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Information About Irene

Calgary tutor

Personal Description:

Hello, everyone, my name is Irene. I am an Overseas Chinese from Guangdong, currently living in Calgary. I speak Cantonese and Mandarin at a native level, and also have Mandarin Teacher Certificate.
I have experience tutoring both conversation and written Mandarin and Cantonese.

Tutoring Experience:

1. Decide which language you wish to learn
Mandarin is the national language of China and Taiwan, and is the dialect you should choose if traveling to those countries, or if you're learning Chinese for academic/business purposes. China's large population makes Mandarin the most spoken language on the planet.
Cantonese is the primary language of Hong Kong and China's Guangdong province. It is also the most common dialect spoken by Chinese overseas. Choose Cantonese if you're traveling to Hong Kong, doing business in Guangdong (a major economic region), or if you wish to speak with the majority of Chinese in the US, UK, Australia, or Canada.
Difficulty: Mandarin is more structured and a bit easier to learn, while Cantonese has more tones and an ever-changing variety of slang terms. However, this characteristic also makes Cantonese a rich and enjoyable language to study. While there are similarities between Mandarin and Cantonese (learning one can help with learning the other), attempting to learn both simultaneously would be very confusing and inefficient.
2. Decide whether you wish to learn how to read/write Chinese

Tutoring Approach:

For young children, I focus first on speech and audio recognition. Using games, songs, and dance, I like to create an interest in the language first, for the child before getting down to writing and grammar.
For adults, I believe the culture aspect is important in Mandarin learning, so I will include a lot of cultural references to the course. I use interactive materials such as pop songs, movies, and stories to teach.

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Native Language: Cantonese
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (evenings)
References Available: No (✘ Not On File)


  • Guangdong Shifan University (2006) - Teacher Certificate (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)

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