Chinese

In recent years, interest in learning Chinese has skyrocketed in America. What hasn’t changed, however, is the difficulty of learning Chinese.  That’s where we come in.  We offer customized private Chinese tutorials at all levels:

  • Beginners: introduction to grammar, speaking, and basic characters
  • Intermediate: taking reading, writing, and speaking to the next level (sample syllabus here
  • Advanced: exploring seminal texts and classical Chinese

We have also worked with more advanced students looking to prepare for the Chinese SAT subject test, or to fine-tune oral skills through conversation tutorials that emphasize usage, vocabulary development, and the mastery of common idiomatic expressions.

Our Chinese tutors are exceptional teachers - they are PhD candidates and teaching fellows at NYU, Columbia University, and Harvard University, published authors, and Chinese-teaching professionals. They can teach anyone; whether you’re traveling to Beijing on business and want a basic grounding in the language, or you need help working through the works of Mencius for your thesis, our Chinese tutors can help you.

Select the focus that is right for you to learn about how we can help you improve your Chinese.

Academic    Test Preparation    Business    Enrichment    Cultural Exploration  

Suggested Approaches

While each of the language teaching methods below can be effective, the type of learner and your specific goals will impact which method we choose for your tutoring. In your initial evaluation, we will assess which approach best suits your linguistic goals and your learning style.  Our 5 approaches cater to all linguistic goals, from grammar-heavy test preparation and translation, to conversational enrichment and business-Chinese packages.

Resources

Because we are not invested in selling proprietary materials, we’re able to pick and choose the best textbooks. Here are some of our favorites:

Daily Immersion: Newspapers & Music

In addition to what you study during your tutoring session, one of the most fun aspects of learning a new language is exploring the culture that it comes from! Check out podcasts, music and local newspapers to get a taste of Chinese culture.

Podcasts are a great way to supplement your language classes. Immerse yourself as you stroll through Harvard Square, or as you walk down Lexington Avenue.

Local & regional newspapers are a great way to follow current events in your new language, while advancing your reading comprehension:

There are also tons of newspapers published in the United States that cater to bilingual populations. Find these daily publications  around NYC or Boston to get local news in your target language.

Tip: Highlight or make a list of the words you do not recognize as you read. Don’t stop to look them up immediately. Finish the article and see how much you can understand without the dictionary. Then, look up the words, and re-read. This process may seem repetitive, but it asks your brain to work a bit more actively, and will yield results!

Some musicians are particularly easy to listen to in their native tongue. Listening to music will get you comfortable hearing your target language and help your comprehension.  While you’re at it, you’ll expand your knowledge of colloquial vernacular and regional slang.  

  • Jay Chou
  • Andy Lau
  • Faye Wong
  • Leehom Wang
  • Jolin Tsai
  • Eason Chan

Tip: Look up the lyrics in English before starting so you have a sense of the meaning of the song before you start listening. This will make it easier to recognize vocabulary.
 

Chinese Tutors

A true Manhattanite from head to toe, Sam attended Horace Mann High School before emigrating, in a fit of wanderlust and questionable judgment, to Ireland to enroll in the English Department of Trinity College Dublin. At Trinity, he earned honors and had his poetry and prose published in a...

Weike, pronounced Why-Key, was born in Nanjing, China but spent her childhood in Australia, Canada and America. She is fluent in both Chinese and English. In high school, Weike completed an International Baccalaureate program (scoring 7’s on advanced English, math, chemistry and physics) and...

Having grown up in Houston and Ankara, Turkey, Clayton returned stateside to study English and religion at Dartmouth. He also tutored other college students as a Writing Assistant at the Dartmouth Composition Center. After college, he moved to Beijing, China, where, in addition to teaching high...

Christine was born and raised in central Jersey, with plenty of fruit trees and lots of open fields to dream in. At Rutgers University, she double-majored in Physics and Cell Biology & Neuroscience and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude. Her propensity for deep reflection,...

Anahid’s fervor for human development began as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, where she received her Bachelors degrees in both Psychology and Public Policy. She intertwined the study of human development from a micro intrapersonal perspective in psychology, as well as a macro organization...

Sally was born in China and moved with her family to the US at the age of four. She grew up in the Chicago ‘burbs, and attended the Illinois Math & Science Academy, where she discovered her passion for science. She was nominated as a Siemens-Westinghouse Research Semi-Finalist, a Siemens...

Born, bred, and educated in New Jersey, Erica graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University in 2012. A Comparative Literature major and true language nerd, during her time at Princeton, she studied seven different languages, including Ge'ez (Classical Ethiopic). She...

John Denning grew up in Iowa with a cornfield in his backyard. During his undergraduate career, he studied at NYU as well as spending two semesters in Beijing and Qingdao, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Iowa with a BA in English and Chinese Language and Literature.

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Kaiming grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, where he started his teaching career at only 13 years of age by giving private violin lessons to early elementary school students. Following high school, he went on to double major in Biology and Chinese at Washington University in St. Louis. He then...

Yiping was born in Tangshan, China, but then grew up in seven different places in the United States. Because of this, she’s developed a deep appreciation for community, different cultures, and diverse cuisines. Yiping recently graduated MIT with a degree in Biology. During college, she spent...

Chen-Chen Jiang is originally from Shanghai, China but grew up in Cupertino, California. She left sunny California for University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated summa cum laude with a dual degree in Psychology and Marketing from the College of Arts and Sciences as well as the Wharton...

Miaozhi (Trinity) Yu was born in Xi’An, a famous old city in the middle of China. At the age of 6, she moved to Beijing with her family and lived there until she finished high school. Then, she started her exciting journey in the States. Miaozhi graduated from University of Illinois with a...

Raksit was born and raised in New York City and raised trilingual, speaking Cantonese with his father and Thai with his mother, which set the grounds for his intense interest in language. His interest continued when he entered Hunter College High School, where he learned both Spanish and French...

Lina Verchery is a French Canadian filmmaker and lifelong student of religion. Born in Paris and raised in Nova Scotia, she did an Honors Undergraduate degree in Religion at McGill University in Montreal before coming to Harvard to pursue a PhD in Buddhist Studies as a Frank Knox Fellow and...

Barry was born and raised in Ireland but after graduating with a B.A. in history and political science and an M.A. in history from University College Dublin he has led the life of a peripatetic historian. He studied Chinese in China and Taiwan for two years, where he also taught English and...

Yejing was born and raised in China. She came to the U.S. at the age of 18 and attended Wesleyan University in Connecticut. She studied Japanese and received her B.A. in East Asian Studies with a concentration in Language, Literature and Film. After teaching Chinese at Saint Ann’s School for one...

Xiaoxuan graduated cum laude from Yale with a B.A in Economics and went on to work as an analyst at Bain, during which she discovered her fondness for Boston and her fear of hotel restaurants. Now, she is a graduate student at Harvard studying medieval Chinese literature and history. She spent...

Born and raised in South Texas, Colin was set free to explore the garden that is New Jersey at 18. He wound up at Princeton University, where he graduated with honors in shapes, colors and feelings (Anthropology) and learned a lot of languages (French, Greek, Arabic, and Chinese), many of which...

Lev

A native of Newton, MA, Lev (赵子柳) is of mixed Jewish-Chinese descent. He holds a B.A. in Chinese from Reed College. Prior to working with Cambridge Coaching, Lev served as the 2016-2017 Guizishan Research Fellow for the Yale-China Association. During that year, he taught freshmen and sophomores...

Sam grew up flying back and forth between Beijing and California. He graduated from Wesleyan University with a double major in Psychology and Philosophy, and as a member of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology. After college, he joined the Cambridge Coaching admin team, where...

Muriel was born in Montreal and moved to the historic town of Lexington, Massachusetts where she lived until the end of high school. She attended Middlebury College and majored in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry with a minor in Global Health. Since sophomore year she pursued independent...

Jason grew up in a trilingual setting in which all of his family members speak Mandarin, Cantonese, and English fluently. After living in China for 18 years, he attended the University of California, San Diego to study East Asian History and Political Science, where he graduated with...

Zifan spent his undergrad years on the left coast studying engineering and economics at USC with the aid of a Presidential Scholarship, then years later shifted to the right coast for Columbia University. While there, he earned dual degrees- an MBA from Columbia Business School and an MA Private...

Jinna grew up in northern China in the snowy city of Harbin. She graduated magna cum laude from NYU’s Stern School of Business, where she majored in finance and management. After a short stint in finance and three years as a management consultant, Jinna is now pursuing an MBA at Columbia...

Arting was born in Taiwan, but spent her high school and college years in California. She graduated summa cum laude from UC Berkeley with degrees in business and psychology, and while there, was especially passionate about competing in case competitions. She was captain of the team at Berkeley...

Word on the street is that Will’s first word was “biomarker,” because he spent the better part of his childhood listening to his dad talk about his research in environmental health. Two decades later, he graduated from Yale summa cum laude with majors in Sociology and Biochemistry, and...

Born and raised in a remote fishing village on the coast of the South China Sea, Ya Sheng immigrated to the US when he was 5, settling in New York. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy and later went on to study political theory at Princeton University, graduating with a BA in Politics. Upon...

Olivia graduated from Princeton University with a BA in chemistry and a minor in Mandarin (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), and she earned first prize in a nationwide Mandarin speech and talent competition with an oration about her villainous washing machine. She went on to earn a...