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Marin T.

Denver, CO

$55/hour

Mandarin Tutor who Loves Chinese Culture

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University of Colorado at Boulder
International Affair

Education

University of Colorado at Boulder (International Affair)

About Marin

I have lived in China for a total of 2 years over 3 trips and became fluent in Mandarin both by taking formal classes and through several immersion experiences. I began studying Mandarin in 2008 at the University of Colorado at Boulder. My major was International Affairs and I chose Asia as my geographic concentration and Mandarin as my foreign language.

In 2010 I spent a semester at the Shanghai Normal University where I took rigorous Mandarin classes. I fell in love with China during this first visit, and was delighted in 2011 when my professor gave me the opportunity to be an intern at a local NGO in Chengdu over the summer. This was my first true immersion experience because, unlike Shanghai, the locals did not speak English and were not always trying to practice their English with me. My Mandarin speaking skills improved drastically over just three months due to this full immersion environment, where I was not just speaking Mandarin with my teachers, but with everyone.

After I graduated with magma cum laude honors in 2012, I received a Fulbright scholarship to do independent research on changing trends in diet and agriculture from 2013-2014. First I was funded to do a 4 month language intensive in Beijing where I had one-on-one classes that helped me prepare specific vocabulary and talking points relevant to my research interview topics. Then I went to Kunming in the southwestern province of Yunnan to carry out 10 months of research. I did not take Mandarin classes there, yet my Mandarin transformed from proficient to completely fluent within 2 months because I was truly living every facet of my life in Mandarin.

At this point I started to think and dream in Mandarin, struggle to speak proper English, and be able to understand heavy accents and dialects easily; all signs that you are really becoming fluent. I lived with Chinese roommates in an apartment, I ate with Chinese people almost every meal (because you never eat alone in China) and I conducted my research in Mandarin. This included interviewing people, both formally and informally, taking two classes taught in Mandarin at a local university, writing up research notes and power point presentations in Mandarin and even leading workshops where I applied my Mandarin to public speaking.

During my time in China, my Chinese friends patiently helped me improve my conversational Mandarin by repeating words and giving me tools to remember new words. Now I enjoy passing along that same gift by tutoring. Since my return to Denver, CO I keep my Mandarin skills up to date by staying in touch with my second family of friends in China, continuing my self-study of the language, tutoring, and engaging with the Mandarin speaking community in Denver.

I began tutoring Mandarin students during the last 6 months of my stay in Kunming in 2014 where there were many foreigners studying abroad that needed help with conversation practice outside of the classroom format. Because I am a native English speaker, I was able to offer insights into the process of learning Mandarin that their local Chinese teachers were not. Upon my return to Denver in January of 2015 I continued to tutor Mandarin students and expanded my tutoring capabilities. I specialize in conversation practice, preparing students for an immersion experience, but can also help with speaking practice in formal settings. One area I am not equipped to tutor in is traditional Chinese literature studies.

Mandarin is a difficult language, but it is not impossible and I think it is important not to be intimidated by its reputation. I chose to study Mandarin in college because I wanted a challenge and I am glad I made that decision because I fell in love with both Mandarin and Chinese culture. Mandarin is an extremely useful language to know, not just because it is increasingly necessary for business, but because it opens doors for you in various fields everywhere. Chinese people have established communities all over the world, and I have found they will be delighted to speak Chinese with you even if you are just learning. Even if you are not sure you would ever want to live or work in China I would still recommend Mandarin as the most useful lingua franca of the modern age.

For me, learning Mandarin was enjoyable and exciting, and I do my best to make my students feel the same. When I speak with native Mandarin speakers they often exclaim that they would not be able to tell I was a foreigner if we were talking over the phone and they could not see me. I prioritize speaking authentically when tutoring students in conversational Mandarin. No matter if you are a beginner or an advanced student, I can help you improve you Mandarin in what ever realm is most important to you. I am not a native speaker but my experience of having to learn Mandarin as an English speaker empowers me to understand what my students are going through and help them progress.

Are you ready to take your Mandarin to the next level and have fun doing it? I can tutor children, beginners, and advanced students, and am proficient in many specialty subjects like business, agriculture, traditional culture, and environmental issues. Please contact me for more information.
I have lived in China for a total of 2 years over 3 trips and became fluent in Mandarin both by taking formal classes and through several immersion experiences. I began studying Mandarin in 2008 at the University of Colorado at Boulder. My major was International Affairs and I chose Asia Read more

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Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Denver, CO 80204
Language:
Chinese

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Chinese

I recently returned from living in China for 2 years and began my Mandarin studies 6 years ago. I decided to take Mandarin in college because I like a good challenge, and while the language is indeed difficult, I try to coax my students out of being intimidated and redirect their focus into progressing. When I speak with native Chinese people they tell me they would not be able to tell I was a foreigner had we been speaking over the phone. I currently tutor English-speaking students of Mandarin, and I am passionate about preparing students to speak conversational Chinese authentically, yet I am also experienced in formal Mandarin both written and spoken. Learning Mandarin for me was both exciting and rewarding, and I do my best to make my students have the same experience.

University of Colorado at Boulder
International Affair

Education

University of Colorado at Boulder (International Affair)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $55.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Marin will travel within 20 miles of Denver, CO 80204.