for novice/non-speaker to experienced/advanced. Novice student with little or no Amharic language skills begin their language training by first learning what I call “Amharic for Travelers.” It consists of basic lessons on greetings, asking directions, pronouns and a key nouns and verbs of daily use as well as numbers to establish a foundation on which more complex lessons will be built. From there students advance into "Beginners Amharic" and start learning more about basic grammar and sentence structure and work on building their understanding of verb conjugation, vocabulary building so they can more effectively use the vocabulary they are building. In my experience this is also a good time to start learning the fidel. Transliteration of the Amharic words into the Latin alphabet tends to create obstacles for the learning process.

    For more advanced/intermediate students who already have rudimentary Amharic skills we delve right in and focus learning the Amharic script so we can have a more in-depth study of the more complex grammar and sentence structures.
    Those wishing to learn to read Amharic are introduced to the script as early as possible and being by memorizing the fidel (the Amharic alphabet). My lessons for reading and writing are adapted from the classroom styles used to help 1st and 2nd grade native speakers learn the script.

    Teaching Experience

    I born in Ethiopia and Amahric is my first language and I grew up speaking it even after my relocating in the United States.

    I have been teaching Amharic to adult learners for about 4 years now.

    I have experience delivering lesson live/in person as well as through web-chat interface.

    Teacher Training

    I learned Amharic reading and writing in the Addis Abeba school system.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    My hourly rates are as follows:

    For beginners (little or no current knowledge but desire to develop into advanced levels) costs are $30-$45, the cost is highers if the student wants to learn the reading and writing at the same time.

    For more advanced/intermediate students who have rudimentary language skills I have lessons in grammar and sentence structure at $35-$50/hr, again price depends on whether writing/reading instructions are included

    Reading/writing for beginners who want to learn the Amharic alphabet(reading but already have strong speaking skills and a good vocabulary $45-$50.

    Additionally, I offer simple conversation practice lessons for students who are fairly familiar with the language but need regular practice to develop and keep up with their Amharic skill.

    Cost of Lessons

    $55/ hour
    offer 10% discount to students and group lessons.


    Profile Creation: January 18, 2011
    Profile Last Edit: October 30, 2016
    Last Login: April 10, 2017

    Response time of most recent learner enquiry: 200 days

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