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Ben (31)

Has been teaching on ChineseTeachers.com since 01-Jun-2010
Has been recommended by 18 different students
My Introduction
Hi, 你好! I am a qualified and experienced CFL (Chinese as a Foreign Language) teacher. I got BA on Teaching CFL, M.Sc. on Education Science and M.A. on China Studies. I have more than 10 years of giving private Chinese (as a foreign) language tutoring. I am offering tailor-made Chinese courses according to your individual motivation, your learning needs and your personal schedule. I heavily address the effectiveness and efficiency in my teaching. My teaching aims to develop your all-round Chinese language knowledge and communicative skills, especially listening and speaking. I take a unique 'hybrid' approach in my instruction, which covers both advantages of traditional grammatical approach and innovative lexical approach. When you study Chinese with me, I guarantee that every minute and every penny you spend in my class has its greatest value. In my class, students will learn more than just language. You are more than welcome to make an appointment with me at any time that fits you. /Ben
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More Information about me
I live in Sweden (Stockholm timezone)
I can teach in Chinese, English
I speak English (Advanced)
My availabilities: I m normally available Monday to Sunday from 10 am until 10pm, Stockholm time.
My teaching experience: More than 5 years
I have the following book(s): (New) Practical Chinese Reader vol. 5,6 Textbook, (New) Practical Chinese Reader vol.3,4 Textbook, (New) Practical Chinese Reader vol.1,2 Textbook
My additional certificate(s): BA in Teaching Chinese as Foreign Language
I worked in the following industry: Education,  HSK Guide
I have job experience in: Teacher/Academic,  MA. in China Studies & MSC.in Education Science
I am interested in: Socialising, Travel, Film/Books, Art and Music
Feedback from my students
" I have worked with several teachers on chineseteachers.com and Ben is by far the best. I have seen more results with him in the past 6 months than with anyone else. Ben really takes the time to customize lessons, and spends at least half the class just talking with you in Chinese and working on your conversational skills (which is what has helped me improve so fast!). He takes the time needed for you to understand a concept and does not move on until you are sure you understand, which leads to a solid foundation. Thanks to him, I feel more confident about going to China and speaking Chinese with the locals and I hope he has enjoyed working with me as much as I did working with him. If you can, take your lessons with Ben! "
From Juliette, on 23-Feb-2017
" Ben is the best teacher I've had in 12 years of studying Chinese, including teachers at Oxford University, Beijing University, and National Taiwan Normal University. Not only does he design very effective classes, he also spends significant time outside of class preparing and sharing learning materials. "
From Gerald, on 31-May-2016
" I have studied Chinese off and on for over 20 years now, and Ben is the best teacher of Chinese grammar I have ever had the good fortune of studying with. He is extremely diligent and clear in correcting my grammar and vocabulary usage, and the notes he prepares and sends after each lesson are a tremendous resource. I recommend him extremely highly. "
From Maria, on 01-Jan-2015
" I have been learning Chinese with Ben for more than 6 months now. He has been a great teacher, very patient and explaining well all the subtleties of this language. He is providing also complete after-lesson notes to review again all the new structures and vocabulary learnt during the lesson. Thanks for helping me with my Chinese ! Good job, keep it up ! "
From Philippe, on 21-May-2014
" Ben is so great ! I've been learning with him for more than a year now and my Chinese has improved a lot ! Thanks, Ben! Thanks Chineseteachers.com! I wish you long life! :o) "
From Daniel, on 20-Dec-2013
" 谢谢Ben,我盼望明天的课。 我觉得如果跟你练习, 我的口语水平就会提高。我明天给你唱一首歌 :-) "
From Donna, on 28-Mar-2013
" I have been studying with Ben for a few months now, and find him to be an exceptional teacher. In addition to all the other qualities mentioned by others in their feedback, which I second, he has two others. First, his incredible energy: even though he seems to be teaching throughout the week, every lesson with him powers forward so that you are inspired by his enthusiasm. Secondly, and related to the first, is the extraordinary quantity of material his lessons generate. This includes both the transcript of the examples and explanations he sends, which often runs to four or five pages, as well as supplementary notes summarising the lesson that he sends through afterwards. Both add greatly to teaching that is already extremely good value thanks to the lessons themselves. Highly recommended. "
From Glyn, on 03-Mar-2013
" Ben is the best Chinese teacher I have ever had. My Chinese was in a rough state when I began studying with Ben four months ago. After nearly a decade of several classes, self-studying and several breaks, my Chinese was in a rough, uneven state. Speaking was my weakest component and I had forgotten much of the grammar that I never really learned at school to begin with. Thanks to Ben's teaching, I'm happy to say that after just four months and 4-5 hours a week, I'm speaking much better Chinese. Overall I'm much more confident with the language and have never felt better about my ability and progress. One great thing that Ben does is adapt his teaching style to your needs to directly develop your weak points. For example, when he noticed I did not speak well but could read passages without problem, we started doing paraphrasing exercises instead. Not only can he answer any language or culture question you throw at him, but he will often generate or compile custom learning material on the topic for your later study and review. His English is excellent and can understand even very vaguely worded questions that we learners often ask. His answers are at the right depth and I have never felt overwhelmed or had to just "let a question go" like I felt many times at university when teachers didn't answer my question but couldn't spend more time on it. After you ask questions about questions and so on and so forth, it can be easy to forget what you were originally talking about. However, Ben is able to bring the conversation back whenever you are satisfied and ready to move on. While he is very patient to answer questions or go down side roads with you, Ben is totally focused, efficient and energetic. You will always get very detailed feedback on different aspects of your conversation or class with him. And finally, and possibly most important for practicing spoken Chinese, Ben makes you feel very comfortable talking with him because he is patient and has a great sense of humor. Rest assured, however, that he will not sit back and let your errors go unchecked; Ben has high standards and will gently offer corrections (with explanations) at a time that won't interrupt the flow of the conversation. I look forward to continuing to improve my Chinese with Ben for many more sessions. He is the "real deal" and I highly recommend him to others. "
From evap, on 04-Dec-2012
" I had been "studying" Chinese for several months on my own and using ChinesePod. My progress was slow. But once I started learning from Benjamin, my progress has improved steadily. I still don't spend as much time between lessons as I would like. But Benjamin applies just the right balance of pressure and inspiration. He is a patient teacher and, even more importantly, encouraging. Thanks to Benjamin's help I feel much more confident about my understanding of Chinese. I am still working on getting a decent pronunciation. And my reading skills are improving, even though writing is difficult to master online (or at all!). All told, I found the best teacher for me and I know that beginning students will benefit tremendously from Benjamin. Thanks, Benjamin! "
From Gregory, on 05-Nov-2012
" Ben is probably the best Chinese teacher on the face of the Earth. His lessons are challenging. But that's a good thing. "
From Baron Jon, on 12-Sep-2012
" Thank you very much. I especially liked the role-play on the telephone where we spoke in a spontaneous and simple way. "
From Marvin, on 18-Jun-2012
" I've studied with Ben for a month now, and the progress I've had this far is really great! Ben is a very good teacher! He is eager to get the best out of the student. He is calm and pedagogic in his teaching, and he has a good sense of humour. : ) Two big thumbs up!! "
From Jens, on 09-Jun-2012
" Thank you for the lesson today! You are very good at explaining things and organising the lesson well. Speak soon! "
From Mae, on 18-May-2012
" 我觉得今天课的读物很适合我的水平,会多推动我的进步 "
From 孙大雷, on 06-Jan-2012
" Hello everyone! Now, you are on the right place if you want to learn Chinese from a professional Chinese, Ben Zhang, who is also an expert in related areas ranging from Chinese medicine to Chinese board games. As a student of him for more than a year, I dramatically increased my level of Chinese even though I studied with him in a totally non-Chinese environment. Due to his comprehensive knowledge and teaching skills, I recommend you to work with him wherever you are in the world. Last but not least, his English skills are very good and this is exactly what you need because you need a teacher who can explain a different logic of thinking and a character-based language. Do not miss the opportunity to work with him. Furkan "
From Furkan, on 14-Nov-2011
" I have had several Chinese language teachers before, but none of them is as professional as Ben is. Just as he said in his profile, his teaching is very effective and efficient. After study with him for these two months, my Chinese level has increased greatly. It is very impressive that he can always quickly find out your difficulties on learning Chinese, and with his patient and logic explaining, you will find your progress nearly after every lesson with him. He is always able to give appropriate explanations towards your grammar questions, and help you to exercise by using grammar rules. I am really fond of his Chinese character teaching. He usually makes funny stories about the complicated characters to help you memorize them. When I study with him, I also learned lots of knowledge about Chinese history and culture. Ben really has a good understanding and perspectives on that. I highly recommend him. "
From Lars, on 12-Nov-2011
" I first contacted Ben when I was in a slump with my HSK study; I had piles of grammar books at home but no systemic approach. His introduction page was a "hard sell" effectiveness, efficiency, and value so I thought to really give him a challenge: to tutor me through every page of the advanced comprehensive grammar book《HSK应试语法》. 100+ hours and 480 pages later, I can thoroughly verify his bold catch copy and add two other endorsements. First, he has incredible patience and endurance - often tutoring me for 4 hours daily for several days in a row. Second, I have never met a teacher as good at explaining grammar, even compared with professors at famous universities like BNU or COnfucius Institute lecturers. The Chinese saying "听君一席话,胜读十年书" (Hearing him speak once surpasses reading books for 10 years) would not be excessive praise; in fact, his teaching has given me all the tools to clarify literally years of grammar self-study. "
From Michael, on 16-Apr-2011
" Thank you Ben for this good lesson, I give you 5/5. Let's continue next time. I wanted to ask, what is the difference between 引导 and 指导? "
From Nicolas, on 28-Sep-2010
Ben, 31, in Sweden Reviewed by 2209 students on . Ben, 31, in Sweden, recommended by 18 students, teaches in Chinese, English Hi, 你好! I am a qualified and experienced CFL (Chinese as a Foreign Language) teacher. I got BA on Teaching CFL, M.Sc. on Education Science and M.A. on China Studies. I have more than 10 years of giving private Chinese (as a foreign) language tutoring. I am offering tailor-made Chinese courses according to your individual motivation, your learning needs and your personal schedule. I heavily address the effectiveness and efficiency in my teaching. My teaching aims to develop your all-round Chinese language knowledge and communicative skills, especially listening and speaking. I take a unique 'hybrid' approach in my instruction, which covers both advantages of traditional grammatical approach and innovative lexical approach. When you study Chinese with me, I guarantee that every minute and every penny you spend in my class has its greatest value. In my class, students will learn more than just language. You are more than welcome to make an appointment with me at any time that fits you. /Ben Rating: 5.0