I have been studying Chinese for 1 1/2 years, and of that time, the last two months has been with Luke Wang.
The growth I have experienced since working with Luke has exceeded my greatest expectations (and I dream big). Luke's teaching goes beyond the scoop of traditional learning, he helps you to understand how the brain functions and how to best apply those concepts to the learning of this beautiful and complex language. Now for the first time, since studying Chinese, I speak with the speed and accuracy of a Chinese native.....and I am still amazed by that!
Luke is truly in a league of his own! And I am privileged to be working with such a talented Laoshi.
Shantel B. (Flight Attendant)
I highly recommend Mr. Wang as a Mandarin Chinese tutor. He is an excellent teacher, being very patient in explaining, and as necessary repeating, the difficult nuances of speaking and reading Mandarin. He is a master in integrating technology into his teaching method. Building vocabulary lists that students can easily review when they are on the internet, allowing them to review at their own convenience. He makes learning enjoyable by integrating Chinese language videos, stories, and news items, as appropriate, to allow the student to listen and try to comprehend different speeds of speaking and slightly different accents of a variety of Mandarin speakers.
Mr. Wang has excellent English communication skills which assists in conducting his lessons. Any questions that arise he is able to address and he understands English idioms which, in my experience, is not the norm for someone who was not born in an English speaking country. Overall his communication and interpersonal skills are excellent.
Mr. Wang is flexible in arranging time to tutor his students. He will strive to accommodate his students' requested times to the best of his ability. This assists in allowing his students to take his classes when the students' have time.
If you are looking for a hard-working, patient and all around excellent Mandarin teacher, I highly recommend Mr. Wang without any reservations.
David S. (USA Foreign Services)
When I started working with Luke, I had one specific goal: to pass the MTLE subtest 2 for Chinese Mandarin. This test is one of the licensing tests required for teachers of Chinese as a Foreign Language in Minnesota. For a native speaker of Chinese, the licensing tests do not pose a serious challenge, but I am not a native speaker. Prior to meeting with Luke, I had already taken several years of Chinese at the university level. I had also been accepted to the licensing program at the University of Minnesota for teaching Chinese, and I had passed the first subtest. Nonetheless, subtest 2 was a daunting challenge for me because it required me to speak and write spontaneously, so I decided to hire a tutor to help me.
I am glad I chose Luke to help me with this task. He understood what I needed, and he was flexible enough to let me go at my own pace and adapt to what I wanted to work on. In particular, I was happy that he was willing to let me practice speaking on topics, both related to the test and my own personal interests. I appreciated being able to discuss cultural matters with a native speaker.
Like most students of Chinese, I learned about Chinese New Year in my Chinese classes, but I feel that working with Luke really helped me deepen my knowledge of such cross-cultural situations. The short-term benefit of such knowledge, of course, is that it helped me pass my test. But the long-term benefit is that I feel I can build on that knowledge to expand my understanding of China and Chinese culture, and to inform my teaching practices in the future. Thank you, Luke, for sharing your language and cultural insights with me. I shall be forever grateful.
Leah M. (Teacher)
Over 30 years ago, I married a wonderful woman from Taiwan whom I met in graduate school. Through her and my in-laws, I have had the privilege of experiencing a Chinese culture that I greatly enjoy and respect. But to experience more, I knew I needed to learn Chinese. However, preoccupied with work and raising a family, my efforts to learn the Chinese language in the past did not meet with significant success.
Retiring from the workforce a few years ago, I am finally had the time to learn Chinese in earnest. I began by taking a few weekly classes and utilizing online resources but I came to realize that I needed more personal and interactive instruction. In my search for a Chinese tutor, I was fortunate to find Luke Wang.
I can echo all the comments made here regarding Luke’s professionalism and excellent teaching skills. Let me add that, although my age is over twice his, there is no “generation gap” or other such impediment to learning. It is never too late to begin learning a language, and it has been great to have Luke as my guide as I seek fluency in Chinese.
Larry C. (Physicist)
Jan and I could not have asked for a better prepared or more responsive, congenial tutor than Luke. His approach is direct, focused, and disciplined. However, Luke also knows when to employ his great sense of humor and big smile when the going gets tough. He is an astute assessor of progress, and is flexible enough with a wide variety of methods to switch direction when necessary.
Most importantly, Luke understands not only the methodology of teaching a second language, but also strives to ensure his students get the highest quality Mandarin instruction. We highly recommend Luke, to students of any age, as a teacher of the Chinese language. He prepared us for our move to China exceptionally well!
Joe and Jan P., (English Teacher)
St. Lious Park, MN
Good Morning Luke
I have been reviewing the e-mail lesson notes and see how very much you helped me, and also see that we covered a lot of important material.
Thank you for your help … you are excellent at what you do and make study easy and efficient. Clearly you have learned the art of tutoring with Skype and provide a great experience. I was fortunate to have discovered you on the Internet and believe that you are probably better than 95% of those doing similar tutoring. You understand how to teach and are very patient.
Once again, thank you.
Joe R. (Newspaper Onwer)
I moved back to Minnesota in 2013 after living in Beijing, China for three years. I wanted to continue my Chinese studies so I sought a tutor. I looked on many different tutoring websites and talked with many different tutors before coming across Luke's website.
I wrote him an email detailing how I would like to study and what I would like to study. I chose to meet Luke because he was very accommodating to my specific requests and gave me a discounted first lesson. The first lesson was great! He wrote up a lesson plan and gave me access to materials to start studying from right away. Luke is a great tutor and I have really enjoyed learning from him.
Julie F. (Business Professional)
St. Paul, MN
I would highly recommend Luke to anyone trying to learn Mandarin Chinese.
He has a gentle but disciplined approach which emphasizes tone mastery and character recognition. His schedule is flexible and he is willing to discuss Chinese culture as well as language study.
Bill G. (Physician)
Whether you are a beginning Mandarin student or aiming for fluency or proficiency in the language, I strongly recommend Luke as your instructor. I have just completed 40 rewarding lessons of Mandarin and Luke made it all exciting for me.
Luke will teach you both formal and colloquial Chinese and the correct way of speaking the language. He is persistent and will not introduce new material until he is convinced that you have grasped the subject at hand. Luke is also funny and that makes learning the language a lot easier.
Luke is reliable, punctual and practical. He challenges you and will not move on to a new topic until he is certain that you have mastered the previous one. He wants to make sure that the material being covered is at the right level for you.