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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,... read more

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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... read more

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My course includes authentic cultural content Chinese culture, from its city-scapes, history, and arts, to local habits and conventions, is vividly depicted across all media of the program.  Some examples include: • Various forms of greetings • Perceptions of visitors to China • Major Chinese festivals • Color symbolism in traditional China • Courteous bargaining in street markets... read more

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If you want to speak Chinese fluently, you need to immerse yourself in it through classes and discussion groups. Your brain is ready. You just have to train it right. My course is designed for students with little or no knowledge of the Chinese language. No previous Chinese learning experience is required. In addition, students will understand an introduction to both the Chinese language and... read more

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I am absolutely sure that there are many studies which state that expectations are crucial when a student begins to study anything. If someone believes that they can succeed, they often will. Corny as this may sound, there are solid socio-linguistic studies which back this up.   And herein lies a problem. People are generally told that foreign languages are hard, and that Chinese... read more

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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 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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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