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.