ABOUT CHRISTOPHER PHILLIPS
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.