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Meet Jing, Mandarin coach at VivaLing: “I’ve never felt the sense of fulfillment, that teaching gives me, from any other job”.

Who are you?

My name is Jing, which means calm and peaceful. I am from Baoding in Northern China,, Hebei province.

Now I am living in Haarlem, in the Netherlands.

I graduated from the Hebei University with  a degree in Economics and then went on to get a degree in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language in the East China Normal University,  Shanghai (2011). I also have the Certificate for teaching Chinese to Foreigners from the Confucius Institute.

How long have you been a Chinese teacher for?

I became a Chinese teacher in 2011.

Why have you decided to be a teacher?

Since I was very young, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. Unlike other kids, I loved to stand up in front of people and was always super-excited to get the chance to “act” like a teacher. I really loved to go to the front of the classroom and explain the things I’d learned. I think I just burned to be a teacher.  I’m always able to put myself in my students’ shoes and I love to think about how I would like my next class to be. I’ve never felt  the sense of fulfillment, that teaching gives me, from any other job.

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I especially love to work with children, I feel naturally able to speak and enjoy the “kid’s language”. I am never shy to act silly or crazy with my students. I feel awesome when I realize that  I can help to make kids love Chinese, that because of me, learning is fun!

Why do you like teaching online?

I am obsessed with incorporating technology into my teaching, I love to explore all kinds of tools to help engage and involve my students, and make my classes more fun and efficient. On top of this, teaching online gives me so many possibilities; I can teach students from around the world and  take my job with me anywhere.

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What are your hobbies?

I love travelling and singing. I also love all kinds of interactive games that can be played in groups,, like the board games or outdoor activities.

What food/dish do you prefer? ( best to choose a typical dish from your country)

I love Chinese food. Even though I live in Europe now, I want to eat Chinese food all the time. I love the Donkey burgers from my hometown Baoding.  They’re made of dough stuffed with donkey meat- delicious!

What is your favourite Chinese movie or book?

My favourite Chinese book is 围城 “Fortress Besieged” by Zhongshu Qian

What is your favourite place on earth?

My favourite place is home

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What would you say to a friend to convince him/her to learn Mandarin?

Currently, Mandarin Chinese is spoken by over 1 billion people around the world.  That’s about one-fifth of the global population.  Each year more and more non-native students from all around the world, choose to study Mandarin, and are doing so  with enthusiasm and success. With a good teacher and good pedagogy, I am sure that you can do it too!

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Meet Laetitia, French coach at VivaLing: ” I find it fantastic to talk to people on the other side of the planet and feel like they’re in the same room as me.”

My name is Laëtitia and  I grew up in Normandy.  I’ve lived in Paris and Belgrade (Serbia) and now live in Camarès, a tiny village in the South of France.

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I have been teaching French for 8 years, to adults and children in variety of situations: abroad and in France, FLE,  tutoring French as a mother tongue and one-to-one courses at college, university …

I have studied philosophy, obtained a master in Serbo-Croatian and a PhD in anthropology. I am currently preparing my teaching diploma (CAPES) in philosophy.

I have done dozens of jobs including: phone sales, shoe sales, bakery, babysitter in luxury hotels, helpdesk at Europ-assistance… But for the past ten years I have mostly done school tutoring and language teaching.

 

Why do you like teaching French?

I like to be able to give keys to my students to make things clear. I find that helping someone to understand something new is, in itself, a reward.

Why do you like teaching online?

I find it fantastic to talk to people on the other side of the planet and feel like they’re in the same room as me.

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How many languages ​​do you speak ?

I speak French, English, Serbian and I can understand a little German

 

What is your favorite place or monument in France?

I find the tower of Saint-Jacques in Paris, fascinating.  It’s very simple and very tortuous at the same time..

 

What is your favorite French tradition or festival?

I love the epiphany, I cooked my first cake of kings last year, puff pastry included J

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What are your passions ?

The history of the United States, Beyonce, the Balkans, Ashkenazi culture, British romantic comedies, cooking, social cinema, historical documentaries and archival images, swimming, yoga, Game of Thrones,

 

What is your favorite food ?

Chocolate fondant with custard

 

Your favorite book or movie?

The Little Prince (I collect them in all languages)!

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What is the place on earth where you would like to live or discover?

I have already discovered many places that I wanted to see, I am going to Vietnam in April, then Cuba will be next on my list :)

 

What are your tips for learning French?

Listen to a lot of songs and try to understand the lyrics! That’s how I learned English … 😉

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Celebrate Chinese New Year with Meng, Mandarin coach at VivaLing

What is your best Chinese New year memory? 

The best moment I’ve ever had is playing with fire crackers in the yard with my friends when I was young (maybe 7 or 8 years old?) The crackers are so beautiful and I loved to share and exchange special crackers with my friends.

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 How do you usually celebrate Chinese New Year at your place?

My home town is Changde city in the Hunan province. For Chinese people, eating together is the most important partof CNY festival. But before we start eating, my family will put some dishes on the table, recall the members of the family who passed away, and tell them it is time to eat good food. Nobody can touch the food before we carry out this small ceremony. My family will also cook a golden fish, but it is not for eating. This fish means that every year we will have some food and money left for the next year. It is also called “年年有余” (Nian nian you yu).

 What is your favourite Chinese New Year dish? 

My favourite dish is 八宝饭 (ba bao fan). It means Eight Precious Pudding.

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Which expression will you teach your students for Chinese New year? 

I will teach them to say 恭喜 发财, 红包 拿来 (gong xi fa cai, hong bao na lai)! why means “trick or treat”! :)

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Celebrate Chinese New Year with Sukun, Mandarin coach at VivaLing

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What is your best CNY memory? 

I remember when I was a child, it always used to snow during CNY. It was white everywhere. My old house has a yard. We used to hang red lanterns under the roof. It was so beautiful, especially when the lanterns were covered with a thick layer of snow. The red lanterns and white snow just matched with each other so well! I will always keep this scene in my mind!

How do you usually celebrate CNY at your place?

I live in the Hebei province. In my hometown, our family always meet on the New Year’s Eve and we usually have a big meal! During the meal, 饺子 (dumplings) are essential! Our whole family will make dumplings together. As an old tradition, we’ll put coins, dates, or other sweet desserts inside some of  the dumplings – it’s said whoever gets the special dumplings will have good luck in the next year. Besides, the whole family will be staying up until midnight. When the clock points to twelve o’clock, we go out and set fireworks to celebrate New Year. The next day, we will all wear new clothes and shoes and visit our relatives and neighbors for new year greetings.

What are your favorite CNY Eve dishes?

We have 门丁 (sweet buns) which are meat buns with red dots on the middle, as well as huge 馒头 (steamed buns) with a character 福 (good luck). My favorite dish is pork joint because it’s good for skin

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What is the sentence in Chinese you will teach your VivaLing students for Chinese New Year?

I want to teach my Vivaling students 过年好 (guo nian hao) for the CNY greetings.

 

 

 

 

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Meet Felicity, English coach at VivaLing – “Learning should be tied with fun and interest and this is my mission!”

My name is Felicity. I come from England. I live in Canterbury. I studied Philosophy at Greenwich University.

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How long have you been an English teacher for?

I have been an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher since graduating at 21. And I have never done anything else.

Nearly everyone in my family is a teacher. From head teachers to special needs teachers. I think is in in our blood! J

I really love that I can change someone’s opinion about a language. I never enjoyed learning second language, but I believe it is all in the way it is taught. Learning should be tied with fun and interest and this is my mission – for every session!

 

Why do you like teaching online?

Online teaching is so amazing. It allows 100% interaction with your learner. No need to waste time getting everyone’s attention etc. The minute the session starts, you are in!  It is also amazing being able to make your own material according to the Learner’s preferences. Again, it is making things fun and interesting, and when I see them enjoying themselves it is the best feeling. So rewarding and it makes me want to do it more and more! I never wake up dreading that I have to work!

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What food do you prefer?

I am quite keen on a good fish and chips (anyone who knows me will know that I will never say no do some Lindt chocolate either!)

What is favourite movie?

Mmmm, I do like the classic Calamity Jane, but I also find most dramas appealing! Of course I have also had to become a Star Wars and Harry Potter fan!

Which place do you like best in England and why?

Favourite place on Earth is wherever my family are. They are amazing. So loving and supportive. I wouldn’t be anywhere without them. Even though we may sometimes be geographically far apart, we are as tight as can be!

What would you say to a friend to convince him/her to learn English?

I would say that English is fun! Corny I know, but give it a chance. Learn the way you enjoy learning – music, movies, celebrity gossip. Even though my second language leaves a lot to be desired, when I speak to someone in Spanish – give directions etc – the feeling I get from this is amazing. They are so happy that someone understands them and I am delighted to be understood!

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Meet Orane, learning English with VivaLing in Brussels

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Orane is an 8 year-old, French-Belgian radiant and mischievous girl. She has been learning English with VivaLing for nearly a year. Alexandra, her mother, tells us more about her learning experience and shares her feedback as a mom.

  • Who are you?

My name is Alexandra, I am French and I have lived in Belgium for more than 10 years. My husband, Frederic, is Belgian. We live in Brussels in a very multicultural environment. Orane, our daughter, is 8 and attends a Belgian school. We wanted Orane to learn English as soon as possible.

– Why did you want your daughter to learn English?

I work in English 80% of my time and therefore measure daily the importance of mastering this language. In addition, we travel a lot and, wherever we go, English is the language of universal communication. Learning English is compulsory in our modern world! But as my husband and I are french speakers, it was out of the question to teach her English. We wanted a professional and native English teacher.

– Why did you choose VivaLing?

Because it is sooo convenient! Orane can have her lessons without leaving the house – and therefore does not have to put on a big coat, a scarf, a hat…. which takes more than 10 mn before going out! While she is having her lesson, I can always listen while doing my own activities – and therefore understand what she is talking about and what she is learning.

In addition the method is very playful and perfect for my daughter. A real pleasure!

– How are your sessions with VivaLing?

We usually have one session a week. The atmosphere is always relaxed and fun, and it is always a great moment of pleasure. Orane’s coach, Felicity, does miracles and we care a lot about her! She’s a part of the family now. Thanks to VivaLing, Orane knows the name of all animals in English. Some better than in French!

 

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Meet Mathilde – French coach at VivaLing

My name is Mathilde, I come from Le Croisic, a beautiful little coastal town, one hour away from Nantes. I have been living in Athens, Greece, for 8 years now.

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How long have you been teaching French?

I began to teach French upon my arrival in Athens, straight after graduating in French language, teaching. I have never stopped teaching during my studies. Indeed, I obtained a Master 2 of FLE / FLS via the Faculty of Arras and the French Institute of Athens. I also had the chance to give several courses in bilingual kindergartens, including that of the French school in Athens. For five years now I have been teaching French language to children at the French Institute of Athens.

Why do you like teaching online?

Unlike some people believe, teaching online is not a limited or binding experience. We are not behind a screen, passive, imparting our course like software. On the contrary, on-line teaching makes it possible to open the 4 walls of the classroom to the world. We have the world at hand: videos, books, articles, innovative  and fun tools to learn grammar and vocabulary. Online education is the future of learning! We transmit our language and culture by accessing the world around us at any time! Since I am a coach for VivaLing, I sincerely believe that there is no other efficient method to learn a language.

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Why do you like teaching French?

I love the French language, its culture, its sonority and its expressions.

The French language is a language rich in history, it has always conveyed the values ​​of tolerance, freedom and a certain philosophical reflection.  It is for me, a fantastic chance to be able to teach my language to people all around of the world!

How many languages ​​do you speak ?

I speak 3 languages ​​fluently: French of course but also English and Greek.  I particularly enjoy Greek; I am proud to speak a language whose roots go back thousands of years!

What is your favorite place or monument in France?

I love going back to the places where I grew up in Britanny.  I adore the indomitable, gothic atmosphere of its wild coast. There’s nothing more inspiring than sitting on the rocks or on the beach and watching the Atlantic raging, a reminder of how small we are in the face of nature!

 

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What is your favorite French tradition or festival?

I like to go back to France for Christmas! The atmosphere of the Christmas markets in France is second to none! The smell of hot wine and cheeses in the streets, the wooden huts of craftsmen, the decorations of the shops …. And of course the interminable dinners and parties with the family are priceless!

 

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What are your passions ?

I love painting and drawing. I also love horseback riding. I am also a fan of the “Vendée Globe”, the most difficult solo sailing race in the world! (Well, I only like to watch it!)

What is your favorite food ?

Breton cakes and pancakes without a doubt!

Your favorite book or movie

Everything by Anna Gavalda ( Ensemble, c’est tout) and all the films made by Jean-Pierre Jeunet ( Amélie Poulain…).

What is the place on earth where you would like to live or discover?

I would love to discover Asia and its culture so different from ours! I love being totally “lost in translation” when I travel!

 

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What are your tips for learning French?

Do not be afraid to immerse yourself fully in the culture- and this is valid for all languages!

I think that watching movies or cartoons in French and reading articles helps a lot when it comes to understanding the language. But it is also necessary to practice as quickly as possible, even if you make many mistakes. You just have to go for it without being afraid!

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Meet Ping – Mandarin Coach at VivaLing

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My name is Ping Jiao. I come from the Shandong province, an eastern Chinese province on the Yellow Sea. Shandong is known for its Taoist and Confucian heritage. It was also home to the ancient state of Qi, the last kingdom conquered by Qin Shi Huang, who proclaimed himself China’s first emperor in 219 B.C. I live here now.

I majored in Chinese Teaching as a foreign language at university. I have a bachelor degree in Chinese. I have been a Chinese teacher since I graduated, nearly 5 years ago.

Chinese is so beautiful and this is what convinced me to become a language teacher today. I love the tone and melody of Chinese as well as the characters that look like drawings. I am so happy to share it to the world.

Why do you like teaching online?

Online teaching is the future: it is much more convenient that traditional teaching. What I like the most is that I can share so many tools and materials with my students: songs/pictures/videos…there is no limit!

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What are your hobbies?

I love language and art. I like painting, singing, playing instruments. I like playing the 古琴Guqin, which is the oldest instrument in China. A Guqin is like a friend: it’s sound is very low, and it creates a very intimate atmosphere. It’s perfect when you have two or three friends sitting together, drinking some tea and singing songs while playing the Guqin. I love that!

I also love Classical music

What is your favourite dish?

I love eating Scrambled eggs with tomatoes (西红柿炒鸡蛋). It’s a typical sweet and sour Chinese dish. I love it! I also enjoy “Cola chicken” (乐鸡翅) which is basically chicken cooked with cola. This is not Chinese cuisine but I like eating Western dishes as well! :)

 

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What is your favourite movie?

My favourite movie is “Monkey King — hero is back” (大圣归来), which is an action movie with Jacky Chan.

What is your favourite place on earth?

My hometown is the best place for me, because it is old and it has a fantastic historical heritage. It’s a small city and I like it like that. I don’t like big cities. The landscape here is also really beautiful: we are surrounded by forests and rivers. I love walking and spending my time in the countryside.

 

 

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