Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student only had a few translation sentences for me to do today. And we talked casually in Chinese after that. He wanted to practice his listening skills. It is getting much easier for him to understand me when I type out the sentence in Pinyin because he used to just focus what I typed instead of listening to my voice. Now we decide to have me say the words and try to get him understand that before I type it out for him. I believe trying this for a few times will improve his listening skills. I will also recommend a few radio websites for him to practice listening."
"First, I began by teaching the student how to use chopsticks. She was blown away by the fact that the Chinese do not use forks and use sticks to eat. She liked using them and was able to use them correctly. After I taught her how to use them, we played a game where we picked slips of paper out of a bowl by using the chopsticks. I would have her tell me the Chinese word for the picture that was on the slip of paper. She did great and remembered most of the words that I had taught her over the summer! She's a great kid!"
"Listening practice, a short Chinese children's song: Pulling the Radish Ultimate memory game: use all the flash cards to make a giant memory game Chinese Baseball Chinese card game (using colors and numbers in Chinese) Pinyin reading practice"
"We reviewed the animals and body parts we have learned before. Then we moved on to the clothes the students wanted to learn. Here are the words we discussed: T-shirt, dress, shorts, socks, shoes, sneakers, dress shoes, flip-flop, and soccer cleats. They seemed a little challenged if I want them to put the color and clothes together, for example, yellow T-shirt. In Chinese, the pronunciation should be (huang se de T-xv shan). They had hard time to add "de" between color and clothes. I will introduce these to them little by little in our future class."
"This is our first session. We started off with the student's self-introduction in Chinese and then we covered Chapter 3 practice 1 to 6. We also learned a Chinese idiom story called "the fox and tiger". The student did a fabulous job. She was assigned to write some of the characters and will be quizzed in next session."
"The student worked on homework he had for his Mandarin class. He had to read an essay and answer questions. I had him read the essay out loud and translate it as best he could. I filled in the translation when necessary. I then helped him answer the questions based on the reading."