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Save up or save down?

Save up or save down?

In Chinese, we say "sheng3 xia4 lai2".    However, in English, we say "save up"   Today, we are going to discuss why we put "xia4 lai2" after "sheng3", not "shang4 qu4"...

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Chinese 101 - Wo(k) I Knee or I Love You

Speaking Chinese is actually quite simple. All Chinese words are one-syllable words. So any one-syllable sound or word you can think of probably correspond to some Chinese word you just do not know yet.    For example...   The word I in Chinese is pronounced wo. Think of the English word wok, but do not pronounce the k.  The word love in Chinese is pronounced... read more

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Teaching Chinese

Teaching Chinese is one of my favorite challenges. It falls right in line with taking the abstract and slowly shaping it into a concrete, user friendly tool, and in doing so opening up a new pathway in the mind for understanding and expression. One of my favorite examples of this is the almost countless number of homonyms in Chinese. Everyone in the west who decides to take Chinese on is accustomed... read more

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Memorizing Chinese Characters (cont.) and How to Use a Chinese Dictionary

I know I have said that memorizing Chinese characters is all about repetition, but I have to admit that that is not quite true. While repetition is the meat and potatoes of getting these mysterious images to sink in, there are some tools of the trade that I have learned as a CSL (as opposed to ESL) student and would like to share. This is edition 1 of a few blogs that will cover... read more

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Radicals in Chinese Characters: how they can aid you to have a well-grounded basis in Chinese

I’ve heard it suggested that one should learn to speak Chinese and put off learning characters until one has a better grasp of the spoken language. At first my thought was, “Well, I’ve never considered it. Perhaps they’re on to something”. But I spent some time contemplating it while writing my Chinese characters over and over again and I’ve decided that I disagree. This is... read more

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Learning Chinese

The introduction of Mandarin is to help someone who has little or no prior experience in the language. My lesson consists of the following: basic sentence patterns, dialogues to illustrate the use of these patterns, vocabulary and expressions, language points, exercises, and cultural insights about the topic of each lesson. At the end of the class, you will be able to learn ninety basic sentence... read more

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Chinese Measure Words: what are they and why are they important?

Looking for a way to spice up and professionalize your Mandarin? One great way to do that is to pay attention to details and vocabulary. In other words, keeping a mental bank of what are called “measure words” or “classifiers” can make your language sound exact and refined. Measure words in the Chinese language are abstract identifiers that appear between the number... read more

Chinese - Sample Teaching

Chinese - Sample Teaching

Ordering fast food in Chinese! At the end of the session, you will be able to: 1. Listen and respond to simple commands 2. Understand question - 'What is this'? 2. Identify food and drink 3. Use simple phrases

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Holistic Tutoring

One of the more frustrating things about tutoring is when students or their parents want to treat tutoring like a quick fix. In other words, sometimes they want to meet the night before a test and cram for said test in hopes of getting a better grade. On the surface, this problem might work, but it treats the symptoms rather than the root of the problem. If you're going to take the time... read more

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Sink or Swim – Can You Make It in Language Immersion?

YES YOU CAN! And it’s, hands down, the best way to learn a language. I thought I’d write this post in response to the news that six elementary schools in Metro-Atlanta will begin dual immersion language programs in Spanish, French and Chinese. http://www.globalatlanta.com/article/26210/schools-get-15000-for-language-immersion-programs/ Here are some tips on how to learn a language... read more

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To pay less for long time or pay more for short?

I have been responding to a lot of requests recently, yet got no further reply thereafter. Some students just wrote me that my rate is higher than others. Well, I have some say there, as I had students before who came back to me after they tried other tutors. The question is, would you rather pay more for a short time or pay less for a longer period of time? First, some students do not... read more

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Sketch, watercolour, painting, cartoon, Chinese...

I am interested in teaching problem solving and confidence, I believe every child can achieve excellence and I have the skills to allow children to do just that! I have been a teacher in the Cleveland CCCCA School District. During that time I have served as a certified and licensed art teacher. This particular field is unique because it has allowed me to work with students in all grades. I... read more

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Smile and Encouragement helps children a lot in learning whatever.

I've been living here in Lisle for almost a year. I had such a great time in teaching the kids in Langlang Education Center as well as at home. I would like to share something here with all of you: teachers, students and parents. I hope that you can enjoy my post and also Wish whomever reads this post a Happy and Healthy New Year. Chinese or American, kids all behave very similarly in their... read more

Chinese lesson

Chinese lesson

Please follow the audio in order to understand the lesson and to be able to produce the sentences.

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Revolutionize your language learning experience

I've been re-reading an old copy of Barry Farber's book How to Learn Any Language. The copy I have is more than a little out-of-date, as the author talks about the "innovation" of portable audio-cassette players as a language-learning tool. The internet has opened up countless new tools for learners of foreign languages. If I were to update Farber's book myself, here are the online... read more

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