Here are some of the comments my students have written to me about our Spanish classes together. For the latest reviews of Online Spanish Classes, check us out on Facebook: Reviews on Facebook

Let me thank you for the excellent introductory Spanish course you conducted, and in which I participated. I really appreciated the vivacious manner in which you conducted your classes and give you high credit for keeping a relaxed atmosphere without intimidation. Your lessons always showed good planning and you had a good sense of “pace” for learning in the class. Once again, thank you.

Robb E. Moses, M.D.

Chairman, Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics, Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU)

That was THE BEST class!
Thank you for all that you put into a class and into the total course!
Rita Silen

Dear Mercedes, Your ability to reach people, to make everyone feel special, to educate and not insult, to accept with kindness, to understand, to be flexible, to be exciting and stimulating as an educator is rare and wonderful.  People say regardless of their ability, their time to practice, their infirmities or their time schedules, they love the class, particularly because of your ability to be kind, flexible, understanding and interesting all at the same time.  You seem to leave your ego at home and become a coach along with an individual who obviously cares about others. You are rare indeed, and I have trained teachers over many years, in journalism and general education.  When someone comes along like you, they should be seen as the best example, which you absolutely are.

Carol Forsloff

Media Representative, Vice President and General Manager , Heritage Counselling

Mercedes, thank you so much for teaching us in a loving manner. 
Out of all my teachers, you are one of the best!!!  Thank you for being “you” and thank goodness you got the calling to teach. You have all the attributes of a great teacher.

OHSU is fortunate to have a truly extraordinary Spanish instructor. I have taken language courses from various teachers, in various situations and Mercedes Cohan is far superior to other teachers I have encountered. Portland Community College adult education teachers don’t even come close in caliber. Nor does PCC offer the continuity or personal attention that one gets in her classes. Mercedes has a thorough knowledge of the syntax, vocabulary and idioms. She is well-organized and systematic. She uses a logical progression that effectively builds on what has already been learned and continuously reviews prior material as new material is introduced. I think she has developed her own method, certainly her style is all her own. All this is quite enough to make Mercedes a very good teacher. But she is more than merely good, she is genuinely gifted. Maybe it is because she loves what she does so much. She works hard at giving us her very best, whether it’s running breathless to make copies for a newcomer or giving us funny mnemonics to helps us remember. Week after week she manages to inject fun into what is a really tough endeavor for adults with lots of other stuff going on in their lives. Her patience and understanding are admirable. Mercedes never hesitates to do just a little bit more, a translation, answer questions after class. Whatever it takes, she’s there making the extra effort. She encourages us. She makes us laugh. And we learn Spanish! What a fabulous asset she is to OHSU!

Bonnie Summers

Listening to the Zoom class from 7/17:
Excellent! I actually found myself answering
Your questions out loud! Oh man!
Thank you for your most excellent notes!

Peggy Burns

You are the best Language teacher I’ve ever had!  Thank you so much for staying enthusiastic with your teaching methods – and your use of review and repetition makes the language stick!

Peggy Adams

Today while writing your evaluation for the Elsie Stuhr Center, I was thinking about what a great teacher you are. I notice it during class, but when I realize it most is when I rewrite my class notes in my notebook each week. Every time when I come across something which confuses me a little, later in the notes will be your very thorough explanation of that point.

Clare Heriza

Hello Mercedes,
Just wanted to say that your Spanish class really transports me from the sometimes dreary days.
Your good humor, your extreme patience with your students, your hilarious use of the mute button…You are simply a joy!
I hope you never quit!
I don’t plan to either😘
All the best,

Peggy Burns

I want to thank you for your knowledgeable and entertaining teaching style.  Your grasp of Spanish grammar is impressive! Your assistance and patience with all of us learners will be something I shall always remember.

Gayla McVey

I  want to thank you for always caring about your students, and giving 100% as a teacher even when we students sometimes aren’t putting in the practice that it takes to progress. Please know that if you weren’t teaching these classes I probably would have given up even trying to learn Spanish. Your encouraging, nonjudgmental, patient, and informative teaching style do keep me trying. 
Best wishes and Hasta Luego, Joe
Joe Gingerich

I want to thank you for your dedication to teaching because your passion for teaching is quite evident.
¡Mil gracias!
Patricia Lee
Patricia Lee

I wanted to write to you and tell you that I started taking your classes during what was possibly the toughest times (emotionally) in my life.  I am sure that you have noticed that I perked up like a dry plant that finally got water. I feel so much better and the woman you saw me as during this past term is the real me. Now I am a version of me who knows more Spanish grammar! There was a significant amount of time that went by where having your class to anticipate during the week kept me going and reminded me that life is good and that it can get better. I was further inspired by the unfailing kindness of your students. It is the career path I can pursue with 100% passion! It really is an amazing group. I plan on continuing with Spanish as “danced” out by Mercedes.

Kassia Zybach

I just want to tell you that the Zoom format of your class is fantastic!
After missing a class I was able to watch it and catch up as if I was there. On top of it, I have all the notes at my fingertips. It truly does not get any better!
Thank you,
Beata Cymorek

You are such an amazing teacher and make learning Spanish a collaborative and fun adventure! I appreciate all your time and patience and I will definitely recommend you to my friends who are interested in learning Spanish.



Priya Gupta

Thank you so much. I am studying and speaking out loud a lot every day now for our classes. The second hour has really challenged me. I appreciate you so much for your help and patience.
Hugs to you,



I truly enjoyed your teaching! You are super awesome! And I’ve found a renewed interest in learning Spanish, so that’s good.  Thank you for everything!

Staci Burgess

Hi! Thank you for a great class tonight!
Your enthusiasm for teaching is amazing & your fun, positive energy brings so much to the classes!
Shannon & ava 
Shannon & Ava

I just wanted to thank you whole-heartedly for all your lessons and your passion for teaching. I had such a great time learning in your class. I hope to rejoin again very soon 🙂
All the best!!
Amr Zaki

Thank you so much for being my Spanish teacher.   I am so happy to learn from you and know that I am making all this progress!  I can’t imagine finding a better teacher.
I know I work every day on Spanish, but you put the whipped cream on top of the sundae with your knowledge and fun spirit. 
¡Muchas, muchas gracias!
Carol Hottle

Well…  the feeling is very mutual!    And.. you know how much I (and the others) love coming to your class.  It’s definitely your sparkling personality and your approach to teaching Spanish that make it so much fun!  Not that many people would put so much energy and caring into it.  And… you’re sooooo patient with us.  That’s why we all keep coming back!

Robin Guariglia

You are such a fantastic teacher:  I can see the joy in your work of teaching and pleasure when your students ask questions and grasp concepts. 

Jennifer Green

We want to thank you so much for getting us started.  I personally think your curriculum/method is fantastic, and we both recognize you as a great teacher who puts a lot of effort into keeping the whole class of different personalities involved and making progress at every step.  We will recommend your class to everyone. I must share with you one little success that proves I have learned something valuable from your class,  I was writing a check for the man who did some work at my home, and was able to verify the spelling of his name, Osvaldo, by asking him if it is spelled with a “beh chica?”   “Si, si, beh chica.”  Made me feel I know a little something very important.  I also know that with my background in your class, I can use the self-study books for Spanish because I can pronounce the words to myself, and I know the beginning structure of grammar.

Michael Powers and Suellen Lacey

I have arrived in Antigua and it is lovely! I have used your teaching since the driver picked me up in Guatemala City. I am so grateful for all you have done to help me communicate with other people in other countries.  It is so much fun and the locals of course love it that I try.  Love, respect and sincere gratitude to mi profesora.

Rita Silen

This has been very helpful. I am able to communicate much easier with my patients already.

Eric Serres

I love your class! I feel so fortunate to have found it. Thank you for all you do.
Joli Allen

Thank you for everything! Honestly your sweet soul and passion for teaching is what makes me come back every single time. 
Much love, 


Rheem Almuhanna

I have thoroughly enjoyed taking Spanish with Mercedes. She is an excellent instructor and very adaptable to the situation. When the pandemic struck she immediately was able to get classes on-line without missing a beat. She makes the on-line classes fun and easy to follow with use of white boards, repetition exercises, audio/video recordings and her engaging personality. I without hesitation recommend taking your next Spanish class with Profesora Mercedes.

Marsha Straus

Mercedes is a fantastic teacher. She’s like a friend who’s teaching you and it’s FUN. SO MUCH FUN. Years ago, I took a beginning Spanish class at community college and it was just average–it moved WAY too fast. Then I found Mercedes, from whom it was easier to learn, more personalized, and more affordable. I can’t say enough great things about Mercedes. I even learned more about the English language cause I was learning language basics. Mercedes is the Best, beyond compare!

Gary Speasl

As much as I enjoy Mercedes’s effective teaching method, I am in awe of the enthusiasm she brings to each and every class. She is excited when a student displays learning and patient when a student is having difficulty. Never any pressure, she’s always ready with praise. As a former teacher myself, I know how important these traits can be. I am now retired and “elderly.” I began taking classes with Mercedes two years ago when my health club advertised that her class would help with “mental acuity.” I feel I have gotten that and much more. Now, when traveling to Mexico, I feel I am getting more and more comfortable speaking the language, and even get a kick at impressing my wife with my newfound ability (not to mention “mental acuity”). DOS DEDITOS P’ARRIBA!

Edward Benett

Edward Benett

Dear Mercedes:  I wanted to thank you for the two classes that you did for our nurse-midwifery students this term. I received excellent feedback, and several commented specifically on how much preparation and thought you had given to the presentation. Thank you again for your time and effort.

Carol L. Howe, CNM, DNSc, FACNM

Professor and Director Nurse-Midwifery, Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU)

I have benefited from Mercedes classes in multiple ways. As a senior citizen, attending Mercedes classes has given me a sense of accomplishment. I have looked forward to attending each class because they have actually been enjoyable. If you were to observe Mercedes in action you would notice that not only is she proficient in Spanish, you would see that her teaching style is highly effective and that her personality has a way of eliciting laughter and joy from her students. I’ve attended several language classes at PCC in past years, and I’ve learned more from Mercedes than from any other instructor just because she makes learning fun. She conveys a sincere love for teaching through her own enthusiasm, through her patience and respect for her students and through humor. Mercedes is without a doubt an asset to our community.

Patricia Lee

Profesora Mercedes!
Thank you so much for your exceptional teaching.  Thank you for helping me learn Spanish.
You are so talented and deserve to know that without exception.👍
Marsha Straus

I wanted you to know that so much Spanish is falling into place for me this year…..it is reminding me of a coin sorter at the bank.  I credit this to both your skill and enthusiasm as a teacher, and your patience and reassurance as a friend when I had an overwhelmingly lost look on my face!  I have a long, long way to go, and I look forward to it.

Larson Lynn

Hola Mercedes,
I love your class and your teaching style. !Aprendí  mucho en solamente una clase contigo!  Ojalá que nos veamos en  primavera!


Hi Mercedes!

I have been following along with each recording and I am learning so much! Thank you for creating such a flexible curriculum for people like me with unpredictable schedules! I really appreciate it! 
Gillian Gray

Thanks for opening up a whole new world.  I love your teaching style.  Energetic, engaging and fun.

Ron Briggs

Yeah! Last night’s class, you rocked it!!!

I am so grateful for you and for your gift of teaching.
Much appreciation and admiration,
Melonie Jones

I think that you are an A-1 outstanding teacher!!!  I’ve learned so much from you, and your teaching style is such that I never feel intimidated when I make mistakes.  Plus we have fun in class.  You’re super!!

Susan Woods

I love your class.   You are a superb, inspiring teacher.

Rebecca McGregor

Mercedes, I love you as a teacher, your curriculum, and glorious style. You are the best!

Linda Campbell

So again I thank you for all you have given me over the years. You reflect my capacity to learn and improve and exude confidence that I will achieve my goal of learning the Spanish language.

Deb Santomero

You are one fantastic teacher – I know one when I experience one. I spent 35 years in public schools – 4 in Middle School music & English, 23 in Elementary Music (K-6), and 6 in High School English. I really appreciate your thoughtful approach to the teaching of a language, a very specialized kind of teaching, your preparation, your energy and your sense of humor.

Suellen Lacey

Hi Mercedes, 
Thank you for the insight, energy, and passion you bring to teaching Spanish. I’ve concluded the only way I stand a prayer of learning even rudimentary conversational Spanish will be through your classes. You’re the best! I look forward to continuing our adventure in July!
Be well and best wishes, Joe
Joe Gingerich

No te puedes imaginar lo bueno que me siento a causa de tu ayuda.  Gracias, Mercedes!

Kip Ault

 Thank you again for another excellent Spanish term. Mercedes!  We are learning so much, love our class, and love you as a teacher and a person 🙂

Aaron Bieleck

I have studied Spanish for nine years with Mercedes Cohan. As a healthcare provider at the VAMC, having increased ability to communicate with the Spanish-speaking community present at the university in any and all capacities has been a tremendous boost to productivity, morale and understanding across cultural lines. I have studied Spanish before I met Mercedes, but I have never had a teacher as committed to her students and the overall cause of language skill development. And I do not expet that I ever will. She is tireless and detail-oriented above and beyond all expectations. Her devotion is evident in the progress we have all made as we have grown in our commitment to learning an important language for people living in Portland, not just those working at OHSU in every discipline.

Rita F. Silen, CRNA

Thank you so much for your continued teaching. Have I ever told you that I come to your class not only because I want to learn some Spanish but also because of the person you are, your kindness, spirit and energy.

David Clark

I had so much fun and learned a ton. You are the best language teacher by far on an intl. scale. Take that from a trilingual Translator/Interpreter major from the University of Vienna, Austria.


Edina Toole

¡Hola Mercedes!
Thank you so much for a great lesson every week and keeping us all engaged and learning!


Beatriz Werber

I LOVED our last lesson—the various teaching methods you use (sight, sound, movement, visualization, etc., is so very helpful for us adult students. Thank you for your dedication and enthusiasm!

Cici Ross


Thank you so much for recording and providing those recordings to us – it is super helpful and I frequently chuckle while watching them. 

Thanks for all you do!

Ann Martel

HI Mercedes!
That was the most helpful set of exercises! Thank you for taking the time to take us through them as they really hit home the uses, the structure and the way to make the sentences work.  I really got a lot out of it.
You are the BEST teacher.  Tolerant, patient, and above all, knowledgeable of your content and subject.
With much gratitude,


Rita Silen

Hola Mercedes

I am watching some of the classes that I have missed and I am so very impressed at the excellence with your teaching skill, knowledge and methods.
Thank you so very much.  I feel so fortunate to have found you as my professor (and of course as my friend too).
With much adoration – Deb



Deb Santomero

My dear professor Mercedes,

Thank you for the warm welcome into your Spanish class. You are one of the most affirming and
simpatico professors I’ve ever encountered. 
You are a gift of a teacher.  Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation is blessed to have found you !!



Ro Hinzdel

I appreciate the review so much, Mercedes! Each time it seems at least one little thing we have gone over and over, just finally make sense to me.  Like an “ah ha moment”!
Thank you again!





Judith Pratt

Such a great class, Mercedes! I really appreciate the way you teach everything so thoroughly.



Jayde Delano


With your excellent instruction and passion for teaching, I think you have helped me to make more progress in learning Spanish these past two years than in all my previous years combined.

Best wishes, Joe





Joe Gingerich

Hello Lovely Mercedes,

I so enjoy our weekly Spanish classes — You make learning Spanish so much fun and your vibrant personality always makes me happy. 

A huge hug of gratitude for your patience and thoughtful teaching.  You are such an incredible
and gifted teacher.






Deanna Barnes


You’re one of the best teachers ever! Thanks for being here and doing what you do.

Bob Churchill






Bob Churchill