Qian( Sophie) Li
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Qian( Sophie) Li

Qian( Sophie) L.

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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
As a fully qualified Chinese teacher I have been teaching Mandarin for 17 years in both China and the United States. I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of Mandarin skills.

For adult learners, speaking Chinese does not seem easy, but I can help you understand and master the tones of the Chinese phonetic alphabet in a short time. Within the first few lessons, you'll start speaking simple sentences and, as time goes by, you'll be able to use Mandarin like a pro!

For young learners, we can start by recognizing the Chinese characters, or singing Chinese children's songs.

If you are an advanced Chinese learner, we can practice reading some Chinese articles and discuss the topics. I also specialize in Chinese writing so, if you need to improve your writing skills, I can help you.

I love working with students of all levels and look forward to seeing you soon.

About Qian( Sophie) L.

Hello, My name is Qian Li. I have 17 years experience as a Mandarin Chinese teacher in both China and the United States. I have worked in the States teaching Mandarin as a second language to K-12 level and college students for 6 years. I also hosted a Distance Chinese class for beginners at Portland State University.

I graduated from Wuhan University with a Master's in TCSOL (Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages).

I enjoy helping my students learn to speak Mandarin from the beginning and build up their Chinese vocabulary by playing games using characters. From listening and speaking to reading and writing we can practice all these subjects in class.

I always enjoy creating personalized text with Chinese characters to enhance reading skills for my students. Let me know if you have any questions about learning Mandarin. I look forward to meeting you in my class and for us to having a good and interesting time together.


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Super great teacher! She helps to make a lesson plan focused on what you need or want, for instance, helping me with conversational Chinese and reviewing characters. Instead of PowerPoint slideshows, she has me prepare little projects like talking about what I did last summer, or talking about my job. It really helps me get used to topics in Chinese that I would regularly speak about. Super friendly and super fun!

Posted Jun 27, 2021
Greg Borossay
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Teacher Sophie is great. She has been a tutor for me (50+) English speaker learning Mandarin starting with absolutely no knowledge and my daughter (15) who started learning immersion Mandarin at age 4 and is already quite fluent.

From my standpoint Teacher Sophie has been a very diligent and patient tutor willing to spend a great deal of time with a student who needs regular repetition and practice. Given that my business travel requires regular visits to China, Teacher Sophie has focused on practical day to day Mandarin that has proven very helpful as I navigate Maritime business dealings throughout China.

For my daughter, Teacher Sophie has geared up her tutoring to include more intensive vocabulary and a refresher program. Given that my daughter is in a high school now that does not offer Mandarin, this type of refresher course is very valuable.

I strongly recommend Teacher Sophie as a Mandarin tutor at any level of instruction.

Posted Oct 17, 2020

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Mandarin Chinese Language Teacher
Jun 2018 - Present

Goodtime Chinese School

-Homeroom teacher for K-1st grade students -Teach Chinese language,Math, Science, Humanities,Chinese calligraphy and P.E. classes all in Mandarin -Lead Chinese dance class for after school program -Lead Chinese language class for after school program -Occasionally lead preschool students in their Chinese studies -Participating in Chinese summer camp and winter camp as Chinese instructor -Design performance program for Chinese New Year Gala

Mandarin Chinese teacher
Nov 2015 - Aug 2017

Kaiyu Education (China)

-1:1 Tutoring for weekend Chinese class -Graduation test preparation for middle school students about their Chinese subject -Lead 5th, 6th and 7th grade students for Chinese language and literature classes

Visiting Professor
Jun 2011 - Jun 2015

Confucius Institute at Portland State University

-Every quarter lead 5-7 classes in the subject areas of Heritage III, Intensive Chinese, Conversation II, conversation I, practiced writing, intermediate conversation, med-intermediate conversation,HSK Preparation, Taiji Quan class -Responsible for Chinese language Summer camp -Long distance Chinese class -Teach sales managers at College Net Conversational Chinese -Prepare and participated in the cultural events hosted by Confucius Institute at Portland State University -Every quarter tutored 3-4 students individually

Mandarin Chinese teacher
Aug 2006 - Jun 2011

Yichang Commercial School (China)

-Teach Chinese language & literature to Chinese students in a vocational school

Mandarin Chinese tutor
Nov 2009 - Jan 2010

Three Gorges University (China)

-Teach Chinese language to Nepalese students

Mandarin Chinese teacher
Sep 2003 - Jun 2006

Xinyi high school ( China)

- Teach Chinese language & literature to Chinese students - Help high school students prepare for their college entrance examination


Master of Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL)
Jul 2007 - Dec 2010

Wuhan University

Master of TCSOL( Teaching Chinese to Speaker of other languages)
May 2007 - Dec 2010

Wuhan University



Professional Proficiency

Mandarin Chinese

Fluent / Native Proficiency

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