Hi there, welcome to the Mandorican

My name is Jonathan Neris (聶君浩), a.k.a. the Mandorican.  I invented my professional name "the Mandorican" based on my cultural and linguistic background and upbringing.

Having been raised by Spanish-speaking parents from Puerto Rico in the Mainland U.S., Puerto Rico (USA), China, and Hong Kong, I grew up speaking English, Mandarin, and Spanish as my native languages, and became proficient in Cantonese, French, Latin, and Classical Chinese.

However, just as the renowned American author and Nobel Laureate who also grew up in China once noted that the two worlds that she belonged to, namely her parents'  white Presbyterian world and  the  Chinese-speaking world, barely communicate with each other.          In spite of living in this a modern, globalized world,  I also realized the disparity in the access which non-Chinese speakers have to authentic and useful content to learn Mandarin Chinese or any other Chinese languages, and become fully competent and confident in Mandarin Chinese or any other Chinese language.

Through my course, not only will I teach you how to speak Mandarin and Cantonese correctly, I will also teach you how to develop the tools necessary to deal with real situations and challenges that you might face when learning Mandarin and/or Cantonese.  

Bio

Born in Puerto Rico (USA), but raised in the Mainland US, Puerto Rico (USA), China, and Hong Kong, not only do I possess the language skills to help you reach your language goals in Mandarin or Cantonese, I have also seen how frustrating it can be to learn Mandarin or Cantonese from scratch through my parents and my friends, and would love to share with you the tools that I have accumulated in the past seven years as a language educator, interpreter, translator, and writer.

Book a lesson today and you'll be one step closer to reaching complete fluency in Mandarin Chinese and/or Cantonese! 

Education

Bachelor's Degree in Education

2016 - 2020

I received my first bachelor's degree in Education in USILACS (Florida, USA), where I also minored in Sociology and Child Psychology, specializing in both Elementary and Secondary education. 

Bachelor's Degree in Chinese Literature

2020 - Present

I am currently obtaining my second bachelor's degree in Chinese Literature in National Taiwan University, while also minoring in Economics and International Trade.

The reason why I decided to obtain a second bachelor's degree is because even though I grew up in China and Hong Kong, I was educated in a more westernized environment, so in order to make up for the formal Chinese education that I did not fully receive during my childhood,  I decided to expose myself to a Chinese-speaking college and work environment before taking on a Master's degree in Conference Interpretation, thus further solidifying my knowledge of both the East and the West. 

* Including school subjects such as East Asian history from an non-Western perspective, Classical Chinese (文言文) and Chinese Language Arts in (國文課 or 語文課, which would be the equivalent to Language Arts in English back in the United States and other English-speaking countries.)

Languages

  • English

  • Spanish

  • Mandarin

  • Cantonese

  • French

  • Latin

  • Classical Chinese

  • American Sign Language