Yajuan Min
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Yajuan Min

Yajuan M.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Practice listening and speaking Mandarin Chinese skills with a native speaker, a former radio host, a 20 years of classroom teacher in a variety topics that relate to current events in the world.
Reading exercises are equally emphasized in the lessons learning.
Writing skills will be embedded in email writing or message exchanging.
Students are encouraged to explore their learning needs and learning interests. In other words, the teacher tailors the curriculum and meet learners' learning desire in every possible way.

About Yajuan M.

I gained my BA in Chinese Language and Culture, first MA in Chinese Language and Literature, second MA in Education (from Bucknell University, PA).
I have been teaching American students, from kindergarteners to adults, for the past 21 years at a variety of schools settings including colleges/universities, private high schools, public middle & high schools, and summer immersion language programs in both China and The U.S.
I have coached volleyball, squash, and tennis to high school students. I am also a big swimmer. Additionally, I am the Master Teacher for the New England New Teachers' Association to train all the new Mandarin Chinese teachers since 2011 for the independent schools in the New England area.
My former students went to Middleburry College, Swarthmore College, Oberlin College, Bucknell University, University of Pennsylvania, Brown University, Rhode Island Schools of Design, Dartmouth College, Boston College, MIT, University of Chicago, Yale, Cornell, Harvard, Stanford, John Hopkins, University of Virginia, University of Chicago... and some of them had become Ambassadors of America, college professors, and language programs' directors both in the States and overseas.
On TakeLessons platform, I have facilitated college students taking HSK (level 4 & 5) Chinese exam and High School students taking Chinese AP exam, shared learning enthusiasm with a few college retired professors, assisted some professionals in pursuing their specific fields (such as finance, law, business, and art), and coached many teenagers who showed their interests in Chinese language and culture.
As a sophisticated Mandarin Chinese teacher, I have many interests, life experiences (such as opera singing, fashion design, painting, instruments playing, cooking), and love of teaching the language and passion on world languages learning.

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Yiping L.
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I had a great first lesson! Yajuan gave me lots of insight into the meaning of ancient texts, and taught me some history on the side. It was a very enjoyable experience. :)

Posted Oct 14, 2021
Mara
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Very nice and structured. Learning Chinese by the minute!

Posted Oct 11, 2021
Amy S.
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Sunny is a great teacher! She's very passionate and wants to make sure her students succeed, and I believe she really has helped me improve my Mandarin. She often asks in-depth questions to get you to think about things, and I love her teaching method overall. Not only does she teach things really well, but she's also very kind and funny. I really enjoy her lessons. Each lesson is very personal and helpful, so I'd highly recommend choosing Sunny as your tutor! - Megan

Posted Oct 7, 2021
Christina M.
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I love working with Yajuan! We just started and I have already learned so much. She is so motivating and positive during our lessons. She breaks things down so well and keeps things simple. She makes me so excited each week for the class. I can't wait to see how much my level will improve with her.

Posted Sep 30, 2021
Alexander
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Ms. Min is a very kind person and a teacher. Her generosity motivates myself to study harder and also push myself to be a better person in general. She is very enthusiastic in teaching Mandarin and the students of her class, including myself, very much enjoy the learning which she provides us. She always gives her students a second chance to improve and learn how to teach themselves to be more successful. Overall, she is one of the best teachers I met in my life. Thank you Ms. Min!

Posted Sep 30, 2021
Tatjana J.
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Yajuan is a very good instructor. She's enthusiastic and gives a lot of encouragement and the lessons are fun. I'm at the very beginning of learning Chinese, but I feel I've learnt quite a bit already. Highly recommended.

Posted Sep 21, 2021
Amy S.
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Sunny is a great teacher and really takes the time to make sure her students are comfortable and understanding the material! 10/10, would recommend!

Posted Sep 16, 2021
Hui J.
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Sunny is an extremely enjoyable yet informative teacher! She strikes the perfect balance of being able to communicate issues in grammar, spelling, and pronunciation while also making the lessons fun and relaxing! It doesn't feel like the stiff, formulaic sentences and conversations many schools teach, and instead, she's able to create organic/natural conversations which feel like you are conversing with a local (which is much more beneficial to improving your language skills). I would highly recommend her for people of any skill level (:

Posted Sep 7, 2021
Elizabeth
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Sunny is the BEST! She makes the process so fun and has helped me build a lot of confidence in my speaking and reading comprehension. Highly recommend her classes!!

Posted Aug 27, 2021
Ofelia M.
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Sunny is a wonderful teacher!! She has such a great disposition and makes learning fun. The system she has developed is very effective in teaching Mandarin. I feel accomplished after every lesson. She's engaging, knowledge, and patient. All great qualities in a teacher. I look forward to my lessons with Sunny and would recommend her to anyone!

Posted Aug 17, 2021
Michelle
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Sunny is a fantastic teacher, I just started learning Mandarin and she breaks it down very well and makes lessons fun! I really look forward to each lesson!

Posted Jul 14, 2021
Gordon
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Our son really enjoyed Sunny's mandarin class. Sunny is always very energetic and fun and our son enjoyed the class very much. Thank you Sunny!

Posted Jul 14, 2021
Shanta M.
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Ms. Sunny is always so nice and energetic during every lesson! She makes it fun to learn new things, and always has comprehensive plans to help different people improve and reach their goals based on their strengths and weaknesses. Even though my lessons are only 30 minutes, I feel like I learn weeks of the material I would've learned at school in that short time. Thank you so much, Ms. Sunny, and I look forward to working more with you!

Posted Jul 2, 2021
Uri
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I took 5-lesson package with Sunny to jump-start my spoken Mandarin, which I haven't practiced for almost 10 years. It's been a great experience to have Sunny as a teacher. Her tremendous experience in combination with her engaging personality and instant understanding of what the best course is to help me in meeting my goals, made our lessons a very efficient, fun and rewarding experience. Each lesson felt like having a chat with old friend, just the topic of the chat appeared to be learning new Mandarin skills. Sunny possesses a rare talent of being able to keep an adult student engaged, motivated and focused on studies. I'm looking forward to working with her in the future on improving my Mandarin!

Posted Jun 30, 2021
Julie T.
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Yajuan is THE BEST teacher I've had ever had. She is amazing at what she does and LOVE ITS SO MUCH! She will teach the way you prefer to be taught. You like to be very structured/ textbook guided in your learning? She will teach you chapter by chapter! You want to learn situationally (let's say you have a wedding coming up & you want to learn everything about weddings. The next day you want to learn about the things in your bathroom or your living room that lesson? She will teach you all that. She is so flexible -- even with scheduling too. I wanted to schedule her for that same day, she said YES!!! During her lessons, she will allow you practice reading, speaking, writing, then she'll informally quiz you, and that's literally how I learned so fast with her. She will also give you homework to do if you prefer that! No pressure if you can't finish because she understands that life is busy, SHES SUPER PROUD OF YOU NO MATTER WHAT <3 She takes the time to get to know her students too. She remembers the little details and that is amazing considering how many students she has taught. Learn from her, YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT. I started out with 5 lesson package but I'm about to buy the largest one to continue lessons with her!!!

Posted Jun 30, 2021
Alex
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Sunny is so fun and helpful! I have learned more in 2 months with her than in year-long language courses. She is encouraging and very engaging!

Posted May 23, 2021
Jean L.
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Teacher Sunny ☀️ is positive, patient, enthusiastic teacher. She know what 4 years old needs and also knows how to instruct rules so that she can better focus during the lesson time. She is fun and patient and bright personality. She always practice and quiz for my daughter to make sure that she understand fully and go to the next step. We appreciate it and thanks for replying the text when we ask questions you diligently answered. highly recommend her to others as well. Hope for your success Teacher Sunny!

Posted May 12, 2021
John
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Best Mandarin Chinese teacher my 7 year old has ever had! He looks forward to meeting with her every week and says that she makes learning so fun! She is funny and makes learning feel easy for him as well.

Posted May 6, 2021
Lynette
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Very kind and fun in class. I have learnt so many new words and phrases in less than a year with her.

Posted Apr 14, 2021
Persis
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Great teacher that makes learning much easier.

Posted Apr 6, 2021
Ian I.
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I think that this is the best experience I ever had when I was learning Chinese. one reason why is because its not like having a app teach you and somehow, sunny makes the note taking fun because normally I don't like note taking. I can tell you, welcome to Rosetta stone, it barely teaches me anything but working with sunny, i love it, and if you think its boring at first, don't give up because she always finds a way to make it so you enjoy it a lot. please rate the lesson 5 stars 🌟 and you should try it. its so fun 😁😀 👍

Posted Mar 15, 2021
Charles
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She is the best Chinese teacher I ever had. Her ability to make certain subjects interesting is phenomenal. The lessons she teaches are very engaging. The students are allowed to change the class to their pace. Ms. Min is very patient with everyone and seems to always have control of her classroom despite how chaotic it may be at times

Posted Feb 17, 2021
Katharine Casey
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We are enjoying learning Mandarin with Ms. Sunny! She is great at pacing the lessons for my 4 year old and tailoring the materials to our needs.

Posted Feb 8, 2021
Connor
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Ms. Min has been the best Chinese teacher I have had in the three years I have taken the language. She doesn't just make you memorize words and sentences, but rather helps me and other students dissect sentence structure and makes us understand the language from the ground up. It helps to have a teacher who truly understands the language and who knows how to help others understand as well. I have definitely progressed in my Chinese skills learning from her far more than any other teacher I have had in the past. Learning Chinese from Ms. Min is not only fun and challenging but something I can enjoy rather than stress about.

Posted Feb 4, 2021
Tiffany L.
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Yajuan teacher is an amazing teacher! I started to study with her because I already knew some Mandarin but wasn't sure what level I was. Yajuan was able to assess me and also fine tune the courses to a level that I was comfortable in. She is a very encouraging and enthusiastic teacher. I definitely recommend her if you're looking to learn Mandarin no matter your level.

Posted Nov 17, 2020
Joy
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Very patient and good with kids. My kids enjoy the class very much!

Posted Nov 17, 2020
Kevin
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Kindest teacher you will ever meet! Genuinely cares about all the students and will make sure that they succeed in the classroom. Teaching is always presented in an interesting and immersive way. Great source of help outside the classroom as well.

Posted Nov 2, 2020
Lacey H.
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I chose Sunny as my instructor because she has an impressive background and a friendly face. I will continue to work with Sunny because she is a fantastic teacher. She is quick to correct when needed but does so in a patient and supportive way; she also provides praise and seems genuinely happy when I perform well. She provides well structured lessons but is willing to adapt to my requests and personal learning needs. If I had a critique, it would be that she had limited availability - that said, she worked with me to find a time slot that fit both of our schedules and needs, so it wasn't really much of an issue! I'm very pleased that I chose Sunny as my Chinese instructor.

Posted Oct 22, 2020
Tammy
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Yajuan is an amazing woman all around. She takes the time to understand each student, and it isn't the artificial, fake type. Yajuan genuinely cares, and has a beautiful passion of teaching Mandarin Chinese to her students. I have learned so much already in my short time I have had with her! She is amazing; she has this beautiful passion and it is extremely contagious. I highly recommend her; doesn't matter your age or anything. She is just all around amazing and you will love her!

Posted Oct 21, 2020
Ethan
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Yajuan is an excellent Chinese teacher. She's friendly and makes you feel comfortable during her class. She explains concepts well and easily answers any questions you have. I highly recommend her if you are looking for a Chinese tutor.

Posted Oct 19, 2020
Oliver
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Yajuan was very accommodating, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic. Im exciting to continue my lessons with her.

Posted Oct 13, 2020
Andrew DeChellis
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Ms. Min is truly the most energetic, spontaneous and positive teacher I’ve ever had in my acedemic career. In my short time having the pleasure of being her student I’ve gained a great fondness for learning a language I originally chose as just a filler class to make my college application look a bit better, little did I know I was going to really fall for this class because I was always excited for ms. Mins energy and her teaching style. She is excited to see you learn and even more excited to see you excited, I have never seen her not smiling and being a beam of sunshine on our school campus. I’m very fortunate to have her as my teacher.

Posted Oct 9, 2020
Joshua
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I am taking Chinese 1. We are learning some charactery and pinyin right now. I expected it to be very hard but she really helps me out and makes sure I understand everything. It is my favorite class I am taking right now because of how interesting and engaging it is.

Posted Oct 9, 2020
Nate Schafer
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Very patient and informative. Great teacher.

Posted Oct 9, 2020
Jen D.
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I have learned so much in such a short time. Would absolutely recommend to anyone. Best instructor ever!

Posted Oct 7, 2020
Luke G.
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Extremely positive and encouraging in her interaction with you! Clearly she has a ton of experience teaching.

Posted Sep 21, 2020
Lynn
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Sunny is a very good teacher, extremely positive and encouraging- and tells great stories! She tailors the classes to your level and needs and is good about checking in with you. I really enjoy my classes with her!

Posted Sep 13, 2020
Terrence J.
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Nice and always helps students

Posted Jul 17, 2020
Zoe J.
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She is very kind to the student and always makes sure they can understand the topic they are learning

Posted Jul 15, 2020
Grace D.
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Every lesson has been filled with lots of energy and learning!

Posted Jun 10, 2020
Evan A.
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Teacher is incredibly friendly, kind and explains things in an easy-to-understand way! Can't wait to get started!

Posted Jun 3, 2020
Victoria
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I think the online classes were fine. The work load wasn’t overwhelming or difficult to follow.

Posted May 31, 2020
Eleanor
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Ms. Min is one of my favorite teachers! She is such a wonderful and kind person whose presence is still very much felt despite distance learning. I am very fond of her class and can't wait to see her again in the fall.

Posted May 29, 2020
Daphne
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Ms. Min is a fantastic teacher! Every class with her is fun and engaging. I love her enthusiasm in and out of the classroom, and her presence always brings a smile to my face. I've only been with her for one year, but she did a great job of helping me understand the basics of Chinese.

Posted May 28, 2020
Dylan
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The teacher is good at explaining and does exercises that helps me actually understand the context. Sometimes things are hard, but at the end I always understand it, and get it.

Posted Oct 1, 2019
Matt
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Best teacher ever. Goes through everything clearly and makes sure content is understandable & breaks down complicated content into digestible content

Posted Oct 1, 2019
Jay
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Efficient, quality education. Very good teaching. Love the class

Posted Oct 1, 2019
Harry

Fun classes, and teaches very enthusiasticly!

Posted Oct 1, 2019
Matvei
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Very good teacher. I really like having lessons with her at school. She is super nice and gives very clear explanations on the lessons.

Posted Jan 10, 2019
Anya
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Ms. Min is a wonderful teacher! She is patient and makes learning Chinese enjoyable and interesting. My reading skills have improved immensely under her teaching.

Posted Jan 10, 2019
Robin
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I have been in Ms Min's class for three years. Before I had her as a teacher, I barely knew how to speak, read, and write Chinese; now I am able to speak, write and read Chinese! When I am ever confused about any Chinese material, I am able to reach out for her help which really boosted by Chinese skills. Her class is filled with activities that most Chinese classes do not have. Chinese class with Ms Min is definitely one of my favourite classes at school.

Posted Jan 10, 2019
Candy
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Her laughter and joy are contagious! Her easygoing attitude makes it easy to come to class with her every day. I really enjoy the creativity approach Ms. Min takes towards the subject. In her class, I've gotten to apply my knowledge in the language in many projects including commentating a sports game and a campus tour. Not only is she great academically, but she also deeply cares for her students. I highly recommend taking a class with her!

Posted Jan 10, 2019
Zoe
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I had basic level Chinese skills before learning with Ms. Min and am now at an advanced level and credit her for this success. She is enthusiastic and loves teaching, and works with students to help their individual needs. I highly recommend her if you want to learn any level of Chinese!

Posted Jan 10, 2019
Xan
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Literally the best teacher I have ever had! Her energy is palpable and contributes strongly to an interactive class experience. I cannot even begin to explain how incredible this woman is. 我爱 Ms.Min!

Posted Jan 10, 2019
Julia
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Ms. Min is the best! She puts in so much effort to help her students and has lots of positive energy. She entertains the class while teaching the material. Seriously, she is the best.

Posted Jan 10, 2019
Cam
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Ms Min makes learning chinese super fun and easy. She uses a lot of full-class engagement activities to ensure that every student gets the materials. She is very understanding of her students needs and works to the best of her ability to accommodate them. She is one of the best teachers I have ever had

Posted Jan 10, 2019
Jasper
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She always brings a smile to my face and teaches me things my old teacher never did. She’s very supportive when it comes to learning new topics and really wants her students to succeed

Posted Jan 10, 2019
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Experience

Mandarin Chinese Master Teacher
Aug 2011 - Present

New English New Teachers Association

Train all new Mandarin Chinese teachers for the independent schools in the New England area.

Education

Education
Aug 2006 - May 2008

Bucknell University, PA

Chinese Language and Literature
Sep 1998 - Jul 2000

Beijing Foreign Language University

Languages

Arabic

Limited Proficiency

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Professional Proficiency

Japanese

Limited Proficiency

Korean

Professional Proficiency

Mandarin Chinese

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Mandarin Chinese Teaching Certificate for Secondary Schools
Sep 2020

The Education Department of Connecticut

Mandarin Chinese Teaching Certificate for Secondary Schools
Aug 2010

The Education Department of Massachusetts

Affiliations

Association of American Educators
Aug 2011
The Association of American Educators (AAE) is the non-union professional educators organization, established in 1994 by nationally recognized educators who saw the need for a professional organization that focused on student achievement without an emphasis on partisan politics.
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Aug 2011
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. ACTFL is an individual membership organization of more than 12,000 language educators, students, and administrators.

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