Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We studied adjectives and names of body parts. After we went through each vocabulary word, we reviewed those words. Then, we used all those words to make sentences. The student is a very quick learner and I am very pleased to work with him."
"This week, we continued a review of the Cyrillic alphabet, personal pronouns, possessive pronouns, and basic vocabulary. I also had the student do a transliteration exercise I'd written, and I would consider it to be successful. He has made significant strides with the alphabet, and even throughout the lesson, I saw improvement with it. He seemed more invested in the material, I think; getting to the point where he can form sentences really aids a student in overcoming the obstacle that is the Russian alphabet. We discussed the value of repetition for processing as well as my ability to assist with his specific needs. I think in terms of a long-term plan, we made a lot of progress together. The work I've assigned for our next session in two weeks involves creating sentences with the question words I've provided, using the alphabet packet to practice writing and using the Russian letters, and to continue reading his text "Russian for Dummies.""
"We started by seeing where her proficiency was in Russian at this point. Then we went over the case system, verb conjugation, and other grammar rules. We went over how to write in cursive, and I recommend practicing it at home, as it is important."
"We started our session discussing all the basics we will cover for our future sessions: simple vowels, consonants, complex vowels, tone practicing, and some sentence structure. As the student knows most of the materials (he learned some Mandarin as a 10-year-old), we will have a fast paced and heavy material-focused session in the future. I will also try to figure out the fine line between enough and more than enough."
"We covered the following phrases today: Part 1: What's wrong with you?-Ni zenme ne?: 1. have a cold: ganmao 2. have a fever: fashao 3. uncomfortable: bu shufu 4. throat hurts: houlong teng 5. run nose: liu bi ti 6. stomach hurts: wei teng I have a cold.- Wo ganmao le. I have a fever.- Wo fashao le. I am uncomfortable. Wo bu shufu. My throat hurts.- Wo houlong teng. I run nose. -Wo liu bi ti le. My stomach hurts.- Wo wei teng. Part 2 : Parts of the body: 1. eyes: yanjing, 2. ears: erduo, 3. nose: bizi, 4. head: tou, 5. hands: shou, 6. mouth: zuiba, 7. foot: jiao, 8. hair: toufa, and 9. face: lian. Part 3: Happy Valentine's Day!-Qing ren jie kuaile! qing ren: lover jie: festival kuaile: happy Part 4: Paper cut for the words of double happiness-Shuang xi zi."
"Today the student completed her Chinese homework assignment. Then we analyzed new text, answered some questions from the worksheet, and studied two units from the new dialog. We recorded each dialog and practiced saying them. I helped her answer some questions and discuss why they were constructed that way. At the end, we practiced conversation by using the main vocab of the week so she gets used to hearing them. She's now ahead of her class and we're moving forward to become even more fluent."