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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.
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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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 Austin Y.

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Milpitas, CA

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Learn the basics of speaking and understanding the funny-sounding language known as Cantonese! Many outsiders deem Cantonese as an aggressive and loud language. This is true to an extent, but, there is much fun, beauty, and history to this language as well!

About Austin
Hello! My name is Austin, and my personal life motto is: doing my best to help others realize and reach their best! I have been teaching a number of topics ranging from music, fitness, to technology, writing, and religious texts for over 7 years. Over these years, I have also worked a myriad of jobs to receive invaluable experience as well as learn how to interact with all kinds of people.

It has always been my deep passion and true joy to journey along with someone who is simply willing to learn the many gifts that life has for us to enjoy! I am currently studying for my masters at Western Seminary, interning at a church in Milpitas, and a certified teacher here at TakeLessons.

Time and time again, I have come to realize that life is about serving, teaching, and loving others with what we already have; teaching is such a simple y
et profound way to practice this!

I look forward to doing my best in order to help you realize, reach, and ultimately relish your best!

Best regards,

Austin Ying
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Neha March 27, 2017
· Volleyball · In studio
I am an adult and absolute beginner in volleyball and was looking to learn some basics and Austin did a great job of teaching me.
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Samuel February 25, 2017
· Weight Loss · Online
It was a treat to have Austin guide me toward my personal goals of losing weight while gaining muscle. He displayed constant knowledge and patience. I really enjoyed each session and have learned a great deal from him! Really great tutor to have!!!
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· Acoustic Guitar · In home
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Austin Y.

Austin Y.

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About MJ W.

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Silver Spring, MD
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I was born from Shanghai,China, I have been finished all of Chinese normal education from Shanghai,China also obtained my BA degree from Shanghai Conservatory of Muisc in 1983. worked at Shanghai Ballet orchestra as a violinist for two more years. After received Full tuition graduated scholarship from CITY UNIVERSITY OF NY/BROOKLYN COLLEGE/CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC IN FALL 1985. I came to US for my graduated MM degree program/studies in Violin-Performance under well known Prof. KAWASAKI over there for 8 years,......I can teaching any level of your Chinese studies for yours!

About MJ
I was born from Shanghai,China, I have been finished all of Chinese normal education from Shanghai,China also obtained my BA degree from Shanghai Conservatory of Muisc in 1983. worked at Shanghai Ballet orchestra as a violinist for two more years. After received Full tuition graduated scholarship from CITY UNIVERSITY OF NY/BROOKLYN COLLEGE/CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC IN FALL 1985. I came to US for my graduated MM degree program/studies in Violin-Performance under well known Prof. KAWASAKI over there for 8 years,......I can teaching any level of your Chinese studies for yours!

I HAVE BEEN TEACHING THOSE GROUP STRING CLASS FROM Shanghai,China ,NY CITY & SILVER SPRING ,MD 20906 MORE THAN 23 YEARS,...... I WILL USE TO TEACHING HOW TO STUDY WITH THE SUZUKI VIOLIN & VIOLA. & HRIMALY SCALE STUDIES ........ ONE TO ONE OR SMALL GROUP STRING LESSONS
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MJ W.

MJ W.

Silver Spring, MD 20906
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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 Cui 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 Darren H.

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Rochester, NY
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To be able to comfortably chat in Chinese with a native person and to develop an appreciation for the Chinese culture.

About Darren
Hi there!

My name is Darren, and I am part of the YellowJackets A Cappella at the University of Rochester (professional collegiate a cappella group).
Aside from my piano and music theory skills, I am a classically trained singer (Eastman School of Music) who performs all kinds of music: jazz, pop, musicals...

Teaching is only half of the process - the student will have to work on their own in order to improve their craft. That said, I will be glad to assist you in that process.

Sincerely,

Darren Huang
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Darren H.

Darren H.

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About Nell H.

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Las Vegas, NV
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Experienced teacher of 6 years, specializing in the beginner/intermediate chinese student! All ages welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student.
I travel the world and love the culture and food when I explore the country. I believe language is a tool to connect you and people from different cultures and backgrounds. It is the key to expand and introduce you to many other opportunities in life.
So!! Let's get started!

About Nell
Hello students!
I always think language is a tool to create new opportunities and introduce you to a different culture, most importantly to engage your life with people who doesn’t speak your language.
I’m very patient and passionate and definitely very helpful! I travel the world and enjoy the culture, the food and people that I have been introduced. Having the opportunity to learn a different language had really expand my world! I hope I will be able to help you to learn Chinese, it is going to be a life change experience!
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Nell H.

Nell H.

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About Judy L.

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North Hills, CA
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I believe the best way to learn is having fun while learning! For languages like Chinese, I teach young students through fun interactive learning games, engaging stories and songs. I am very patient teacher that your child will love to learn with.

About Judy
I was born in taiwan and educated in the US since I was 12 years old. My native language is Mandarin. I graduated from Cal State Northridge earning both a bachelors and masters degree in visual communication specializing in graphic design. I’ve always wanted to be a kindergarten teacher. Because of my creative background I’ve created fun learning curriculums to help young students learn while keeping them entertained. I’ve developed fun interactive games, engaging stories and entertaining songs to help student learn conversational Mandarin without stress or pressure.
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Judy L.

Judy L.

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$34 / 30-min

About YAN L.

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San Diego, CA
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Ni Hao! (which means hello in Chinese). I'm Yan! I come from Shanghai, China. I recently graduated from National University with an MBA degree. I've been in the USA for two years and a half. Since I've been to visit more than ten countries, I have many friends all over the world and I'm glad to work and communicate with diverse people. Moreover, I enjoy teaching others. I always have patience and passion to help your learning.

After teaching people from different countries, I concluded some effective teaching ways for my students, especially for improving pronunciation.
According to various requirements, my class will be well organized and designed for each individual. We will have a relax and lively class. Welcome to learning Chinese with me!

About YAN
Ni Hao! (which means hello in Chinese). I'm Yan! I come from Shanghai, China. I recently graduated from National University with an MBA degree. I've been in the USA for two years and a half. Since I've been to visit more than ten countries, I have many friends all over the world and I'm glad to work and communicate with diverse people. Moreover, I enjoy teaching others. I always have patience and passion to help your learning.

After teaching people from different countries, I concluded some effective teaching ways for my students, especially for improving pronunciation.
According to various requirements, my class will be well organized and designed for each individual. We will have a relax and lively class. Welcome to learning Chinese with me!
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YAN L.

YAN L.

Online
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$25 / 30-min

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