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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 interested in Pittsburgh Chinese tutors but aren't sure where to turn, Varsity Tutors can find you a qualified private instructor in as little as 24 hours. Chinese is one of the hardest languages for native English speakers to pick up because the two languages share few characteristics. For example, while you can make nearly any English noun plural by adding the letter "s," Chinese words take the same form whether they're plural or not.

That said, there are still plenty of good reasons to study Chinese. It is the most spoken language in the world, so picking it up can expand your global professional opportunities. Certain high schools and colleges also offer Chinese classes, so it's possible you're trying to give your student an academic edge. Some people study Chinese for an upcoming trip to the country, while others are just interested in the challenge of learning something new. No matter why you want to study Chinese, we can match you with a one-on-one instructor who suits your needs. Continue reading to learn more.

How Can Working with A Pittsburgh Chinese Tutor Near Me Help Improve My Understanding of the Language?

One of the most challenging parts of learning any foreign language is finding a way to truly immerse yourself in it. After all, the only way you're ever going to feel comfortable with Chinese vocabulary and pronunciation is to gain experience with it. A Pittsburgh Chinese tutor can let you hear what fluent Chinese is supposed to sound like while also allowing you to try speaking it in a safe environment, giving you ample opportunity to build your skills. Pittsburgh Chinese tutors can also create a learning environment where questions are encouraged, allowing you to seek clarification as necessary.

Working with a private Pittsburgh Chinese tutor also allows you to learn at your own pace. If you're having a hard time accepting the fact that Chinese verbs never inflect, your instructor can keep explaining it until it finally clicks for you. All of your work can also be reviewed promptly, allowing you to correct any mistakes while the thought processes that produced them remain fresh in your mind. Alternatively, there's no need to spend any time at all on concepts you already understand.

Your instructor can also design Pittsburgh Chinese tutoring sessions around your current level of expertise. If you or your student is only just starting to study Chinese, your language mentor can be patient with you as you try to grasp the basics. If you're more advanced, you can speak nothing but Chinese during your study sessions to force yourself to adapt to the language.

Similarly, your instructor can take your preferred learning style into account to improve your study efficiency. For example, a visual learner might use flashcards to help them learn some of the 20,000 characters used in contemporary written Chinese, while an auditory student could get more out of a Q&A discussion format. There is no one way to study Chinese, so why not go with whatever makes the most sense for you?

Pittsburgh Chinese tutors can also help you work on specific language skills. For instance, many English-speakers have an even harder time writing in Chinese than speaking it. Your instructor can teach you how to use pinyin, a system for "translating" spoken Chinese into the English alphabet for writing purposes. If you're using Chinese characters, sketching out a quick outline with some of the symbols you know you'll need to use can help you remember them. Either way, your instructor can critique your work so that you understand where you're improving and anything that could use a bit more work.

Chinese is a tonal language, meaning that how you say a particular word can influence its meaning. English has no real equivalent for this, so your instructor can coach you on how to say the right word correctly based on the context you're using it in. You can also review the language's grammar rules, delving deeper as you get more comfortable with the basics.

If you or your student is studying Chinese history or culture along with the language, your instructor can help in that area as well. For example, you might learn a mnemonic device to help you keep track of all of the "foreign" proper nouns you'll be working with.

Are You Sure Pittsburgh Chinese Tutoring Fits into My Busy Schedule?

We do our best to match every customer with a private instructor who meets their scheduling needs, allowing Pittsburgh Chinese tutoring sessions to happen on your schedule instead of the other way around. We also have an exclusive Live Learning Platform that allows you to meet your instructor online, so you don't have to leave your home if you don't want to. Video chat functionality ensures that you can interact with your teacher just as easily as you could in-person, while all sessions are recorded for future reference. There's also a shared document editor that your instructor can use to correct written assignments. Best of all, our Live Learning Platform is mobile-friendly so that you can attend a study session even if you're on the go.

If you'd prefer to meet your instructor in-person, we can arrange that as well. You are in complete control over where each meeting occurs, so your instructor can meet you in your home or at a public place such as Hillman Library.

We also provide online courses you can take if you're interested in a more collaborative learning environment. Contact a friendly Educational Consultant today for more information about this exciting option.

How Do I Connect with A Pittsburgh Chinese Tutor Near Me?

If you were to try and find your own Pittsburgh Chinese tutor, you would need to verify not only their fluency in the language but also the communication skills required to share that knowledge with others. Who has time for that? Instead, let Varsity Tutors handle all of the logistics associated with finding you the right private instructor. You'll be working with an instructor who meets your expectations before you know it!

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Recent Tutoring Session Reviews

Mandarin Chinese Tutoring review by Emily in Pittsburgh, PA
Today we went over and corrected the student's assignment from our previous session. We also introduced another grammar point and went over what was to be expected for each session.
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Mandarin Chinese Tutoring review by Kathleen in Pittsburgh, PA
The student wrote a letter in Chinese and we talked about word order within sentences as well as stroke order and spacing when writing characters. She has a strong grasp on the material, so we will be using tutoring time to work on details (pronunciation, writing characters more smoothly) as well as more global aspects of the language (conversation, writing/speaking longer sentences, study habits). Methods for independently learning new characters were discussed.
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Mandarin Chinese Tutoring review by Wan Wen (Jovana) in Pittsburgh, PA
I and the student were practicing a dialogue in Mandarin, in which she'll be doing a skit in class next day. I helped her with the pronunciation and had her followed me reading the dialogue multiple times so that she can get it better. She showed improvement in the dialogue by the end of the session.
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Mandarin Chinese Tutoring review by Xi in Pittsburgh, PA
Today we mostly covered lesson four. We went through the textbook first to make sure she understands the vocabulary, phrases, and important sentence structures for this week. We then went through her homework (around 6 sessions) together, correcting mistakes and learning new vocab along the way. We also listened to Peking Opera and talked about it. The student remembered most new vocab from last week and seems more comfortable speaking up.
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Mandarin Chinese Tutoring review by Miaowen in Pittsburgh, PA
We worked on a script that the student and her group members wrote based on the Chinese fairytale that they have been studying in Mandarin class. I helped her with the meaning, pronunciation and intonation of the dialogues in preparation for her short drama show on this coming Monday.
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Mandarin Chinese Tutoring review by Jane in Pittsburgh, PA
We went over the test she took at school last week. The student was good at remembering how to write the characters but seemed needing some help with listening comprehension. We'll try to work more on that.
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