Brian R. Tutor Interview
- Q. Hi Brian! Would you kindly give a brief self-introduction to the Cafetalk community?
A. Sure! Hey CafeTalk! My name is Brian Rinaldi. I am 23 years old and I have been teaching English for almost 4 years. I am from Seattle, U.S.A, which some of you know, but now I live in Bangkok, Thailand with my fiancé, whom I recently became engaged to. Language learning is one of my many interests and I love meeting new people, sharing ideas and helping them improve their English skills.
- Q. You are originally from the US, but currently you are living and working in Thailand. Can you talk a bit about your life and experiences in both countries?
A. Well, in America I grew up in a small town, so I grew up in nature. My experiences in America have mostly involved the outdoors; such as rock climbing, hiking, archery, hunting and fishing, playing sports and simply spending time in nature. I have traveled across the country and have been to about 24 states. I have worked many different jobs, from salmon fishing to construction to gardening. I went to a small school growing up, and during the last year of my studies I decided that I would travel abroad and volunteer, since I had done a lot of volunteer work in America already. I was only 19 when I went to Thailand for the first time. My experience in Thailand has been a very interesting one, with plenty of adventures. It would take too much time to tell every story, but I love to share stories with my students and would gladly do so in a lesson. I have traveled to many Southeast Asian countries as well. I have now settled down in Bangkok, which is a great city to live in. Amazing food, plenty to do, and always something new to experience.
- Q. What are you usually up to when you’re not teaching on CafeTalk? What are your hobbies and interests?
A. When I’m not teaching I enjoy learning new things and improving myself in any way. I love to read books about pretty much anything, but I normally read about history and philosophy. I also am a language learner and am currently studying Thai and Spanish. I like to hang out with friends and meet new people. I play the guitar, do yoga and workout at home. I also love traveling and doing things that are completely new to me. I try to live each day as fully as possible.
- Q. Can you tell us a bit about the atmosphere in your lessons? What can a student imagine a lesson with you to be like?
A. I try to create a relaxing and natural atmosphere. I also try to cater to each students’ needs and English level, which many students have praised me for in their feedback. I don’t want to put pressure on the student by speaking too fast or teaching them too much content, so I adjust my speech to their level and teach them enough that they can handle. I also really enjoy listening to the student talk about their interests and ideas, and I help them talk about it in more detail and with better grammar. I like to think that a lesson with me is fun, relaxing and content rich.
- Q. One of your most popular lessons is your “Immersion Course”. What can students expect to learn when booking this lesson with you?
A. The “Immersion Course” consists of 5 lessons that aim to teach English fluency using different discussion topics, materials, and content for each lesson. Each lesson topic is chosen by me or the student, and the student can request a specific topic that he or she would like to study. Students can expect each lesson to teach them something new and useful in a fun, relaxing way, while expressing their interests and exploring others as well.
- Q. In your profile it says that you are currently attending university in Thai! That is very amazing. Learning a language yourself, what do you think is most important when studying a second, third, or even fourth language?
A. Thank you! Well, I think that the most important thing is maintaining that curiosity and motivation that you had when you first started learning. I can’t speak for everyone, but I tend to lose motivation and get bored quickly. Therefore, it is important to always keep trying new study techniques and using good, interesting materials for learning. Also, think outside the box and explore different topics that you normally don’t think about, such as culture and philosophy, and learn how to talk about it! Every language is full of different ideas, so keep exploring!
- Q. Finally, would you like to leave a message for your current and future students?
A. Sure! To my current students, I want to first thank you for learning with me and for your loyalty in taking my lessons despite their being so many great tutors here on CafeTalk, and also I hope you keep growing and improving as English speakers and thinkers! To my future students, it would be my pleasure to welcome you to my lessons and to help you improve your English skills so that you can be a part of the English speaking community. Lastly, thank you for checking out this interview and I hope to see you soon!