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University of Utah (Chinese)
Chinese, more than any other language, depends on pronunciation. I put an extra emphasis on tones and making sure you get them down. We will do lots of reading exercises which will improve your pronunciation and help you speak more fluidly. An extra emphasis is also put on more commonly used grammar principles to ensure you are talking in a way that makes sense to all parties involved. I don't want to skip any steps, we need to make sure you are understandable right from the get go.
I learned Mandarin Chinese serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. After my two year mission I immediately left for Beijing, China and spent six months there at Beijing Language and Culture University to increase my proficiency, especially in grammar and writing. I later enrolled in the Mandarin program at the University of Utah. While at the University of Utah I applied for the Confucius Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to you after passing a proficiency exam. I passed the exam and headed to Sichuan University for one year taking the highest level of courses they had available. I returned home June of 2014. I have two semesters left at the University of Utah to complete my degree in Chinese. Chinese, more than any other language, depends on pronunciation. I put an extra emphasis on tones and making sure you get them down. We will do lots of reading exercises
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I've been studying Chinese since January 9th, 2008. During which time I have spent 4 and 1/2 years living in Chinese speaking countries: Singapore, Malaysia, and China on two different occasions. I just recently spent one year in Sichuan, China where I was enrolled in the highest level of Chinese offered at Sichuan University. I spent a lot of my time tutoring students who were in the beginning-intermediate levels.