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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.
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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 Guifang X.

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Durham, NH

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I am a native Chinese speaker. I can speak five languages. I have years of languages (Chinese & English) teaching experience. I am certified to teach in public schools in China. I believe interaction and immersion are effective approaches to learn a new language. Learning a new language with a native speaker is ten times efficient than learning from language apps. Lessons are customized. Communicative language and Chinese culture would be prioritized while making lesson plans. To learn a new language, it's not simply about the language itself. The more you know about the culture, the better you appreciate the language.

About Guifang
I have more than eight years of language teaching experience. I have learned five languages over the years in China and overseas. I started tutoring Chinese students (age 8-16) English and Chinese when I was 19 and I founded my first summer camp in China when I was 20. Students who had registered for my summer camp increased from 25 in 2010 to 86 in 2016. I've gained very valuable skills and perspectives in teaching, not just as a teacher, but also as a student--students are my teachers too--I've learned there are always places that I can improve and better help them learn languages. Students' "needs" and "wants" are prioritized. It helps students achieve their goals while combined with students' "lacks" in lesson planning. Students should get involved in the lesson planning process.

Interest is the best teacher. When I taught non-nati
ve Chinese speakers (in China, South Korea and the U.S) Chinese, it seemed it stimulated their curiosity and interest to learn Chinese when cultural elements were introduced--such as characters' origin and visualization, historical contexts and cultural traditions. I hope that approach can also bring you an enjoyable experience learning a new language!

To help you be able to use Chinese, our language learning is mainly through interactive and communicative approaches. Talk! Talk! Talk! Please don't be shy. It's okay to make mistakes. Learning from mistakes is also a very effective way to learn a new language. We can make more contextualized dialogues based on whatever textbook you are using now. Or we can produce functional conversation based on everyday topics that you are interested. Lesson plans are customized and they can be flexible.

Ready to get on the boat and sail on the sea of Chinese? :)
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Christian May 7, 2018
· Mandarin Chinese · Online
Guifang is totally awesome. Can't wait for the next lesson!
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· Mandarin Chinese · Online
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About Lucy W.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Thinking about traveling to China? Want to learn how to order food in Chinese in a Chinese restaurant? Need help preparing for Chinese class or work? Whether it’s for survival skills, academic or business needs, or even personal enrichment, Lucy Wang can help you reach your Chinese language learning goals.

Ms. Wang’s educational background includes an undergraduate degree in Chinese Language and Literature from Beijing Normal University, and an Advanced Qualification of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from the Han Ban/Confucius Institute. The additional experience of owning and operating a language training center in Beijing and being a homeschooling mother allows Ms. Wang to bring a lifetime of understanding and knowledge to her learners.

Whether you are a beginner or advanced student, a small group or an individual, Ms. Wang can adapt a program tailored to your needs. She is patient and passionate. You can be sure your class will be delivered in a relaxed, fun ...

About Lucy
Thinking about traveling to China? Want to learn how to order food in Chinese in a Chinese restaurant? Need help preparing for Chinese class or work? Whether it’s for survival skills, academic or business needs, or even personal enrichment, Lucy Wang can help you reach your Chinese language learning goals.

Ms. Wang’s educational background includes an undergraduate degree in Chinese Language and Literature from Beijing Normal University, and an Advanced Qualification of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from the Han Ban/Confucius Institute. The additional experience of owning and operating a language training center in Beijing and being a homeschooling mother allows Ms. Wang to bring a lifetime of understanding and knowledge to her learners.

Whether you are a beginner or advanced student, a small group or an individual, Ms. W
ang can adapt a program tailored to your needs. She is patient and passionate. You can be sure your class will be delivered in a relaxed, fun and friendly environment that puts the learner first.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started! 上课吧!
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Lucy W.

Lucy W.

Los Angeles, CA 90045
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About I-Hsuan T.

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Muncie, IN
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I-Hsuan (Phoebe) Tsai is from Taiwan where speaks Chinese and uses traditional Chinese. She enjoys teaching people who want to practice and learn Chinese speaking and writing.

About I-Hsuan
I-Hsuan (Phoebe) Tsai is currently pursuing a Doctor of Arts (D.A.) at Ball State University where she earns the scholarship and studies Guitar Performance, Music Theory/ Composition, and Early Childhood Education.

Phoebe began her musical studies at age 3 with piano, switched to classical guitar at age 12, and progressed to piano study while pursuing her degree. She earned her Master degree in guitar performance at National Taiwan University of Arts. With her devoted passion in classical guitar, she takes every opportunity to popularize it. Therefore, she focuses not only on her performing skills but also on educations. She earned educational degrees both in colleges and graduate school.

As a graduate assistant at BSU, Phoebe has taught guitar lessons and guitar small ensembles at the undergraduate level. Moreover, she taught two
semesters of music theory both at Ball State University and Taylor University. She is familiar with all requirements for guitar undergraduate auditions. Therefore, she is able to help students who want to apply for a music program in guitar at Ball State University.
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I-Hsuan T.

I-Hsuan T.

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About Lynn W.

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Loxahatchee, FL
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I am a certified Chinese Language teacher with 12 years of teaching and tutoring experience. The 3 years of teaching at Alexander Montessori School and Miami Chinese Language School in Miami, I have found something that I am so passionate about. I love to surround myself with children, the youth and adults to boost their cross-cultural understanding so they can speak to more people in the future. Kids Chinese at school or after-school program, tutor for SAT Chinese subject test, business Chinese, Kids Chinese lessons at home and beginner Chinese lessons for all age are the services I can offer.

About Lynn
I am a certified Chinese Language teacher with 12 years of teaching and tutoring experience. The 3 years of teaching at Alexander Montessori School and Miami Chinese Language School in Miami, I have found something that I am so passionate about. I love to surround myself with children, young adult and adults to boost their cross-cultural understanding so they can speak to more people in the future. Kids Chinese at school or after-school program, tutor for SAT Chinese subject test, business Chinese, Kids Chinese lessons at home and beginner Chinese lessons for all age are the services I can offer.
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Lynn W.

Lynn W.

Online
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About Milor C.

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Rio Hondo, TX

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I am a Taiwanese, Mandarin Chinese is my first language, so I have really strong ability to read, write, listen and speak. Good at teaching all level's students. I will customize your lessons, set up a scenario for you. No matter what is your goal, I will help to reach.

About Milor
I am a Taiwanese, also a college student in Texas. As a native Taiwanese, I have strong Mandarin listen, speak, read and write ability. I can read both simple and traditional Mandarin and write traditional Mandarin. I teach Mandarin student of all levels and all purpose. Want to learn Chinese? Start it now.
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Milor C.

Milor C.

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About Shengyi X.

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Redondo Beach, CA
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From beginners to professionals who want to learn and practice their Chinese don’t miss the chance!
I’m easy going, down to the earth. I started to teach Chinese in 2013 to the people aged 7 to 35 when I was in Beijing where I come from.
I’m sure this will be a fun and productive adventure with me while we study together and for you to make progress!
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Shengyi X.

Shengyi X.

Redondo Beach, CA 90277
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