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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.
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.
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.
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