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About Ian S.

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Jersey City, NJ

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I majored in Mandarin Chinese back in college (many years ago...) and also studied Chinese at Tunghai University (东海大学). I have excellent pronunciation, and can help you also master Mandarin pronunciation, as well as grammar and sentence structure.

About Ian
A lifelong musician and songwriter, Ian S. has extensive experience teaching guitar and piano to students age 3 and up both as a private music instructor and as a staff music instructor at the Institute of Music for Children. With 28 years of experience on the guitar and 32 years on piano, Ian has studied and performed with several award-winning music artists, and has written, recorded, and produced over one hundred songs. He plays and teaches a variety of styles on both the guitar and the piano, from classical to jazz to rock. Ian is patient, friendly, and loves sharing the gift of music.

Ian was the guitarist in the Princeton University Jazz Ensemble for 3 seasons, was selected from a nationwide pool of musicians to perform at a special music event at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and was the recipient of the New Jersey Gove
rnor's Award in Arts Education for the category of Instrumental Music.

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I am very laid back and friendly, and I want you or your child to be as comfortable as possible during our lessons. You or your child will develop confidence and musical intelligence. I will make your lessons fun, enjoyable, and effective. Boredom is not an option! Music is fun... let's keep it that way.

The teaching methods I use will be custom-tailored to your individual needs, personality and specific musical goals. If it's guitar or piano you want to learn, I want to get you playing exactly what you want to be playing as soon as possible. That's what you're here for, and that's what I'm here for. I will make it happen. If it's songwriting that you want to learn, I will help you access that place inside of you that is dying to express itself creatively, and will teach you techniques to harness that energy and translate it successfully into musical expression.

You can expect to learn all the basics of music theory, proper playing techniques, improvisation and spontaneous musical expression, and I will help you develop your "ear" so you can figure out songs you like just by listening to them. This is all about you and your goals, and I want you to achieve them in a fun and engaging way.

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Living room: Upright piano, guitars, amps, keyboard, percussion

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I specialize in pop, rock, classical, jazz, blues, folk, fingerstyle (guitar), etc. I also teach improvisation and songwriting, and try to develop the student's ear for figuring out songs they like on their own.
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Sissi H. July 27, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Ian is the best , He give me a lot of confidence to start, and my English is not good he also very patient to understand what I said. In the beginning I don't have a guitar he give me a long list good for me and let me find out witch is I love, and lots of advice. Thank you Ian!
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Zhongkai July 23, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Can't be better
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Vera March 12, 2017
· Piano · In home
Excellent lessons! Ian teaches fun songs that engage kids but also about technique & theory in a very casual and relaxed manner. Highly recommended!
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About Shu W.

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New York, NY
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Have many years experience teaching mandarin with different age range people. Have systematic textbook for teaching.

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I'm a violin majored music therapy graduate student in NYU. I played guitar for 3 years. Teaching violin for years, and also can teach intro level guitar. I'm a native Mandarine speaker, and teach mandarine for 2 years after I came to US. I also good at teach Mandarine with Music to help student better remember and understand. Since my major--Music Therapy, I also can teach children with special needs.I have been work in special education school for 2 years.
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About Joy S.

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Lansdowne, PA
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Mastering the fundamentals is essential to language learning. I focus on building a strong foundation of accurate sounds and tones, using familiar examples to make connections stick. Step by step, we cover everyday essentials, including numbers, colors, greetings, and phrases and expressions that will help you feel confident in Chinese-speaking environments.

About Joy
I am a graduate of UC San Diego (bachelor of arts, sociology) and UCLA (master of public policy). As a child of immigrant parents, I value diversity and love learning languages. I read, write and speak Spanish fluently, and have intermediate command of both Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese in reading, writing, and speech.

Photography has been one of my main areas of focus for over ten years. I am trained in both film and digital formats and specialize in demystifying the DSLR so that you gain a good understanding of manual settings and how to use each to improve your photos.

Caring, compassion, and understanding are essential for learning and I strive to do my best in these areas.
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Vincent C. August 10, 2017
· Cantonese · Online
I just had a wonderful first session with Joy. She is very knowledgeable and was able to answer all my questions. I'm looking forward to our next session.
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david April 6, 2017
· Photography · In home
Joy was patient and knowledgeable.
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Monica R. October 20, 2016
· Cantonese · Online
Very patient and encouraging. A time I look forward to each week.
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About Tammy G.

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Falls Church, VA
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If you plan to use Chinese at work, we can focus our lessons around dialogue and vocabulary that relates directly to your job or industry. If you are a student and want to improve your academic performance in Chinese, I can train you to utilize more efficient ways of studying and practicing. If you would like to gain exposure to or build a foundation in Mandarin Chinese, I can also help you accomplish this.

About Tammy
I am a native Chinese speaker with a BA in English and MBA in Global Management from Thunderbird. I worked as an English to Chinese translator for 2 years in the Ministry of Commerce in Beijing, and volunteered as an interpreter for the City of Austin. During graduate school, I was a Chinese tutor/language partner for a few of my classmates, all of whom made big progress in their fluency and pronunciation.
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Tyson W. June 30, 2017
· Mandarin · Online
Tammy is amazing...my 12yr.old is so excited to be learning a new language
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David November 15, 2016
· Mandarin · Online
Tammy is outstanding, diligent and very patient!
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Olivia May 12, 2016
· Mandarin · Online
Tammy is a great teacher. My 11 and 13 year old daughters look forward to each lesson and learning the intricacies of Mandarin.
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About Lella L.

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San Francisco, CA

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I am both patient and enthusiastic as a teacher. I speak Mandarin Chinese as my native language, and can help my students progress to a high level. Once I have determined the student's level, I work with them to help them improve according to their goals.

About Lella
I studied Musicology and Piano Performance at the Shandong Normal University School of Music, where I graduated with my BA in 2005. I taught music and established a band at a property management institute while a student there, and established my own practice after I graduated. I came to the United States in 2013, where I have continued to play piano and have joined a local band. I am happy to continue sharing my love of music with my students here.

I began tutoring Mandarin in January 2015. As a native speaker, I can guide you to a very high level, and help you learn to speak with a proper Chinese accent.

Please note: Online classes are available for Mandarin Chinese only. Piano lessons are only available in person.
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Mo March 6, 2017
· Piano · In studio
5 stars' teacher
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Kayli September 21, 2016
· Piano · In studio
We just had our first lesson and we hit a few bumps but my daughter has never had music instruction before so we're giving it another go next week to see if things go more smoothly. 3 stars above says meets expectations, and though it didn't, I just hesitate to give someone 2 stars based on one lesson.
Here are some details from class:
My daughter (K) just turned 5 but is pretty mature for her age and has expressed an interest in learning the piano so we signed up for individual lessons with Lella. At the start of class I mentioned again (I had noted it at booking time as well) that K has had zero experience with music instruction. Immediately Lella sat with K on the piano bench and started explaining treble clef sign, bass clef sign and what hands they relate to. Lella also has a thick accent as I was trying to follow along with her explanations with a little difficulty. She even asked if K speaks Chinese and I said "no" so she said "you're Indian right?" My daughter would look around from time to time while Lella was explaining at which point Lella would just keep seeing "Pay attention sweetie!" Then she asked my daughter to write the numbers 1-5 in a book and when she said she didn't know how to write the number 2, Lella laughed and said "you know, but you forgot right" so I spoke up and explained "no she has not been taught to write her numbers yet, but she can read/recognize them" to which Lella seemed very surprised, so I felt the need to say, "she's still in preschool. But if you write them she'll be able to tell you what they are." So then Lella switched to counts, explaining about the values of different notes. She asked my daughter if she had questions, to which my daughter said "I think I understand what you're saying, if it's just a circle that means four, but if it's a circle with a line..." And before she could finish her thought Lella said "no that's not a line, it's a stem". At another point when Lella asked if she had any questions, my daughter slowly said "yes... what's velour?" And when Lella looked confused I had to step in and explain that Lella was saying "value", the amount of counts for a note. By the end of the half hour lesson, Lella had reached her explanation of middle C, which she described to my daughter saying "this is middle C because it's in the middle, there are two black keys, then on the left is C. Can you find another one?" When K didn't respond right away, she repeated herself, and again another time. So I said "she really has had no previous music experience, I think you need to even explain to her that those are called keys, like there are black keys, white keys..." And Lella just looked at me confused.
At the end of the lesson I agreed to buy the theory book so we can practice that at home, and Lella asked if I can sit in on the next lesson to help explain things to my daughter, because she "doesn't really focus". I agreed to sit in on the lesson, for my own benefit so I can help her with HW since I also don't have music experience. But I also mentioned to Lella that her accent is quite strong and I think my daughter was having trouble understanding her, and Lella seemed surprised by that comment.
I don't know... it says on Lella's profile that she has worked with young kids but I can't really see how the class was any different from how she would teach me, an adult with no prior music experience.
Oh! I forgot to mention something so basic - when we met Lella she thought I was someone else so I re-introduced myself and introduced my daughter. Then as we were saying goodbye at the end of class I realized Lella had never introduced herself to my daughter, so I asked "oh, what would you like K to call you, Ms. Li, or Lella? Ms. Lella?" She said Lella was fine so I turned to K and said "Tell Lella bye K." It just hit me, I mean that's something about creating a relationship with a young student. Speaking to them directly, making that connection. Lella was really smiley which gave the impression she was friendly but she never really made a connection with K who is the student, not me.
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Marissa August 22, 2016
· Classical Piano · In home
Lella quickly recognized what I needed to practice and brought me a great book that helped me get back to where I was very quickly.
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About Mark G.

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I spent one year living and studying Mandarin - Chinese in Beijing, China. I understand firsthand the difficulties that native English speakers face while learning this daunting language.

Through fun activities, important homework assignments, and the use of music, I help students overcome their fears and start speaking Mandarin from day one!

Message me for a sample lesson plan or to discuss group rates.

Zai Jian!

Mark

About Mark
Hey everybody! Hola and Ni Hao. My name is Mark and I'm an Organic Farmer with an International MBA and minors in both Spanish and Mandarin. With over 20 years of foreign language study, and 10 years teaching foreign languages, I know exactly what works and what doesn't when it comes to learning a new language.

I'm currently living in Maui, Hawaii (Makawao) working on an organic farm and learning how to live off the land :) I have the flexibility to work with you around your schedule and will create a customized lesson plan that fits your needs. I have extensive experience teaching small to large groups as well. Make sure to send me a message to discuss group rates.

My only requirement of you is I request that my students be committed and dedicated to learning the language they choose for me to tutor. I assign homework every le
sson that is very important to continuing the learning experience outside of class.

Hope to talk to you soon!

Mark
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Sierra C. July 28, 2017
· Spanish · Online
I just finished 5 lessons with Mark and it was just what I needed to help me improve my speaking skills. He assigned homework each week (the reason I initially chose him) that was based on our lessons. It pushed me to grow. I found him to be quite competent, gentle with correction, and pretty funny. You'll enjoy him!
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Sierra C. July 5, 2017
· Spanish · Online
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· English · Online
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About Michelle W.

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Los Angeles, CA

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会说中文吗?I painstakingly studied every day while living in Shanghai, and after three years I was able to pass the HSK4. I love the strange tones, the inflections, the writing, the reading, all of it. I have plenty of materials to help students study each character and put together the strange grammar.

About Michelle
Hi! I'm Michelle, a world traveler/teacher who's here to help bring her experience and energy to students back home in California. I've taught various subjects such as test prep, English, history, and languages to students all over the world, such as China, France, and Ecuador. I've worked with students of all ages and love getting to know them to help figure out how they best learn.

I love learning languages in my spare time and practicing when I can. When I'm not looking a bit silly doing that, I'm usually reading, at a baseball game, or hanging out with friends. I keep active, making sure to run or play a sport when I can. However, it's equally as strong as my love for foods of all kinds.

I really look forward to getting to work with you and helping you with whatever I can!
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Michelle W.

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Los Angeles, CA 90064
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About Yuexin C.

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Colorado Springs, CO
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I am a native Chinese speaker who has a license in teaching Chinese, but license is not all about my teaching. I am an energetic college student in the U.S. who is passionate about languages. Reading, writing, listening and speaking, I know how to knock any of them down from my personal experience learning other languages (English and Portuguese). Trust my ability and I will make you confident in speaking up!

About Yuexin
Hey, I am a rising junior at Colorado College, studying Comparative Literature and Music. I am originally from Shenzhen, China. Currently living in the States, I'd lived in Brazil for 2 months, and will be studying arts in Finland for a semester soon. I play the banjo, do all kinds of arts (mostly drawing and stained glass), and travel.

I have taught people of all ages Chinese. The 4 main parts of a language are reading, writing, listening and speaking; let me know which is your most interested area and we will knock it down. My teaching style is encouraging and well-organized, and yes! I cook Chinese and could teach you some recipes.

Let me know if you have any questions, I will be more than happy to answer them. :)
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About Jasmine L.

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Danville, CA

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你好, Hello! Thank you for looking into my profile. I was born and raised in a fully bilingual environment. I can read, write, speak, and understand the language as a Native speaker. I have lived in Beijing, China for more than 10 years and have experience in teaching Mandarin to young children, as well as adults of different ages.

Please, do not hesitate to send me a message if you have any question! I am here to help you have some great Chinese time!

谢谢, Thank you!

About Jasmine
Hi. My name is Jasmine and I am thrilled to be able to teach Mandarin Chinese. I have spent 10 years of my childhood in Beijing, China, and am capable of teaching conversational Chinese - speak, listen, read, and write.

I am absolutely friendly, responsible, passionate, and motivated. Please reach out if you're looking to learn some authentic tasting of the Chinese language and culture!

I hope to build the passion in learning Mandarin Chinese in my students, while they will encourage me to teach better every day.
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Abigail July 17, 2017
· Mandarin · Online
Jasmine is great!
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Michael Q. June 28, 2017
· Mandarin · Online
Very kind and patient!
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· Chinese · Online
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About ali Y.

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I'm from Beijing China, I can teach you the most authentic Mandarin.

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My name is Ali You, I am a second-year graduate student, and my major is violin performance. In May 2017, I will graduate from Boston University and get my master of music degree.

I’ve begun to study in BU with Professor Bayla Keyes since 2015, in these two years, I’ve learned a lot from her, not only my violin skill, but also a lot of teaching methods.

I got my bachelor degree in Renmin University of China, which is one of the best university in China. I had 24 students before I came to States, several of them won the first prize in different violin competition.

I’m very patient, I have a beautiful smile, of course, and the most important thing is I can teach well. Most of my student can learn very fast and be very happy at the same time. I hope my student to love music instead of just playing the music
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Sophia June 27, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Ali is very good at getting young students' attention. My son became Ali's student two months ago. He liked her and was able to follow her lecture. Ali is also very kind and funny. We love her.
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Joyce June 27, 2017
· Violin · In studio
I found Ali through Thumbtack where I searched a violin teacher for my 4yrs old daughter. After two lessons, I made a decision to learn together with my daughter. Ali is very friendly and nice and professional. I share the one hour lesson with my daughter with no extra fee charged. Time flexible too! I have been learned for two months, improved very fast after her guide. Recommended!
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Tonette June 26, 2017
· Violin · In home
My daughter and Ali already created a good chemistry on their first lesson (which most of the time took awhile to instill). I couldn't wish for more.
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