How to choose an online Chinese/Mandarin?

Hi, my name is Shihyi Chang. You can call me “Zhāng Lǎoshī” (Teacher Chang). I am a online tutor of tapiooca, an 1 on 1 Chinese learning platform. In this article, I will tell you how to choose a suitable Chinese tutor for your needs.

First of all, you have to make sure why you want to learn Chinese. Some people learn it because of school requirements. Some people learn it for tests. Some people learn it for business. Some people learn it just for fun. For different needs, you need teachers with different professional backgrounds. Only a professional teacher can help you learn Chinese more efficiently.

For beginners, I recommend you to find a qualified teacher with professional background. After all, Chinese could be very different from your language. A well-trained teacher can help you overcome many difficulties. Take me as an example, I was trained as a Chinese language teacher at the National Changhua University of Education in Taiwan and also certified by the Taiwanese government for teaching foreigners Chinese. So I am a qualified teacher who is ready to help you learn Chinese.

A qualified teacher can also help you prepare for tests like China HSK or Taiwan TOCFL or Hong Kong GAPSK, three Chinese proficiency tests for non-native speakers. These tests focus on listening and reading, which demand your knowledge of Chinese grammar. Only a professional teacher can give you a clear explanation for the grammar.

After completing the lessons of binginner, you have the basic Chinese conversational skills. It’s time for you to think about your actual needs. If you learn Chinese for business or other purposes, then you need a teacher with the related background. Such a teacher is not only able to teach you Chinese but also provide the professional advice you need. As far as I know, you can find teachers from different fields on tapiooca. For example, I majored in philosophy in the university and love literature, music, and movies. If you like these topics, then you have a partner here.

You must know there are two writing systems used in the Chinese world, the simplified characters and the traditional characters. The former is mainly used in China and relatively easy to learn. The latter is more complex in structure and used in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. As China becomes increasingly important, there is no doubt that “simplified characters” are more prevalent in the world. But I want to tell you a reason why should learn the traditional one. That is, Japanese and Korean also adapt traditional Chinese characters in their writing systems. So even if you don’t understand Japanese and Korean, you can understand the general meaning by recognizing traditional Chinese characters.

Remember that only teachers from Taiwan can teach you Chinese language both in traditional and simplified characters.

Perhaps you noticed that I didn’t mention the accent. We do speak Chinese with some accents. But the difference between different Chinese accents is not as big as that between American English and Australian English. So the accent is not a problem at all. No matter what accent you have, it will not affect your communication. So above sharing is how to choose a right Chinese/Mandarin tutor for your needs. Hope it will be helpful for you.

如何选择在线中文家教?

你好,我是Shihyi Chang,你也可以叫我「张老师」(Teacher Chang)。我目前在在线一对一语言 教学平台「tapiooca」担任中文教师。在这篇文章中,我想要告诉你,如何去选择一位适合你的中文家教老师。

首先,你必须要确定你学中文的目的是什么。有些人学中文是因为学校要求,有些人是为了考试,有些人是为了商务需要,有些人则是出自于本身的兴趣。针对不同的需求,我们需要不同专业背景的老师。只有专业的老师才能帮助你有效地学习中文。对于初学者,我建议你找一位有专业背景的合格老师。毕竟,中文可能和你的语言完全不同,一位训练有素的老师可以帮助你克服许多困难。以我为例,我在台湾的「国立彰化师范大学」接受中文语言教师的训练,又获得台湾政府的对外华语教学认证,所以我是一位合格的教师,已经做好万全的准备来帮助你学习中文了。

一位合格的教师同时也能帮助你准备像中国HSK和台湾TOCFL或者香港GAPSK之类的考试,这是三种都是针对非母语者的中文能力测验。这些测验的重点放在听和读,十分要求你对中文语法的认识。只有专业的老师才能够给你清楚的解释。在完成了初级者的课程之后,你就有了基础的会话能力。该是时候谈谈你的实际需求了。如果是为了商务或其他原因学习中文,那么你就需要一位有特定背景的老师。这样的老师不仅教你中文,也可以提供你所需要的专业意见。据我所知,在Tapiooca你可以找到来自不同专业领域的老师。以我为例,我在大学主修哲学,喜爱文学、音乐和电影。如果你也喜欢这些话题,那么你在这里就有同好了。

你一定知道在中文世界里使用着两套文字系统,那就是「简体字」和「正体字」。前者主要在中国使用,也比较容易学。后者的结构比较复杂,主要在香港、澳门和台湾使用。因为中国的影响力日渐重要,毫无疑问,「简体字」在世界上更为流行。不过我要建议你先学「正体字」的理由,因为日文和韩文也在他们的文字系统中采用了「正体字」。所以即使你不懂日文和韩文,你可以藉由辨认正体字,来了解大概的含意。

 

要记得喔!只有来自台湾的中文老师才有能力同时教你正体以及简体字喔。

或许你注意到我没有谈到「腔调」的问题。我们说中文都难免带着一些腔调。但是中文腔调间的差异并不像美式英文和澳式英文的差异那么大。所以「腔调」一点都不是问题。不管你说的是什么腔调,都不会影响到你的沟通。以上是我分享「如何选择一位适合你的中文家教老师」,希望对你学习中文会有所帮助。

如何選擇線上中文家教?

你好,我是Shihyi Chang,你也可以叫我「張老師」(Teacher Chang)。我目前在線上一對一語言教學平臺「tapiooca」擔任中文教師。在這篇文章中,我想要告訴你,如何去選擇一位適合你的中文家教老師。

首先,你必須要確定你學中文的目的是什麼。有些人學中文是因為學校要求,有些人是為了考試,有些人是為了商務需要,有些人則是出自於本身的興趣。針對不同的需求,我們需要不同專業背景的老師。只有專業的老師才能幫助你有效地學習中文。對於初學者,我建議你找一位有專業背景的合格老師。畢竟,中文可能和你的語言完全不同,一位訓練有素的老師可以幫助你克服許多困難。以我為例,我在臺灣的「國立彰化師範大學」接受中文語言教師的訓練,又獲得臺灣政府的對外華語教學認證,所以我是一位合格的教師,已經做好萬全的準備來幫助你學習中文了。

一位合格的教師同時也能幫助你準備像中國HSK和臺灣TOCFL或者香港GAPSK之類的考試,這是三種都是針對非母語者的中文能力測驗。這些測驗的重點放在聽和讀,十分要求你對中文語法的認識。只有專業的老師才能夠給你清楚的解釋。在完成了初級者的課程之後,你就有了基礎的會話能力。該是時候談談你的實際需求了。如果你是為了商務或其他原因學習中文,那麼你就需要一位元有特定背景的老師。這樣的老師不僅教你中文,也可以提供你所需要的專業意見。據我所知,在Tapiooca你可以找到來自不同專業領域的老師。以我為例,我在大學主修哲學,喜愛文學、音樂和電影。如果你也喜歡這些話題,那麼你在這裡就有同好了。

你一定知道在中文世界裡使用著兩套文字系統,那就是「簡體字」和「正體字」。前者主要在中國使用,也比較容易學。後者的結構比較複雜,主要在香港、澳門和臺灣使用。因為中國的影響力日漸重要,毫無疑問,「簡體字」在世界上更為流行。不過我要建議你先學「正體字」的理由,因為日文和韓文也在他們的文字系統中採用了「正體字」。所以即使你不懂日文和韓文,你可以藉由辨認正體字,來瞭解大概的含意。

要記得喔!只有來自臺灣的中文老師才有能力同時教你正體以及簡體字喔。

或許你注意到我沒有談到「腔調」的問題。我們說中文都難免帶著一些腔調。但是中文腔調間的差異並不像美式英文和澳式英文的差異那麼大。所以「腔調」一點都不是問題。不管你說的是什麼腔調,都不會影響到你的溝通。以上是我分享「如何選擇一位適合你的中文家教老師」,希望對你學習中文會有所幫助。

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