Welcome to ZGT! We provide Mandarin tutoring for school success, travel preparation, business enhancement and cultural opportunity. We believe in the importance of understanding through cross-cultural communication, and are excited to share our experiences and expertise with you.

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Counting In Mandarin

What is the best language for learning math? This question was addressed in an article in The Wall Street Journal (9/10/14).  Not surprisingly, the answer is not English. Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Turkish lead the way. It all boils down to one thing: numbers. Not the way we pronounce but simply how many numbers there…

“The Silver Dragon”

      Surfing in China is gaining traction rapidly. Above is a picture of Jamie and Drew Damskey during their semester abroad. The two took October break in Hainan to see how the waves were and they did not disappoint, especially because they had the entire beach to themselves. One place we haven’t surfed…

About Our Name

ZGT stands for Zhong Guo Tong (中国通), which translates to “China Expert” or “China Hand.” The term has been in use since the 1800’s and initially was used to refer to foreign merchants at China’s treaty ports, as well as diplomats, journalists, or others who were stationed in China for long periods of time. These foreigners developed a deeper understanding of China’s culture and language and became know as 中国通。 Our goal at ZGT is to help Americans become cultural ambassadors through achieving this type of understanding and begin their path to becoming a 中国通。

Testimonials

Reece and Paul Montrone

“We are delighted with ZGT and Jamie’s hands-on approach to Mandarin instruction.  In less than one year, my children have made tremendous strides and I am confident that they are on their way to developing fluency.   Through working with Jamie, they are over the first, most daunting part of learning a language (i.e. when nothing makes…

Hernan Munio

“Studying Chinese is not easy, but Jamie makes it easier. He is an excellent professor, because not only he has great knowledge of the language and the Chinese culture, but he understands the challenges of learning Chinese. Added this to the flexible schedule and possibility to learn business Chinese, ZGT is an excellent choice for…

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