Besides applying to a university in China,hiring a private Chinese tutor is also a common choice for many students from developed countries.Why is that?Because people from developed countries are rich than those from developing countries in general so they can afford the fees of a private Chinese tutor.
Hiring a professional private Chinese tutor is a bit more expensive than learning Chinese at universities in China because it’s one to one lessons.Even some private Chinese tutors are easy to find(they seem to appear everywhere) and cheap.You'llfind a large quantities of advertisements in the classified section of expats' websites such as Beijinger and Enjoy Shanghai.But a good Chinese tutor is someone you may happen to run across but can not be expected to find when you look for him.Some tutors have teaching experience that is equivalent or even higher than the teachers in universities and private school.Tutors are supposed to act as a complement for your regular classes so most of them are not willing to prepare too many contents for your lessons.
Tutors are very helpful for Chinese beginners as a complement to the regular classes or for those beginners who is working full-time and don't have the time to attend a regular course at the university.A real professional tutor of Chinese should be a teacher who can teach students at any level and know their weakest points and then help them reinforce time after time.
In fact,hiring a private Chinese tutor is a quite lazy way to learn Chinese as you don’t have to wait after you finish theapplication and get up early to be in classrooms.You just pay them,and most tutors are willing to come to your home to giveyou a lesson.You can even make a time table by your own willing if your tutor is not too busy to teach too many students.
Most tutors are paid by hours in big cities like Beijing and Shanghai,which means the time you can practice with him or heris limited.You'll have only two or three hours spending with your tutor everyday.This is going to slow down the process of your Chinese study.And if you don’t practice a lot,it would be very natural to forget about the things you just learned.InChina, there are plenty of native people to speak with.Do not be shy and just go outside and get some Chinese friends.Another smart choice is,you can be a English tutor for a Chinese student to make money in exchange of free Chinese lessons.Please remember never hesitate to ask question when learning Chinese from a tutor.