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One-to-One Spanish Lessons

Generally the most effective way of learning a language, one-to-one lessons have proven with personal instructor attention, to provide you with an active learning experience! Because individuals vary, and different students have different needs, we will individually assess your level and interest, choose study materials and design a customized Spanish program to meet your learning goals.

Small Group shared Lessons

Sharing a class with students at your same level and interest allows you to enjoy high-quality Spanish lessons at an affordable price. Our most popular Spanish lessons are 90-minutes in length and shared with no more than four other students. We make every effort to ensure that all of the students are close to the same level of fluency. These classes focus on a combination of conversation and a complete review of the grammar.

Intensive program

Our Intensive Program focuses on the most relevant topics of Spanish grammar. Designed for beginning and intermediate level. This small group three-hours long class is offered once a week on weekends.

Summer program

During the Summer (June 15th-August 15th), we offer Spanish lessons with extended hours of operation starting as early as 11:00 AM. Very convenient for Middle and High School students who want to get prepared for the next Spanish course in the fall.

Gift Certificates

For Birthdays, Anniversaries, Christmas, Mother's Day or for no particular reason at all! Give your friends and relatives the gift of start learning Spanish.


About Us

Ricardo Tovar founded Se Habla Español®. He is a Spanish native speaker with 12 years of experience as a Middle and High School teacher in México. In 2002, he received the Best Teacher of Sciences award by the Secretariat of Public Education, the federal government education authority in Mexico. Ricardo also has extensive experience as a one-to-one tutor. Since 2005 he has taught Spanish as a Foreign Language in San Francisco, CA.

Ricardo teaches Spanish doing correlations between the personal experience of students and the practice to achieve meaningful learning. That is why he enriches his lessons with interesting topical topics and engaging activities. He presents the information in a variety of ways and establishes friendly and respectful relations with his students.

Ricardo was born in Mexico City. He obtained his BS from the Autonomous National University of Mexico. At present, Ricardo works for the San Francisco Unified School District. He is an avid reader and loves independent films.

Ricardo Tovar

Spanish Teacher

Best Teacher of Sciences award by the Secretariat of Public Education in Mexico.

Silvia Espejel was born in Mexico City. She obtained her BS from the Autonomous National University of Mexico and studied one year of the Master in Latin American Literature from the same university. She lived in Spain for four years where she obtained her Ph.D. from the Autonomous University of Madrid.

Silvia has been teaching Spanish since 2000. At present, she teaches at Mission Education Center, a San Francisco K-5 elementary school for newly arrived Spanish-speaking immigrants. In addition to teaching, Silvia is interested in colonial Mexico, and currently, she is writing a novel set in this historical period of Mexico.

Silvia Espejel

Spanish Teacher

Ph.D. from the Autonomous University of Madrid.