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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 Binbin M.

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Seattle, WA
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Within the first five lessons, you'll be able to capture daily used sentences, and as time goes on you'll be able to read news, give speeches. actively talk with Chinese speakers. I specialize in speaking, translating, and formal writing if required. I can't wait to meet you!

About Binbin
I am an MBA currently working as an accountant. Before attended grad school I was a trainer for new employees who was promoted from the position of English teacher. My total teaching experience is four years now.I have a passion on teaching as I'd like to help people by sharing what I know in different ways they prefer.
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Binbin M.

Binbin M.

Online
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$60 / 45-min

About Jingjing W.

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Chicago, IL
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I have been teaching mandain Chinese for 5 years in Uniersity College Dublin in Ireland and I have extensive experience of teaching a wide range of Chinese language courses to students of all ages and experience levels.Whatever your goal is, I will tailer the learning materials and methods according to you needs and I can't wait to meet you and help you reach your goals and have fun in learning Chinese!

About Jingjing
Hi, there! My name is Jingjing. I had been teaching Mandarin Chinese in University College Dublin in Ireland for 5 years before I came to US. I have extensive experience of teaching and tutoring Chinese face to face or online. I am warm and friendly and I can't wait to meet you and help you reach your goals and have fun in learning Chinese!
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Oleg May 11, 2018
· Mandarin Chinese · Online
She is very good at teaching. She plays fun games to help us learn! I recommend her. :)
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Stephen L. May 7, 2018
· Mandarin Chinese · Online
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Shreya March 19, 2018
· Mandarin Chinese · Online
Jingjing explains the language in a clear manner. I enjoyed my classes with her. Even though I had an issue for one class, she went beyond the scheduled time to complete the lesson plan.
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Jingjing W.

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About Yifan H.

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I graduated from American University with a B.A. degree in International Studies and a B.S. degree in Economics. I was a teaching assistant at American University for three years in the areas of Chinese, economic and international studies. I was doing private tutoring in past two years covers the topics of Chinese, economic, American history, Asian study, and statistics.

I have my career passion in international development especially NGO development. I am the kind of person who likes to share what I learned and what I experienced with others. Both my parents are professors in college. So I guess I am affected by this familial inheritance of teaching and sharing knowledge.

I am from Beijing, China. As a native Mandarin speaker, I had two years experience in tutoring Chinese at American University. I had experience in teaching all range of l students includes both beginners who just start to learn tones and advanced who want to learn more about Chinese culture.

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About Yifan
I graduated from American University with a B.A. degree in International studies and a B.S. degree in Economics. I was a teaching assistant at American University for three years in the areas of Chinese, economic and international studies. I was doing private tutoring in past two years covers the topics of Chinese, economic, American history, Asian study, and statistics.

I have my career passion in international development especially NGO development. I am the kind of person who likes to share what I learned and what I experienced with others. Both my parents are professors in college. So I guess I am affected by this familial inheritance of teaching and sharing knowledge.

I am from Beijing, China. As a native Mandarin speaker, I had two years experience in tutoring Chinese at American University. I had experience in teaching all ra
nge of l students includes both beginners who just start to learn tones and advanced who want to learn more about Chinese culture.

I graduated in American University with B.S. Economics. I had experience in teaching Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and International Economics.

I get 800 for my SAT Math and SATII Math. With B.S. economic major, I am mastered in econometrics and statistics. I had experience in tutoring precalculus and basic statistics for 2 semesters in college.

I had experience in teaching American History and East Asian History for 1 semester at American University.

During the time you and I study together, I would not only be your favorite tutor forever but also a good friend you wanna hang out with. I will teach you what you need and help you to discover what you like.

Let's rock it!
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Yifan H.

Yifan H.

Arlington, VA 22202
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$40 / 30-min

About Junling C.

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Mc Lean, VA
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I am a native Chinese, and I lived in Shanghai and Beijing. I was a TV reporter for CCTV, China's biggest national TV station for 5 years. After that I worked for Fortune Magazine and Time Magazine as a translator and a reporter. My mandarin is perfect, without any accent, and I'm great with young kids as well as adults.

About Junling
My name is Junling and I'm a native Chinese. For the last two decades I have moved seamlessly between East and West, and understand both China and the U.S. very well.

I worked for Chinese biggest national TV station as a reporter and producer for 5 years. After that, I was researcher and translator for Fortune magazine and Time magazine. My previous job was media relation manager at American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai.

I have very good interpersonal and communications skills in both English and Chinese.
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Junling C.

Junling C.

Mc Lean, VA 22101
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About Milor C.

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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.

Online
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About Abby Y.

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Alexandria, VA
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Your learning goal is my priority, An interesting and effective lesson will be customized based on your level and needs. My wish is that by taking classes with me, you will develop a good model of self-studying and deepen your love of the mandarin Chinese.

About Abby
Dear students and friends,

I am thrilled to be part of your Mandarin learning journey. My passion for Chinese language and culture has led me to this site.
I was born in Chongqing and raised in Chengdu, China. I went to undergrad in Chongqing, majored in law and minored in English. I started my legal career in Beijing with a law firm and practiced Chinese law in various areas. Later on I went to U.S. for a Master of Law program and was admitted to New York Bar. I then practiced Chinese law both in Mandarin Chinese and English several years in China before I moved to the U.S. I also worked in a law firm in Frankfurt, Germany for six months as a young lawyer representative of Sichuan Lawyer Association. My legal life has not only enabled me to understand the law, business and society better, but also made me a better
communicator, and a good learner (there is always new thing to learn as a business lawyer).
My passion for Chinese language and culture initially comes from my family. My grandfather is a well-known Classic Chinese teacher and poet. My grandfather's brother (who I also call grandpa) is an expert on Tibetan Language and culture. My dad is a scholar on minority culture and religion. Also my mom was a Chinese teacher for several years. I was fascinated by the joy, beauty and satisfactions my family has showed and shared with me regarding Chinese language and culture while growing up. Luckily, on the path of learning, I also met several great teachers who guided me and inspired me. Besides the knowledge, most importantly, they taught me compassion and wisdom ( I am deeply grateful for that). It is my wish to help others in the same way.

Abby
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Abby Y.

Abby Y.

Alexandria, VA 22304
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