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Postby ironlady » 27 Jun 2006, 21:47

Hi all,

I'm not being paid by these people, but I've started online lessons via Skype and Skype text chat with an outfit in Nanjing (at least my particular teacher seems to be in Nanjing) and I'm very pleased with the result thus far. If you're in Taiwan you might be able to get the same thing via a language school, but for those of us who are not, this is the greatest thing since sliced bread so far IMHO.

I'm paying US$6.25 an hour (12 classes for US$75; you can get 1 for $7 and a free 20-minute intro lesson; payment through PayPal). At those prices, I'm seriously considering indulging myself with four a week when I get organized. The teacher I've got is open-minded (!) with my choice of "learning materials" (I'm doing sight translations of English speeches into Chinese with her just now, although I want to branch out into directed discussions on specific branches of industry to enrich my vocab). I don't have any special equipment on my computer, not even a microphone or speakers (it's a laptop) either. I also like the Chat feature as we write our notes on what's going on that way, and it's admittedly far easier for me to write using a computer than by hand :( but as I'm not terribly concerned about that failure on my part, this way is more efficient for her or me to write the new words and for me to make notes on their usage in a way that's automatically saved by the program. I don't know if there's a whiteboard on SkypeChat or not; that would probably be useful for anyone who was just learning to write characters. Probably there is, or you could use a videoconferencing hookup.

There are probably other services out there that do the same thing, but this is one of the least expensive I've found, and it's rare to find teachers who can take on advanced-level students with confidence. This might be more common in the Mainland...? since the general belief there seems to be "Of course foreigners can learn Chinese", as opposed to the doubt and incredulity that are daily fare in Taiwan. "Millie" does a wonderful job and I'm looking forward to bothering her with many hours of my awkward sight translations.

URL is http://www.chinesetutor.net/index.html
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Re: Good online Chinese tutoring service

Postby YidaliRen » 28 Jun 2006, 08:43

ironlady wrote:Hi all,

I'm not being paid by these people, but I've started online lessons via Skype and Skype text chat with an outfit in Nanjing (at least my particular teacher seems to be in Nanjing) and I'm very pleased with the result thus far. If you're in Taiwan you might be able to get the same thing via a language school, but for those of us who are not, this is the greatest thing since sliced bread so far IMHO.

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How do you type chinese into skype ? Just switch the Windows XP keyboard input mode
from "EN" to "CH" and then type in pinyin ? I use Skype a lot to talk to my family in
Italy (my skype Id is zeta_andromedae ) and I had been thinking of finding a "chat pal" in
China but was unsure how it would actually work.
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Postby ironlady » 28 Jun 2006, 21:39

Yes, I just input the Chinese using the WinXP IME for Simplified Chinese (Traditional works too, naturally).
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Postby Chris » 28 Jun 2006, 21:57

At first glance I thought the thread was about a "good online Chinese torturing service"!
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Postby ironlady » 29 Jun 2006, 02:14

Only if I don't prepare before class. :lol:
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Postby bushibanned » 29 Jun 2006, 07:13

Wow... this seems a lot more desirable than hauling ass down to a language center in the middle of this summer heat.
However, does one have to use the books they have on their site? I've never studied simplified characters... even if i wanted to use the service to improve my speaking and do the writing on my own time, they would still have to use simplified characters to teach me new words and grammar patterns, no?
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Postby ironlady » 29 Jun 2006, 08:56

I'm not using *any* book. They're very open-minded. My tutor also has excellent English, so explaining what you want in English wouldn't be a problem. The owner (I think it's the owner; his title seems to be "Customer Relations" or something like that, if I recall from the e-mail) is a "foreigner", so English is no problem with him.

I'm sure if you did have a particular book you wanted to use, and they didn't have it there, you could scan and e-mail individual pages (copying for academic use!) to them. Or just buy an extra copy and mail it.
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Re: Good online Chinese tutoring service

Postby kelake » 16 Jun 2012, 10:42

Are there comparable services available today, offering a similar experience? I’m looking to have daily or weekly conversations via Skype with a native speaker (depending on cost) this summer. Most of the sites I’ve googled look either dodgy or are catering to a customer with a larger budget. I would even consider a language exchange.
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Re: Good online Chinese tutoring service

Postby Adam_CLO » 16 Jun 2012, 11:07

kelake wrote:Are there comparable services available today, offering a similar experience? I’m looking to have daily or weekly conversations via Skype with a native speaker (depending on cost) this summer. Most of the sites I’ve googled look either dodgy or are catering to a customer with a larger budget. I would even consider a language exchange.


My company (based out of Taichung) can offer lessons from a trained Chinese teacher, who speaks English, for $350 NT / hour via Skype. Material can be general conversation, my online course, or the local PAVC book series that most university language centers use here. At the end of each lesson, you will receive an email with a summary of new vocabulary taught in that lesson in your chosen format (traditional / simplified / pinyin) along with an audio recording of the new vocabulary to practice your pronunciation.

I can offer a free trial lesson if you want to check the format.

Payments can be made via bank transfer, credit card or Paypal. PM me for more info.
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Re: Good online Chinese tutoring service

Postby ironlady » 16 Jun 2012, 21:12

I do one-on-one tutoring using Comprehensible Input-based instruction for beginners and intermediate level learners. Anyone who already is confident in all the structure of Mandarin really needs to read and listen, not take a class, though sometimes a class is good for the discipline value in terms of doing it regularly. I find my motivation tends to slip more and more the older I get. :cry:
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