Dr. James Keys
As a dentist with a desire to work and travel in Singapore, James recognized the importance of learning the Chinese language. Though he had no prior experience with the language, James was committed to his goal and eager to start his language journey. With the support of my Language Achiever Program in 2010, James made impressive progress in just two months. He can now confidently speak simple Chinese and write basic Chinese characters. Thanks to the skills he acquired through the program, James was able to successfully work in both Singapore and Shanghai, connecting more meaningfully with his patients and colleagues while immersing himself in the local culture. His dedication to learning and willingness to take on new challenges is truly inspiring, and I'm proud to have played a part in his language journey.
Ni Hao! Queenie taught me Mandarin Chinese for a little over 2 months. In that time, she put great efforts into tailoring my lessons for me, so that I could use my new skills in a clinical setting as a dentist. Having now arrived in Singapore, I have found her teaching extremely useful, and I can communicate well with my patients and in social situations. Queenie taught me not only the language, but also the attitudes and habits of the people of the countries of South East Asia. She also made the lessons both educational and whole lot of fun. I would recommend her to anyone wanting to learn a language. Zai Jian!
Mikayla had a strong desire to reconnect with her Cantonese heritage and connect more deeply with her family in Hong Kong. Despite growing up in a Cantonese-speaking household, Mikayla had never been able to fully embrace her heritage due to her limited language skills. That's when she decided to join my program. Through her hard work and dedication over the course of a year in 2010, Mikayla made remarkable progress in learning Cantonese. She not only acquired the language skills necessary to speak confidently with her grandparents and other family members, but also gained a deeper appreciation and understanding of Eastern culture. With her newfound abilities, Mikayla was able to embark on a new life in Hong Kong, fully immersed in her family's rich heritage and traditions.
Queenie is a wonderful teacher who I would recommend to anyone looking to gain an in-depth understanding of the Cantonese language and Asian culture. Queenie possesses an outstanding knowledge of Cantonese syntax and her lesson plans function exceedingly well to transfer the complex commands of Chinese dialects to her students. As her lessons are rather flexible, I found them a great opportunity to ask plenty of questions and I was able to learn at my own pace. Queenie also did a fantastic job of catering to my needs - her excellent interpersonal and communication skills have allowed her to be very accommodating to her students no matter their level. She is extremely passionate in her teachings and this greatly encouraged me to further my learning outside of class. After studying Cantonese with Queenie for a year I am assured I have acquired the capacity to begin a new life in Hong Kong, with both the skills to speak confidently in Cantonese, and an acquired fondness of Eastern culture.
Before joining the Language Achiever program, Ben had been a self-learner in Chinese, having picked up some words during his business trips to China but struggled to understand the fundamentals of the language. However, since working with me, his Chinese reading and writing skills have improved significantly. During his trip to China in 2010, he was finally able to understand what the locals were saying, which greatly improved his communication and overall experience while there.
Queenie has been my Mandarin teacher since March 2010. Over the course of the year I have acquired a sizeable vocabulary, I'm able to build sentences and converse across a decent range of topics. Queenie has really helped with my pronunciation through teaching me Pinyin. I have progress to reading and writing characters. My listening skills are really improving - late 2010 I tested my language ability in China, it was really fun, I could hear the locals talking about me, I had no problems interacting. If your wanting to learn Mandarin quickly and thoroughly I recommend Queenie
Dennis & Ada Wong
Dennis and Ada, a married couple, joined my language program with a unique goal in mind. While Dennis wanted to reconnect with his Chinese heritage, Ada was interested in learning about it to build a stronger relationship with her partner. During several months of language learning, both had a fulfilling experience. Not only did they build a stronger connection with each other, but Ada also felt more connected to Dennis's heritage.
Queenie has been teaching mandarin to my partner and I for several months now. We have thoroughly enjoyed each lesson and we were very impressed by the way each lesson was tailored for our needs. We believe Queenie's methods are really practical and easy to progress.
Kevin joined my Language Achiever program with a strong desire to reconnect with his Cantonese heritage and communicate effectively with his partner's family in 2011. Despite having no prior knowledge of the language, he was determined to learn. After working together, Kevin has made significant progress and can now hold basic Cantonese conversations with both his own family and his partner's family during their visits to Hong Kong. His newfound ability to speak Cantonese has helped him connect more deeply with his heritage and build stronger relationships with his loved ones.
Queenie is a great tutor and has the personalities to be an even better one. Her patience in guiding me with the many difficulties I have with learning a language and emphasing on it really helped me in learning a language, with different students have different difficulties with learning a language and she does not seem to have any problems with fixing the problems I have. Her ability to meet the needs of an individual student is great. I have been learning Mandarin and Cantonese from her for about a month and I feel a large improvement in my ability in the languages. She also teaches more than just learning a language such as culture, which is an important part of being able to understand the meanings behind a language that is not clear to non-speakers of the language. Queenie is a great tutor and would recommend her classes to any one interested in learning any of the many languages she is able to teach. As I feel that I am learning in her classes a language plus more
Erika, a Hungarian citizen living and working as a real estate agent in Australia, recognized the importance of Mandarin in communicating effectively with her Chinese clients. Seeking assistance, she joined my Language Achiever Program. Through 12 months of dedicated learning, Erika gained the ability to speak Mandarin with her clients, allowing her to build stronger relationships and provide better service. She was thrilled with the results and grateful for the opportunity to connect with her clients on a deeper level.
I would like to thank you for your support and help, since from day one I was very happy with your teaching technique, very professional, easy to understand and easy to follow and specially your patience enormous. I really appreciated your time and encouragement. I would like and I will recommend to my friends to contact you if they ready prepared to learn in Mandarin. – Fantastic work, Thank you.
Matthew's interest in learning Chinese led him to join the Language Achiever program despite having no prior knowledge of the language. His dedication paid off as he made remarkable progress in just six months, and his conversation skills in Chinese greatly improved. Now, Matthew gained a new skill that he knows will become increasingly important in the future.
I have learned Mandarin from Queenie Kawabe for around 6 months having no prior knowledge whatsoever. What I found really useful was to start with fundamentals and easy core concepts. This was important to grasp an idea of structures and basics from which to build upon. Each week was structured and saw a gradual progression of building upon core ideas. With each lesson, we would begin by recapping previous concepts and important structures which provided a great way to warm up and engage further. I also enjoyed learning about social and cultural things from Queenie about China and also other areas of Asia. This helped in providing a context to compare and understand at a greater level. Queenie provided us with a tailored approach to learning as we wanted to focus on learning language and conversation skills. Pronunciation was key to this and we practiced this a lot in the beginning stages to form good habits. Queenie was very patient and nice to us, we had a lot of fun in the process.
Jacob, born into a Cantonese-speaking family, unfortunately did not have the chance to practice speaking Cantonese with his family. When he realized that his grandmother was not proficient in English, he made a conscious decision to learn the language and make it a personal goal. With his dedication and effort, Jacob quickly progressed in my Language Achiever Program. In just three months, he was able to hold a basic conversation with his grandmother. Continuing to work hard, he made significant improvement in the following seven months and could speak Cantonese more fluently.
I began learning Cantonese with Queenie on a private tutoring basis once per week around seven months ago and since that time she has continually exceeded expectations. Her conversational and approachable teaching style ensured that within three months I was able to have a basic conversation, and now I can converse to a level that I never imagined would be possible given the short time period. I would not hesitate to recommend Queenie both as a personal language mentor and a group language mentor.
Lachlan joined the Language Achiever program with the goal of building connections between Australia and China. As the vice-president of an Australia-China Youth Association at his university, he felt motivated to learn about the Chinese language and culture. Despite his busy schedule, Lachlan was delighted with his progress in the program. He can now confidently use his Mandarin skills in his daily life and continue to build meaningful connections between Australia and China.
My experiences with Queenie have always been highly positive. Queenie has created a relaxed and comfortable environment in which ideas and conversation can flow freely, giving me the confidence to utilise my mandarin skills in my day to day to life.
Before joining the Language Achiever program, Jake had a basic understanding of the Chinese language from his school days, but he was determined to enhance his language skills to participate in an exchange program in China. Through the Language Achiever program, Jake was able to improve his Chinese proficiency and gain confidence in conversing with native speakers. As a result of his hard work and dedication, he was able to successfully participate in a year-long exchange program in China, including an externship.
My time with Queenie Kawabe has significantly upgraded my understanding of Mandarin and Chinese culture. The lessons were adapted to my ability and honed in on my areas of interest. I would highly recommend Queenie Kawabe to anyone looking to further their understanding of Mandarin and Chinese culture.
Alex, a busy professional, had a keen interest in learning Mandarin despite his hectic schedule and frequent out-of-town business trips related to mining and IT. Recognizing the practical benefits of knowing the language, he approached me for help. I designed a personalized learning system for him in the Language Achiever Program that fit his busy schedule, allowing him to learn practical Chinese phrases that he could use while dining out or traveling for work. With his dedication and the effectiveness of the program, Alex was able to make significant progress in his Mandarin skills and apply them in real-life situations. He was thrilled with the results and had a great learning experience.
I have been attending Chinese Mandarin lessons with Queenie Kawabe for a few months now twice a week, I can say that my learning is practical and bespoke to the student’s learning style. I am a busy professional from Spring Hill and with my unique travel requirements being out of town for weeks at a time scheduling lessons have been difficult at times. Queenie has always been courteous & understanding in working with my work commitments, she understands my goals and tailors all lessons to directly relate to my industry, mining & IT. I look forward to every lesson with Queenie as I know I will walk away with practical Chinese that I can practice, use at restaurants, overseas and with Chinese friends. Her instruction on Chinese culture taboos & customs have also been helpful in making sense of day to day practices & basic etiquette while abroad in China or interacting with Chinese people here in Brisbane. I would recommend Queenie Kawabe for Chinese Mandarin private tuition to any busy professional who wants to further their knowledge of Chinese Language.
Brooke was a monolingual speaker with a passion for becoming a flight attendant, but she knew that in order to achieve this, she needed to learn a second language, specifically Japanese for her upcoming interview. With this goal in mind, she enrolled in the Language Achiever program. In just four months, Brooke made great progress in her Japanese language skills, and as a result, she was able to impress the interviewers and was offered a position as a flight attendant trainee. With her newfound language abilities, Brooke is now more confident in her ability to communicate with Japanese passengers and looks forward to using her language skills in her future work.
I had Japanese language lessons with Queenie Kawabe for around 4 months. The lessons were adapted to my learning style and refined to my areas of interest. Queenie’s teaching technique is very professional, easy to understand and she is very patient. She created a relaxed and comfortable environment for the lessons which made learning more enjoyable. Queenie is an excellent tutor and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to learn Japanese as well as interested in gaining insight into the Japanese culture. Thank you Queenie for your support and giving me the confidence to utilise my Japanese language skills in my daily working environment.
Izayni, a Malaysian, joined the Language Achiever Program with the initial goal of impressing her nieces and nephews, who were studying in a Chinese school. However, as she progressed through the program, her passion for learning Mandarin grew. By the end of the course, Izayni was able to hold conversations in Mandarin with her family, which made her happy and proud of her achievement. Not only did it help her impress her family, but it also helped her to build a stronger relationship with them.
I started learning Mandarin with Queenie Kawabe last year. And what started as an attempt to impress my nieces and nephews who are studying in a Chinese school, has now become my newly found passion. I am really comfortable with Queenie's teaching method since day one. The lessons are tailored to suit my needs and I love how the exercises given are open-ended which means I can truly assess my understanding. Queenie is able to teach Mandarin and at the same time making references from my language background. Most importantly the class has taught me that I can converse in Mandarin by using only simple words. At the end of the day, I can truly say that Mandarin is an easy language to master provided that you have a really great teacher like Queenie. Xie xie.
Len, a half-retiree and airport volunteer, was eager to learn Mandarin so that he could communicate more effectively with Chinese foreigners and students. Over the course of a year, Len dedicated himself to his language studies and was delighted with the progress he made. He is now able to share his knowledge of the Chinese language and culture with his Chinese friends, as well as engage in conversations about current events and other topics. Len's passion for learning and dedication to his studies serve as an inspiration to others who aspire to expand their language skills and cultural understanding.
Thank you sincerely for all of your help and advice with my Mandarin classes over the past year. I have found Mandarin very challenging but through your encouragement have persisted in my efforts to learn and to improve. I have greatly appreciated the cultural and current affairs insights which you bring to the lessons and believe that this understanding is as important as the language itself. You have a wonderful talent with languages which I admire. You manage the lessons with a great deal of energy and enthusiasm which maintains my interest and encourages me to do better. Some other aspects which I have found useful: - You assist me in those particular areas in which I am interested; - You provide positive feedback to me and this is always encouraging; - You do not offend me with negative feedback and you support progress based on my ability. Many thanks for all of your hard work for me over the past year.
Dylan, an Australian-Born-Malaysian, sought help with his Chinese language skills when he was in Year 9. His goal was to write and speak confidently in Chinese and achieve satisfactory results in his Year 12 examinations. When Dylan started working with me, he had difficulty expressing his thoughts in Chinese, both verbally and in writing. He had limited Chinese vocabulary, which made it challenging for him to communicate effectively. Today, Dylan can confidently converse in Chinese, and his writing skills have improved significantly. In his final exam, he wrote 180 Chinese characters and received a grade A.
Queenie is a wonderful Chinese teacher. She is friendly, caring, patient and works in with the student need & pace. She teaches by Skype which is super convenient in terms of time management. She is professional and has lots of resources to help with learnings. She creates a comfortable environment & builds a rapport to make learning fun. I would thoroughly recommend Queenie & her teaching methods – 10/10.
Daniel Gibney, the founder of Earmuffsforkids, initially had very little knowledge of the Chinese language but was determined to learn it in order to better connect with the people and culture during his travels in 2016. Through his dedication and hard work, Daniel has made impressive progress in just 18 months. He can now read basic Chinese characters and comfortably engage in simple conversations with locals, including taxi drivers. As he continues to expand his language skills, Daniel is thrilled to have unlocked new opportunities for connection and understanding while abroad.
As someone that regularly conducts business in Asia, it was important for me to become more familiar with the language. In addition, I'd always wanted to learn a second language. I found Queenie Kawabe through Google, and have been studying with Queenie for 18 months. Her knowledge of Chinese language and culture is great, and her teaching methods are excellent. She is also incredibly patient, which has been good for me - I think I have tested it once or twice! I would not hesitate to recommend Queenie to anyone who wants to learn another language (after all, she speaks FIVE languages - incredible!). She is a wonderful teacher.
When Patrick joined my Language Achiever Program in 2015, his motivation was to surprise his partner's family by speaking Cantonese, which they often used at home. Over the course of just 10 months, Patrick made remarkable progress and has now achieved a level of proficiency where he can not only understand native speakers, but also hold conversations in Cantonese with ease. His dedication to learning and consistent effort have truly paid off, and it has been a pleasure to witness his growth and success in the program
I've been learning Cantonese because my partner's family is from Hong Kong, so they often speak Cantonese at home. I've picked up Cantonese a lot faster than I was expecting with Queenie. I studied Mandarin for 3 years at high school, and never really got anywhere with it, whereas in just 10 months of Cantonese study I've progressed to a level where I can understand a lot of what native speakers say. Classes have always been very hands-on, and I was speaking and listening in Cantonese from the very first lesson. This has really accelerated my progress. I hope to surprise my partner soon with my knowledge of Cantonese. I would highly recommend Queenie for anybody seeking to learn Cantonese.
Phillip Fai Chung
Phillip sought 1:1 personalized coaching because he wanted to surprise his brother by delivering a speech in Cantonese as his best man at the wedding. Although Phillip had a basic understanding of conversational Cantonese, he wanted to make a lasting impression on his brother and the wedding guests. After just three lessons, Phillip was delighted with the results as he was able to deliver a memorable speech in Cantonese. The speech was a great success, and it surprised his brother at the wedding.
Queenie helped me translate and read my best man’s speech for my brother’s wedding in Cantonese. I can speak basic conversational cantonese and I provided Queenie with my speech in english, she captured all of the nuances and jokes I wrote and integrated everything into a perfect translation. She then taught me many of the formal idioms and new words I didn’t know and helped me to confidently read the whole speech. Queenie took on the job with very little notice and was kind, funny, respectful, professional and very enjoyable to learn from. From the beginning she was organised and knew exactly what was necessary to achieve my goal without delay. It only took 3 lessons and it was a great success. She went above my expectation and even committed extra hours outside of paid time to make a recording of the speech so I could listen to it and practice it on my own. We did all of this via Skype and email, her methods are impeccable. I strongly suggest both teachers and students to learn from Queenie.
Will, a London resident, has a keen interest in Cantonese language and culture and was seeking assistance to develop his language proficiency. After enrolling in the Language Achiever program, Will was delighted with his progress. Through the program, he has gained the ability to speak simple Cantonese and has developed a deeper understanding of the culture.
Queenie Kawabe is kind, considerate and thorough in assessing my level of needs in order to learn Cantonese methodically and answering the questions that I had to help me learn. I am a beginner who needed experienced and professional advice from a native speaker. The fact that we’re on the other side of the world, in just one lesson she has provided me a better insight of the cross-cultural differences as I live in the UK and she lives is in Australia/Japan. She has the ability to introduce me to new vocabulary that I have never came across in Cantonese textbooks but in colloquial conversation and several appropriate sentence structures in saying full sentences in any given conversation whenever I go and whoever I talk to. Her enthusiasm is great; she encourages and supports others to make progress in their study. I believe one of the purposes of learning a language is effectively communicating with other people and working together to make a positive impact in our daily lives. The first step to do this is taking the initiative to make an effort to learn the language, communicate with others and learn from the mistakes we make. In other words, no matter how difficult it is, never give up. I have made many mistakes and I will always continue to learn from it. She is a hardworking person helping me correct those mistakes, guiding me by giving me constructive and appropriate feedback. If you are like me who wants to either improve Cantonese speaking skills, planning to travel, loves communicating with people and like eating delicious food, then I believe she is a perfect teacher for you. Thank you again Queenie.
Benjamin had to learn Chinese as one of his core subjects at university, but he was hesitant because he thought Chinese was a difficult language to learn. Wanting to overcome his fears and succeed in his studies, he joined the Language Achiever program. After just one month of studying with us, Benjamin's confidence grew and he gained a basic understanding of the language. This newfound confidence allowed him to continue his Chinese language studies at university with ease, and he no longer saw Chinese as an insurmountable challenge.
Hi, I have been using Queenie's services for one month prior to myself taking it up at university to gain a basic understanding of the language and to dispel the fears of learning a language with as many rumors surrounding it as Mandarin has. I have found that she is very knowledgeable in the language and explains it in such a way that it is easy to approach and learn. Her lesson go at the pace that you desire and is constantly challenging you. If you are new the language like I was when I started, she can work to the syllabus from either Griffith, QUT or UQ. I would happily recommend her as a good and reliable tutor.