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Nicholas U.

Arlington, VA

$60/hr

Mandarin Chinese Teacher and Martial Arts Instructor!

Background check passed as of 7/15/14
Usually responds in about 8 hours

Mandarin Chinese Teacher and Martial Arts Instructor!

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I'm school-trained in Mandarin Chinese (my college major), and I have spent a considerable amount of time living abroad in China, where I only spoke Mandarin on a daily basis. I have many Chinese friends. I am as close to a native speaker as one can find. My speech has very little difference from a native speaker. Chinese people can't tell I'm an American during phone conversations.

Perhaps for an English-speaking learner of Mandarin, I'm a better teacher/tutor than a native Chinese speaker as I fully understand the student's perspective. I know where problems can arise for native English speakers and how to overcome them. I expect I can bring a dedicated student to an advanced level of reading, listening, and speaking within one year. The student will also be able to send emails and text/chat messages using the Pinyin system. I can also teach character writing, but ultimately writing characters takes more time (even Chinese people forget how to write the characters if they haven't been writing them for a long time!).

Note: I also teach martial arts.

Language:
Chinese
Sports/Recreation:
Basketball,
Bodybuilding, Fitness,
Martial Arts
Corporate Training:
Chinese

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Basketball

I'm an excellent basketball player. I have played since early childhood. Both my brother and sister attended college on basketball scholarships. I turned down numerous scholarships to attend the U.S. Naval Academy, so I didn't play in college. However, that doesn't mean I don't have the skills. From shooting to ball-handling to passing, I can teach proper form and fundamentals. I can also teach fundamentals of offense and defense (setting screens, man to man, zones, boxing out, etc.) I can also teach anyone how to train for maximum physical output on the court.

Chinese

I studied Chinese in the military, majored in Chinese in college, and I've spent over 2 years living in China. I've studied at the best language school in the country at Middlebury College. I have tutored U.S. military and government personnel not only specifically in Mandarin Chinese, but also methods of acquiring any language in the shortest amount of time possible.

Fitness

I'm an Army Master Physical Fitness level trainer, and a dedicated martial artist. Whether training for Special Operations level physical fitness, athletic competition, martial arts, or for general health and longevity, I'm extremely qualified. I always maintain myself at the highest level of fitness. For example, I have never run a marathon officially, but I run those distances on my own and my times are up there with the record times of some of the top runners in the world--I'm able and willing to prove it.

Martial Arts

I've learned from the best in the world. I'm skilled in a variety of martial arts skills that will not only keep you fit, but also allow you to protect yourself if a dangerous situation arises. I can also teach strategies for staying out of the dangerous situation to begin with.

I've trained with many different teachers--some of them were very safe in their training methods and others were utterly brutal. I've found that those who teach proper techniques in a safe environment and way are the most effective. Thus, I am very safe in my own training methods. There are safe ways to challenge the mind and build the martial spirit that will carry students through tough situations.

George Mason University
Mandarin Chinese

Education

George Mason University (Mandarin Chinese)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Nicholas will travel within 30 miles of Arlington, VA 22201.


About Nicholas

I'm school-trained in Mandarin Chinese (my college major), and I have spent a considerable amount of time living abroad in China, where I only spoke Mandarin on a daily basis. I have many Chinese friends. I am as close to a native speaker as one can find. My speech has very little difference from a native speaker. Chinese people can't tell I'm an American during phone conversations.

Perhaps for an English-speaking learner of Mandarin, I'm a better teacher/tutor than a native Chinese speaker as I fully understand the student's perspective. I know where problems can arise for native English speakers and how to overcome them. I expect I can bring a dedicated student to an advanced level of reading, listening, and speaking within one year. The student will also be able to send emails and text/chat messages using the Pinyin system. I can also teach character writing, but ultimately writing characters takes more time (even Chinese people forget how to write the characters if they haven't been writing them for a long time!).

Note: I also teach martial arts.

Education

George Mason University
Mandarin Chinese

Education

George Mason University (Mandarin Chinese)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Arlington, VA 22201

Nicholas’s Subjects

Language:
Chinese
Sports/Recreation:
Basketball,
Bodybuilding, Fitness,
Martial Arts
Corporate Training:
Chinese

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.


Background Check Status for Nicholas U.

Nicholas U. passed a background check on 7/15/14. The check was ordered by Nicholas through First Advantage. For more information, please review the background check information page.

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