Emily Asher Abramson is the founder of Romance Language Tutor, and is currently the primary tutor and teacher.
Abramson currently teaches Italian at New Paltz High School. She holds a B.A. in Linguistics & Anthropology from UCLA and is currently pursuing her M.A. in Romance Languages at SUNY Stony Brook. She has more than 10 years of tutoring experience with adults and children grades 7-12 in Spanish, French, and Italian and has taught multiple adult courses in Italian.
How did Emily become fluent in Italian, Spanish, French and conversant in Mandarin Chinese?
A third generation American of Russian ancestry, born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, with virtually no other ethnicities in her midst, Abramson followed a similar path as many youths today. Her first exposure to a foreign language did not happen until 7th grade, where she learned French from a very talented teacher from the island of Martinique. She was thrilled by this burst of the exotic in her otherwise banal suburban midwestern life. When she went on to pursue French in High School, her new teacher had no passion, no fabulous accent, and no authentic gestures, which quelled Abramson’s language flame almost to the point of extinguishing it altogether.
As luck would have it, the cousin of a good friend of Abramson’s father lived in the 16th arrondissement of Paris and said they would gladly host her for a semester of her senior year of High School. Abramson’s 3 months living in Paris in the fall of 1997, absolutely transformed her life path. She spent the bulk of her 20s living in various parts of the globe, trying to amass as much cultural and linguistic training as she could muster.
Abramson has lived in Siena and Florence, Italy, Cork City, Ireland, Santiago, Chile, and Jiaxing, China, and Dharmsala, India. In addition she has traveled to Israel, England, Holland, Spain, and Mexico.