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2. Education in a Private Academy

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After World War One erupted, Zhou Yiliang family moved to Tianjin, and at age eight, by Chinese reckoning, he began studying with a tutor. This continued for some ten years until Zhou Yiliang left for Beijing in 1930 to enter university. Teachers were hired to come to his home and offered extra lessons in classical texts. Zhou Yiliang's ten years of private tutoring is divided into three parts. For the first three years, he studied with three men from Yangzhou who were professional family tutors. During the second period, four years, Zhou Yiliang's brothers and he had a younger teacher, Zhang Que. After Mr. Zhang's death, tutoring at home switched to a group of teachers. In addition to reading the classics with family tutors, from the age of fourteen Zhou began to study foreign languages as well, beginning with Japanese.

Keywords: classical texts; foreign languages; private tutoring; Zhang Que; Zhou Yiliang

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