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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.

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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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Miguel July 2, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Ian is a fantastic instructor. In our second lesson, he completely changed the way I look at scales and soloing AND helped easily make sense of a music theory concept that always confused me (and how to apply it practically).

On top of it all, he is very approachable and easy to work with. Highly recommend!
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Kevin July 2, 2019
· Piano · In home
Ian is a wonderful teacher! I have been taking lessons with Ian for two months, and am very happy with his instruction and my progress. He has been particularly helpful in clarifying music theory concepts (to someone with no real musical training) and then translating those concepts to playing and practicing. I highly recommend him!
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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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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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ron May 10, 2019
· Photography · Online
straight up explanations for beginners..easy to understand when to use what..will continue with her....practise makes perfect!! Ron
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· Photography · Online
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Marietta S. April 15, 2019
· Spanish · Online
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About Grace J.

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An experienced, patient, sweet and funny Mandarin Chinese tutor to all levels and ages, I have been teaching and tutoring this language over 10 years. I am originally from China, a native Mandarin Chinese speaker with a master degree.
I can help students from primary to college improve their listening, speaking, reading, and writing ability, and achieve a high score in their final Chinese test.
I can help students prepare for the AP Chinese Language and Culture Exam.
I can help worked people have a good understanding of this language.
I can tailor customized lessons to satisfy students’ specific requirements and levels, such as conversational Chinese, retail field Chinese, systematically beginner’s Chinese, etc…
I can teach people Business Chinese as well since I had the law background knowledge from China.
What book series I use the most is to teach high school, college students, and adults Integrated Chinese series.
What I like the most is to teach children because my ...

About Grace
An experienced, patient, sweet and funny Chinese tutor to all levels and ages, I have been teaching and tutoring Chinese language over 10 years. I am originally from China, a native Mandarin Chinese speaker with a master degree.
I studied in a law school, got my master degree and lawyer license, also passed the Mandarin Proficiency Test, achieved the College Teacher Certificate and worked in a college to teach law and culture related subjects when I was in China.
After came to America, I had taught in a university, and a language workshop for children. At present, I teach Chinese in a summer camp of a very good private school. So you see, my students are from toddlers to adults. One parent praised me that I am a great story teller.
I can help students from primary to college improve their listening, speaking, reading, and writing ab
ility, and achieve a high score in their final Chinese test.
I can help students prepare for the AP Chinese Language and Culture Exam.
I can help worked people have a good understanding of this language.
I can tailor customized lessons to satisfy students’ specific requirements and levels, such as conversational Chinese, retail field Chinese, systematically beginner’s Chinese, etc…
I can teach people Business Chinese as well since I had the law background knowledge from China.
What book series I use the most is to teach high school, college students, and adults Integrated Chinese series.
What I like the most is to teach children because my personality is very active, and I like kids. I like to sing and dance (maybe it shouldn't be called dance, it is just like moving around). I can sing lots of Chinese nursery rhymes.
A committed professional to my work with a sincere, enthusiastic, easygoing, down to earth personality, I like teaching, that students improve day by day is my biggest happiness. You will have a happy time to learn Chinese very well if choosing me as your tutor.
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Isla September 26, 2018
· Mandarin Chinese · Online
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Emma B. August 20, 2018
· Mandarin Chinese · Online
She is super friendly and nice, and makes learning easy to understand. I am moving to china in a few days so I took a few lessons from Grace so that I would know enough to move out there with, even though I will be learning at college there. I feel more confident knowing even just a little bit of Chinese before I move out there.
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Nicole W. August 2, 2018
· Mandarin · Online
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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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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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Lella L.

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About Michelle W.

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Los Angeles, CA
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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.

About Michelle
Hi! I'm Michelle, a world traveler/teacher who's here to help bring her experience and energy to students back home in California. I've taught various subjects such as test prep, English, history, and languages to students all over the world, such as China, France, and Ecuador. I've worked with students of all ages and love getting to know them to help figure out how they best learn.

I love learning languages in my spare time and practicing when I can. When I'm not looking a bit silly doing that, I'm usually reading, at a baseball game, hiking, or hanging out with friends. I keep active, making sure to run or climb a mountain when I can. However, it's equally as strong as my love for foods of all kinds.

I really look forward to getting to work with you and helping you with whatever I can!
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kalki, A. September 8, 2017
· Mandarin · In studio
she was good
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About Lawrence W.

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Brooklyn, NY
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Students can expect to set goals for each week and to be given assignments to practice in between lessons.

About Lawrence
Larry is a native of Taiwan, and speaks English & Mandarin fluently. He teaches Mandarin Chinese in any of the boroughs of New York City, online, or at his home location. He prepares each lesson and holds students accountable for practicing before each lesson. The Better Chinese method is one method that he uses for young beginners, and he also has an online curriculum for students of any age to practice.

Larry started tutoring Mandarin Chinese while he was still a student at the BYU-Idaho in 2007 and has continued teaching after moving to NYC.
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Lawrence W.

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About Samuel B.

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Alameda, CA
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I am also a chinese poet and song writer. Can teach from basic to advanced.

About Samuel
Independent musician. Love flute from spirit and soul.
1. Played flute for > 20 years.
2. Have >6 years of teaching students. Interest driven study.
3. Have abundant knowledge in flute, guitar and other instrument of multiple genres.
4. As a Chinese, I speak mandarin/English and can teach chinese bamboo flute and traditional chinese pipes like Xiao, and Dizi.
5. I love kids and I am very patient.
6. I am also an independent music producer, having original flute music can apply my techniques in studio to facilitate flute teaching( for online only).
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Emma October 23, 2018
· Flute · In home
Sam is great with my 10 year old daughter. He is easy going and makes the flute lessons fun and my daughter enjoys her weekly hour lesson. We let Sam know what our goals were and he has created a plan accordingly.

Sam can do both in-home and online lessons. The in-home lessons are great, no need to travel.

Overall Sam is a great teach and very affordable.
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Ricardo July 26, 2018
· Flute · In home
Samuel is an awesome teacher and a friend. I have improved so much with my dizi and look forward yo lessons in the years to come. He is very talented, patient, and kind. Thank you teach!
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Jude March 8, 2018
· Flute · In home
Great teacher. My son looks forward to his lessons.
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About Bill L.

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Chicago, IL
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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 (doing it ever since I was in high school for my classmates) 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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Britney N. August 12, 2019
· Python · Online
Good communication and best explanation
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Nathan F. January 26, 2019
· Python · Online
Good explanations and efficient with time!
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Jasmine November 21, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
Had played piano when I was young, and missed playing it. Bill is an excellent motivator and helped me enjoy practicing again and playing new pieces!
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Bill L.

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About Ying W.

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Modesto, CA
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I am from China. Both Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese Chinese are my native languages. Want to learn Chinese? Speak Chinese fast and easily? Learn how to read and write Chinese characters? Get to know the Chinese culture, customs and traditions? Let’s get started!

About Ying
My name is Ying. I am from China. I was born and brought up in China. Moved to North America in 2014. My native language is Chinese, I speak both Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese.
I graduated from University of International Business and Economics in Beijing China and received a Bachelor’s degree in Management.
I worked for a Fortune 500 global technology company for nine and a half years. I have been working as a lead teacher at a child care center in the United States since 2016, supervising and engaging children in age appropriate activities between Newborn and 12 year old classrooms.
I have worked with students both individually and in groups to help them learn to process new content and improve study habits. I utilize various teaching materials and approaches to suit the student’s level of understanding the subject. Adjust to the
student’s learning styles and preferences. Customize lesson plans according to requirements of the student. I take pride in helping students succeed.
I am patient and have a sincere love for teaching Chinese. I am flexible. I truly care about your progress and will be available for out-of-class queries.
I look forward to meeting you! :)
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Jeff August 13, 2019
· Mandarin Chinese · Online
Very pleasant to work with.
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Brian W. July 26, 2019
· Mandarin Chinese · Online
Very comprehensive and fun lesson! Hint answered all my questions and was extremely patient with me. Highly recommended!
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Ayla W. July 26, 2019
· Mandarin Chinese · Online
Excellent starting lesson - My 6 year old daughter loved Ying.
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About Junling C.

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Mc Lean, VA
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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.

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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Susannah October 5, 2018
· Mandarin Chinese · In studio
Mrs. Junling is a very passionate, enthusiastic and kind teacher. She helped me gain confidence in both my pronunciation and vocabulary skills. I would highly recommend her to anyone who wanted to gain some knowledge of the Chinese language.
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Junling C.

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