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Private In-Home and Online Mandarin Chinese Tutoring

Receive personally tailored Mandarin Chinese lessons from exceptional tutors in a one-on-one setting. We help you connect with in-home and online tutoring that offers flexible scheduling and your choice of locations.

If you're in the Dayton area and looking for a Chinese tutor for you or your student, Varsity Tutors can connect you with a qualified instructor with rapid turnaround. Maybe your student is in a high school Mandarin class and finding themselves in over their head. Maybe you need help in your course at the University of Dayton or Wright State University. Perhaps you're looking to build trust with your international partners or make friends during your international travels. No matter what your reasoning may be for building your understanding of the Chinese language, working with a Dayton Chinese tutor can be a smart move.

What are the benefits of studying with a Dayton Chinese tutor near me?

There is a number of advantages to seeking out Dayton Chinese tutors, chief among them the access you get to experts on the language. Many regard Chinese as one of the most onerous to study. This is not like trying to gain proficiency in a romance language or even make an attempt at learning Greek. It's not as simple as building vocabulary or even learning a new alphabet. Chinese doesn't have an alphabet for you to learn. It's the only modern pictographic language on the face of the planet, boasting a mere 50,000 symbols representing not letters but syllables. Only about 20,000 of those are still in use, and of those, only 2,500 are used with any sort of frequency. That doesn't reduce the complexity too much, though, because these symbols are derived from ancient drawings that were once used to depict objects instead of syllables, and we now use a system called Pinyin to try to translate it all to English characters.

Working with a Dayton Chinese tutor doesn't change the fact that Chinese is complex, but it can make navigating the learning process a little easier. They know the intricacies of the language intimately and can help design a lesson plan that starts with the basics and then prioritizes elements necessary for sorting through modern communications, expanding from there. They can be there to answer questions and clarify any points of confusion as you go. This type of hand-holding can be difficult to come by in a classroom setting when the teacher has more than twenty students to work with.

It's this sort of attention you'll be most grateful for when it comes time to focus on actually speaking the language. Verbalization is often the most difficult part of learning any language, but this difficulty is even more evident with Chinese. First, you don't get any guidance from the text. There are no accents dictating emphasis and no phonetics to guide you. The only way to know what a word is supposed to sound like is to hear someone speak it aloud or see it written out in another language. Second, Chinese is what's known as a tonal language. This means that the definition of a word is entirely dependent on the tones used when it's spoken. Complicating matters is that this differs across dialects. There are seven primary dialects in Chinese, the dominant one being Mandarin. In Mandarin, there are four tones: flat, rising, falling then rising, and falling. In the six other dialects, there can be as many as nine. In other words, direct guidance on pronunciation matters a great deal.

The traditional classroom approach for helping students learn pronunciation involves a teacher modeling vocabulary and the class following suit. It can be hard for a teacher to detect the kinds of errors that could lead to miscommunications in Chinese this way. Dayton Chinese tutors don't necessarily have this problem. They can work with you one-on-one, allowing them to identify mispronunciation in the moment and correct you midstream.If you work with your instructor online, we record sessions so you can review them at your convenience, too, giving you the chance to practice those corrections at a later date. Your Dayton Chinese tutor can also direct you towards other media like videos and podcasts that will give you additional chances to practice translating conversational Chinese on the fly and expose you to different types of Chinese dialects.

Another significant benefit of Dayton Chinese tutoring is that it can be tailored to the pace you need. In a traditional classroom, the teacher has a specific amount of material they need to cover over the course of the school year. They can't necessarily afford to slow down or speed up to accommodate one student. Dayton Chinese tutors can though. If it turns out you don't need as much time as was originally planned on for one unit or could use a few extra sessions to prepare for an upcoming exam, lesson plans can be shifted. It's all about you and your success.

Dayton Chinese tutors can also work with students to set SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, timely, and relevant) goals. These can be used as a game plan for studying, a way of measuring progress, a built-in reminder to celebrate wins, a tool for gaining perspective when feeling discouraged, and inspiration for pushing towards the next milestone. Not only can this framework benefit students engaged in Dayton Chinese tutoring, but it can be applied to further professional and academic pursuits as well.

How can I find a Dayton Chinese tutor near me?

It's easy! Varsity Tutors can connect you with Dayton Chinese tutoring that suits your needs in as little as 24 hours. Whether you were hoping to work with an online instructor on our Live Learning Platform, featuring video chat, virtual whiteboards, document sharing, and more, or were more interested in local instructors, we can get you set up with someone who can meet you at a time that works for your schedule. If you're interested in supplementing these efforts with an online course, our educational consultants can provide you with additional information and get you enrolled in the next section that best matches your availability. There's no need to wait! Get in touch with Varsity Tutors today to get the process started!

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Recent Tutoring Session Reviews

Mandarin Chinese Tutoring review by Hua in Dayton, OH
We went through 50 flashcards and a book about farm animals. We had a conversation about family members, siblings, and pets. I encouraged them to use Chinese as much as possible during class. We went through words about numbers, colors, fruits, and animals. We went through another set of flashcards and learned some new characters. We reviewed body part words they already knew and learned new ones. We learned some words about directions. I gave them each a sheet to practice writing characters.
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Mandarin Chinese Tutoring review by Elaine in Dayton, OH
Student 1 and I finished Chapter 3 in the workbook and began to work on Chapter 4 in the textbook. The activities we worked on include tracing and writing the characters for clothing (dress, sandals, shoes, socks, etc.), matching words, counting strokes of characters, writing words that share common radicals, and writing phrases that share common words. She did very well in the activities. Next, we began working on Chapter 4, which continues to teach vocabulary about clothing. Student 2 and I finished Chapter 2 in the workbook and began working on Chapter 3. She finished painting and identifying the Chinese characters for numbers 1-10. Then, we began working on Chapter 3 and learned about common greetings in Chinese (hello, goodbye, teacher, etc.).
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Mandarin Chinese Tutoring review by Seth in Dayton, OH
We continued learning songs (Twinkle, twinkle little star; liang zhi lao hu; numbers song; ni hao song; and head, shoulders, knees, and toes) and played games (simon says, telephone game, squat, move your body).
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Mandarin Chinese Tutoring review by Jessica in Dayton, OH
The student is beginning a new chapter this week so we focused on the new vocabulary and grammar. He made flashcards and filled out a worksheet that his teacher gave him. He did a great job with these things. After vocabulary, we took a look at the grammar points for this chapter, focusing on the most difficult concept. He and I practiced this concept for half of the lesson and he did a great job. I think he got a good handle on it and with more practice he will definitely master the concept.
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Mandarin Chinese Tutoring review by Shareen in Dayton, OH
We prepared the student for his exam tomorrow. We went over grammar and fixed the mistakes he made on his quizzes. I made up similar sentences for him to write in Chinese and translate. We also went over reading comprehension and practiced answering the questions.
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Mandarin Chinese Tutoring review by Yichao in Dayton, OH
Today I brought a Chinese and English bilingual dictionary to the student. There are characters, pictures, pinyin and English meanings for each word. She was happy to have it and randomly picked a page to start with, which was festival. So I taught her how to write different festivals in Chinese and how to pronounce them. She has good listening skills in Chinese.
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