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About Lella L.

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San Bruno, 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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Maxine M. August 10, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Friendly introduction to piano for this beginner
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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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About Matt G.

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Pensacola, FL

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I have lived in China for 4 years and my wife is Chinese. With our combined experience we will have no problem bringing your Chinese up to any level you like.

About Matt
I went to Pensacola Catholic High then to Auburn University. I became a Christian while in Auburn and after graduation, in 2007, went overseas to teach English and do missions. I have been teaching since that time and am back home now. I enjoy teaching people and watching their confidence grow as they learn new skills and develop new abilities.
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Lisa C. August 29, 2018
· ESL · Online
Matt is a very patient and good instructor. My mother loves his class a lot.
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Matt August 27, 2018
· Mandarin Chinese · Online
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Yoledy .. July 9, 2018
· ESL · Online
I really like his teaching style. Matt is patient and focused.
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About Guifang X.

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Fayetteville, NC
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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 nine 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-nativ
e 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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Sasha July 25, 2018
· Mandarin Chinese · In home
very pleasant ,professional and knowledgeable , in her teaching approach. highly recommended. I only wish, she was going to be in the states, a few more years. to teach my daughter.
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Sasha July 23, 2018
· Mandarin Chinese · In studio
she is amazing, she takes it slow on the first lesson and and she is patient for you to finish,and she takes it a step at a time not rush through it
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Ryan May 13, 2018
· Mandarin Chinese · Online
Very patient teacher. Great to get feedback on areas to focus so my kids can be more proficient in conversational mandarin.
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Guifang X.

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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 Kevin W.

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Elmhurst, NY
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I am fluent in Mandarin Chinese. Within the first few lessons, you'll start speaking simple sentences/ phrases and as time goes on, you'll be able to perfect your tones! I typically use practice books and have worksheets. I love working with students of all experience levels. Speaking is very important as much as reading/ recognizing characters. You'll be able to practice writing the characters the right way.

About Kevin
I studied classical piano for 19 years from a piano teacher who was from Julliard. I passed A.B.R.S.M. grade 8 piano test as well as the NYSSMA Grade 6 test. I teach piano students of all different ages and experience levels. I can teach students to read music, learn music theory, prepare for music exams and learn how to play using sheet music depending on the goals and preference of the student.

As a pianist, I like to play classical, covers from movies, video games, and pop. I love to mentor students who want to become proficient in picking up any sheet music and start playing it.

My personal passion is music from movies and shows but I firmly believe that having great technique is essential to any kind of style of music. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!
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Joshua August 14, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Kevin has an excellent understanding of music and the workings of the piano. He was very patient and a relaxing person to be around. A most amazing professional!
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Pittsburgh, PA

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Native speaker, over 20 years of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, fun and practical way to help you build confidence faster in speaking and reading Chinese!
Customized class to meet each individual needs and all ages are welcome!

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As a wife, my husband always says:" Honey, you are so funny, living with you, life has more fun!" As a mother, my son always states:" Mom, you are a really funny person and you are my lifelong best friend!" As an owner, I know what's always on my dog Rascal's mind:" Mommy, thank you for giving me the best of your love!" As an experienced tutor/teacher, I always get remarks from my students:" Thank you very much! I have learned more than I expected!"

So, what will you think of me? Start your lesson with me and figure it out!
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Morning B.

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About Shanshan W.

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Ni hao! My name is Shanshan , I was born in Mainland China and finished my bachelor’s degree at Nanjing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics. I have completed my master’s degree at Southeast Missouri State University with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration. My written and spoken Chinese are both excellent. I have owned the first prize in the Chinese Youth Calligraphy Competition and got Grade B of the first class in the Certificate of Putonghua Proficiency Test.
Since I can remember, I have always had aspirations to be a Chinese teacher. I like the idea of passing on my knowledge to a new generation of pupils. English is my second language, in my college years, I used to work in cram School to teach elementary school students the basic level of language, including listening, reading, speaking, and writing and always love to try different ways to help students to learn Chinese. My teaching style is to make the course of study happier and easier. Let’s study and ...

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Hello everybody! My name is Shanshan, I was born in Mainland China and finished my bachelor’s degree at Nanjing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics. I have completed my master’s degree at Southeast Missouri State University with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration. My written and spoken Chinese are both excellent. I have owned the first prize in the Chinese Youth Calligraphy Competition and got Grade B of the first class in the Certificate of Putonghua Proficiency Test.
Since I can remember, I have always had aspirations to be a Chinese teacher. I like the idea of passing on my knowledge to a new generation of pupils. English is my second language, in my college years, I used to work in cram School to teach elementary school students the basic level of language, including listening, reading, speaking, and writing and alw
ays love to try different ways to help students to learn Chinese. My teaching style is to make the course of study happier and easier. Let’s study and explore!
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Shanshan W.

Shanshan W.

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About Shaotian C.

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Rego Park, NY
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I am specializing in teaching Mandarin Chinese for all levels, from the very beginning foundations to advanced creative writing/speech skills. I am a native Mandarin Chinese speaker grew up in Beijing, China and now residents in New York, working as a professional actor, playwright, and translator. I have also been working as an editor and journalist. I understand how the language really works and how to teach it in a creative way as well as rigorous way. I would love to improve your Mandarin Chinese level through an integrated approach so you can use it in whatever settings you desire!

About Shaotian
I am a Mandarin Chinese teacher teaches the language for all levels, from the very beginning foundations to the advanced creative writing/speech skills, for all ages.

I am a native Mandarin Chinese speaker who grew up in Beijing, China, and residents in New York now. I graduated from The New School with an MFA in Acting, and University of California, Berkeley with a BA in Theater and Performance Studies (Acting and Playwright Concentration). Other than teaching Mandarin, I have been working as a professional actor, playwright, editor, translator, and private writing coach. I have also worked as a journalist for the newspaper Beijing Student Times and the magazine 39.2, under the company of Beijing Youth Daily.

I understand how Chinese works essentially and know how to teach it in creative ways, and I would love to share it with you. I u
nderstand that different person has different purpose and goal in studying a language. Therefore, I teach the language in a personalized way. If you want to learn it thoroughly, I would love to teach it as rigorous as possible, for professional or academic speech and writing works. However, if you want to learn it you could use it in daily life or at least to be understood, I will teach you how the language has been modified in modern daily life, and what are the keys and what you could skip at first, to make it a little easier for you.

My playwright and editor experience could also help people who have needs in advanced professional and creative writing. In addition, I also specialized in Chinese language and accent coach for actors, for I understand how Speech works in the environment of acting in both languages.

I would love to help you based on your needs in learning Mandarin Chinese. Please do not hesitate in contacting me to see if you think we are a good match! 欢迎学习中文!
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Shaotian C.

Shaotian C.

Online
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$40 / 30-min

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