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Ian S.

Jersey City, NJ
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Lella L.

San Francisco, CA
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Makawao, HI
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Ian S.

Jersey City, NJ

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.

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Wenjing February 5, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Ian is an excellent teacher!
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Alexander May 3, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Great instructor, I really like how he explains all the different methods to learn piano. Now is much easier for me to know what to parctice to get better.
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Nancy Colon April 26, 2016
Meditation · In home
Verified Student
Ian was a great listener, very kind, and had some great suggestions to help me on my way to becoming a meditator! Highly recommend.
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Lella L.

San Francisco, CA

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.

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Kayli September 21, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
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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Taylor June 14, 2016
Chinese · Online
I had a wonderful experience with Lella! Great lesson!
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Mark G.

Makawao, HI

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

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louie February 18, 2017
English · Online
Verified Student
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Xu June 30, 2016
English · Online
Verified Student
Mark is a good teacher with patience and dedication, and he offered me many great tips about communicating in everyday situations. I benefited a lot from this class.
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Chau N. April 21, 2016
English · In studio
Verified Student
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I had a lot of great time when learning with Mark . He is a good and patient teacher , he alway teach or helped you any topic you want to study also his explains was quite easy understand and helped my english improved .I highly recommend him.
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Michelle W.

Los Angeles, CA
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Esther S.

Long Beach, CA
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Jasmine L.

Danville, CA
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Michelle W.

Los Angeles, CA

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.

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Esther S.

Long Beach, CA

I am an American-born Chinese person. Mandarin was one of the languages I learned as a child, and though I am not fluent by any means, I have the benefit of having learned the language as a child and can speak like a five year old ;) Therefore, if you are beginning and want to be better understood and acquire some survival skills, I can help you out. I am a native English speaker, so we will be able to comfortably communicate and understand the difficulties and differences between English and Mandarin.

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Koa (. February 10, 2017
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Great with my daughter!
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Lewatle A. January 13, 2017
Piano · Online
Verified Student
Awesome. My son loved it. She was very patient with him. He can't wait for the next session. Thanks.
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Hope D. November 21, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
She is very patient. Perfect teacher for young beginners.
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Jasmine L.

Danville, CA

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!

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Vaughn T. January 22, 2017
Mandarin · Online
Verified Student
Wonderful person and FANTASTIC teacher. Quick to correct pronunciation and even more quick to complement and encourage. I was very lucky to pick Jasmine - a very up-beat personality. By the way, her English grammar is perfect.
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Steve S. November 18, 2016
Chinese · Online
Verified Student
The lesson went well. I did not expect much with the first one since we need to get to know each other and understand what exactly I am looking to learn. She was encouraging and upbeat which made the experience enjoyable. Of course, the real test is what I learned. I spoke just now with a work colleague from China on We Chat and went over what Jasmine had taught me. He noticed a big improvement in my pronunciation today compared to how it was just a few weeks ago on my most recent trip to China.

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