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Rachel K.

Minneapolis, MN

$50/hr

Passionate Mandarin Chinese and East Asian Studies tutor

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Passionate Mandarin Chinese and East Asian Studies tutor

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Ni hao! If you're ready to start studying Mandarin, you're about to go live in China for a few years, or anything in between, I'm here to help!

I've been studying Mandarin Chinese for more than 20 years, including a BA in East Asian Studies and an MA in the History of Asian Religions (specialization in Neo-Confucianism). I studied for a semester in Beijing and lived in Taibei for eight years, including a summer at the Stanford Center. Native speakers often say they can't tell I'm not a native speaker, and that I'm the best non-native Mandarin speaker they know. I'm fluent in modern Mandarin. I'm also very adept at Classical Chinese -- so not only can I tell you what idioms mean, I can help you understand why they mean it! And as a non-native learner, I understand where you're coming from and I can help you around pitfalls that other teachers might not foresee.

I've been teaching for nearly as long as I've been studying Mandarin. I've tutored Mandarin at a local high school and I've been the Mandarin teacher at another high school for four years. My style is very different from a lot of traditional teachers': I create a communicative, student-centered environment where you will use your Mandarin as much as possible. You won't learn Mandarin by listening to someone else talk about it -- you have to use it yourself, and I will help you do that.

English:
ESL/ESOL
Language:
Chinese,
ESL/ESOL
History:
Religion,
World History
Homeschool:
ESL/ESOL
Corporate Training:
Chinese,
ESL/ESOL

Approved subjects are in bold.

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Chinese

I've been studying Mandarin Chinese since high school, 1985 to present. I've studied in Beijing for a semester and lived in Taibei, Taiwan for eight years, including a summer at the Stanford Center. Native speakers often say I speak Mandarin better than any non-native speaker they know. I've been teaching Mandarin since approximately 2005, including most recently being the sole Mandarin faculty member at a local high school for the past four years.

Religion

I have an MA in the History of Asian Religions, with a specialization in Neo-Confucianism. I'm pretty adept at all Chinese religions/philosophies, including Daoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, Chinese folk religion and others. I'm not especially skilled in non-East Asian religions, but I have taught Western religion courses before and am at least conversant in them.

Rachel’s Resources

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The general rule is that there are specific grammar structures and words that mark a sentence as a question in Chinese. The presence of a 'question word' such as shenme, zenme, shei/shui, ji, na/nei, etc., a 'question particle' such as ma or ne, or 'question grammar' such as Verb-bu-Verb or you...

Wittenberg University
University of Iowa
Master's

Education

Wittenberg University

University of Iowa (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Rachel will travel within 20 miles of Minneapolis, MN 55405.


About Rachel

Ni hao! If you're ready to start studying Mandarin, you're about to go live in China for a few years, or anything in between, I'm here to help!

I've been studying Mandarin Chinese for more than 20 years, including a BA in East Asian Studies and an MA in the History of Asian Religions (specialization in Neo-Confucianism). I studied for a semester in Beijing and lived in Taibei for eight years, including a summer at the Stanford Center. Native speakers often say they can't tell I'm not a native speaker, and that I'm the best non-native Mandarin speaker they know. I'm fluent in modern Mandarin. I'm also very adept at Classical Chinese -- so not only can I tell you what idioms mean, I can help you understand why they mean it! And as a non-native learner, I understand where you're coming from and I can help you around pitfalls that other teachers might not foresee.

I've been teaching for nearly as long as I've been studying Mandarin. I've tutored Mandarin at a local high school and I've been the Mandarin teacher at another high school for four years. My style is very different from a lot of traditional teachers': I create a communicative, student-centered environment where you will use your Mandarin as much as possible. You won't learn Mandarin by listening to someone else talk about it -- you have to use it yourself, and I will help you do that.

Education

Wittenberg University
University of Iowa
Master's

Education

Wittenberg University

University of Iowa (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Minneapolis, MN 55405

Rachel’s Subjects

English:
ESL/ESOL
Language:
Chinese,
ESL/ESOL
History:
Religion,
World History
Homeschool:
ESL/ESOL
Corporate Training:
Chinese,
ESL/ESOL

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


Rachel’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Rachel. View all of Rachel’s resources

The general rule is that there are specific grammar structures and words that mark a sentence as a question in Chinese. The presence of a 'question word' such as shenme, zenme, shei/shui, ji, na/nei, etc., a 'question particle' such as ma or ne, or 'question grammar' such as Verb-bu-Verb or you...


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