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I have over 15 years of experience with Mandarin Chinese, and I have worked in various capacities as a language tutor or teacher over the years. I currently teach 5th grade Chinese at an independent school in Bethesda in addition to operating a small linguistic services company.
My love of Chinese extends far beyond the language itself, and I believe that to truly become proficient in the Chinese language one must also study Chinese culture. Therefore I teach my students many of the subtle cultural nuances that separate a native speaker from someone who has simply memorized vocabulary lists and set phrases. I look forward to helping each of my students achieve fluency in Mandarin and a deep appreciation for Chinese culture.
I also work as an elementary school assistant special education teacher, and I am experienced in teaching general subject matter at the elementary school level.
I began studying Mandarin 15 years ago as a fifth grade student at the Landon School in Bethesda, MD. In 2006 I moved to Beijing to study Mandarin at Qinghua University. Since returning to the United States I have taken over 40 credit hours of courses covering Chinese language, literature, culture, and film at the University of Oregon and St. Mary's College of Maryland. In addition, I served as a teaching assistant for college level Chinese courses while at St. Mary's College.
I currently teach 5th grade Chinese at the Landon School and work with numerous students privately from Washington, D.C. to Baltimore. I also work as a translator and freelance interpreter.
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