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About Ian S.

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Jersey City, NJ

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I majored in Mandarin Chinese at Rutgers University and also studied Chinese at Donghai University in Taiwan. I have excellent pronunciation, and can help you also master Mandarin pronunciation, as well as grammar, sentence structure, reading and writing, etc. Chinese is an amazing yet very difficult language. Let me help you build a great foundation for becoming fluent and expressing yourself in Chinese!

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.

*** Studio Equipment ***
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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Richard April 26, 2018
· Meditation · In studio
Ian possesses a great understanding of meditation and a calming presence.
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Aydin March 24, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Ian is great with kids and a great instructor. Our son is really into the lessons.
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Joseph February 20, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Ian is quick to understand the areas in which his student needs direction
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Ian S.

Jersey City, NJ 07302
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About Joy S.

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Upper Darby, 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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David May 5, 2018
· Cantonese · Online
She is very nice and helpful
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Lynn R. April 6, 2018
· Photography · Online
Very nice and helpful.
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Vinicius April 4, 2018
· Cantonese · Online
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Joy S.

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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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Tammy G.

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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 Guifang X.

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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 Bill L.

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Grew up in America (born in Taiwan) for over 13 years and native speaker of both English and Mandardin Chinese.

About Bill
I have always been a self-studier in my entire life. Being able to learn with just books and your brain is a crucial skill to have! However, I know not everyone (and sometimes even myself) have the discipline and motivation to keep going during hard times. This is where a tutor would come in handy.

I enjoy tutoring and helping other overcome problems that I have encountered myself because it enhances my own understanding and makes me happy that my self-studying is helping others. Sometimes, my students even bring up alternative ways of thinking that I have never thought of before!
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JANET September 22, 2018
· Computer Programming · Online
Best instructor ever! Was very patience and thorough with me.
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Erika September 14, 2018
· GMAT · In studio
I tend to have a busy schedule with my work, but Bill is accommodating and punctual. In our lessons, we go over topics I struggle with and he thinks of variations of the problem that may appear on the exam to guarantee I fully mastered the concepts. I rather be overprepared than failing and studying for the GMAT all over again.
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Leah August 19, 2018
· GRE · In studio
Bill is superb at asking leading questions to discover my own weaknesses and mistakes so we can fix them together and get to the correct answer.
 
Having someone to bounce various approaches to a problem really helped me understand how to solve the exercises as opposed to just memorizing the solutions
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Bill L.

Bill L.

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About J.Q. W.

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New York, NY

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I make language learning fun and effective, using established techniques for effective and rapid language acquisition. I prefer to teach speaking and listening together with reading and writing, but some students prefer only to learn to speak, which is fine. It can be faster to get up and running with conversations, but with less deep an understanding of the language.

About J.Q.
I studied jazz trumpet performance at Oberlin Conservatory (Bachelors, '02) and The Juilliard School (Masters '17). I've been teaching for over ten years and love to help musicians grow. My experience is in all kinds of jazz as well as Cuban music, flamenco, funk and pop music.
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J.Q. W.

J.Q. W.

New York, NY 10027
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$50 / 60-min

About Shulan S.

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Chicago, IL

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I have 2 years of experience in teaching Standard Mandarin Chinese at both beginner and intermediate levels from 2011 to 2013 in Beijing. I have also worked as part-time translators for NGOs, consulting companies, and academics.

As a student of linguistic anthropology, I specialize not only in teaching the communicative aspect of Mandarin Chinese, but also its metalinguistic aspects such as language ideology and language politics in the contemporary Chinese context.

About Shulan
“Nihao” and “huanying” to Chinese tutoring!

As a student of linguistic anthropology at the University of Chicago, I specialize not only in teaching the communicative and grammatical aspects of Mandarin Chinese, but also its metalinguistic ones such as language ideology and language politics in contemporary China. A life-long lover of Chinese classical and modern literature, I'm also happy to introduce the historical and literary aspects of Mandarin Chinese to students who are interested in Chinese culture in general.

Prior to TakeLessons, I have 2 years of experience teaching Standard Mandarin Chinese at both beginners and intermediate levels in Beijing, China from 2011 to 2013. I also worked as a part-time translator of business documents, NGOs projects, and academic articles, from 2010 to 2013.

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and academic life: I was born and raised in Kunming, China. I moved to Beijing in 2010 for college and transferred to the States to continue my undergraduate studies in anthropology in 2014. I graduated in 2017 with a BA in anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I obtained my MA degree in the social sciences at the University of Chicago in August 2018.
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Shulan S.

Shulan S.

Online
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$34 / 45-min

About Zhixin X.

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Memphis, TN
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I was an English teacher in China and currently a Mandarin Chinese teacher in America. I graduated from Peking University with a master's degree of Cultural Anthropology and have ten-year experiences in educational field working with students from elementary level to adults. I always enjoy teaching and make friends with students and helping them reach their goals. Not only will you be preparing for your tests, but you will be learning practical skills on listening, speaking, reading and writing, building strong foundations of communicating.
Let's make that change. Let's get started!

About Zhixin
I immigrated to Memphis, Tennessee with my husband in July, 2018 after working as an educator for 10 years in Beijing. I have a bachelor’s degree in law and a master’s degree in cultural anthropology. My last job was an English teacher, but I previously worked as a counselor in a university. I also have experience as a translator, editor, and a researcher on various projects throughout my academic and professional career that contribute to my skillset as an educator. I am a mandarin Chinese teacher now in Memphis. Let me help you learn Chinese. and talk about the interesting topics on Chinese language, literature, culture, and society.
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Zhixin X.

Online
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$42 / 30-min

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