I was born and raised in Manhattan, in the heart of New York City.  Actually, I am a fifth-generation New Yorker.

My schooling was at New York’s famous Collegiate School (founded 1628) and also in England, at Eton College.  I graduated from Yale University, where I concentrated in East Asian history and languages.

After Yale, I lived and worked in England, Scotland, Israel, Taiwan and Hong Kong.  I have traveled very widely in the U.S.A., Europe, Asia (East, South and Southeast), and some in Latin America.

I began as an English teacher when I lived in Taiwan, many years ago.  There I taught at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Diplomatic Training College and other E.S.L. schools and also gave lessons as a private English tutor.

I was an editor at The New York Times for 23 years, where I worked with some of the world’s finest writers.  New York Times standards of excellence are my own personal standards.  I have also been a book publisher in England, and a translator.

I have studied 12 languages to various levels. I speak French and Dutch (fluently); Chinese (comfortable fluency in everyday Mandarin); Spanish, Hebrew, German and Modern Greek (basic to intermediate); Japanese, Italian, Yiddish and Indonesian (basic); and Latin (academic study).

With my knowledge of languages and my international background, I can help you feel truly at home speaking English.

Christopher Phillips taking notes during lesson

Any questions?  Email me at VirtualEnglishTeacherOnline@yahoo.com