I am Mr Liu. It is very nice to know you are interested in learning Chinese or Cantonese. I am a Chinese living in Hong Kong and has been a Chinese language teacher in the Secondary school for forty years. I have retired from the teaching post in secondary school now, but I am glad to teach again through personal tutorial, such as teaching native students Chinese Language, or foreigners Cantonese. After retirement, I want to teach foreign friends to know Chinese and Chinese culture. As there are many foreign neighbors living nearby my home, I know their language needs in communication.
In the past, I graduated from the University of Hong Kong and complete the master program of Chinese Literature in the Chinese University. The education I received gives me the best understanding about language and culture. As I have taught Chinese Language, Literature and Culture in the Secondary school for forty years, I have a great understanding about the learning of Chinese Language as well. It is really useful in experience, because students learning Chinese or Cantonese nowadays always meet and face language and cultural difficulties at the same time. In learning Cantonese, students also wish to understand more about local Culture, which is useful for them to work and live in Hong Kong or nearby China.
I all admit that learning Cantonese is not easy, but the effectiveness of learning is two-way; a good teacher can make the learning process enjoyable and fruitful for both parties. In the learning process of reading, writing, listening and speaking, talented students also need guidance from mentors. Everyone has their own unique learning ability because of their mother culture and education background. Therefore, the process of learning language is at the same time the process of discovering yourself and giving full exercise to your strengths. Both teachers and students can experience new experiences of learning and teaching. I am happy to teach and listen. I am willing to pay more patience and attention for the needs of students. I hope that the students who follow me can get the fruits of learning, so that they can make good use of Cantonese in work and life, and develop their ability to communicate.
The design of learning process has always been effective and efficient to help people learn language. Students will find that Cantonese is difficult to learn in the beginning, but they will experience an easier way through a well designed learning process. And this learning process is not dull at all because the strong tradition of culture in Cantonese will actually strengthen their learning interests. Of course, learning should not be rushed. Starting from the current level, it takes time and effort to reach proficiency step by step. Every lesson is precious. I hope there are well-designed lessons and there are also students who are devoted to learning.
As a Christian, I accept this part-time job as my mission.
Before starting the lesson, may I ask my students the same question: “Lei hou! Before starting the lesson, my I know more the language level of my student? I hope I can prepare the most suitable teaching material for the lessons.”
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