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Chinese Temple


Learn with one on one, virtual sessions 


Christina Wu

I have been teaching for the past 30 years. I am passionate about teaching young people. I love it when they learn something new and gain a deeper understanding of the world around us. I have a diverse background. I have been teaching various subjects to elementary and middle school students: English, Math, Mandarin, and Money Management. I believe education is vital. I consider high quality education a necessity. I am constantly trying to improve the quality of my teaching. 


I have an MBA from the University of Chicago's Booth Business School. I also have a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. I have worked in business for many years in Fortune 100 companies, Hollywood entertainment firms, and Silicon Valley startups. But I always come back to teaching. It's close to my heart.


My family is in teaching as well. I have parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins who are college professors, principals, and math teachers. I've seen the impact they had on students' lives, and I've always aspired to do the same. 


I grew up in Los Angeles, lived in the Bay Area for a long time, and am now living in the Midwest. I live with my husband and two boys. I have a high schooler and a middle schooler.  

60 Minute Classes


This class will cover basic knowledge of pinyin, basic understanding of strokes and stroke order in writing, listening and speaking skills in tones, and recognizing Chinese characters through practice, lesson plans, and activities. 


In addition, if the learner is brand new to Mandarin, we will start with teaching Pinyin and tones. Pinyin is an international system to express the sounds of Chinese language. Modern Chinese has 430 sounds, far less than the number of characters. Therefore, many characters share the same sound. The use of tone (pitch) is an important way to tell the difference in meaning of the same sound. There are four tones in the Chinese language.


The learners will learn:

-to recognize and write common Mandarin Chinese characters

-to understand Chinese grammatical constructions

-to pronounce Chinese characters with proper tones

-to use common language expressions & phrases

-to use vocabulary for everyday situations


Broad topics of learning include the following:

Week 1: Numbers and Dates

Week 2: Shapes and Colors

Week 3: Basic Greetings

Week 4: Animals

Week 5: Family Members

Week 6: Basic Human Body Parts

Week 7: Food

Week 8: Daily Routine

Week 9: Daily Routine

Week 10: Countries and languages

Week 11: Everyday Necessities

Week 12: Clothes

Week 13: Inside the House

Week 14: Transportation

Week 15: Jobs and Workplace

Week 16: Everyday Necessities

Week 17: School subjects and facilities


*The curriculum is subject to change based on the needs of the student

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