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Carmenta Tutor Profile: Erik O.

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Erik O., M.A.
University of Chicago

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Languages can teach to an advanced level (equivalent to several years of graduate school courses):

  • Latin
  • Greek
  • Conversational Latin
  • Old Norse
  • French
  • Swedish
  • Arapaho

Languages can teach to an intermediate level (equivalent to several years of college courses):

  • Mongolian
  • Biblical Hebrew
  • Nahuatl
  • Gothic
  • Coptic
  • Ge’ez
  • Syr. Aramaic
  • Akkadian
  • Old Occitan
  • Old Irish
  • Old English
  • Sanskrit
  • Korean
  • Kinyarwanda

Working knowledge of several other Native American and Medieval/Ancient languages, which can teach to an elementary level (one year of college equivalent):

  • Shoshone
  • Apache
  • Navajo
  • Lushootseed
  • Quechua
  • Old French
  • Old High German
  • Old Welsh
  • Classical Armenian
  • Sumerian
  • Classical Chinese

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Erik has a B.A. in Classics and Linguistics magna cum laude from the University of Colorado and an M.A. in Humanities with a focus in Classics from the University of Chicago.

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8 years

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SAT: Total 1510 (Last taken 2005)
ACT: Total 32 (Last taken 2005)

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All ages

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Erik earned his BA in Classics and Linguistics in his native Colorado, where he focused on Latin, Greek, and American Indian languages. He also worked as a tutor for the University of Colorado at that time in French, Swedish, Latin, and Greek. He then went on to complete his MA at the University of Chicago in the Humanities with a focus in the Classics. Afterward, he spent a few years in South Korea and Mongolia teaching English (and a little bit of Latin). Since coming back to the States, he's been working as an independent tutor of various languages and subjects.

He spends most of his personal time backpacking, practicing the flute, and reinforcing and expanding his knowledge of dead and exotic languages .

noteworthy accomplishments icon Noteworthy Accomplishments

My main hobby is learning new ancient languages (is that a contradiction?) and exploring the literature of ones I already know (especially poetry). I would count my breadth of linguistic knowledge and reading my greatest accomplishment. But besides that:

  • I have taught myself to play the Irish flute, and can hold my own in a ceilidh. I also play two kinds of Korean flute, 대금 and 단소, but significantly less well.
  • I built and repaired houses for a contractor for awhile and therefore possess at least a few practical skills to counterset my mostly esoteric knowledge.
  • I have been a vegetarian for nearly 9 years, including three years as a vegan (in South Korea and Mongolia, no less!).
  • My greatest accomplishment is perhaps that despite being a number of classically socially awkward things (nerdy, over-educated, vegetarian), I still manage to interact quite successfully with the general public!

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I am very glad I have started Old English / Anglo-Saxon classes with Erik. He is a great teacher and a very nice person. His language skills are one of a kind and I hope he can teach me all the language he has mastered. I’m sure he can help me achieve my goals. He has been very helpful in explaining the structure of Anglo-Saxon grammar and I will be reading Anglo-Saxon literature very soon. My favorite aspect of our classes is that we never end up talking only about Anglo-Saxon, but he ends up saying many things also about all the other languages he knows.

Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil

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Erik has been helping me improve my Latin both by helping me read texts by classical authors and testing my comprehension as well as by having more casual conversations, which helps me expand my vocabulary beyond the philosophical terms with which I’m more familiar. What I like about Erik, and what is especially helpful to me, is how he tends to present multiple possible ways of building Latin sentences, and that helps me get a better sense of the plasticity of the language. That also encourages me to find different ways of expressing myself in Latin, which helps me in my usual philosophical readings. Even after just a few lessons I could already feel that my understanding and ability to translate medieval philosophical texts had already improved significantly.

PhD Candidate & Lecturer in Philosophy
Montreal, QC, Canada

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Erik is a phenomenal teacher. When our young daughter wanted to learn Old Norse, we had no idea if we could even find a teacher for her, let alone one as creative, encouraging, funny and patient as Erik. Not to mention his incredible store of knowledge and talent for languages of all sorts. He has a wonderful teaching style with our daughter — he challenges her but keeps the environment wholly supportive, tailoring lessons to her interests and needs. The conversational element of the class is truly unique and adds so much to the overall experience. We hope Erik can be part of our daughter’s education for years to come and would absolutely recommend his classes to others.

Former Professor, Current Homeschool Parent and Teacher
Madison, WI, USA

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Erik is doing a fantastic job teaching us how to speak Latin conversationally. He helps us to hone our Latin skills and always tries to let us talk to each other and him instead of simple memorization.

Factory worker
Rose Bud, AR, US

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Erik is patient and kind. He has not once been upset when I have mistakenly answered his questions in Italian instead of Latin. Most importantly, he always points out my mistake and even sometimes has an interesting piece of etymology to share, which has eased my struggle to distinguish between the two languages.

He has paid extra attention to my case usage in our conversations. I have never needed to decline nouns while speaking, and Erik has been helpful in reminding me to use more cases than the nominative.

I have really enjoyed listening to Erik talk about languages outside of and in relation to Latin. He is very knowledgeable in linguistics.

Park City, Utah, USA

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Pacific (North America)

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Via email