Utah Valley University (Political Science)
I love history, especially the history of how different societies have interacted with each other throughout history and will continue to interact with one another in the future. My favorite region to study the history of is that of South East and East Asia. The current political environment I follow most is the interaction between China, Taiwan and South East Asia.
My interest in these subjects started when I served an LDS mission to the Philippines where I went from growing up in a quiet, semi-rural suburb to the chaotic environment of Manila, one of the most densely populated and boisterous cities in the world. I came to love the people of the Philippines and how connected they were with everyone around them. After I returned home from my mission I was required to take 4 semesters of a foreign language and decided to take Mandarin, and from there turned that into a minor.
In the summer of 2013 while on a fishing trip to Yellowstone I met a fiery Taiwanese girl and used my then limited Mandarin abilities to get a date with her. We hit it off and from there I went on to study Mandarin in Taiwan and then married her. Because of my wife and because of that experience Taiwan came to hold a special place in my heart, right next to the place left forever for the Philippines.
I don't have the typical qualifications that most Chinese tutors in the area because I am not Chinese/Taiwanese and I did not serve an LDS mission speaking Mandarin. What I do have is a solid understanding and passion for helping other people develop language learning techniques that make their language study personal to them. I found that by attaching Language to thoughts or ideas that are especially meaningful to us we make them imprint more strongly in our minds.
I look forward to helping you learn grammar that you will use daily and work with you on the Mandarin that you would learn in a 1010 level class through to a 3050 level class. I will work with you mainly on practice and application of grammar, the phrases and words I found most useful while living in Taiwan, and recommend texts and books to help you with your Chinese. I will teach you how to use PinYin as well as how to memorize characters to some extent.
Please feel free to contact me, I'll work around your schedule and my wife and I can both work with you on conversation, dialogue and grammar. I love history, especially the history of how different societies have interacted with each other throughout history and will continue to interact with one another in the future. My favorite region to study the history of is that of South East and East Asia. The current political environment I follow most is the interaction between China, Taiwan
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