Manhattan Mandarin New York City

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Private Tutoring

Manhattan Mandarin’s Private Tutoring Program is uniquely tailored to our clients’ needs. Each student begins with a free trial lesson to establish his or her personal learning objectives. Our experienced tutors will work within each student’s timeframe to meet these objectives and help develop personalized study strategies.

Manhattan Mandarin’s founders know firsthand what it takes to learn Mandarin from scratch as a second language, and how most efficiently to achieve conversational fluency and master character writing and reading. We have designed Manhattan Mandarin’s programs to benefit absolute beginners and skilled speakers alike, and are eager to share our experiences of learning Mandarin with you.

Lessons are conducted at whatever location is most convenient for the student. Prices are available upon request. 

Whether you're booking for a child and just starting out, or you're an advanced adult student, we have the best tutors and programs available for you.


"My boys have been studying with Jamie over the last several years. He has helped foster a love of both the language and the Chinese culture.  They always look forward to working with him as he is fun, enthusiastic and dedicated to them and their learning.  He always makes himself available to help when they feel they need it.  We decided to travel to China recently, because of the boys’ interest and he helped make sure we did not miss any highlights!  I would recommend Manhattan Mandarin to anyone interested learning Chinese!  Jamie is a truly gifted teacher."

Carolyn R. / Riverdale

After School Programs

We love running our After School programs! Each week we bring the language and culture of China to over 100 students at more than a dozen of the best private and public schools in NYC.  


Our After School classes are typically for students in K-6, often broken down into K, 1-3, and 4-6; however, please be sure to contact the After School Director at your child's school as programs do vary.


Classes and curriculums remain flexible throughout the semester. Our youngest beginner students learn through games, songs, and activities, while our advanced learners learn through more rigorous elements that involve reading, writing, and making more formal conversation. The ultimate goal of the program is to establish a solid language foundation upon which to build in the future, and to instill in our students a lifelong interest in Mandarin and Chinese culture. 

After School Directors 

If you'd like to open a after school program at your school please call us anytime to set up an initial meeting. 

  • St. Bernard's

  • PS 6

  • PS 180

  • Chapin

  • Buckley

  • Allen-Stevenson

  • Trinity

  • TAG School

  • St. Luke's

  • Transfiguration 

  • Nord Anglia

  • Manhattan Country Day

  • 92Y

  • and more!

Business Programs

Manhattan Mandarin's In-Office business classes are designed for you and your team to quickly and efficiently gain an understanding of the language, allowing you to travel comfortably in China and impress your Chinese counterparts. 

This 20 hour course will cover greetings, eating, drinking, etiquette, travel, and navigation. It will also build a rock solid foundation for you to continue learning Mandarin on your own or through Manhattan Mandarin by covering most of the grammar patterns necessary for intermediate/advanced Mandarin.

Classes will only be taught by Manhattan Mandarin tutors who also have experience working in China. Properly understanding a language requires knowledge of the culture to which it is bound; we make sure to focus much of the course on helping you gain a deeper understanding of Chinese culture. 

Meet The Team

Tao He

Tao is a native Mandarin speaker. Born and raised in Beijing, growing up Tao was able to fully immerse himself in the great culture and history. He is very passionate about and always looking forward to sharing it with all students through pragmatic, fun Chinese classes. 


Tao also obtained his law degree from Fordham University School of Law and is an attorney in NYC specialized in corporation and real estate. He often offers presentations within his offices to his colleagues on legal and business Chinese. 


Outside of his law practice and tutoring, Tao is an avid tennis and golf player. He also enjoys exploring the city and everything it has to offer. 

Phyllis Cai

Qingyang 'Phyllis' Cai is a graduate student a Columbia University where she is getting her masters in East Asian Languages and Cultures. Born in a family of teachers, she grew up with a passion for education as well as a rich inheritance of Chinese cultural past.


She has been teaching Mandarin for three years during which she has developed an enjoyable and interactive teaching style that incorporates oral practice, grammar and traditional Chinese culture.


Phyllis has a wide variety of interests including East Asian Drama, traditional and contemporary Chinese literature, cooking, traveling and running social media. 

Valerie Evering

Valerie, a native New Yorker, received her undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins University.  She received a Masters Certificate in Chinese Studies from the Johns Hopkins  SAIS Nanjing Program. 


With over 15 years of experience living working and studying in China, Valerie has worked as a cultural and language consultant in film production and in education leading educational tours to China for New York private schools and teaching Chinese.

Valerie was one of our first tutors and is an after school wizard and a favorite of all of our students. 

Jay Jin

Jay is a native speaker who came all the way from Beijing to get his MBA from Fordham University. He has extensive tutoring experience and loves teaching students of all ages. He is very passionate about teaching his native language and sharing Chinese culture while establishing wonderful relationships with his students. 


Jay is a dog owner and loves New York City. He teaches several of our immersion classes as well as one on one lessons.

Jay is also the Founder and Boss of Cooper & Jin. In our humble opinion, the greatest socks ever!! 

Tianqi Luo

Tianqi is a native of Beijing, China. She recently graduated from Kenyon College, where she studied Political Science and Comparative literature (Chinese and Japanese literature).


Currently she is a masters student at Columbia University, focusing on Chinese pre-modern literature. She was a Chinese Apprentice Teacher at Kenyon, and is passionate about learning and teaching languages. 

Christine Kaplan

​Christine is a native Mandarin speaker from Malaysia. She received her BA in Business Mathematics and then spent three years working as a professional recruiter in Hong Kong and Malaysia, where she also taught Mandarin to local students.


While at her university, Christine set up Mandarin-learning events for exchange students and organized a number of programs to foster greater cultural exchange.


She is very passionate about both cultural exchange and language study and is fluent in five languages: English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Taiwanese, and Malay.

Jamie Keyte

Jamie Keyte founded Manhattan Mandarin in 2012. ​A native New Yorker, Jamie attended The St. Bernard’s and Trinity Schools. He graduated from Kenyon College with a BA in Internationals Studies. In 2008, Jamie studied abroad where he completed an intensive Mandarin language program at CET in Shanghai.

Upon graduating, Jamie ran high school educational tours in both China and the United States. In 2010, Jamie decided to further enhance his Mandarin skills and completed a second intensive language program in Beijing. This led him to a job at Thomson Reuters, where he became the China Project Manager for a Thomson Reuters’ subsidiary. During this time, Jamie developed the concept for Manhattan Mandarin and co-founded IvyGate, a Beijing-based SAT tutoring and high school/college application company.

Jamie continues to run Manhattan Mandarin while teaching at Trinity high school. Additionally he has taught 3000+ hours of private Mandarin lessons. 

Harry Keyte

Harry grew up in New York City and attended St. Bernard’s and Trinity School.


While attending Occidental College, Harry spent a semester abroad at Donghua University in Shanghai to study Mandarin through CET’s intensive language program.


Harry joined Manhattan Mandarin in 2015 as a private tutor, after-school teacher, and the head of curriculum development.


More recently, Harry completed CET's language-pledge business Mandarin program in Beijing; after four months of no English, he returned to NYC excited to get teaching again.

Harry loves to read, spends much of his free time writing fiction, and plans to publish novels in the near future. 

Harry now has over 4,000 hours of private tutoring experience, has worked with students of all ages (toddlers to retired adults!), and is eager to work with high schoolers, college students, and those seeking Mandarin lessons for business or travel purposes. 

Michelle Tamizawa

Michelle was born In Beijing, China. She is a native Mandarin speaker and is frequent in English and Japanese languages. Since five years old, she was trained professionally on Vocal and Piano in Beijing. Later, she has received her B.S. in Accounting from Kean University and Rutgers University, New Jersey, U.S. Then, she has moved to Tokyo, Japan with her family and studied Japanese language at Takusoyoko University, Tokyo.


Learning multiple languages has become a meaningful and skillful process for her.  It has allowed her to become more efficient and expand intellectually.  Languages themselves go way beyond than just being tools of communication.  It is the beauty and learning the culture behind them, that enables one to develop a profound respect and understanding of all the diversity around the world.  It is these experiences that Michelle has and is excited to share with young children.


Currently Michelle is studying at Columbia Teacher’s collage , and with her family and her trilingual daughter are living in Manhattan.

Jing Shan

Jing Shan, a native speaker and a Registered Nurse by training, received her MS and MPH degrees in Community Health Nursing and Urban Public Health from Hunter College, CUNY. Since 2010, she has worked with community-based agencies including the American Indian Community House, Lower Eastside Girls Club, and Womankind. From 2014 to 2018 she worked at Womankind serving multiple roles including Support Group Facilitator, Community Office Manager, and Associate Director of Residential Programs overseeing two emergency houses. She would utilize her diverse background in community health and social services, working with the multi-disciplinary team in promoting wellness and healing. 


In the summer of 2018, after two months of traveling in China and contemplating on next moves, she decided to transition into the field of education. She has successfully completed the TESOL/TCSOL Dual Certificate Program co-sponsored by Teachers College and Osaka Gakuin University in Osaka, Japan. She is currently enrolled in the one-year TCSOL program at Columbia University to further her studies in linguistics and Chinese pedagogy.


She has recently joined the Manhattan Mandarin NYC team where she teaches After School classes and Private Tutoring alongside other awesome Mandarin Teachers. 

Xiaofan Chen

Xiaofan Chen works as a 7th and 8th grade Chinese teacher at Avenues: the World School. She previously served as a 9th -12th grade Mandarin teacher at the Martin Luther School in NY, where she designed Mandarin Chinese curriculum, selected textbooks, created classroom activities and evaluated the students’ language proficiency levels. Previous experience includes a student teacher at the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School in MA, where Xiaofan designed curriculum and delivered Chinese lessons to students in grades 2, 3 and 5.

Xiaofan received a Master of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Bachelor of Arts from Zhejiang Yuexiu University of Foreign Languages in China. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Foreign Language Education from New York University.

Max Samuels

Max earned his BA from Dartmouth College, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Chinese and Theater. While at Dartmouth, Max was a recipient of the PRAY Prize for Excellence in Chinese and worked as a Mandarin Language Drill instructor, leading interactive spoken language sessions with beginning Mandarin students using the Rassias Drill Method. 


After graduation, he completed his MA in Classical Acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Now a professional actor, Max has appeared Off-Broadway, on screen, and at various regional theaters in the Northeast. 


Max started studying Mandarin in high school, so he understands and empathizes with the challenges and rewards of beginning-stage language learning. More than a decade since embarking on his own Chinese language journey, Max is as passionate as ever and eager to help ignite that passion in others!

Celine Sun

Dan (Celine) Sun was born and bred in Shanghai. She received her NYU TESOL and Foreign Language Education dual degree in 2017 and started her teaching career at a public school in Brooklyn. She believes that every language learner is unique, so the teacher has to teach in accordance to the student’s aptitude.

Celine is passionate about language teaching and learning. Majoring in French and
Francophone Studies in college, she is also fluent in French and is a lover of French culture.


Upon graduating, Celine worked for Shanghai New Oriental School where she taught an English translation class to students aged 10-18. She was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2013, along with other 14 teachers out of a total pool of about 500 teachers.


Celine wants to take advantage of every opportunity this amazing city could offer. She is excited to meet her students from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds and tries to offer an interesting and meaningful language learning journey to all of them.

Shiyao Liu

Shiyao is a native of China but has quickly embraced becoming a true New Yorker. 

She graduated from NYU with an MA in TESOL/Teaching Mandarin and received an MA in Childhood Education and Special Education from Touro College. 

She currently teaches at PS 310 K (School for Future Leaders) in Brooklyn. 

Shiyao loves to travel and dance. Growing up she preformed traditional dances and continues to learn at studios across NYC. 

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