Testimonials

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Natacha Barreto Translator - Lisbon, Portugal
Richard has been an amazing Chinese teacher! I really couldn't ask for a better teacher! I have been having lessons with Richard for about a year and with each lesson I feel more and more confident with my spoken Chinese skills. I also have acquired a greater understanding of the Chinese grammar, as Richard would explain to me its intricacies in a clear manner. Furthermore, the insight Richard has provided me regarding Chinese as well as Taiwanese culture has also been great, as I believe that in order to learn a language, one must also learn about the history and culture behind the language. 你對我很耐心,因為我上你的中文課我的中文每節課都向上 非常感謝老師!
Trey Sisson New York City - New York
I've had many Chinese teachers and Richard is by far the best. He is extremely knowledgeable, supportive and patient in his approach. Richard often gives special attention to detail in explaining grammatical nuances and relating them back to English examples. Our sessions are always engaging and something I look forward to each week. I highly recommend Richard to anyone who is just starting or well on their well to becoming fluent.
Matthew Byrnes Math teacher - Minneapolis, MN

Richard is an amazing tutor! He is very patient and explains difficult concepts thoroughly. He's helped my written Chinese ability grow by leaps and bounds, and has boosted my speaking confidence! He teaches with the perfect balance of knowing what/when to correct and what/when to save for later discussion. He is fun to talk to and makes learning Chinese a joy!

Che Lan Chan Nurse - Toronto, Canada

Before I took Mandarin lessons with Richard, pinyin has always been a difficult thing for me. It was so hard to differentiate them. I am very impressed that after learning 4 lessons with Richard, I feel much more confident in my ability to learn Mandarin. Thanks Richard!

很少的時候已經學過普通話但沒什麼機會說,而且一直都搞不好拼音,跟老師學了四堂,感覺能掌握多很多,學習普通話的信心也多很多,謝謝老師!還有就是我在香港長大,也有去過台灣旅遊,跟老師學習也可以多認識一點台灣,一舉兩得啊!

Lara Grothe Frankfurt, Germany
I found my perfect teacher with Richard. Even on days when I can't switch so easily to Chinese or am constantly looking for the right words, he helps me in a very supportive and patient way so that I don't feel stupid, but rather proud of my progress in the end.
Daniel B. Chicago, IL

Richard is the kind of teacher you dream of getting when you're in college. He's not just doing this because it's a job — he's here because it's his passion. I've never seen a speaker that understands linguistics as well as he does...HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

Michael B. Software engineer - San Francisco, CA
Richard's lessons are balanced. He takes the time to point out subtle differences in meaning between similar words/phrases, while not giving you too much to take on for 1 lesson. He also adds a bit extra to the text book we are using to make sure that I'm using the language correctly and efficiently. Plus the lessons are always fun.
Martin P. Lawyer - Santiago, Chile
Richard is a fantastic teacher! He explains in a very clear and correct way and then gives you lots of useful examples. He is extremely well prepared, with very good material and a clear, precise class plan. He also makes very interesting cultural and historical remarks!
Ali Mametraimov Student - Almaty, Kazakhstan

Richard's an amazing teacher. Patient. Knowledgeable. Enthusiastic. Encouraging and yet still manages to challenge you in a way that brings the most out of you in a non-threatening way. I think that last part is huge for any teacher of any discipline. It makes me want to go back and study harder so I can make the most out of our sessions. You will not be disappointed if you decide to work with Richard.

Joe Gonzalez Personal trainer - New York, NY

Richard's an amazing teacher. Patient. Knowledgeable. Enthusiastic. Encouraging and yet still manages to challenge you in a way that brings the most out of you in a non-threatening way. I think that last part is huge for any teacher of any discipline. It makes me want to go back and study harder so I can make the most out of our sessions. You will not be disappointed if you decide to work with Richard.

Giselle Castaneda Chicago, IL
I had Professor Chen for a semester in Intermediate Chinese at DePauw and he was incredible! Always going above and beyond with lessons and very organized. From the beginning, he enforced a strict rubric for the class and told us what was expected of us as students. Throughout the semester in his class, I was never confused on what was wanted from me and what I needed to do to ensure that I received the grade that I wanted. Although we did have a lot of learning time, Professor Chen also made sure to incorporate small cultural activities to add a lesson on something other than language. In class, he was always extremely helpful and never hesitated to help. He was always more than happy to help outside of class with homework and even just to chat! I would consider him to be a very personable person who cares about his students and wants to get to know them on a more personal level.