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Chinese, Mandarin, Chinese, other Teacher & Tutor: Tao Liu

Private lessons, classes in Miami, FL, United States or online via telephone, email, text chat, voice chat, video conferencing.

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 Profile of Tao Liu Date: November 9, 2017 
The Basics
Name: Tao Liu
Feedback rating: No student feedback
Self-study lessons: No online lessons
Language(s) to teach:
(N) Chinese, Mandarin
(N) Chinese, other

(N) = Also native language of teacher.
City: Miami
State, province or region: FL
Country: United States
  • Teaching
  • Tutoring
  • Lessons delivery:
  • Live in person
  • Telephone
  • Email
  • Text chat
  • Voice chat
  • Video conferencing
    Program Summary
    Class sizes available:
  • Private Lessons
  • 2-3 students
  • 4-8 students
  • 9 or more students
  • Student proficiency levels:
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Facets available:
  • Grammar
  • Conversation
  • Study Abroad
  • Business
  • Test Preparation

    Teaching Approach

    The preschool/juv enile Chinese class is specially designed for kids aged 5 to 18 based on rich experience in teaching Chinese school in Miami. The kid will not only learn to communicate in daily life Chinese fluently in just one to two years, but also get to master many of wonderful hands-on skills mostly specific to oriental people, such as juggling, five-in-a-row , origami (ball, bird, telephone, frog, airplane, table, hat, chair, etc.), Chinese dancing, Taiji, Qigong, self defense skills, age guessing through zodiac animal notification, hand guessing for drinking fun, magic tricks, whistling, finger cracking, calligraphy, Chinese chess, computerized Chinese typing and entry, computer power user skills, computerized picture drawing and editing, body language for numbering, singing Chinese songs with guitar. etc.

    The adult Chinese class will be taught based on years of experience in teaching college Chinese. Students will not only be able to open mouth and communicate with Chinese people for daily life in less than a year but also be exposed to the 5000 year splendid Chinese culture (over 30 topics) and detailed comparisons with the western culture, which proves very helpful especially when the student goes to China or deal with Chinese people for business, college attending, marriage, research, or sight-seeing.

    The SAT/HSK/AP Chinese Exam Preporation Programs will focus on real exam simulation and hands-on exercises. Students will not only learn how to get high scores in those tests, but also will systematicall y master the Chinese skills in comprehension , speech, reading, writing, and typing.

    Ch inese learning is a long term effort, which needs determination , persistence, commitment, effective tools, and right direction/ins truction. I will make use of Internet-base d high technologies like audio-video multimedia to facilitate the efficiency in learning Chinese. I have created over 10 CDs to cover entry level Chinese I, II, III, and intermediate level Chinese, which prove to be a very useful tool in learning Chinese efficiently and quickly.

    I expect the students and I will co-find a more feasible way toward more successful Chinese learning and tutoring.

    Program Description

    Welcome to Tonny's Chinese program!!!
    If the 19th century belonged to Britain, and the 20th century to the United States, then the 21st century will surely belong to China. Unfortunately , the predict has become an undeniable reality.

    C hinese is becoming the second most useful language in the world today. It is also the most spoken language in the world. It is the common language for Greater China (China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and Singapore) with 1/4 of the world's population! It is one of the 5 official languages of the United Nations, and one of the 7 languages that the Dept of State has determined to be critical to the national security of USA.

    Learn ing Chinese will also help create a tremendous advantage over your native competitors in the tough education field.

    I am Professor Tao "Tonny" Liu, living in Miami, Florida. I have three master's degrees and over 10 years of university teaching experience. I had been teaching credited and non-credited Chinese courses in Miami Dade College and a Chinese school in Miami for many years and I have been tutoring several tens of students from 4 to 75 years old. Up to the March 2014, 31 of my students won the first, second or other places in Florida State-Wide Chinese Competition or Florida International Chinese Speech Contest, including two first places and two third places in the 2014 Florida International Chinese Speech Contest.

    M y Chinese programs include kids program, adult program, and SAT/HSK/AP Chinese Exam preparation programs.

    One of my students learned Chinese from me for 3 months and got one million dollars of the credit line from a large company in China due to the very fact that he could communicate with them in Chinese. And then many of other companies there offered the same credit line to him. Another student learned Chinese from me and found a job in Delta Airlines flying to China. Still another student of mine won a full college scholarship of $46,000 each year because of her Chinese ability. My students include kids, teenagers, architects, programmers, professors, attorneys, doctors, and business owners. One student of mine is doing very good business in China just because she knows Chinese. One of my students learned Chinese from me only two weeks, went to China, found a date, and married her. Several of my students went to China and found an English teaching job.

    My approach in passing Chinese knowledge proves very useful in their thrilling experience in China.

    Wha t makes me a unique and special Chinese teacher include but not limited to:

    - Prizes received by over 30 of my students (including 8 kids of 5-8 years) in Florida International Chinese Speech Contest and Florida State-Wide Chinese Competition. - Over 100 handouts in Chinese learning and cultural exposure
    - Passion as a former college credit Mandarin teacher in helping people learn Chinese quickly
    - Over 10 years of Chinese-teach ing/tutoring experiences
    - Prestigious in 6 years of organizing the 800-member Chinese Language Corner, which is the only live Chinese corner in USA
    - Maintaining a dedicated Mandarin learning website
    - Graduated from a top-ranked Normal University in China where Education, Psychology, and Pedagogy are major courses
    - Knowledge of spoken Cantonese
    - Knowledge of Chinese histories, geography, philosophy, idioms, funny jokes and success theory and stories

    If the above said really impresses you and you are really a serious Chinese language learner, PLEASE CONTACT ME and allow me to service you in learning Chinese efficiently and effectively. There may not be any vacancy available for me to tutor you Chinese now that so many students are learning Chinese from me. Opportunity only befalls a mindful learner!

    Teaching Experience

    Currently still tutoring 7 kids (5-13 years old) and 2 adults.

    Un iversity of Miami, Senior Database Analyst, Miami, FL, July 2004 - Present

    Mi ami Dade College, Adjunct Professor for credit/non-cr edit Chinese courses, Miami, FL, Sept.2005 - 2011

    Conte mporary Chinese School of South Florida, Teacher, Miami, FL Sept. 2003 - 2010

    East China Normal University, Instructor, Shanghai, China July 1984 - December 1990

    Guang zhou Foreign Language Institute, Lecturer, Guangzhou, China July 1982 - July 1984

    Teacher Training

    University of Miami Master of Science in Computer Information Systems, Coral Gables, FL, USA May, 2000

    Unive rsity of Miami Master of Arts in Philosophy, Coral Gables, FL, USA May, 1995

    East China Normal University Master of Law in Political Science, Shanghai, China July 1987

    East China Normal University Bachelor of Arts in Education
    Sh anghai, China July 1982

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Question And Answer About Tonny's Chinese Programs.

    Q: Where are you living?
    A: I am living east of US 1 in the Village of Palmetto Bay area in Miami.

    Q: What time are you available to teach Chinese?
    A: I am available only some of weekday evenings and sometime during weekends.

    Q: I am less than 18. May I contact you?
    A: Sure. And the law requires you let your parents know that you are contacting me.

    Q: How many characters or words are needed to master Chinese?
    A: The Chinese level for a non-Chinese speaker is determined usually by how many characters have been mastered. Although there are roughly 13,000 characters in an authentic Chinese dictionary, Xinhua Dictionary (modified version 2002) which includes both simplified and complex forms of characters, only less than 4,000 simplified ones are usually used (i.e., seen in daily Chinese publications, such as newspaper, magazines, and modern novels), which is less than 1/3 of the characters collected in this popular dictionary. And contemporary Chinese people who are of college or higher education normally have a command just to those characters. (I hold a master degree in Liberal Arts in China, have 8 years of teaching experience in college and could recite 100 poems from Tang Dynasty, but I only recognize around 3850 simplified characters in the dictionary). Ordinary Chinese only know less than 3000 characters. For non-Chinese speakers, Entry Level One Chinese needs 100 characters. Entry Level Two needs 300, Three 500, which is similar to the level of the third grade of elementary school students in China. Intermediate level Chinese needs 1000; Middle level needs 2000; Advanced level needs 3000 characters or more.

    Q: Do you also teach Chinese culture?
    A: Good question. The approaching Chinese billow attracts westerners in two aspects - Chinese language and Chinese culture. Actually, I do give a talk on many Chinese cultural phenomena, including, but not limited to (1) job opportunity, (2) Chinese language features, (3) greeting ritual, (4) name convention, (5) geography, (6) historical resorts, (7) cities, (8) dating, (9) marriage, (10) friendship, (11) history, (12) Chinese games, (13) prostitution , (14) democracy, (15) Dialects, (16) Taiwan problem, (17) kid education, (18) real estate, (19) living expense, (20) cuisine, (21) eating habit, (22) traffic (23) beauty comparison, (24) climate, (25) longevity, (26) calligraphy, (27) education systems, and (28) salary. Other topics could be death penalty, bargain, Tai Chi, family loyalty, one child one family policy, Chine painting, songs, daughter/moth er-in-law relationship, military comparison, minorities, law systems, Kong Fu, Qigong, lady boy, etc.

    Q: How did people comment on your Chinese teaching? Is there any bad comment?
    A: So far I have not found any negative comment yet, though some of my students have left my Chinese program due to the fact that they already mastered Chinese and graduated from my Chinese program. I sincerely welcome comments, especially criticism and suggestions so I could improve my Chinese service. I would like to share some of the positive comments here for your judgment. All of those comments came unsolicited as part of emails to me or as anonymous evaluations on my Chinese class.

    "Bu t I do not want to finish without thank you very much for your time, your effort, your material, your dedication... you are a great teacher, and I am a happy student...let 's see what life brings ...."
    ------ Quote A
    August 4, 2005

    "Th ank you also for the instruction, you are such a wonderful teacher with great patience and enthusiasm in teaching children Chinese. We are very grateful."
    - -----Quote B
    February 15, 2006

    "I'm enjoying your class at MDCC Wolfson campus very much. Your enthusiasm for teaching Chinese is contagious and your patience with us, your students, is amazing"
    --- ---Quote C
    February 22, 2006

    "Howe ver, we are planning to come back in the new school year. Thank you for thinking of us. You are indeed a great teacher."
    -- ----Quote D

    February 23, 2006
    "Thank- you for the class! It has been a wonderful experience. You are an outstanding teacher. I wish I had as much patience with my students. I'll see you next Monday for sure."
    ----- -Quote E
    February 28, 2006

    "I am very happy that I decided to learn Chinese. I could not have had a better teacher."
    -- ----Quote F
    February 28, 2006

    "Than k you very much for all your patience in teaching us this first level."
    ---- --Quote G
    February 28, 2006

    "Than k you so much for your professionali sm, love and dedication to your work and students. I do learn a lot from you. "
    ------Quot e H
    March 1, 2006

    "I love your class. you are an incredible teacher. since we did not learn a lot of vocabulary at F.I.U. I do not find your class too easy. i am very happy to be going."
    ---- --Quote I
    March 10, 2006

    "Dear liu laoshi: I love the line 'your trusted teacher'!!! tai hao le! and so true, you are the greatest and I really enjoy your style. xie xie"
    ------Q uote J
    April 5, 2006

    "I think you are a great professor / teacher"
    --- ---Quote K
    April 6, 2006

    "No, I will never quit your class. I think you are doing a GREAT job and I'm really enjoying attending."
    ------Quote L
    April 6, 2006

    "The Professor was very energetic and very prepared for teaching the class."
    ---- --Quote M
    June 27, 2006

    "TEAC HER is very enthusiastic and willing to walk an extra mile to explain matters."
    -- ----Quote N
    June 27, 2006

    "Very good class. He made a very difficult subject easier to comprehend and learn."
    ---- --Quote O
    June 27, 2006

    "Exce llent Introduction to Chinese. Very thorough, nice pace... Professor Liu was an excellent teacher. Gave many examples. Xiexie ni."
    ------Q uote P
    June 28, 2006

    "what a great class we had! see? it's always better when it's interactive and the students get to talk.....they get energized!"
    ------Quote Q
    October 9, 2006

    "THAN K YOU VERY VERY MUCH for your help and thank you for the dedication on finding the best way for us to learn chinese!! "
    ------Quot e R
    November 16, 2006

    "Than k you. You are an excellent teacher."
    -- ----Quote S
    December 6, 2006

    "Ther e is a lot of drilling for tones, but your pronounciatio n is much better than the teacher here. I was always able to understand you and I can't understand her at all. "
    ------Quot e T
    January 18, 2007

    "Than ks a lot. I'm very impressed with you. You are a great teacher!!!!" ------Quote U
    January 19, 2007

    "It was a true pleasure to be in your class yesterday. I wasn��t sure whether I should embark in a new venture with a totally unknown language or continue learning the ones I already have. However, I must tell you that I loved your approach, your teaching style and the Mandarin tongue."
    --- ---Quote V
    January 28, 2007

    "I want you to know that I still love learning Chinese, and appreciate very much the great teacher you are. I really enjoyed each of your classes, and hope to be able to continue doing it."
    ------Q uote W
    March 28, 2007

    "Cong ratulations for the article in the Miami Herald. You are doing a wonderful job increasing the number of people who study Chinese."
    -- ----Quote X
    August 1, 2007

    "I really miss you classes, you are the best teacher. "
    ------Quot e Y
    August 1, 2007

    "We all agree you are the best teacher and we admire you and we will be very happy if you can teach us chinese in private classes. "
    ------Quot e Z
    August 27, 2007

    "God bless your family and I hope everything is going to be all right with the storms, ' I need my profesor safe and sound' Liu Laoshi see you soon and thnk you again for my presents and for your interest in my learning, that encourages me to keep going. you are the best!!!! "
    ------Quot e AA
    September 5, 2008

    "You are an expert in teaching Chineses to different levels of students. We need you!"
    ------ Quote AB
    September 12, 2008

    "No, you are not a small potato. You are a wonderful and gifted teacher. Kind and enthusiastic. Those are rare and beautiful qualities, second to none."
    ----- -Quote AC
    September 16, 2008

    "Than k you so much, teacher Liu. You are indeed the most responsible and best teacher!!"
    - -----Quote AD
    September 16, 2008

    "Will you be there next week? I really enjoy your class. Please dvise.!"
    --- ---Quote AE
    June 7, 2011

    "The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book. ~Author Unknown …and that is just the way you do it! THANKS for putting forth all that positive energy and enthusiasm in class. Your knowledge, dynamism and exemplary pre-dispositi on made it very enjoyable and productive for me every single time. You have instilled in me the need to continue learning the Chinese language, culture and its customs. "
    ------Quot e AE
    June 30, 2011

    "Perh aps you know of other classes where we can learn conversation. You were the best teacher we have and still remember you pinyin classes."
    -- ----Quote AF
    September 3, 2013

    "We are sorry that you feel that way, however your Mandarin classes were probably the most fun times in our entire week. We were equally hurt to have cancel such an amazing learning experience." ------Quote AG
    February 4, 2014

    "You' re a great teacher and we are both very grateful for your dedication, Tonny!"
    ---- --Quote AH
    March 15, 2014

    "Xi e xie for being such a wonderful teacher and role model for Peixiang. You and your family have been very good to my son and I appreciate all you have done to help him keep his language and culture"
    --- ---Quote AI
    April 7, 2014

    "I really enjoyed your chinese class. Thank you for being such a charismatic professor!"
    ------Quote AJ
    May 13, 2014

    As the last statement, I would like to share with you Mr. Christopher Reeve, the movie Superman's main actor's saying here to enlighten both you and myself:

    "S o many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable."
    I believe Chinese mandarin is one of your desired dreams and you could make it come true through summoning your/your kids' strong will to master it.

    Thank you very much for being considering me as your or your kids' Chinese teacher to learn the most spoken language in the world.

    God bless you!

    Tao "Tonny" Liu

    Cost of Lessons

    Kids: $50/hour (number of students doesn't matter)
    Adul t: $50/hour (number of students doesn't matter)


    Profile Creation: February 8, 2005
    Profile Last Edit: November 9, 2017
    Last Login: November 9, 2017

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