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About Ian S.

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Jersey City, NJ

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I majored in Mandarin Chinese back in college (many years ago...) and also studied Chinese at Tunghai 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.

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

*** Specialties ***
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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About Kan W.

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Chandler, AZ

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Chinese is my first language, and it is one of the most beautiful language in the world, I know a lot of people feel hesitate about its difficulty to learn, but once you pass the pivotal point, you will love it!!
I have strong ability to read and write Mandarin speedily and fluently. Be able to express and write ideas clearly and logically.
I worked as a copy editor in a newspaper company for one year in China, won the Chinese Solicit Essays (the First Place) in 2004. I have been learn 5 thousand years of Chinese poetry. I have been taught over 20 foreigners in China. I will make it easy for you!

Teach kids Chinese in very funny way make them happy about this amazing language and also give them good foundation knowledge and good grammar.
I do believe that you will enjoy this beautiful language!

About Kan
The concertmaster, Kan, handled her difficult solos with disarming ease. -Mark Swed
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October 23, 2008 LA Times

Acclaimed by the LA Times as a soloist Kan has been a concertmaster in various orchestras, as Shanghai Youth Symphony Orchestra, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra and MJD International Symphony Orchestra, she has collaborated with numerous renowned musicians, including Seiji Ozawa, Mstislav L. Rostropovich, Lang Lang, Yundi Li, and Josep Carreras among others. Kan earned Bachelor’s Degree from Shanghai Conservatory of Music, China, where she studied with Professor Ding Zhi Nuo. Currently, she is the concertmaster of Azusa Pacific Uni
versity Orchestra, and a student of Artist Certificate Programme under Professor Charles Stegeman on full scholarship.

She received her bachelor's degree from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, where she studied under Professor Ding Zhi Nuo. To further pursue her music career, Kan came to study in the United States on full scholarship at Azusa Pacific University, where she received the Artist Certificate Program Diploma in 2010. Meanwhile, she served as concertmaster for the Azusa Pacific University Symphony Orchestra. Kan studied under professor Charles Stegeman, and recently obtained her Music Performance masters.

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First, I need to talk to my students about their goals. Not only for the adult, teacher also need to know what kids want to know about music. They are interested in it sometimes, they just don't know. Second, I will let them know, interests is just the first step. If you want to learn, you have to pay! Pay your patient, and your endeavor. I will teach in some specific ways to motive students to approach the goals. for example: listen, singing, playing, reading is the process to make the students catch the goal faster without lost their interests! So involve more activities in the lessons is very important! Also, serious technique practice is necessary. As I mentioned before, not only interests, if you want to learn , you have to pay. Once you catch your goal, you will feel happy that the teacher has been pushed you for some boring finger exercise.

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I do have a grand piano at home.For violin students, they should have their own instrument.

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Suzuki style, classical, contemporary, modern music
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Scott April 14, 2018
· Violin · In studio
It's been 3/4 year since we've been with her, and she is absolutely awesome! She totally earned my daughter's respect. Meeting a right teacher is so important because it took some time to correct the bad habit she aquired and continued that her previous teacher let go. Ms. Kan is absolutely one of the best teacher we had so far!
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Larry S. September 26, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Kan is wonderful!
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Elizabeth August 22, 2017
· Violin · Online
Kan seemed very qualified and the first lesson or so went well with the exception of hearing her child cry on and off throughout the lesson and make an appearance on camera as well. We tried to be understanding. Unfortunately we learned she has quite a temper. Our Internet went down and caused problems in our Skype connection. We tried to contact her and Skype said she was unavailable. It took some time to unravel it. When we finally got back in touch with Kan 16 minutes after the lesson started, instead of listening and understanding that we had technical problems, she yelled at us and kept brandishing her phone at the camera to "prove" that she was ready for the lesson. She barely let us get a word in. She very firmly told us we would be paying for the lesson and continued to hold her phone up to the camera. We wanted to just continue the lesson in it's shortened form, but she refused to put her phone down and kept talking over us. Our goal was to remedy the situation; after this, we wanted nothing further to do with Kan. She upset our daughter and that's the end of that. Be warned.
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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 Yuexin C.

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Colorado Springs, CO

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I am a native Chinese speaker and am passionate and patient about teaching!

About Yuexin
Hi! I am an undergraduate student at Colorado College, majoring in Comparative Literature and Music. I am from Shenzhen, China, and moved to the U.S. when I was 18.

I play the banjo, do all forms of arts, and have a never-dying crave for traveling. I lived in Brazil and Finland for a little while. I have a talent in learning new languages and am passionate about teaching them.

I have taught Chinese to people of all age. I specialize in teaching listening and speaking. If you would like to take lessons with me in person, then I am good at teaching reading and writing as well. My strength is in my patience for my students. I understand that learning a new language, especially Chinese, is not an overnight progress. As a language learner myself, I emphasize with the frustration, yet the excitement of learning the language and the cultu
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So trust me! Let yourself or your child be in good hands.
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Lilian C. December 21, 2017
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Yuexin is an excellent Mandarin teacher for kids. My 8 year-old has started lessons and is progressing well. Yuexin researched and picked out a good textbook for kids. She is patient, clear, and easy to schedule with. We are happy!
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Nick October 13, 2017
· Mandarin · Online
Yuexin is a fantastic teacher. She is very good at teaching all things China, whether that's teaching mandarin or giving out helpful tips about China. Great teacher.
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About Jingjing W.

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I have been teaching mandain Chinese for 5 years in Uniersity College Dublin in Ireland and I have extensive experience of teaching a wide range of Chinese language courses to students of all ages and experience levels.Whatever your goal is, I will tailer the learning materials and methods according to you needs and I can't wait to meet you and help you reach your goals and have fun in learning Chinese!

About Jingjing
Hi, there! My name is Jingjing. I had been teaching Mandarin Chinese in University College Dublin in Ireland for 5 years before I came to US. I have extensive experience of teaching and tutoring Chinese face to face or online. I am warm and friendly and I can't wait to meet you and help you reach your goals and have fun in learning Chinese!
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Oleg May 11, 2018
· Mandarin Chinese · Online
She is very good at teaching. She plays fun games to help us learn! I recommend her. :)
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Stephen L. May 7, 2018
· Mandarin Chinese · Online
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Shreya March 19, 2018
· Mandarin Chinese · Online
Jingjing explains the language in a clear manner. I enjoyed my classes with her. Even though I had an issue for one class, she went beyond the scheduled time to complete the lesson plan.
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About Guifang X.

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Durham, NH

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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 eight 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-nati
ve 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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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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Christian May 7, 2018
· Mandarin Chinese · Online
Guifang is totally awesome. Can't wait for the next lesson!
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· Mandarin Chinese · Online
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About Yifan H.

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I graduated from American University with a B.A. degree in International Studies and a B.S. degree in Economics. I was a teaching assistant at American University for three years in the areas of Chinese, economic and international studies. I was doing private tutoring in past two years covers the topics of Chinese, economic, American history, Asian study, and statistics.

I have my career passion in international development especially NGO development. I am the kind of person who likes to share what I learned and what I experienced with others. Both my parents are professors in college. So I guess I am affected by this familial inheritance of teaching and sharing knowledge.

I am from Beijing, China. As a native Mandarin speaker, I had two years experience in tutoring Chinese at American University. I had experience in teaching all range of l students includes both beginners who just start to learn tones and advanced who want to learn more about Chinese culture.

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About Yifan
I graduated from American University with a B.A. degree in International studies and a B.S. degree in Economics. I was a teaching assistant at American University for three years in the areas of Chinese, economic and international studies. I was doing private tutoring in past two years covers the topics of Chinese, economic, American history, Asian study, and statistics.

I have my career passion in international development especially NGO development. I am the kind of person who likes to share what I learned and what I experienced with others. Both my parents are professors in college. So I guess I am affected by this familial inheritance of teaching and sharing knowledge.

I am from Beijing, China. As a native Mandarin speaker, I had two years experience in tutoring Chinese at American University. I had experience in teaching all ra
nge of l students includes both beginners who just start to learn tones and advanced who want to learn more about Chinese culture.

I graduated in American University with B.S. Economics. I had experience in teaching Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and International Economics.

I get 800 for my SAT Math and SATII Math. With B.S. economic major, I am mastered in econometrics and statistics. I had experience in tutoring precalculus and basic statistics for 2 semesters in college.

I had experience in teaching American History and East Asian History for 1 semester at American University.

During the time you and I study together, I would not only be your favorite tutor forever but also a good friend you wanna hang out with. I will teach you what you need and help you to discover what you like.

Let's rock it!
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Arlington, VA 22202
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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 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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Mc Lean, VA 22101
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About Abby Y.

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Alexandria, VA
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Your learning goal is my priority, An interesting and effective lesson will be customized based on your level and needs. My wish is that by taking classes with me, you will develop a good model of self-studying and deepen your love of the mandarin Chinese.

About Abby
Dear students and friends,

I am thrilled to be part of your Mandarin learning journey. My passion for Chinese language and culture has led me to this site.
I was born in Chongqing and raised in Chengdu, China. I went to undergrad in Chongqing, majored in law and minored in English. I started my legal career in Beijing with a law firm and practiced Chinese law in various areas. Later on I went to U.S. for a Master of Law program and was admitted to New York Bar. I then practiced Chinese law both in Mandarin Chinese and English several years in China before I moved to the U.S. I also worked in a law firm in Frankfurt, Germany for six months as a young lawyer representative of Sichuan Lawyer Association. My legal life has not only enabled me to understand the law, business and society better, but also made me a better
communicator, and a good learner (there is always new thing to learn as a business lawyer).
My passion for Chinese language and culture initially comes from my family. My grandfather is a well-known Classic Chinese teacher and poet. My grandfather's brother (who I also call grandpa) is an expert on Tibetan Language and culture. My dad is a scholar on minority culture and religion. Also my mom was a Chinese teacher for several years. I was fascinated by the joy, beauty and satisfactions my family has showed and shared with me regarding Chinese language and culture while growing up. Luckily, on the path of learning, I also met several great teachers who guided me and inspired me. Besides the knowledge, most importantly, they taught me compassion and wisdom ( I am deeply grateful for that). It is my wish to help others in the same way.

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Abby Y.

Alexandria, VA 22304
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About YU-XIN C.

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I was a journalist and editor in Taiwan for almost five years.
I also taught Chinese in Taiwan for Taiwanese students.
Therefore, I'm professional at Chinese.
If you have any interest in Mandarin conversion, please feel free to contact me.
I'm easy going and talkative. Lol.
I'm in Boston now. Thus, may free to tutor in person as well.

About YU-XIN
I'm a graduate student in Boston now.
I was a journalist and editor in Taiwan for almost five years.
I also taught Chinese since I was a high school student.
Therefore, my Chinese skills are professional, but I'm pretty laid-back and talkative.
If you wanna learn conversation in Chinese, please free free to contact me.
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YU-XIN C.

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