How can a Mandarin Chinese tutor help you?
More than one billion people speak Mandarin Chinese, more than any other language in the world. It is no surprise that Mandarin Chinese is one of the most practical, useful, and valuable languages to understand. Aside from opening the door to traveling and developing new business and personal relationships, knowledge of Mandarin Chinese can give you a competitive edge in attaining some of the most desirable careers in today's global economy. It is a spoken language that requires precise understanding of tonality. As a difficult written language that requires patience and discipline for rote memorization, Mandarin Chinese can be one of the most difficult modern languages to learn.
Unlike Romance languages, in which English speakers already have a foundation, Mandarin Chinese can, at times, appear so foreign that fluency seems all but unattainable. When the difference between mother and horse is but one easily confused tone, there isn't much room for error! It goes without saying that learning Mandarin Chinese represents a significant endeavor. Many find the process overwhelming, while others struggle to retain newly learned characters and phrases. Fortunately, however, an experienced Mandarin tutor is in reach. A team of talented tutors is out there, who can make the process of learning Mandarin Chinese as simple and accessible as possible.
If you're just beginning, the language is completely unfamiliar. The truth is, there are much more complex languages in the world. For example, Mandarin only has four tones, compared to Cantonese, which has six. There are languages in Africa that have as many as 30! The four Mandarin tones you'll need to know are level tone, or ping, rising tone, departing tone, and entering/ stop-final tone. Identifying these is just a small part of learning the language, and just the beginning. Like any language, Mandarin must be practiced to master. Your tutor has extensive working knowledge of the language, so once you learn the basics, it becomes possible to have conversations. Sure, you can eat more at Chinese restaurants, watch Chinese TV, or listen to native music. Nothing, however, helps like a one-on-one tutoring session and interaction.
The individualized format of the Mandarin Chinese tutoring sessions offers advantages over other methods of language study, including group instruction or attempting to learn the language by yourself, because personal sessions provide few opportunities for one-on-one conversation in Mandarin Chinese. The company of your tutor affords such valuable interactions. Some Mandarin tutors are native speakers who can clearly explain the subtleties of tonality and pronunciation. Others are former Mandarin learners who have mastered the language and have a clear understanding of exactly what it takes for an English speaker to overcome his or her sticking points.
Learning from someone who navigated the complexities in the past is very beneficial. Plus, you never know where newly acquired language skills will take you. Ever thought of traveling to a foreign country? It can get you out of real sticky situations if you know the local language, but you don't have to be an expert to travel. Truly learning a language is an ongoing process.
Through practice and unique instruction tailored to your specific needs, Mandarin tutoring can help your language skills develop at a rapid pace. Tutors work with students of all ages on all aspects of the language - from proper intonation and pronunciation, to vocabulary, syntax, and idiomatic and colloquial expressions. Whether you have no prior experience with the language or simply wish to maintain and practice the Mandarin skills you already possess, working with a tutor can be the best way to master Mandarin Chinese. Furthermore, your tutor can meet with you at a location and time that's convenient for you, whether that's in your home, at your neighborhood coffee shop, or a branch of your local library. Tutors can even meet face to face online.
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