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???! Hi Everyone! In lieu of an introduction, I thought to share some of my favorite Mandarin Chinese characters with all of you.     ??: ? bing3 This is a beautiful food-related word that doesn't translate perfectly into English. Somewhat similar to the French crepe or 'galette', a ? is a generally delicious and very thin flatbread or pancake. Usually round, examples include ?? bing3gan1 which means 'cookies' or English-style biscuits and ??? 'green onion pancakes' as frequenters of Northern-influenced Chinese Restaurants might be aware. Given its flexibility and overall tastiness, it will point you in the direction of some lovely things on your average menu. If it's a ?, I'd generally recommend it!     ??: ? zhou1 Another food-related word, I love this one especially for its visual appeal. 'Zhou' is congee, or rice porridge, a beloved Chinese breakfast food. Sometimes eaten with ?? (you2tiao2, fried Chinese breadsticks)... read more

Perhaps the most obvious answer to this question I can give is to look at the reaction from a tutor whose student is giving a speech in the language that was the focus of study. I have never been so proud as when witnessing a student who may have not been able to speak any English at all, who after years of hard work is able to sound wonderfully fluent in Chinese.   Of course, we need to earn a living, but this proud feeling certainly makes any thoughts of compensation or career seem so distant. I wonder if the student feels the same way at seeing the fruits of their hard work. I certainly hope so.   I am humbled and inspired by the many dedicated tutors and students on WyzAnt. What a wonderful platform to bring everyone together in the name of learning, growth, and education!

Many students may have this question in their mind. Most young students are either asked by their parents to do so or required to study because that's on of the curriculum. But that may not be the case for adults. More and more adults are active in learning Mandarin and motived to learn themselves. But why's that? The study of the Chinese language not only helps bridge the cultural gap, but opens the way to different important fields except for culture. Besides, Mandarin is important your career as well. These days Mandarin is spoken by over 1 billion people around the world, about one fifth of the global population. International businesses tend to hire people who speak more than one language. Since China is a huge market, business leaders are looking for people who can speak Mandarin. Last, both China and Taiwan are great places for traveling. Getting around is also much easier if you can speak Mandarin. Why not master one more language since it... read more

Hello Parents and Students:   The school is open.  If you are looking for a tutor who can help you with your Mandarin Chinese homework, improve your grade, or a step ahead to challenge yourself,  you have found a right tutor.   I not only teach young children Mandarin Chinese like I have said earlier, I also tutor middle school and high school students. Through working at a local Chinese/English immersion school and teaching my own high school daughters, I became familiar with text books and course curriculum used in many local schools.  I have some available hours during the evenings and weekends.  I am also available providing my tutor service via skype.   Please email me if you feel we may work together as a team.   thanks,   Yu

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