Mandarin for Western students
University of Pennsylvania, Bachelor's Degree, Asian Studies
Washington University, Master's Degree, Asian Languages
Experience: 10 years
My teaching methods vary from using the Yale and/or Oxford oral and written practice textbooks on Mandarin Chinese. I am also well-versed with the Taiwan-produced publications.
However given my years of practical experience living and working and speaking in China, I try to emphasize the conversational and common situational language in the context of conversations. Listening and understanding what you hear helps train the ear, and using your own voice to practice speaking helps your brain train your ear. Generally speaking I do not emphasize the writing aspect of Mandarin immediately as it tends to diminish listening comprehension and speaking ability.
I emphasize the utilization of Pinyin through which a student can quickly make progress and gain confidence.
I am a mother of two teenagers who were born and raised in China where I lived and worked for almost 20 years. As an American woman whose native language is English, I have a unique skill set with regard to teaching Mandarin Chinese. I am unusually well equipped as a native English speaker to explain the complicated aspects of the Chinese language so that the beginner student can overcome the challenging leap from the English alphabet to a non-romanized language.
Native English-speaking students studying Chinese can benefit from the type of bridge tutoring I provide and progress more quickly in learning Chinese.