I am a US native and am self-taught fluent in Mandarin Chinese after living in China for 4 years. While in China, I taught myself Mandarin Chinese, was a freelance writer for a local magazine (both Chinese and English), taught ESL (English as a Second Language) and created, founded, and taught an intensive Mandarin immersion program for ex-patriots in China.
I have received a Master's degree from the University of Iowa in Asian Languages, Cultures, and Religions. Prior to that I received a Bachelor's degree double-majoring in Psychology and Religious Studies. I also have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. As can be seen, I value committment, persistence, and patience.
As an American and native English speaker, self-taught in Chinese, I am very aware of the linguistic cultural differences between the languages. Perhaps, most importantly, I have lived in both the US and China and am familiar with the cultures and customs of both. This is an advantage over someone who merely has learned a language, but has no depth of understaning the cultural influences and effects upon the language. In addition, I have been told by numerous Chinese people that my Chinese pronunciation is more standard than theirs (due to the strong influence many of the local Chinese dialects have on their Mandarin pronunciation)
I am extremely analytical and detail-oriented and have very good writing skills. While in China, I had constant practice as a translator, not only as an ESL teacher, but...
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