I've been learning Chinese for 2 months and I'm finding it too hard to learn by myself. So as I asked in the title, I'd like to get a tutor so that I can learn basic grammar and practice conversations. I hope someone can give advice! Thank you in advance.
There are a few options:
- Finding an online tandem partner who speaks Chinese and is interested in learning a language that you can teach (your native language or another language in which you have a near-native proficiency). Mosalingua lists a few sites where you can find a tandem partner; there are several other ones, e.g. Polyglot club. See also How I found Chinese speaking friends online on ChineseForums.com.
- Finding a paid tutor or teacher. The classifieds section on ChineseForums.com might be helpful here. Some of the sites that help you connect with tandem partners can also help you find paid tutors or teachers. The actual teaching may work through Skype lessons or through video conferencing functionality built into the site.
I know a online website offer some Chinese courses: Chinlingo. I don't know what kind of method they use, but I believe they have some free courses and one-to-one courses.
And if you need tandem-partner and you are a English native speaker, maybe we can help each other, I am learning English and perparing TOEFL :)
One thing that really helped me was Middlebury online. It costs a bit, but if you are working through a school or university, they'll typically cover the cost. If not, it doesn't cost too much. That really helped me because you can speak with a tutor online and set up lessons.